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Trudy Smit Quosai

CEO


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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.

 

 

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Margo Hilbrecht

Director, Knowledge Management and Innovation


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Margo leads academic and research-related projects for GREO that could support policy setting to help prevent harm from gambling. Among her recent projects is a revision 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. She also oversees collection development and expansion of materials in GREO’s Evidence Centre, one of the largest digital collections of gambling harm resources in the world. 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 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

Knowledge Broker, Evaluation


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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 collaborates with government and mental health and addictions organizations that aim to adopt a public health perspective to reducing harms. This has involved the development of a 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 for and teaches in 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, and a certificate in Evaluation from the University of Victoria. She is designated a Credentialed Evaluator through the Canadian Evaluation Society.

 

 

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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. 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Lusk

Product and Partnership Specialist


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As Product and Partnership Specialist, 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.

 

 

 

 

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.