Paola Ardiles

Senior Lecturer Social Innovation and Community Partnerships

Health Sciences

Paola Ardiles

Senior Lecturer, Social Innovation and Community Partnerships

Health Sciences

Areas of interest

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship; Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Community-Engaged Learning; Experiential Learning; Health Promoting Universities; Organizational Development.


  • 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
  • PhD (c), Faculty of Health, Torrens University


Paola Ardiles is a practitioner scholar who has been recognized for her innovative, collaborative and inter-sectoral approaches in health promotion policy, practice, research and education. Paola’s 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.

Ardiles 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 equity. 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.


Paola Ardiles has designed and teaches a graduate course in Health Promotion (HSC 855-Health Promotion in Practice) and has develop a new innovation and community-engaged curriculum at SFU Surrey campus which included a community service course (HSC 449-Community and Health Service), an applied health science course (HSC 495-Applied Health Science Project). All of the courses have been built on the foundations of health equity and community participation.

In 2016, Paola co-designed 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.

Ms. Ardiles has been a long-standing faculty champion for the SFU Healthy Campus initiative supporting real-life learning to improve well-being in the learning environment.

Currently, Paola serves as the Faculty Teaching Fellow, a leadership role to support the continued improvement of teaching and learning within FHS. She is co-leading various projects to advance pedagogical research in community-engaged learning, as well as the development of an anti-racism training initiative for faculty and staff.


Ardiles has both led and collaborated in various research initiatives related to health promotion, education, policy and social innovation. Currently, Ardiles is the co-principal investigator of the National Health Literacy survey study on COVID-10, with colleagues at the University of Toronto, as part of the Global Research Consortium on Health Literacy. She is also a co-investigator on a research study funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), which is studying peer-based models to improve Indigenous health in HIV.

Between 2017-2019, Ardiles obtained two Teaching and Learning Development research grants from SFU to understand the impact of the Health Change Lab and Surrey CityLab , from both the student experience and the community perspective. In addition, Paola was a co-investigator in a university-wide study related to Democratic Teaching practices at SFU, and she is currently co-leading a qualitative study related to community-engaged learning at SFU.

Honours & Awards

Mar 2021 – Simon Fraser University
SFU Healthy Campus Community Champion Award, Faculty of Health Sciences 

Sep 2019 – Simon Fraser University
Excellence in Undergraduate Studies Teaching Award, Faculty of Health Sciences 

Feb 2018 – Simon Fraser University
SFU’s Inaugural Award-President’s Social Media Newsmaker of the Year

Dec 2017 – Health Promotion Canada
Inaugural National Health Promotion Mid-Career Award

Nov 2017 – TD Bank Latinos in Leadership and the Canadian Hispanic Business Alliance
TD’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians for 2017

Mar 2017 – Surrey Board of Trade
Women in Business-Social Trailblazer Award   

Sep 2012 – Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division
Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award of Distinction                            

Follow her on Twitter: @Paola_A_Ardiles


Future courses may be subject to change.

Publications and activities:

View Paola Ardiles' publications here.