The Team - Watson Centre for Brain Health

The Team

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, taking a head-to-head hit that led to post-concussion symptoms…

Hélène Thériault, OT

Occupational Therapist


Hélène is a graduate of the School of Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University in 2015 and became an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through Essential Impact and the International Coach Federation (ICF) in 2017…

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…

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 …

Niall Granger

Certified Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach


Hi, my name is Niall Grainger I am a certified Personal Trainer & Strength and Conditioning coach, my background is in general fitness, body composition, injury prevention and Strength & conditioning which I have a tremendous passion for and large experience in…

Jodi Campbell

Clinical Counsellor, MA, RCC


Jodi Campbell is a registered clinical counsellor who works in private practice with a focus on trauma. She works from a relationship-focused, attachment-based framework helping people understand and heal past wounds so that they can become more open to ….

Leanne Rockliff

Financial Controller


I am driven to promote change within people so that as a society we can grow. When I was first introduced to Watson Centre, I was inspired seeing the growth and potential to make a positive impact on so many futures. My role as Financial Controller is to…

Board of Directors

Howard Eaton, M.Ed

Board Member, Chair


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 …

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…

Naoko Yamaguchi

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…

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…

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…

Marie-Eve Guillotte

Board Member


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…

Advisory Board

Lillian Wong

Advisory Board Member
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…

Stuart Hankinson

Advisory Board Member
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…


The Founders, Board of Directors & Staff are committed to providing an encouraging atmosphere for people with brain injury to help them move forward no matter what the time frame of their injury is.

Core Values

Safety, empathy, determination, collaboration and growth.


Improving the quality of life for people who have suffered brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, or concussions.


To provide programs, delivered by specialists, for the purpose of helping people with brain injury to improve and reclaim their lives to the fullest.

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