Meet Our Students (2024)

Read the biographies of our Doctor of Social Sciences students below.

Desiree Bagnall

Desiree Bagnall

Doctoral Student

Tansi, my name is Desiree Bagnall, I am Cree, Dene, Inuvialuit, and Scottish. I am 35 years old, a single mother with two beautiful young girls. I specialize in Indigenous Tourism and I am passionate about tourism as a means of reconciliation and reconnection to self, community, and culture.

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Robyn Cassidy

Robyn Cassidy

Doctoral Student

Teacher, Mentor, and Inclusive Education Leader in Parkland School Division in Alberta. I have been an educator in Ontario and Alberta for the past 16 years, teaching alternative middle and high school programs.

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Nancy Coldham

Nancy Coldham

Doctoral Student

I am the founding partner of The CG Group, a public affairs management consulting firm based in Toronto, established in 1982, in Toronto, Canada. I lead the strategy practice as well as issues, crisis and reputation management.

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Dawn Dancing Otter

Dawn Dancing Otter

Doctoral Student

I am a settler on Lekwungen traditional territories, a mother of two adult kids ages 18 and 25, dancer, choreographer, artist, writer, scholar, educator of trauma-informed healing and ceremonial facilitation, Yogi, Somatic and Transpersonal Therapist, Leadership Consultant,  social scientist, and Doctoral student.

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Soni Dasmohapatra

Soni Dasmohapatra

Doctoral Student

Currently I am an Assistant Professor in the Arts and Cultural Management department at MacEwan University in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications. I am CEO of a boutique consulting company that collaborates with individuals, groups, institutions, and agencies to shape tools that pave the way for inclusive platforms.

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Michelle Davey

Michelle Davey

Doctoral Student

Currently, I am a manager with B.C. Government in a quality management unit. In this role, I support a process of external systemic quality improvement by conducting inspections of Provincial Correctional Centres, ensuring adherence to regulation, procedure, and policy. I am a graduate of the Master of Arts in Leadership program with Royal Roads University (2022) and I volunteer as the Vice President of the Vancouver Island Association of Women Police (VIAWP).

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Kofi Demanya

Kofi Demanya

Doctoral Student

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Technology with majors in Agric. Economics & Extension from the University for Development Studies – Tamale (2000) and a Commonwealth Master of Business Administration from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology – Kumasi, both in Ghana.

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Earl Einarson

Earl Einarson

Doctoral Student

My name is Earl Einarson. I am proudly Ktunaxa First Nations, which is situated near modern day Cranbrook, BC, and I live, work, and build community on traditional, unceded Musqueam territory, in modern day Richmond. I am a Sixties Scoop survivor.

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Donnie Oulton

Donnie Oulton

Doctoral Student

I currently work at the Department of National Defence (DND) in the National Security and Intelligence Review and Oversight Coordination Secretariat (NSIROCS) as a Senior Analyst. I transitioned to this position in 2022 after serving 28 years in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

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Dan Spring

Dan Spring

Doctoral Student

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) BC Certified Teacher working online to provide support to Autistic and neurodivergent children and adults throughout the province. I have an interdisciplinary MA from Antioch University in the social sciences with a focus on Neurodiversity.

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David Top

David Top

Doctoral Student

My name is David Luoy Top, and I am a Doctor of Social Sciences Student. Originally from Sudan, now residing in Calgary, Canada. Lived in Kenya as a refugee for almost 6 years. I arrived in Canada in 1999 and have since made Calgary my home.

 

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Lu Yin

Lu Yin

Doctoral Student

As a lecturer at Jiangxi Institute of Applied Science and Technology in China, I specialize in teaching the undergraduate public core course “Responsibility Dynamics.” My educational background includes obtaining a MBA from Laurentian University(2019) in Canada, and Master in Food Science from Nanchang University(2014) and Bachelor’s in Management from China Pharmaceutical University(2009) in China.

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