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Jennifer Ardiel
Bridge Masters Fellow 2003 - 2008

Jennifer Ardiel completed her Master of Science degree in Resource Management and Environmental Studies in December 2008. She continues to pursue her interest in sustainable agriculture and currently resides in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. She is currently a Policy Analyst at Natural Resources Canada.

Neil Bellack
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2003 - 2008

After completing his PhD at UBC, Neil moved to Ottawa to attend medical school. He is currently in the second year Family Medicine Residency Program at Queen's University. He continues to have an interest in research and plans to merge this with his clinical work.

Benjamin Bradshaw
Bridge Practitioner 2009 - 2010

Ben Bradshaw is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Guelph.  For the 2009-10 year, he was a UBC Bridge visiting fellow housed in the School of Environmental Health.  He used his time at Bridge to catch up on some writing and to try to add a health dimension to his 7-year old research program focussed on Impact and Benefit Agreements (IBAs) as used in Canada`s mining sector.  His ultimate aim is to determine if the establishment of an IBA between a mine developer and a nearby, impacted Aboriginal community makes a difference for that community`s health.  As a first step towards this goal, Ben submitted a proposal in September 2010 to a CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Competition, the bulk of which was crafted by students in Bridge 501-601.  

Jill  Brimacombe
Bridge Learner 2003-2004

The most important thing I learned during my involvement with the Bridge Program is that my opinion is valuable. I came from an undergraduate engineering background where lectures were typically packed with 130 students and you were rarely (if ever) asked for an opinion! It was a surprise, a challenge, and a pleasure to participate in the Bridge’s small group discussions. I was very impressed with the way critical thought is encouraged in the program, and I enjoyed learning to question and critique others’ research.

Bridge was my first real introduction to collaborative research, and I can honestly say that the experience has shaped my career plans. Jill is currently an Associate Director of real estate at the Gracorp Capital Advisors Ltd.

Ben Brisbois
Bridge Doctoral Fellow 2008 - 2014

Ben completed his PhD in the School of Population and Public Health in September 2014. His doctoral research examined South-North collaborations addressing environmental health problems in the Americas, and focused especially on occupational and environmental pesticide exposure in Ecuador’s banana industry. He is currently working as a research fellow with the Communities of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health in Canada, and Latin America and the Caribbean. He is carrying out research on experiences of members of the communities of practice with research at the intersection of health, ecosystems and society.

Jack Bryden
Bridge Practitioner on Secondment 2004 - 2005

Jack joined the Bridge Program as a Practitioner for a year in 2004-2005. He was a Professional Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Environment. He was involved in regulatory development issues related to liquid and solid waste management and is a member of two Canada-wide regulatory standard setting initiatives. In addition, Jack was the Vice-President of the BC Water and Waste Association for 2005-06.

Jack has recently retired from the BC Ministry of Environment.

Kelly Bush
Bridge Masters Fellow 2004 - 2008

Kelly successfully completed her MASc in civil engineering in the spring of 2008.  She is enjoying life on the west coast and avidly continuing her world travels. Kelly is an environmental engineer with Associated Engineering where she is involved with projects in drinking water treatment and wastewater management.

Catharine Chambers
Bridge Masters Fellow 2007 - 2009

Catharine Chambers completed her MSc thesis at the School of Population and Public Health in September 2009. Following her Master's degree, she went on to complete her Bridge internship at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently working as an Epidemiologist at the BC Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver, BC.

Gerard Chew
Bridge Doctoral Fellow, 2006-2012

In 2006 with over 10 years of senior management work experience in leading national and international technology companies, Gerard Chew returned to UBC to earn his PhD in disaster informatics, after a personal experience during the 2004 Tsunami disaster.  In November 2011, Gerard accepted a position as the head of telemedicine for Singapore where he now resides.

Nina Clark
Bridge Masters Fellow 2006 - 2008

Nina defended her master's thesis in Epidemiology in August 2008 and is currently working as a epidemiologist at Health Canada. She is continuing to study the health effects of air pollution, including projects examining the determinants of air pollution exposure in various locations across Canada. She resides in Vancouver, where she can easily walk or transit nearly everywhere and therefore does

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