Paola Ardiles

Teaching Fellow & Lecturer

Social Innovation and Community Partnerships

Faculty of Health Sciences


  • BSc (Honours), Psychology, University of Toronto
  • MHSc, Health Promotion, University of Toronto
  • Diploma, Investment for Health: Integrating Health in All Policies, University of Padova & WHO European Office for Investment in Health & Development
  • Diploma, Global Health Diplomacy, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  • MBA, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University


Paola Ardiles is a practitioner scholar who has been recognized for her innovative, collaborative and inter-sectoral approaches in health promotion research, policy, practice and education. Her passion is to build partnerships and facilitate dialogue in order to foster the development of practical and creative upstream solutions to tackle complex public health challenges.

Paola founded Bridge for Health in 2013 as a local and global self-organized network promoting public engagement and community health. In 2016, Bridge for Health became a cooperative association with the mission to advance social innovation as it relates to health. Bridge for Health Cooperative received SFU’s 2017 Coast Capital Savings Venture-Social Impact prize for its efforts to advance wellbeing practices in the workplace.

For the past eight years, Paola has been an active volunteer and board member of the Public Health Association of British Columbia. She now serves as the Past President of this non-for-profit organization, which advocates for healthy public policies and public health workforce development.

Research Interests

Paola has worked on collaborative research initiatives related to capacity building and policy in various public health areas including mental health promotion, health equity, health promoting universities, health literacy, immigrant & refugee health, women’s mental health, public health workforce, workplace health, and social inclusion. Her recent work includes advancing health promotion education and sustainability practices through social innovation and intersectoral action.

Teaching Interests

Paola is the co-designer of the Health Change Lab at SFU Surrey in partnership with RADIUS Social Innovation Hub, Beedie School of Business. The Health Change Lab is an experiential program to help students identify community health challenges and co-design innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. It served as a catalyst for the development of the Surrey CityLab, a new community-academic partnership between the City of Surrey, Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Paola developed, and teaches, Health Promotion in Practice for the Master of Public Health program. She provides mentorship and supervision in the area of health promotion and social innovation. In 2014, Paola was profiled as a faculty champion for the SFU Healthy Campus initiative for supporting real-life learning to improve well-being in the learning environment.

Publications and Activities

View Paola Ardiles' publications here.


2018 - Inaugural SFU President’s Social Media Newsmaker Award

2017 - TD Bank's 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians

2017 - Inaugural Health Promotion Canada's Mid Career national award

2017 - Surrey Board of Trade- Women in Business, Social Trailblazer award

2012 - Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award of Distinction