Team

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Trudy Smit Quosai

Chief Executive Officer


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With two decades of leadership experience in research and knowledge translation, service, and non-profit settings, Trudy leads strategic knowledge translation and exchange plans to support the development of policy and practice in responsible gambling. Her expertise includes using a range of strategies to provide evidence of best practices to meet the needs of social workers, health practitioners, families and caregivers, post-secondary institutions, and government. Working with the Board of Directors and talented staff, she has built a strong team that is becoming a global leader in knowledge translation to reduce gambling harms, whose work creates international impact. Prior to joining Greo, Trudy was the Associate Director of Research at Renison University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, where she increased research capacity and enhanced the school's research profile. She has a PhD in Family Relations and Applied Nutrition from the University of Guelph.

Elizabeth Lusk

Chief Strategy Officer


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As Chief Strategy Officer, Elizabeth works closely with stakeholders and allied treatment and prevention organizations to understand their knowledge needs and context, to determine strategic approaches to improve outcomes like reduced harm from gambling. Before joining Greo, Elizabeth partnered with clients across the health and social service sectors to engage stakeholders, and design innovative evidence-based program and service delivery models as Managing Partner of Gestalt Collective. Her expertise is in knowledge translation and exchange, with significant experience working on public health issues (e.g., substance use, domestic violence, immunization), addressing stigmas, applying harm reduction and health promotion principles in practice, and using trauma-informed approaches in engagement design and decision making processes. She has consulted on projects for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Canadian Public Health Association, and held positions with Seniors Health Knowledge Network and the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging. She has a BA in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario, where she completed graduate work in Health Sciences.

 

 

 

 

 

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Margo Hilbrecht

Academic Director


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Margo leads academic and research-related projects for Greo that could support policy setting to help prevent harm from gambling. She oversees research funding opportunities and the Greo Data Repository, and provides leadership for Greo’s research community relationships. Among her recent projects are a major review of gambling prevention and education, a social network analysis of gambling research in the UK, and a trial for a repository for industry approaches to customer interaction in relation to safer gambling. She also facilitates revisions of the Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling, involving an international team of scholars and knowledge translation products including a digital interactive version, plain language summaries, and translation into three languages. Before joining Greo, Margo was the Associate Director, Research for the Canadian Index of Wellbeing and a Research Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo, where she was extensively engaged in social and health indicators research at the national level and in partnership with communities. Margo holds a PhD in Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo, where she has an Adjunct appointment. Her research expertise is in gambling-related harm, time use, quality of life, and social and health indicators.

 

 

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Erika Veri Levett

Project Manager


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Erika coordinates knowledge translation strategies with partners and ensures timely access to Greo’s gambling information services. Recently this has involved planning projects that support the Gambling Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Harms in Great Britain. She has 20 years of experience at Greo in operational planning, strategic partnership development, project management, and contract and research grant administration. She has worked with a wide range of stakeholders including senior executives and scientific experts. Erika has a BA and Project Management Certification from the University of Waterloo, and an Addictions Careworker Diploma from McMaster University.

 

 

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Jess Voll

Evaluation Services Lead


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As Greo’s health promotion and evaluation specialist, Jess designs, informs, and measures the impact of harm reduction programs, policies, and partnerships. She leads the evaluation team, which collaborates with government and mental health and addictions organizations to support the design and evaluation of initiatives that aim to adopt a public health perspective to reducing harms. This has involved the development of a Theory of Change for the Safer Gambling Movement in the UK, Greo’s Safer Gambling Evaluation Evidence Hub, and providing external evaluation services for client programs. Previously, she led Greo's gambling and public health outreach program in Ontario that included a project funding program, webinars, a website with evidence-informed resources and tools, and a vibrant community of practice. Jess has also developed courses and taught for the University of Guelph’s Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization program. She has a Master of Public Health from Lakehead University, a diploma in Health Services and Policy Research, a certificate in Evaluation from the University of Victoria, and is a candidate for a Master of Health Evaluation through the University of Waterloo. She is designated a Credentialed Evaluator through the Canadian Evaluation Society.

 

 

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Lindsay Kalbfleisch

Stakeholder Engagement Lead


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As Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Lindsay builds relationships with and between allied organizations working toward common goals. She supports project teams to ensure that stakeholder needs and context are deeply understood, and are the drivers of Greo’s work. Previously in her work at Greo, Lindsay managed a community investment program aimed at building non-profit stakeholders’ capacity to use research as a tool to increase their impact. She has also been involved in planning and facilitating multi-stakeholder forums with organizations such as the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ontario Centre of Excellence in Child and Youth Mental Health, and the Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling. Before joining the Greo team, Lindsay worked in research, knowledge translation, and project management roles in the academic, and tech and innovation sectors. She has an MA from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, a Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate from SickKids Learning Institute, and training in facilitation through Conrad Grebel University College.

 

 

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Laura Szamreta

Business Manager


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Laura manages Greo’s operations, human resources, communications, and event planning. She supports Greo’s products and services to ensure that they are the go-to source for distilled research on gambling. She also provides executive support to the CEO and Board of Directors, most recently helping to navigate Greo’s transition from a government-funded organization to a fully independent non-profit. Laura has over 15 years experience in executive administration, facilities and event management, customer loyalty, and with member-based organizations. She has a Diploma in Print Journalism from Sheridan College, and a BA from University of Guelph.

Elizabeth Corbett-Nicholson

Information Specialist

 


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As Greo’s information specialist, Elizabeth manages one of the largest collections of gambling harm research resources in the Evidence Centre. She also leads the Research Snapshot program, which creates plain language summaries of the most recent gambling research worldwide. Elizabeth is an information professional with a background in archives and special collections. Her expertise is in the development of digital scholarship projects, ​data management, and ​care of specialized collections. Her recent positions include Archivist at York University and Data Transformation Associate at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Elizabeth holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and a BA from Queen's University.

 

 

 

Sheila McKnight

Knowledge Translation and Information Specialist


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Sheila coordinates the Research Snapshot program and helps make resources available through Greo’s online channels. She also supports the publication of research reviews, evidence briefs, and other research related projects. Most recently she contributed to a review of credit cards in gambling. Her background has involved freelance editing and program coordination with environmental organizations. Her areas of interest include web content strategy and plain language writing. Sheila has a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and a BA from McGill University. 

 

 

 

Clara Sankey

Evaluation and Knowledge Broker Assistant

 


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As a part of Greo’s evaluation team, Clara supports impact evaluations and knowledge translation projects. She develops evaluation frameworks, data collection tools, and knowledge products to help clients understand and optimize their impact. Before joining Greo, Clara completed an evaluation of the Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy as a Youth Leader and Co-Researcher. In this role, she sat on multiple collaborative harm reduction working groups, led focus groups, and contributed to the development of resources related to opioid prescription and edibles misuse. Clara is especially interested in facilitating community-based participatory research that includes those with lived experience. She currently acts as a Peer Wellness Educator with the University of Guelph’s Wellness Education and Promotion Centre, where she works to support students along the spectrum of recovery from substance use. Clara has a BAS in Neuroscience and Family Child Studies and a Master of Public Health from University of Guelph.

 

 

 

 

 

Shaibal Chowdhury

Evaluation and Knowledge Translation Assistant

 


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Shaibal brings his expertise to the evaluation team, where he supports projects as part of the Gambling Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Harm in Great Britain. Shaibal has a background in program design, evaluation, and health program planning and operations. In his previous role as a Program Analyst with the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science, he created the performance measurement frameworks for research funding programs – the Ontario Research Fund: Research Excellence (RE) and the Early Researcher Award (ERA) for the Government of Ontario. Shaibal has also provided evaluation consultation for FoodShare, and Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services in Toronto. He has a Masters in Health Evaluation from the University of Waterloo, a Masters in Public Health from North South University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Dhaka.

 

 

 

 

 

Beverly Ostryhon

Administrative Coordinator

 


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Beverly provides administrative support for Greo’s operations and Board of Directors. She brings varied administrative, organizational and project support experience gained from her time in at n-compass, a social care and wellness non-profit in the north of England. Building upon her background in a range of customer services roles, she is passionate about communication and the representation of diversity, health, and social issues in the non-profit sector. She has a BA in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Classics from McMaster University.