Paola Ardiles: Practitioner-scholar, Social Trailblazer & Health Change Lab Instructor

Paola Ardiles was recently appointed a Continuing Lecturer, Social Innovation, Health and Community Partnerships with SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. RADIUS is thrilled to continue working with Paola, and to welcome her to our team of instructors for the Fall 2018 Health Change Lab!
Paola co-developed the original Health Change Lab curriculum in 2016 and has since been involved as a valued mentor and teacher to our cohort participants.  As a practitioner-scholar, Paola brings an interdisciplinary, collaborative, systems-focused approach to community health into the classroom.
Holding a BSc (hons) in Psychology, a Master of Health Science and a Masters of Business Administration, Paola has dedicated her academic career and community work to exploring the complex systems and structures that impact health and well-being. Paola is the Founder of Bridge for Health, a startup co-operative committed to social innovation for improving well-being. Over the past year, Paola has been recognized as one of TD Bank’s 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians and also received a 2017 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business award in the Social Trailblazer Category.
Paola will be joining experienced Beedie School of Business instructors Shawn Smith and Tamara Connell to co-deliver Health Change Lab from September to December 2018. An experiential,  once-in-a-degree studio program, Health Change Lab invites SFU undergraduate students to investigate a real social, economic, or environmental challenge that impacts community health. Interdisciplinary student teams each build a creative intervention to a particular challenge and present their ideas to community influencers – all in just 13 weeks.
Applications for Health Change Lab are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. The Round 2 deadline is April 30th, 2018. Find program details at