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Meet the Team


Derek Wasyliw, PhD(c)

Derek Wasyliw (B.Ed, M.A, Ph.D.c) is a settler scholar Ph.D. candidate in the McGill Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Through culturally responsive and collaborative frameworks, Derek’s community based participatory research projects inquire into culturally responsive physical health education pedagogies, Indigenous knowledge systems, physical activity, youth mentorship and diabetes prevention.


Caitlin Mazurek, PhD(c)

Caitlin is a Ph.D. candidate studying hockey biomechanics and knowledge translation with the McGill Ice Hockey Research Group (IHRG). Her research specifically looks at ice hockey skating coordination, and the creation & translation of biomechanics knowledge with industry and community partners. Caitlin uses her expertise to contribute to both athlete development and academic course production.

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Mike Auksi, PhD(c)

Michael Auksi is an Anishinaabe-Estonian Ph.D. candidate at McGill University in the department of Kinesiology & Physical Education. His research areas of interest include Indigenous hockey in relation to the Canadian residential school system, current pathways to high-performance hockey, and the use of technosciences in supporting community sport and wellness goals.


Dr. Jordan Koch

Jordan’s research highlights the social and historical dimensions of sport and physical culture.  His specific research interests include youth sport, Indigenous sport, and the provision and uses of sport and physical activity in underserviced areas. His research has been funded by SSHRC, CIHR, and Sport Canada, and was also recognized by the Sport Information Research Centre for the ‘Impact of Sport on the Community’ category. 


Dr. Jessica Kolopenuk

Jessica (Cree) is an Assistant Professor and Alberta Health Services Research Chair in Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Jessica co-leads the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics Canada (SING Canada) and the Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society Research and Training Program (Indigenous STS). The promotion of Indigenous governance in science and technology fields requires the critical study of scientific knowledge production and its institutionalization. It also requires the training of Indigenous researchers and practitioners. These are the spaces that Jessica's work moves in.


Philippe Renaud, MSc

Philippe has been the research assistant for the McGill Ice Hockey Research Group (IHRG) since 2015. The group's research is focused on the biomechanics and ergonomics of ice hockey equipment. He has been involved in many different projects utilizing various technologies. His expertise with these technologies and data analysis provides the team with the ability to support the communities in their own data driven projects.


Craig McCallum


Daniela Solomon, MSc

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