Pamela Fuselli, MSc is the President and CEO at Parachute. Previously at Parachute she was Vice President, Knowledge Transfer and Stakeholder Relations. Pamela was the Executive Director at Safe Kids Canada and, during her tenure, was one of the four leaders who successfully led a process of national consultation and visioning, resulting in the formation of Parachute, Canada’s national charity dedicated to injury prevention.
What really drives her is the heartbreaking knowledge that the majority of serious injuries and deaths are preventable. Pamela leads Parachute’s mission to turn evidence of what works into action, building strong relationships with stakeholders across Canada to achieve this mission. Over 20 years in the health care/injury prevention sector, Pamela’s work has focused on influencing public policy and public perceptions and knowledge with effective interventions. She strongly believes in collective impact, harnessing the strength of those seeking similar outcomes to achieve social change.
Pamela has led publications including the Evidence Summary on the Prevention of Poisoning, in Canada, The Cost of Injury in Canada, as well as the Canadian Injury Prevention Resource and the Canadian Guideline on Concussion in Sport, both first such resources in Canada. Pamela is a principal investigator on the Canadian Concussion Network, a CIHR-funded project, where she sits on the executive committee. She oversees the Secretariat for the Canadian Surveillance System on Poison Information and co-chairs their Public Outreach & Communications Working Group and oversees the Secretariat for the Canadian Collaborating Centres on Injury Prevention. Pamela is a long-time member on various national committees such as the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Injury Prevention Committee, the Trauma Association of Canada’s Injury Prevention Working Group, and Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committees.
Pamela is involved with numerous research projects, with roles ranging from co-principal investigator to knowledge translation advisor on grants. Examples include CIHR-funded projects such as a multi-year, five-city project focusing on the impact of the built environment on children’s active transportation and a pilot project to develop a peer-to-peer concussion model for high school students.
In addition, Pamela is an invited keynote and plenary speaker and presenter at conferences and workshops, has testified as an expert at federal and provincial government standing committees and inquiries, and she is a media spokesperson on a wide range of injury prevention topics, public policy issues, knowledge mobilization, and collective action.
Pamela received her BSC in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1992, her BHA (2002) from Ryerson University and MSc (2010) in Creativity and Change Leadership from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.