SAFER Founder and Chair
Cathy founded SAFER in 2004 and currently serves as Chairperson of the organization. Her passion for women’s health and human rights has generated wide support for SAFER across Canada. After SAFER’s inaugural visit to the Panzi Hospital, Cathy spent several months as a Visiting Scholar at Auckland University of Technology where she worked with Professor Marilyn Waring, a feminist economist, analysing the data collected by the SAFER research team. During this period, she also began an in-depth study of gender-based violence from a historical and socioeconomic perspective. Cathy has university degrees in Geophysics and Neuroscience, and journalism experience with the National Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Discovery Channel. She is currently working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the Brain Research Unit, Helsinki University of Technology.
Brad played an integral role in the formation of SAFER and now organizes media, outreach and advocacy. In 2007, Brad was part of the SAFER research team that traveled to Bukavu, DRC and conducted research at the Panzi Hospital. On behalf of SAFER he has been invited to various mainstream media interviews and given lectures on the subject of sexual violence, HIV and conflict in the Great Lakes region. He has recently wrapped up his research as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in the Department of Clinical Neurology and is now an Imaging Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.