Secretariat Team

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Carol campbell, PHD.

Co-Director and Co-Chair of the Planning and Implementation Committee

Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change and Program Coordinator for Educational Leadership and Policy graduate courses at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. Carol is also Co-Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER). Carol is known for her commitment to combining evidence from professional knowledge and research to develop professional capacity for educational improvement. Carol is an appointed Education Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education in Ontario, and a member of the Premier’s Expert Panel on the Highly Skilled Workforce..


Katina Pollock, PhD.

Co-Director and Co-Chair of the Planning and Implementation Committee

Dr. Katina Pollock is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy in the field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies at the Faculty of Education, Western University. A scholar in leadership and policy, Katina has been awarded a number of research grants and contracts with various funders. Two of these projects are funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The first, a SSHRC insight development grant, focuses on the contemporary work of secondary school principals (2013-2016) and the second, with Drs. Pinto and Winton, explores the complexities of policy layer enactment in Ontario secondary schools (2015-2020).

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shasta carr-harris

KNAER Knowledge Mobilization and Project Manager

Shasta Carr Harris is a knowledge mobilization (KMb) and project manager with experience contributing expertise and support to provincial networks as part of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER), the first provincial initiative focused solely on mobilizing knowledge in the Ontario education system. Prior to joining the KNAER Secretariat, Shasta was a project manager on the Knowledge Mobilization team at OISE/UT and continues to lead the planning and implementation of the Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE), which has published over 200 research summaries for Ontario educators. Since 2012, Shasta has co-developed KMb workshops at the Ontario Ministry of Education, provided feedback on knowledge mobilization plans to faculty at the University of Toronto, developed actionable KMb resources (templates, checklists, and tip sheets), and delivered over 20 presentations on Knowledge Mobilization.

Connect with Shasta on Twitter @ShastaCH

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KNAER-RECRAE Knowledge Mobilization Manager

Kelly Bairos has studied Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) since 2011 in both professional and academic capacities. As the Network Manager for the first phase of KNAER, Kelly created connections between projects and organizations across Ontario, as well as worked as part of a team that created multiple KMb resources and workshops for a variety of audiences. Kelly has a Master’s degree in Education from Western University and is particularly interested in how systems and game theories can contribute to the field of knowledge mobilization.

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KNAER Support Team

Virginia Brown

Virginia Brown

Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Virginia Brown has completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in French followed by a Bachelor of Education degree where she specialized in Intermediate/Senior French and Geography along with the use of technologies in the classroom. After becoming a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT), she began working for the Thames Valley District School Board in both the elementary and secondary school systems which has given her extensive knowledge of the K-12 curriculum. Virginia looks forward to the transition from the classroom to her new role for the KNAER.

Melinda Phuong

Melinda Julie Phuong

Knowledge Mobilization Intern

Melinda Julie Phuong is a Masters of Education candidate at York University, focusing her research on post-secondary education policies and how political-economic factors influence student access to quality education and student success. Melinda holds a Bachelor of Education degree in the Intermediate/Senior division for Social Sciences and French as a Second Language, also from York University, as well as a bilingual Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Psychology from Glendon College. She has a keen interest on knowledge mobilisation across the Ontario education system and is looking forward to interning at KNAER through York University's pilot Academic Innovative Fund (AIF) graduate internship program, where she will be able to acquire practical experience in working towards the betterment of public education in Ontario.

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For further information or to connect with the Ministry team, please contact Sofya Malik, Senior Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator and Project Lead at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ministry responsibility for the KNAER is led by the Education Research and Evaluation Strategy Branch.

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