Western Hub is proud of its academic researchers from across Canada's West.

British Columbia, Canada

Kathryn Chan, University of Victoria

Dr. Kathryn Chan is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Victoria.

Key West Research Interests: Kathryn's research focus is on charity and not-for-profit law, law and religion, administrative and regulatory law. 

can i buy Pregabalin in mexico Role at PhiLab: Kathryn is the principal investigator of a SSHRC-funded study on the operation and impact of non-governmental interveners in Canadian religious freedom litigation.


Peter Elson, University of Victoria

Dr. Peter Elson is an Assistant Professor in Community Development at the University of Victoria.

http://tripnewyork.nl/bezienswaardigheden/museum-of-modern-art/ Research Interests: Peter's research focus is on long-term analysis of voluntary provincial government relations, nature of Canada's social enterprises and on the societal impacts of Canadian grant-making foundations.

order Lyrica from canada Role at PhiLab: Peter serves as the co-lead of PhiLab's research program. He is focused on creating space for Indigenous engagement in the PhiLab project.


Sean Markey, Simon Fraser University

Dr. Sean Markey is a Professor with the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.

Research Interests: Sean's research focus is on issues of local and regional economic development, rural and small-town development, community sustainability, and natural infrastructure.

Role at PhiLab: Sean serves as a co-lead of the SSHRC-funded Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) partnership project, and is a co-investigator of the SSHRC-funded Place-based Collective Endowments in the Periphery project.

Alberta, Canada

David Peacock, University of Alberta

Dr. David Peacock is the Director of Community Service-Learning in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta.

Research Interests: David's research focus is on learning by community service, community-university engagement policy and practice, and participation of 'first generation' students in experimental learning.

Role at PhiLab: David is partnering with  the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and Learning to research the extent of the foundation's investments in Canadian higher education (including rationales, funding, partners and legacy).

Jorge Sousa, University of Alberta

Dr. Jorge Sousa is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Research Interests: Jorge's research focus is on strengthening Canada’s social economy, governance and member engagement of non-profit and co-operative organizations, and public policy related to community development.

Role at PhiLab: Jorge contributes his research expertise on understanding and strengthening Canada’s social economy.


Catherine Pearl, Mount Royal University

Dr. Catherine Pearl is an Assistant Professor in Social Innovation at Mount Royal University.

Research Interests: Catherine's research focus is on nonprofit management, social entrepreneurship and social innovation.

Role at PhiLab: Catherine is the Alberta lead of the Western Hub and brings a wealth of knowledge about the foundation sector in Alberta.

Adela Kincaid, University of Calgary

Dr. Adela Kincaid is an Instructor in the Political Science Department at the University of Calgary.

Research Interests: Adela's research focus is on situational analysis methodology, blended Indigenous methodology and human-wildlife interactions.

Role at PhiLab: Adela's project interests include rural research, community engagement and the well-being of Indigenous populations.

Saskatchewan, Canada

Lynn Gidluck, University of Regina

Dr. Lynn Gidluck is the Community Director of the Community Research Unit at the University of Regina.

Research Interests: Lynn's research focus is on organizational communication, public policy and community-based research.

Role at PhiLab: Lynn is a co-lead of PhiLab's Western Hub. She contributes her expertise around collaborative governance and best practices of government-voluntary sector partnerships and relationships.


Iryna Khovrenkov, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), University of Regina

Dr. Iryna Khovrenkov is an Associate Professor in Economics, JSGS Faculty, University of Regina.

Research Interests: Iryna's research focus is on philanthropic foundations and charitable giving, social finance and applied microeconomics.

Role at PhiLab: Iryna is a co-lead of PhiLab's Western Hub. She contributes her quantitative skills to the analysis of Canada's data on charities and foundations.


Oscar Zapata, University of Regina  

Dr. Oscar Zapata is an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Regina.

Research Interests: Oscar's research focus is on environmental economics, applied econometrics with specific emphasis in the economics of water, climate change and social inequalities.

Role at PhiLab: Oscar contributes his quantitative skills to study the role of the philanthropic sector and its impact on social inequalities and environmental challenges.


Manitoba, Canada

Sara Penner, University of Winnipeg

Dr. Sara Penner is an Assistant Professor in Business and Administration at the University of Winnipeg

Research Interests: Sara's research focuses on non-profits and includes area's such as memorial giving and direct mail fundraising. 

Role at PhiLab: Sara's expertise on the non-profit and business sectors provide great insight to her research and contributions. 

Other Hub Affiliates



Sabina Trimble

A PhD student at the Centre for the Study of Philanthropy in the University of Kent in Canterbury, England. She received an MA in history from the University of Victoria in 2016, and a BA in history (honours) with a minor in Indigenous Studies from Mount Royal University, Calgary in 2014.

Research Interests: Sabina's research interests include the role of Western philanthropy in Canada's story of settler colonialism, bringing Indigenous studies and settler colonial studies into dialogue with the study of philanthropy.