About

Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee

PHE Canada's Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee contributes leadership, knowledge, context and an anti-oppression lens to PHE Canadas’ decisions, processes, programs and resources ensuring that PHE Canada is leading and contributing to a just, affirming and equitable learning environments.

PHE Canada's EDI Committee was created in 2020 as a Committee of PHE Canada Board of Directors. The EDI Committee is instrumental to realizing the recommendations for PHE Canada’s 2020 Equity Audit and PHE Canada's Truth and Reconciliation commitment statement.

PHE Canada acknowledges the wealth of knowledge, passion and contributions of the EDI Committee members:

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Dr. Joanna Sheppard (EDI Committee Chair)
Dr. Joanna Sheppard (she, her, hers) is PHE Canada’s Incoming Board President and an associate professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of the Fraser Valley. As a member of the LGBTQI2S+ community and pedagogy specialist, Jo is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and embeds theoretical and critical best practices in physical and health education within her research, teaching and programming.

Jane

Jane Arkell
Jane Arkell dedicated her career to the area of access and inclusion for individuals with a disability. Jane’s work is primarily in the field of health promotion, specifically active living, sport and recreation for those with a disability.

Anthony

Dr. Antony Card 
Dr. Antony Card is the Dean of the Faculty of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax. Prior to that, Antony was Dean of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Associate Vice-President (Research) for the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University.

Melanie

Melanie Davis
Melanie Davis is the Executive Director, CEO of PHE Canada.  Melanie has worked for over 30 years to realize just futures and empower children and youth across Canada and beyond to secure their right to quality education, health and wellbeing.

Dipal

Dipal Damani
Dipal holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Governance with a Certificate in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies from the University of Toronto. After suffering in silence for years, Dipal founded D&D Inclusion Consulting, based on her own experiences with discrimination, bias, and microaggression.

Lise

Lise Gillies
Lise Gillies is Cree/Métis from the English River FN and Métis Nation in Île-à-la-Crosse, Saskatchewan. Born in Williams Lake, BC she resides in the beautiful unceded territory of the Quw’utsun’ People in Maple Bay on Vancouver Island with her husband and daughter.

Jodie

Jodie Lyn-Harrison
Jodie joined PHE Canada in 2002, prior to which Jodie taught Health and Physical Education, Mathematics and Science. Jodie obtained a Bachelor of Physical Education from McMaster University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto, intermediate-senior level, with a Health & Physical Education and Mathematics focus.

David Inglis

David Inglis (Representing the PHE Canada Council of Provinces and Territories) 
Dave is a re-directed Health and Physical Educator with over 35 years of experience in a variety of local, Provincial and National initiatives to promote and enhance the delivery of quality learning opportunities for all students.  

Mick

Brian (Mick) McMillan (Representing the PHE Canada Council of Provinces and Territories) 
Brian (Mick) McMillan is a Physical Education Co-ordinator in Frontier School Division who grew up in Northern Manitoba and attended school at Joseph H. Kerr in Snow Lake, Man. Mick is a member of the 60’s scoop and is continuing his journey to learn about his Indigenous Roots.

Sabrina

Sabrina Razack
Sabrina Razack is an educator in the Toronto area and also a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto. The program resides at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education combined with a collaborative specialization in the Women and Gender Studies department.  

Lori

Lori Munro-Sigfridson
Lori is the past president of PHE Canada and holds the position of Active Healthy Living (AHL) Consultant for the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. In this role, Lori has worked with other departments and community agencies to create the first integrated adaptive physical education program in Nova Scotia.

Lauren

Dr. Lauren Sulz (Representing PHE Canada Research Council)
Dr. Lauren Sulz is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Rohan

Rohan Thompson 
Rohan Thompson is the Director of People & Equity with the County of Dufferin. Some of his responsibilities are policy development, equitable hiring processes and programs, community/partner relationship building and consulting with senior leadership on a number of equity and anti-racism issues.