Our Team

Team of Lived Experience


Alex is a strong advocate for the homeless, with his own personal journey that took him from success to homelessness and back. He has been a research team member with such organizations as the MHCC at Home/Chez Soi, Dixon Halls Out of the Cold project, CAMH, and St. Mikes Star Learning Centre and many more around Mental Health, Addictions and Homelessness. Alex draws on his own lived experience in his role as a researcher, advisor / consultant and board member to several committees and organizations including Homeless Connect Toronto and the Toronto Alliance to End Homelessness.

Alex Zsager, Lead

Althea grew up in Jamaica and moved to Toronto due to domestic violence. She has experienced the shelter system and precarious housing. Althea wants to look out for her community. 

Althea Galloway

Paul holds a MSc in psychology and loves research. He has lived on government assistance and understands the challenges of people experiencing homelessness with chronic illness. 

Paul Mattless

Academic Team 

Jillian Macklin
MD/PhD Candidate
Ashton Trotman-Grant
PhD Candidate

Academic Mentors: 

Dr. Jennifer Gibson, PhD - Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Dr. Andrew Pinto, MD, MSc - MAP Centre for Urban Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital 

Dr. Heather Ross, MD, MSc - Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, University Health Network 

Community Partners: