About Us

Dr. Jeffrey L. Reading MSc PhD FCAHS
Heart Health and Wellness Chair

In 2016, Dr. Reading was appointed Inaugural BC First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital and Professor, Simon Fraser University. Jeff obtained his PhD in Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto (1994). He has served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2000-2008), founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria (2008-2012) and first interim director at the new Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health that was created with a generous gift of $10M from Dr. Michael Dan, based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (2015). Jeff’s broad interests include First Nations heart health and wellbeing, community engaged and evidence based program research and health interventions timed to key stages and gender in the life course, the social and economic determinants of health and well-being, disease and disability prevention, treatment and accessibility to health care, public health and safe potable water. Presently Jeff is Chair of the CIHR Indigenous Peer Review Panel Cluster and is a member of the CIHR Indigenous Health Research Iterative Review Working Group, 2016-2017.


Rebecca Lee, MA
Research Manager

Prior to joining the IHEART Centre, Rebecca was working with the First Nations Health Authority as the Wellness Outcomes Evaluation Specialist she worked on the development and community engagement around Wellness Indicators and supporting the evaluation around Respecting Tobacco.  Rebecca completed a B.A. in Recreation and Health Education, University of Victoria.  During her cooperative education programs she focused on supporting health education with people living with disabilities.

Rebecca completed her M.A. in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the University of London, UK. After finishing her studies she completed a CIDA internship at a human rights center in South Africa. Rebecca also worked with the Evaluation Unit at the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Ottawa. While working as a consulting, she worked on two CIDA funded projects in South East Asia as a Project Officer and Evaluation Specialist. As an Evaluation consultant, she worked with a number of organizations including Oxfam, and with the Namgis First Nations, Alert Bay. As a Research Associate with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN), Prevention and Vulnerable Populations Core, her focus was on supporting community based HIV research with key populations including with HIV positive First Nations women.