SC-CE Executive

President: Stephanie Chamberlain

2015 – Present

University of Alberta

Stephanie is a second year PhD student with Dr. Carole Estabrooks at the University of Alberta. She holds a BHSc in Health Science (University of Ottawa), and an MA in Gerontology (Mount Saint Vincent University). Her research focuses on knowledge translation and quality of care in residential long-term care. Stephanie currently works with the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC), a program of research that focuses on improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency. Her PhD work focuses on potentially vulnerable populations of residents in long-term care. Her project will document the prevalence, health outcomes, and experience of unbefriended elderly, those who are under guardianship in long-term care in the Western provinces. Her goal is to become an independent career scientist in the field of gerontology. Stephanie has previously held a position as a student representative, and is excited to move into her new role as President of the Student Connection Executive Committee.

Vice President: Chantelle Lachance

2015 – Present

Simon Fraser University

Chantelle Lachance is a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Mackey (Aging and Population Health Laboratory). Chantelle also holds a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Doctoral Award. Chantelle is particularly driven to conduct clinical research with integrated knowledge translation. Her doctoral research focuses on evaluating compliant (safety) flooring for fall injury prevention in long-term care through the Flooring for Injury Prevention (FLIP) Study ( #: NCT01618786). Results will provide insight about the potential of compliant flooring to reduce fall-related injuries in long-term care and are expected to guide the development of safer facilities for vulnerable older adults. After 2 years of being a Student Representative for the Student Connection, Chantelle is honoured to now take on a more active role in the Student Connection Executive Committee as Vice President.

Social Media Coordinator: Theodore D Cosco

2014 – Present


University of Oxford – MRC Unit for Lifelong Health & Ageing

Dr. Theodore D. Cosco is a CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Oxford/UCL) having recently completed his doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. Originally from Whitehorse, Yukon, Theodore developed an interest in gerontology early on, by age 12 Theodore was volunteering at a long-term care facility.  Upon completion of a BSc. with Specialisation in Psychology at the University of Alberta, which included a year internship as a Research Intern at a dementia research center, Theodore emigrated to Ireland to complete his MSc in Applied Social Research at Trinity College Dublin. After working as a Research Officer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland he joined the Cambridge Institute of Public Health to pursue his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Carol Brayne. In addition to being an executive member of the CAG Student Connection he is also Chair of the British Society on Gerontology’s Emerging Researchers in Ageing executive committee. Being a transatlantic student representative, Theodore hopes to use the CAG Student Connection as a vehicle to foster collaborative efforts between Canadian, Canadian-expat, and British researchers.


Communications Coordinator: Catherine Bigonnesse

2014 – Present

Simon Fraser University

Catherine Bigonnesse is a doctoral student in gerontology at Simon Fraser University. Her main research interest is innovative model of community-based housing for older adults and aging-in-place. Catherine’s master thesis main focus was on community-based housing for older adults by non-for-profit organizations, meaning of home in later life and community building process in the context of Age-Friendly Cities in Québec. As a PhD student, her research focuses on how innovative housing models and social and physical environments at the neighbourhood level can support aging-in-place.
Catherine is pleased to join the CAG SC-CÉ as the communication coordinator. She thinks that the SC-CÉ offers a unique network for Canadian students working on aging issues to meet, connect and discuss about their common challenges and interests. Gerontology is a young discipline and, as students, we have the opportunity to shape its future. Catherine looks forward to be part of this effort in joining the executive. Also, as a French-Canadian gerontology student, she will work hard to encourage and facilitate the involvement of the francophone students in the association and to assure opportunities for knowledge exchange in both French and English.

Student Representative Coordinator: Christine Sheppard

2015 – Present

University of Waterloo

Christine Sheppard is a PhD student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, specializing in Aging, Health and Well-Being. She holds her Masters in Social Work with a specialization in gerontology from the University of Toronto. Christine’s research interests focus on community and life-space mobility. She is also passionate about program evaluation and is currently working with older adult centres across Ontario to build evaluation capacity.

Secretary-Treasurer: Winnie Sun

2014 – present

University of Toronto

Winnie Sun graduated from the BscN program at the University of Toronto in 1995 with practice expertise in palliative care and home care nursing. After receiving her MN degree in 2002, she became a faculty member for the Nursing program at the Trent University with teaching interests in community health nursing and gerontology. Winnie Sun is currently a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Nursing where she works closely with her PhD supervisor, Dr. Diane Doran on home care patient safety research, remote patient monitoring technologies, and best practices for home care nurses. She is also a research fellow for the Ontario Training Centre in Health Services and Policy Research. Her doctoral dissertation is examining the relationship between therapeutic self-care and adverse events for home care clients in Ontario.

Immediate Past President: Kristina Miller

2014 – Present

Western University

Kristina Miller is a PhD student in the Health Professional Education field of the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program at Western University. She holds her MSc in Health & Aging and BHSc in Health Sciences and Political Science, both from Western University. Kristina Miller has been the President since 2014 and was previously the Secretary-Treasurer. Ms. Miller’s research focuses on patient centred/involved care transitions for older adults as they return home from the hospital. Other research interests include patient self care, chronic disease self management, health system efficiency and effectiveness, and health policy. After completion of her PhD, Ms Miller hopes to secure a gerontology/health services research based position.