Speakers


Speakers

Amy Hsu

Bruyère Research Institute and University of Ottawa

Dr. Amy Hsu is an Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute and holds a University of Ottawa Brain and Mind-Bruyère Research Institute Chair in Primary Health Care in Dementia (2019-2024). She is also a Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine. Her research uses population-level health administrative data at ICES (formerly known as the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) to examine older adults’ health and health care needs, especially in those living with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.


Ruth Lavergne

Department of Family Medicine, Dalhousie University

Dr. Ruth Lavergne is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University. Her program of research aims to address disparities in access and build evidence to ensure primary care organization, delivery, and workforce meet the needs of Canadians now and in the future. Her expertise is in quantitative analysis of population-based administrative health data and use of quasi-experimental designs to examine the impact of policy changes. She leads interdisciplinary mixed methods primary care studies in collaboration with experts in qualitative methods, patients, care providers and policymakers. Current work examines changing practice patterns within the physician workforce, focusing on primary care and psychiatry. She also leads research exploring access to primary care for immigrant and refugee populations and integration of care for people who need services for mental health and substance use disorders.


Pascale Lehoux

School of Public Health, Université de Montréal

Dr. Pascale Lehoux is a Professor with the Department of Health Management, Evaluation and Policy at the School of Public Health of Université de Montréal and Researcher at the Public Health Research Center of Université de Montréal and CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. She is a member of the Board of Quebec’s Health Technology Assessment Agency and Co-chair of Research at the International Observatory on the Societal Impacts of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Tools. Her research seeks to improve our understanding and ability to govern technological change in health. Her work examines computerized medical records, telemedicine, science/policy networks, home care equipment used by patients, mobile dialysis units, and the impact of technology assessment on policy-making. When holding the Canada Research Chair on Innovation in Health (2005-2015), she pioneered research on the impact of business models, capital investment and economic policy on technology development in academic spin-off, and developed and evaluated a prospective multimedia-based public deliberation methodology.


Gregory Marchildon

Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Dr. Gregory P. Marchildon is the Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. Prof. Marchildon received his PhD from the London School of Economics, and later served for five years at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. In the 1990s, he was Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and subsequently Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary in the Government of Saskatchewan. From 2001-2002, he was executive director of a federal Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission). He is the author of numerous journal articles and books on Canadian history, comparative public policy, public administration and federalism, including Health Systems in Transition: Canada co-published by the World Health Organization’s regional office for Europe on behalf of the European Observatory and the University of Toronto Press. Prof. Marchildon is the founding director of the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.


Danielle Martin

Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Dr. Danielle Martin is Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a clinician and teacher at Women’s College Hospital, where she has served as Executive Vice President, Lead Medical Executive, and the medical lead of the hospital’s pandemic response, as well as co-founding the Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. Her policy, clinical and academic expertise, combined with her commitment to health equity, have made her a highly regarded health system leader. She regularly provides expertise and formal advice to lawmakers both nationally and abroad. She is an active scholar and an internationally recognized researcher on health system issues. As a well-recognized media spokesperson, she frequently provides commentary on health issues.


Kwame McKenzie

Wellesley Institute and University of Toronto

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and an international expert on the social causes of illness and the development of effective, equitable social policy and health systems. He is also Director of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a practicing psychiatrist. As a policy advisor, clinician, educator and academic with over 240 peer reviewed papers and six books, he has worked across a broad spectrum to improve population health and health services for three decades. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he convened a broad coalition of academics, clinicians and communities to draw attention to the inequitable impacts of the pandemic and the need for collection and use of socio-demographic data. This work has been credited with changing pandemic strategies in Canada and has attracted international attention.


Stephanie Montesanti

School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Dr. Stephanie Montesanti is an Associate Professor and applied health policy and systems researcher at the University of Alberta School of Public Health. Her research applies a systems approach to the design, implementation and evaluation of multi-level interventions that strengthen connections between health systems and communities and promote person-and-family-centred approaches to health services. She draws on implementation science research, participatory action research, and organizational studies to study complex interventions within the primary healthcare system. She is a Scientist with the Centre for Healthy Communities and Member of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute at the University of Alberta. Additionally, she is a member of the Implementation Science Collaborative, supported by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Learning Health System Platform. She collaborates with health system leaders, decision-makers, front-line service providers, patients, and communities on tri-council-funded projects in the areas of primary health care improvement, mental health and trauma-and-violence-informed service delivery, and patient-and-family-centred care. She is also a Principal Investigator of a CIHR Network Environments for Indigenous Health Research funded network called the Indigenous Primary Health Care and Policy Research Network.


David Naylor

COVID-19 Immunity Task Force and University of Toronto

Dr. David Naylor is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto where he served earlier as President (2005-13) and Dean of Medicine (1999-2005). He is currently serving as Co-chair of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Immunity Task Force. Dr. Naylor was founding director of clinical epidemiology at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto (1990-96), and founding CEO (1991-98) of Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. He has co-authored over 300 scholarly publications spanning epidemiology, biostatistics, social history, public policy, medical education, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. He was a two-term inaugural governor of CIHR (2000-04). Dr. Naylor’s public service also includes chairing three national panels: Canada’s review of public health after the 2003 SARS outbreak, the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation (2014-15), and the federal review of support for extramural science and research (2016-17). He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, and an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine.


Pamela Roach

Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Pamela Roach is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and is also the Director, Indigenous health education in the Office of Indigenous, Local and Global Health for the Cumming School of Medicine. She is a PhD health researcher and member of the Métis Nation of Alberta who has worked in a variety of academic and community health care settings, both in Canada and the UK, over the last 18 years. Her research focuses on Indigenous health; brain health and dementia in underserved populations; and developing anti-racism educational interventions.


Stephen Samis

Formerly with Government of Yukon

Stephen Samis was Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services, Government of Yukon, from September 2017 until March 2022. Prior to becoming Deputy Minister, Stephen was Vice President, Programs at the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, now Healthcare Excellence Canada. He joined the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement in 2010 to lead its organizational renewal and transformation. Throughout his career, he has focused on population health, health policy and innovative ways to improve the patient/client/family experience of care, enhance health outcomes and health equity and provide better value-for-money in health and social care spending.