Cameron D. Norman is the Principal of Cense Research + Design. Cameron brings more than 20 years of experience working in the education, non-profit and health systems as a teacher, scientist, evaluator and designer.
Dr Norman is also an Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, where he has taught graduate courses in health behaviour change, systems science perspectives on public health, health promotion practice, and program evaluation.
My passion is helping innovators address those thorny, complex and vexing problems that affect organizations and communities and to see the joy that comes from learning the various ways they can make a real difference in addressing these problems and becoming an active part of the discovery process.
Education & Training
Cameron holds an undergraduate honours and a Masters degree in psychology and remains an active member of the Association for Psychological Science and Canadian Psychological Association, where he served as Chair of the Community Psychology section from 1998 – 2012 and was recognized with the Canadian Community Psychology Award for “outstanding contributions to Canadian community psychology” in 2014.
Dr Norman earned his PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, where he also completed two certificate programs in post-secondary teaching. This was followed by post-doctoral training in Systems Thinking and Knowledge Translation jointly at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation at the University of British Columbia and the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network in Toronto.
In 2013 he completed a Master of Design degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU in Toronto.
My years in school is about a commitment to learning and having had the fortunate opportunity to do so with some remarkable people at amazing institutions. Learning happens anywhere we allow it – not just in classrooms and universities — and there is so much we can learn from our work and colleagues, by making and doing wherever we are. We work with others to take the work they are already doing and help them do it better.
Cameron is an active in the design community as a member of AIGA and the Design Management Institute and is a full member of the Academy of Management. As a professional evaluator, Dr. Norman maintains membership in the American Evaluation Association and is a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) through the Canadian Evaluation Society .
Dr Norman is also a professional member of the Canadian Public Health Association and the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.
Engagement with the professional communities of evaluation, design, public health and business ensures that CENSE Research + Design is operating at the leading edge of the fields of practice in which it operates. Our broad engagement in fellowship with other professionals ensures that we remain leaders in practice and research and can generate transdisciplinary solutions to problems that refuse to be categorized.
Art and design reflect Cameron’s personal pursuits within and outside of Cense Research + Design, adding to the work of the studio. Photography and visual art are two of his areas of practice. Cameron is also a barista and home coffee roaster and has been developing coffee blends for more than 15 years. In addition to art and drink, Cameron is avid moviegoer and book lover.
Work is something that comes from who we are and what we do in our lives beyond the studio. I love to create things, whether in a sketchbook, a notepad, the gym, or behind the camera. I’m always trying new ways to transform ideas into something that is fun to look at, use or can make my life or that of someone else better. Where work ends and play starts is pretty fuzzy as they seem the same to me in so many respects.