The Team

    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:

  • Alexandra Ilici, BSc, Cognitive Instructor

    My fascination with the brain first stemmed from an interest in biological psychology and mental health. This further developed into a passion for learning how the brain and body interact and influence each other, leading me to pursue a Bachelor in Behavioural Neuroscience at Simon Fraser University. Throughout my studies at SFU, I became increasingly …

  • Josh Poirier, MSc, Executive Director

    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 …

  • 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 at the age …

  • 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 designed 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, Board Member

    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 me …

  • 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. …

  • Dave Babych, Board of Directors

    Dave has lived in the Greater Vancouver area for over 25 years. He is a former professional athlete playing 19 years in the NHL, seven of those with the Vancouver Canucks. Currently, he acts as an Ambassador with the Vancouver Canucks and as a partner in Environmental Mats in the Oil and gas sector as …

  • 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, …

  • Advisory Board

  • Lillian Wong

    After over 30 years of living with a brain injury, 25 years of facilitating brain injury support groups and 15 years of working with the disabled, poor and marginalized, Lillian’s passion is to point people towards hope. Her social work and counselling backgrounds serve to complement her ability to promote resilience in the people she …

  • Marie-Eve Guillotte, MSC Marketing

    In 2014, Marie-Eve was diagnosed with a devastating brain infection and had six brain surgeries. After her first surgery she became paralyzed and had to learn to walk again. She worked hard on her rehabilitation, after which she was left on her own to figure out what to do next. Two years later, she started …

  • 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 …