We would like to acknowledge that this research was funded and made possible by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The team is grateful to all of the school leaders who contributed to our research. 
© 2019 by Lead to Include. 
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Meet The Team

Steve Sider

Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University and Inclusive School Leadership Research Group Principal Investigator

 Steve is the lead researcher on four nationally-funded research projects examining how school principals foster inclusive schools for students with special education needs. He is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada where he teaches courses on school leadership and special education.

Kimberly Maich

Associate Professor, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador

Kimberly is a partner on the Lead to Include team, helping to develop quality project content. She is an associate professor at Memorial University as well as a special education specialist, certified teacher, behaviour analyst, and psychologist who loves research, teaching, and services in the field of autism spectrum disorders. To learn more about Dr. Maich’s work, please click here.

Jacqueline Specht

 Professor, Western University and Director of Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education

Jacqueline is the director of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education and a professor in the

Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. She is a strong advocate for inclusive education. Her work on this project is guided by that passion.

Carolyn Fitzgerald

Hillary Winger

Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
Research Assistant & Research Coordinator

Carolyn received her PhD in Clinical Psychology and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. She teaches courses on mental health and is the developer and instructor for the Mental Health Certificate. She is focusing on areas in which principals, mental health and special education interests intersect.  

Hillary graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and is currently in the Master of Education program at Laurier. She works as a Research Assistant on the Partnership Engage Grant and a Research Coordinator on the Insight Grant.

Jeffrey MacCormack

Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge

Jeffrey is an assistant professor of Educational Psychology and Inclusion at the University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education. As a former classroom teacher, Dr. MacCormack's research on after-school programs, executive functions, social competence, and play-based learning is also informed by 10 years of experience teaching elementary students and many years of teaching post-secondary adult learners. His work has focused on creating spaces where youth can thrive. He also has an orange-tabby Persian kitten, who is a troublemaker.

Jhonel Morvan

PhD Candidate, Brock University

Jhonel is a collaborator on the Lead to Include team. He is a provincial math educator and leader who is very passionate about equity and inclusion. He currently works at the Ontario Ministry of Education as an Education Officer while pursuing his PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Brock University. His research interests focus on school leadership, inclusion, equity in mathematics, mathematics achievement of racial minorities, and teachers’ expectations. His involvement in this project centers around the intersectional aspects of inclusive leadership.  

Donna McGhie-Richmond

Associate Professor, University of Victoria

Donna is an Associate Professor in Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. Experiences working within transdisciplinary teams to support children and youth with significant and multiple learning challenges are fundamental to her work. Access, Inclusion, Opportunity are concepts central to her undergraduate and graduate-level teaching practice and research. Her research focuses on the intersection between teacher beliefs, knowledge, experiences, and instructional practices in promoting inclusion for all.

Danika Morrison

Research Assistant

Dani is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Global Development Studies at the University of Western Ontario. She manages the social media platforms and digital design for the Lead To Include Insight development grant. She also assists in writing case studies on inclusive education. 

Sara Perkins

Research Assistant

Sara is in her second year of the Bachelor of Education program at Wilfrid Laurier University. She graduated from the University of Guelph with a Master of Arts degree specializing in history. Her research interests are human rights, inclusion, human culture, equity and education.

Daniel Anderson

Research Assistant

Dan has his Honours B.A. in Philosophy from UBC and recently graduated from Laurier with a Masters in Developmental Psychology. He is responsible for exploring the connection between administrators' mental health and inclusivity in schools. He's also responsible for investigating approaches taken to address students' mental health by teachers and youth care providers.

Our research team is based out of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. 

We would like to acknowledge that Wilfrid Laurier University and its campuses are located

on the Haldimand tract, traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. 

Today, this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Métis and Indigenous peoples

from across Turtle Island. Acknowledging them reminds us of our important connection to

this land where we live, learn and work. We recognize, honour and respect these nations as

the traditional stewards of the lands and water on which Laurier is now present.



to learn more about this land acknowledgement.