The Team

    Board Of Directors

  • Howard Eaton, M.Ed – Co-Director, Director of Research

    I love creating educational programs for children, young adults and adults that are specifically design to be life-enhancing. My focus has been on building educational environments that work with children with a variety of special needs profiles – from those who are diagnosed gifted with learning challenges to others with severe learning disabilities. This passion …

  • Mark Watson, MA – Co-Director

    Brain injury, concussions and brain change have always been of interest to me. As an educator and athlete I have always appreciated the role of rehabilitation in increasing performance. Understanding alternative learning platforms has been of interest to me since I was diagnosed with Dyslexia in elementary school. My early experiences with education helped medevelop …

  • Dave Babych, Board of Directors

    Coming soon

  • Michael A. Kale, B.A. LLB, Board of Directors

    Michael is a senior corporate commercial solicitor with 30 years of experience. He assists clients in achieving their financing, development, acquisitions and divestitures goals at his firm in downtown Vancouver. Michael grew up in North Vancouver. He attended the University of British Columbia where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, …

  • Naoko Yamaguchi, Treasurer 

    Naoko has a background in human resources and financial management. She oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances, including development and management of budgets and reporting to boards. Naoko is excited to be part of the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health team because it helps clients strengthen their brains after traumatic and acquired brain injuries. …

  • Staff

    Clients who register to be part of the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health will be monitored by some of the best experts in the brain field, they include:

  • Josh Poirier, MSc, Site Manager and Cognitive Instructor

    My journey towards working with individuals recovering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI), acquired brain injuries or concussions began back in high school as I tried to outrun a defender in a rugby match. Diagnosed with a concussion, my recovery was slow and the symptoms never really seemed to go away. I felt my coaches and …

  • AC Close, Marketing and Communications Director, WCBH

    AC’s quest for information to understand the brain and mental health started for her at a young age. In middle school she was diagnosed by Howard Eaton, Co Founder of WCBH, as being severely dyslexic. He provided support, accommodations, and taught her how to become her own advocate. She had always been athletic growing up …

  • Heike Dumke MSc. Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist, RCC, RRP

    Heike developed a fascination with Medicine and Psychology during her childhood and early teenage years, and in line with this fascination, has acquired extensive and varied experience in the healthcare profession through clinical and research work. Following the fall of the wall in 1989, Heike had an opportunity to move to Canada, where she pursued …

  • Katryna Koenig, Cognitive Instructor and Recreation Therapist

    I have a passion for partnering with people to achieve wellness goals through meaningful activities and strengths-based action planning. After working for several years with the brain injury community in group programs and individual coaching, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use research-based tools in neuroplasticity alongside therapeutic recreation practices to improve a person’s quality of living.    My interest in rehabilitation, wellness and therapeutic recreation started when at the age …

  • Advisory Board

  • Marie-Eve Guillotte

    Coming Soon

  • Stuart Hankinson

    Stuart is a partner at Bennett Jones LLP in Vancouver. His practice focuses on complex construction, commercial and insurance dispute resolution. He frequently acts as counsel, or as a mediator, arbitrator or facilitator. Stuart also lectures regularly for organizations, including the Canadian Institute, Insight Education Services, Agenda Management Limited and Pacific Business & Law Institute. Prior to …