Bio and CV
Scott is committed to working along-side First Nations and Indigenous organizations in addressing health inequities and issues of poverty, with the goal of advancing Nation re-building. He brings extensive experience in community-based participatory action research, program evaluation, strategic planning, policy development, community development, as well as knowledge translation and exchange. He is especially interested in co-designing and co-developing social and health systems that are supportive of the resurgence of Nation-driven pathways to wellness and self-determination. He is currently partnering with several Indigenous organizations and Nations in the work of re-thinking and re-planning how to align community-based programs and services with Indigenous ways of knowing and being. He is honoured to work with the Gitksan Government Commission and its partner communities in the re-design of social development supports to align with Gitksan ways of being. He is also grateful for his collaboration with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en in support of their efforts to bring about the resurgence of Wet’suwet’en ways of caring for families and children through the Anuk Nu’ At’en Ba’glgh’iyi Z’ilhdic (ANABIP) Program.
As an expert facilitator of organizational development processes, Scott has led over 150 organization and community change projects in the past ten years. In this work, he has partnered with many organizations, including: Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Canadian Mental Health Association, City of Vancouver, City of Surrey, City of Richmond, City of North Vancouver, College of Health Disciplines at UBC, Columbia Basin Trust, Doctors of BC, First Nations Health Authority, First Nations Health Council, Fraser Basin Council, Ministry of Advanced Education, Ministry of Health, Public Health Services Authority, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Services Authority, Vancouver Foundation, United Way of the Lower Mainland, United Nations Development Programme, Vancouver Coastal Health and many others.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Education (with distinction) and a Master of Arts in Theory and Policy Studies (specialization in Philosophy of Education) from the University of Toronto. He has written extensively on the problem of poverty, relations between privilege and oppression, food security, mental health and problem substance use, as well as community capacity development. He has published several peer-reviewed articles on social, health and educational policy issues and regularly presents his work at conferences locally and internationally. In addition to his appointment at UBC, Scott is the Associate Executive Director and Manager of Research, Planning and Community Development for the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia (SPARC BC). He is grateful to the Musqueam Nation for hosting the ICP program on their ancestral and unceded territory.