Jennifer Lyn Baumbusch
School of Nursing, University of BC
Dr. Baumbusch is an Associate Professor in the University of BC School of Nursing. She holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Sex & Gender Science Chair focused on the dynamics of caregiving in an aging society and directs a research program on health care delivery and nursing practice with older adults. Her focus is in long-term residential care, family contributions to care delivery, well-being among individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, and knowledge translation. She has expertise in critical ethnography and practice-close research. Dr. Baumbusch is committed to community-based research principles through active engagement of individuals, clinicians, service providers, and organizations.
School of Public Policy, University of Calgary
Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest is a professor of community health sciences and the director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, where he also holds the James S. and Barbara A. Palmer Chair in Public Policy. Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 2016, he served as director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. From 2006 to 2013, Dr. Forest was president and CEO of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, where he was engaged in policy research in areas such as urban policy, immigration, social policy, and health reform. Earlier in his career, he held prominent leadership positions with national health organizations and with Health Canada, where as Chief Scientist, he was accountable for the quality and integrity of scientific and regulatory research. He also served as research director for the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
University of BC and Providence Health Care
Dr. Adeera Levin is a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Nephrology at the University of BC, and consultant nephrologist at Providence Health Care/St Paul’s Hospital, in Vancouver. She is also the Executive Director of the BC Renal Agency, which oversees the care, planning and budgets for kidney services in BC. In this capacity, Dr. Levin has leveraged her epidemiological training, clinical knowledge, and health outcomes research to develop an evidence-based transparent system which enhances the care of patients across the continuum of care (from identification of chronic kidney disease through to dialysis, transplant, and death).
Steven Lewis is a Canadian health policy and health services research consultant, Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at Simon Fraser University, and Clinical Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been the CEO of a health research granting agency and applied health research organization, and research director for major provincial and national health care commissions in Canada. He thinks, reads, writes, speaks and occasionally teaches about health and public policy, distributive justice, quality improvement, and what makes systems work effectively. He currently lives in Melbourne with his partner, who got a job offer she couldn’t refuse, and stepdaughter.
CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
Dr. Jessica Nadigel is an Associate Director with the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She holds a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD in Pathology, both from McGill University. More recently, Dr. Nadigel completed a Fellowship in Health System Improvement from the University of Alberta. She joined the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research in 2014, where she supports the Institute’s mandate by leading the design, development, and implementation of innovative research funding programs, capacity-building, and knowledge mobilization activities that help to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians. She is working to strengthen national and international partnerships and foster and promote strategic initiatives to support the health services and policy research landscape in Canada.
Department of Family Practice, University of BC
Dr. Morgan Price is an Associate Professor (University of BC, Department of Family Practice, Island Medical Program) and family physician practicing in the inner city with under-served populations in Victoria, BC. Dr. Price is also an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science and Health Information Science at the University of Victoria. His area of interest is in design and adoption research of clinical information systems, focused in primary care, decision support, and consumer oriented information systems. He has been Primary Investigator on several successful clinical informatics design and research projects exploring clinical decision support, EMR adoption, personal health records, and medication information systems.
Carolyn Steele Gray
Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
Dr. Carolyn Steele Gray is a Scientist at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and a 2021-2022 AMS Healthcare Fellow in Compassion and Artificial Intelligence and Digital Health. Her program of work focuses on the role of digital health in supporting integrated and person-centred care delivery for patients with complex care needs using primarily multi-method and qualitative approaches. She currently co-leads an international Special Interest Group in Digital Health Enabling Integrated Care under the International Federation of Integrated Care and is a Co-Founder of the International Learning Collaborative for Goal-Oriented Care. Finally, Dr. Steele Gray is the Research Manager for the Women Who Lead network, a non-profit organization that provides supports and opportunities to help women take on leadership roles in healthcare.
University of Auckland
Dr. Tim Tenbensel is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He is the co-editor of ‘Health Reforms Across the World’ (2020) and his research interests have covered health policy implementation, performance management, primary health care, integrated care, health care prioritization and comparative health policy. He is a regular columnist for New Zealand Doctor, a specialised magazine on health services and primary care. He has a longstanding interest in Canadian health care systems, and has been involved in research collaborations with researchers from University of Toronto, Queens University, and University of Montreal.
Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners
Driven by his passion for transforming the health care system with meaningful, impactful and scalable solutions, Dr. Walter Wodchis is Senior Scientist and inaugural Research Chair in Implementation and Evaluation Science at the Trillium Health Partners Institute for Better Health. An internationally recognized scientist in health economics, financing, policy evaluation and integrated care, Dr. Wodchis is leading and informing the development, implementation and evaluation of scalable solutions that improve health system integration and performance. As a collaboration between Trillium Health Partners and the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dr. Wodchis will be advancing and leading research to inform health system organization, delivery and resourcing for Mississauga and beyond.
Chairs and Respondents
Mary Beaucage is Anishnaabe. She lives in her home community of Nipissing First Nation, outside of North Bay, Ontario. She spent her career working in retail management, honing her skills in hiring, coaching, and succession planning, opening stores, and analyzing markets and business needs.
Mary has type 2 diabetes and developed end-stage kidney disease in 2013, for which she received dialysis. In March 2015, she received a living donor kidney transplant from her cousin. She co-chairs several provincial and national patient councils, including the Ontario Renal Network’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, and the Can-SOLVE CKD Network’s Patient Governance Circle and Indigenous Peoples Engagement Research Council. She has been a keynote speaker, panel member and presenter at national and international nephrology conferences. She brings a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and passion to her work. She is interested in educating and advocating in matters of Indigenous health, patient partnership, chronic kidney disease research, and organ donation and transplantation awareness.
Tess Romain is an experienced leader in the Ontario health care system focused on improving outcomes for patients and communities through local and system-level transformation. She is the Regional Lead for Ontario Health Toronto and CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. She joined the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network in 2015 and has led portfolios in communications, strategy, integration, and planning. As well, Tess played a key role in the integration of Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre with the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network in 2017 and led the integrated Home & Community Care program through transformational change before taking on the role of CEO.
Dr. Alex Singer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba where he serves as the Director of Research and Quality Improvement. As the Network Director of the Manitoba Primary Care Research Network he leads and collaborates on several practice based research studies. Dr. Singer is the Measurement and Evaluation lead for eConsult Manitoba and a family physician clinician-teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Singer’s research focuses on using EMR data for secondary use, specifically in the areas of disease surveillance, natural language processing and pragmatic clinical trials based in primary care settings. He has published and presented on several topics including quality improvement in primary care settings, EMR data quality, chronic disease surveillance, antibiotic stewardship, medication prescribing patterns and Choosing Wisely recommendation adherence in primary care.
Kevin Turner is a retired financial services executive, living in Winnipeg. He is married with two grown up children. He currently is serving as a patient partner with Base eConsult Manitoba, on two committees with the Bruyere Research Institute in Ottawa, as a patient partner with a collaborative out of Quebec studying the scaling up of eConsult in four provinces, and has submitted articles to the Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety (MIPS). He has also been awarded the League of Champions designation from MIPS.