Our Team

Meghan Winters, PhD

Meghan Winters is a Principal Investigator for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. Her research focuses on ways that cities and their infrastructure can play a role in promoting healthy and safe transportation, for people of all ages and abilities. She is happiest when working in close collaboration with cities and stakeholders to conduct research and create tools that address real-world challenges. Dr. Winters is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University; founder and lead of the "Cities, Health & Active Transportation Research" (CHATR) lab; a core investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar. She has a MSc in Health Care and Epidemiology and a PhD from the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Out of the office, Meghan aims to spend the maximum time outside, biking, camping, picnicking and exploring with her family in tow.

Daniel Fuller, PhD

Daniel Fuller is a co-investigator for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. His research focuses on using wearable technologies to study physical activity, transportation interventions, and equity in urban spaces. He focuses his methodological work on methods for natural experiments, and machine learning. Dr. Fuller is a Canada Research Chair in Population Physical Activity in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University. He has an MSc in Kinesiology from the University of Saskatchewan, a PhD in Public Health from Université de Montréal, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Out of office, Daniel is the Neighbourhood Factors Team co-lead of the Canadian Urban Environmental Health (CANUE) Research Consortium. He spends free time chasing his two rambunctious kids, is a runner with no plans to ever run a marathon, relives his youth playing recreational basketball on Mondays and Wednesdays, and is a long-suffering Montreal Canadiens fan.

Trisalyn Nelson, PhD

Trisalyn Nelson is a co-investigator for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. Her research develops and uses spatial and spatial-temporal analyses to address applied questions in a wide range of fields from ecology to health. Currently, her research focuses on wildlife movement and active transportation. Dr. Nelson has led the creation of www.BikeMaps.org, a web-map and app to gather crowdsourced data to quantify and monitor patterns of urban cycling safety and ridership. Dr. Nelson is the current Director of Arizona State University’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Victoria. From 2005 to 2016 Dr. Nelson was the Director of the Geomatics Program at the University of Victoria where she also founded and directed the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab in the Department of Geography and held the Lansdowne Research Chair in Spatial Sciences.  As a mom and an avid cyclist, Trisalyn’s dream is to pave the way for even safer cycling conditions, which will ultimately lead to more people biking.

David Whitehurst, PhD

David Whitehurst is a co-investigator for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. He is an economist who has specialized in the areas of health and health care throughout his career. The concepts of health state description and valuation, comparability across alternative health-related quality of life instruments, and the application of economic evaluation techniques alongside intervention studies have been common themes throughout his career. Dr. Whitehurst is a faculty member in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a Scientist at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. Prior to his appointment at SFU as an Assistant Professor, he has held research positions at the Universities of British Columbia (Postdoctoral Fellow), Birmingham (United Kingdom (UK); Research Fellow) and Keele (UK; Research Associate, Research Assistant). He has an MSc in Health Economics from University of York (UK) and a PhD in Primary Care Sciences (specializing in health economics) from Keele University.

Lise Gauvin, PhD

Lise Gauvin is a co-investigator for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study.  Dr. Gauvin has extensive research experience focused on the socio-environmental determinants of involvement physical activity, interventions to promote physical activity at the population level, and social determinants of disordered eating. Her team investigates how different neighbourhood characteristics can influence people’s lifestyle choices, what neighbourhood features can become the target of public health interventions, and on how these interventions can successfully shape urban residential areas. Dr. Gauvin’s ongoing research and knowledge and exchange activities are developed in partnership with researchers and interventionists at the Montreal Public Health Department. Dr. Gauvin is a Full Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, École de santé publique at the University of Montreal and part of the Léa-Roback Research Centre on Social Inequalities in Health in Montreal.

Suzanne Therrien, MPH

Suzanne is the Research Coordinator for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. She has a Master's of Public Health degree with specialization in Population Health from Simon Fraser University and an undergraduate degree in Recreation and Health Education from the University of Victoria. She has nearly a decade of experience working in project management and population health research with teams at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Hip Health & Mobility.  Suzanne has been a long-time cycling commuter, growing-up zipping around Victoria and now exploring the recreational pathways of her new hometown Kelowna, BC. She is also a trained florist and enjoys time in nature, travelling and sharing a meal with her friends and family.

Jaimy Fischer

Jaimy is a MSc student and mapping research assistant for the Impacts of Bicycling Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study.  She specialized in geomatics and obtained her first degree through the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria where she also worked with Dr. Nelson and the BikeMaps.org team in the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research (SPAR) Lab.  Jaimy has a long-time love of bikes, having trained as a professional bicycle mechanic before pursuing her undergraduate degree. When not mountain biking or cycling around the city, Jaimy can be found travelling and adventuring outdoors.

Calvin Thigpen, PhD

Calvin Thigpen is a postdoctoral fellow at Arizona State University, working with Dr. Nelson on the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. Dr. Thigpen conducts research in the realms of travel behavior, urban planning, and sustainable transportation, using advanced statistical techniques to answer his research questions. During his PhD at UC Davis, Calvin's dissertation focused on understanding how previous bicycling experiences lead to changes in "motility" - the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and norms necessary for travel. Currently, his work with Dr. Trisalyn Nelson focuses on bicycling behavior and safety. Calvin is also an avid runner and bicyclist, and he enjoys camping and backpacking with his family.

Michael Branion-Calles, PhD Candidate

Michael is a doctoral student for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study.  Michael is currently completing his PhD with Dr. Winters in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and holds a MSc in Geography from the University of Victoria.  Michael's PhD research is broadly concerned with studying the links between cyclist's sociodemographic characteristics, perceptions of risk, and their objective safety using a wide variety of unique datasets. His research specifically includes analyzing the differences between conditions in which crowdsourced cycling safety data are reported to traditional insurance data, using large multi-city survey data to study the association between built environment characteristics and perceptions cycling safety, and utilizing prospectively collected safety data in several major European cities to understand how demographics, built environment and traffic conditions contribute to cycling crash rates. Michael is also Manager for Spatial Data Lab at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. When he is not buried in books and research, Michael enjoys spending quality time outdoors hiking, cycling, or playing soccer.

Danielle DeVries

Danielle DeVries is a Master’s student for the Impacts of Bicycle Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study. She has worked with Dr. Winters’ research group for over 2 years on several active travel projects. Currently, she is a Master’s of Urban Studies student researching the equity impacts of rapid transit. She also completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours thesis with Dr. Winters on the built environment correlates of active travel to elementary school, and completed an internship in Urban Planning in Durban, South Africa. For the IBIMS project, she will be working with Dr. Whitehurst to use the Health Economic Assessment Tool (HEAT). Danielle grew up on the child seat of her dad’s bicycle and riding recreationally with family. She recently rediscovered the joys of bicycling on the Mobi bike share bicycles in Vancouver.


Karen Laberee, MSc

Karen works as a Victoria collaborator for the Impacts of Bicycling Infrastructure in Mid-Sized Cities study.  With many years of research and project management experience, expertise in community-oriented outreach and engagement, and strong connections in the City of Victoria, the CRD and UVic, Karen provides on-the-ground knowledge of progress on the Victoria AAA-Network, as well as related bicycle events and activities.  She also provides an information bridge between related BikeMaps.org and INTERACT projects. Prior to her current work on BikeMaps.org, Karen worked as lab manager at the Spatial Pattern Analysis and Research Lab at UVic, while collaborating on a wide variety of research projects. In her personal life, Karen has gained considerable experience volunteering on numerous boards that support amateur sports or community initiatives. In addition to being mom to a somewhat sports-crazy family, Karen can be found running the trails around Victoria.