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Speaker Biographies

Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Bonnie Brossart
Donna Dill
Douglas Eby
Dan Florizone
Donna Galbreath
Sasha Karakusevic
Nimet Karim
Chantal Krantz
W. Alexander (Sandy) Macdonald
Margaret MacAdam
Brenda MacGibbon
Nathalie Major-Cook

Peter Nord
Patricia O’Connor
Ernst Schuster
Marlene Smadu
Geoff Smith
Liris Smith
André Tourigny
Jeff Turnbull
Ruth Vander Stelt
Martin Vogel
Judith A. Wahl
Donna Wilson

 

Honourable Leona Aglukkaq

Ms. Aglukkaq was first elected to work for the Nunavummiut in the House of Commons in October 2008. On October 30th, 2008 she became the first Inuk to be sworn into the Federal Cabinet.

Prior to entering federal politics Ms. Aglukkaq served in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly as the MLA for the district of NATTILIK (communities of Gjoa Haven and Taloyoak).

During her time as an MLA, Ms. Aglukkaq was elected by her peers to be part of the Executive Council. She was first given the responsibility of Finance Minister and House Leader, before becoming the Minister of Health and Social Services and the Minister for the Status of Women.

Ms. Aglukkaq throughout her life has enjoyed an extensive career in Government. Before entering politics, Ms. Aglukkaq served in numerous roles in both the Governments of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, including as Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Deputy Minister for Culture, Language, Elders and Youth, Deputy Minister for Human Resources and as an Assistant Deputy Minister for Human Resources and Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Whether it has been during her time involved in the federal government, the territorial government, the Cambridge Bay municipal government, where she served for six years as a Councilor, her numerous hours spent volunteering in the communities, or during her time serving on different boards, such as the Arctic College Board of Governors, the Nunavut Impact Review Board or the NWT Science Institute; Ms. Aglukkaq has always fought hard for Inuit issues that she was raised to believe in.

Ms. Aglukkaq was raised in Thom Bay, Taloyoak and Gjoa Haven. Ms. Aglukkaq is married to Robbie MacNeil and has a son Cooper.

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Bonnie Brossart

Bonnie Brossart has been with the Health Quality Council since its launch in January 2003. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she served as Interim CEO for five months, Deputy CEO for just over three years, and co-led the Saskatchewan Chronic Disease Management Collaborative, one of the province's largest quality improvement initiatives ever undertaken.

Before joining HQC, she was a health services researcher with the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission (HSURC) of Saskatchewan, a large tertiary hospital in Calgary, and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health.

Bonnie's research background has considerable breadth. Over the past decade, she has either participated in or led research on a variety of ground-breaking projects. Her experience includes a number of regional variations in health care analyses, and an evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of post-acute home care. She also led a comprehensive, innovative research project on quality of care for rural Saskatchewan residents following acute care funding cuts to rural hospitals in the early 1990s.

Bonnie Brossart received her BA (Economics) from the University of Calgary and her MA (Economics) from McMaster University.

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Donna Dill

Donna M Dill, RN, MA (FSGN), Director, Monitoring & Evaluation, Continuing Care, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. As a member of the senior leadership team for Continuing Care she is involved in policy-making and strategic planning.

Donna is responsible for investigations of complaints under Protection for Persons of Care Act, and for licensing and auditing of LTC facilities and home care agencies.

Donna is also responsible for the management of the interRAI suite of tools, including RAI-HC, the electronic client assessment instrument used for all Continuing Care clients in NS; for the evaluation of Continuing Care projects and programs; and for research, analysis, and reporting of Continuing Care data, including waitlists analysis.

When the addition of over 800 new long-term care beds did not result in a decreased waitlist for LTC in NS, Donna played a key role in analyzing the route cause.

Donna is president of the Canadian Home Care Association, on the Board of Directors for National Association Regulatory Administration and a member of interRAI National Home and Continuing Care Advisory Committee.

Provincially, Donna chairs the Continuing Care Assistance Program Advisory committee. As well, Donna has been a partner and collaborator on a number of research initiatives concerning home and continuing care clients in NS.

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Douglas Eby

Dr. Eby is the Vice President of Medical Services for Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a customer-owned healthcare system that works together with Alaska Native people to achieve wellness for the entire community.

As a physician executive he has helped to create an innovative integrated system of care that is looked to by others as a different way of structuring healthcare.

He presents nationally and internationally on whole system transformation, the medical home, workforce issues, health disparities, and evolving roles for healthcare professionals.

Doug is a family physician. He has been married for 25 years and has three children. He has lived in Alaska for more than 20 years.

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Dan Florizone

Dan Florizone was appointed Deputy Minister of Health effective August 1, 2008. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Florizone has almost 25 years experience in the health care sector. He previously served as the CEO of the Five Hills Health Region. He held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister in Saskatchewan Health, was CEO for Moose Jaw-Thunder Creek Health District, as well as the South-East Health District.

Mr. Florizone has extensive experience across the province having held senior positions in the health sector in the province of Saskatchewan. He has participated in many national and international initiatives, committees and projects.

Previously, he served as the Chairperson of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and is currently a Board Member on the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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Donna Galbreath

Dr. Galbraith received her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed residency at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Michigan in Family Practice.

She was born and raised in Alaska and is Athabascan Indian. She has devoted her medical career to serving Alaska Native people.

She worked in Fairbanks, Alaska for 15 years as a provider and medical director for a tribal organization. Three and a half years ago she moved to Anchorage and now works for Southcentral Foundation as the Medical Director of Quality Assurance.

This position is primarily administrative. It involves overseeing that medical services are compliant with all accreditation, regulatory, and compliance requirements. This position also includes serving on the Executive Management Team of the hospital, liaison to the State Clinical Directors and other projects such as improving health screening rates for our customers.

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Sasha Karakusevic

On qualifying in dentistry in 1989 from Manchester University, Dr Karakusevic decided to find out more about the demands of dealing with the medically compromised patient and started work in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

As a junior he had responsibility for managing the departmental waiting list and responding to the initial phases of reducing junior doctor’s hours. Having reduced the waiting list from two years to 13 weeks in under a year he became increasingly interested in how health systems worked and decided to embark on a career in management.

Inspired by Brent James (Intermountain Healthcare) he has developed his management career in South Devon and delivered on a wide range of challenges including leading the delivery of an 11-week referral to treatment time, reduction in use of beds and improving safety.

Results have been achieved by developing a culture of innovation. His last major project was the design and delivery of the Horizon Centre for Innovation, Education and Research in Healthcare.

Sasha is currently Director of Strategy in the South Devon health community and Director of the Health Innovation Education Cluster (South West).

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Nimet Karim

Nimet is a mother of three, the youngest who would be considered as medically fragile.

She has been actively involved with CHEO’s Family Forum, a family advisory committee to CHEO for almost 12 years, holding a position on the Family Forum Executive for 6 years including Chair.

She is also currently a CHEO Board Trustee and continues to maintain her link with the Family Forum as an honorary member. In her professional life, Nimet is an executive management consultant with many years of experience in both marketing and technology.

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Chantal Krantz

Chantal Krantz is the Project Manager of the Coordination of Complex Pediatric Care Pilot Project, a partnership project with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center (OCTC) and Coordinated Access Services of Ottawa (2010 to present).

Mrs Krantz has been working at CHEO for the past 17 years, previous positions include Continuing Care Coordinator Discharge Planning Program (2000-2010), Nurse Case Manager and NICU Nurse (1993-1999); outside of CHEO she has also worked in various capacities at the Ottawa Public Health and the University of Ottawa.

Mrs Krantz has over 10 years of experience working with families, building partnerships and coordinating access to care for the medically fragile pediatric population, has lead and been part of many quality improvement initiatives at CHEO to improve quality and access to care for vulnerable populations.

Other accomplishments include serving a 10 year term as staff resource to the CHEO Family Forum, a Board of Family Advisors to the CHEO Board of Trustees, and a three-year term as a member and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Parent Resource Center.

She was also a recipient of the Canadian Nursing Foundation “Hospital for Sick Children’s Masters Award” and the Registered Nursing Association of Ontario Scholarship. Mrs Krantz has presented at international conferences and published in a peer review journal and she is currently involved in a joint research project on cognitive mapping and social networking analysis at CHEO with the University of Warwick.

Mrs Krantz has a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science from Queen’s University and a Master of Nursing Science in Primary Health Care from the University of Ottawa.

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W. Alexander (Sandy) Macdonald

Sandy Macdonald is a family physician and anaesthetist as well as the Director, Medical Affairs for the Department of Health and Social Services, Government of Nunavut. He provides clinical services at Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit and in the High Arctic communities of Resolute Bay and Grise Fiord.

He has worked for aboriginal people in remote areas of Canada for most of his career as a family physician.

He came to Nunavut in 2001 as the first Territorial Medical Director charged with the task of developing a physician program for the Territory that would meet the needs of its mostly (84%) Inuit population.

It has been a challenging and extremely rewarding experience to work in Nunavut and to have the opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of the Territory and its people: all the Nunavummiut.

Dr Macdonald lives with his wife, Michele, and daughter Martha in Iqaluit.

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Margaret MacAdam

Associate Professor, University of Toronto; Senior Fellow, Canadian Health Policy Network; President, The Age Advantage Inc.

Dr. Margaret MacAdam is president of The Age Advantage Inc., a consulting and strategic planning company specializing in policy and service delivery issues for the elderly.

She is also Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work and teaches in the Health Studies Program of University College, University of Toronto. She received her PhD in health policy from the Heller School, Brandeis University.

Dr. MacAdam has held a wide variety of senior positions in Canada and the United States in government, academics and service delivery. Her most recent article on integrated care for seniors was posted on the website for the Canadian Policy Research Network.

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Brenda MacGibbon

Brenda MacGibbon's main preoccupations are patient advocacy and representation as well as statistical research. Her main research interests are statistical decision theory and inference as well as its applications in biostatistics to medicine.

In 1993 she was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

She has served as a patient representative on the California Breast Cancer Research Program (2002-2004), the Komen Foundation (2007) and the executive of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (2005-2009).

She was the patient representative on the MUHC Board of Directors (2002-2006) during which time she chaired the Board Review Committee that reviewed complaints against physicians, dentists and pharmacists for which the patient was not satisfied with the medical examiner's report.

She is currently the chair of the RVH Patients' Committee, a patient representative on the Navigator Project, an interdisciplinary initiative to empower patients in Internal Medicine and a patient representative on the Patient Engagement Project at the MUHC which engages patient in the redesign of the hospital environment to improve the quality of care.

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Nathalie Major-Cook

Dr. Nathalie Major-Cook is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. She has been on the clinical staff of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) since 1998. She is the Director for the Complex Medical Care Service (CMC) at CHEO.

The program has been limited to the inpatient service since 2008, however, Dr. Major-Cook is working on developing an outpatient program in a partnership project with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), the Ottawa Children’s Treatment Center (OCTC) and Coordinated Access Services of Ottawa (2009 to present).

Dr. Major-Cook established the 0-24 Month Clinic in 1998, which is an aftercare clinic in oncology unique to CHEO. This clinic monitors for relapse and more importantly enables the transition of cancer patients and their parents to the community upon completion of their treatment. The clinic also offers consultation for general pediatric problems and establishes monitoring practices.

Dr. Major-Cook also works on the acute-care Inpatient Clinical Teaching Units. She had a busy consulting service primarily caring for children with complex multi-system disorders and William syndrome from 1998-2006. She is now focusing on research for children and youth with special health care needs.

Dr. Major-Cook completed a Bachelor in Biochemistry/ Biotechnology in 1988. She graduated from Medical School at the University of Ottawa in 1992. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Queens University and the Ottawa University in 1998. She extended her training with a one year Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Ottawa University in 1999.

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Peter Nord

Dr. Peter Nord is the Vice-President, Chief Medical Officer, Chief of Staff and Attending Physician, Providence Healthcare; Medical Director, House of Providence; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto; ALC Physician Champion, Access to Care.

Providence Healthcare has redesigned its patient flow, reinvested in outpatient rehabilitation and reconnected to its community to provide quality care over the continuum. Dr. Peter Nord, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and key leader of this new model, will facilitate a discussion on how Ontario has approached the issue of patient flow, and how Providence has been a catalyst for change in the field.

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Patricia O’Connor

Patricia O’Connor is the Director of Nursing and Chief Nursing Officer of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Patricia is also an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at McGill University, a Certified Health Executive, the Past President of the Academy of Canadian Executive Nurses, and a Board member of a number of healthcare organizations.

From 2004-06, she completed the Executive Training in Research Application Fellowship with the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, and in 2009 she completed a Fellowship with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, focusing on implementation of best practices guidelines to improve patient safety by reducing falls, pressure ulcers and uncontrolled pain at the MUHC.

In 2008-09, Patricia was one of 15 persons chosen from 6 nations for the U.S. Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship Program in Health Policy and Practice. She examined innovations in care delivery models in the U.S. and Canada, including the program Transforming Care at the Bedside.

This October, Patricia has launched a new patient engagement initiative at the MUHC after receiving a $ 100,000 research grant from CHSRF. Her interests include the sustainability of knowledge transfer processes, the development of high performance teams and quality performance benchmarking.

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Ernst Schuster

Dr. Ernst Schuster is a full service; hospital based Family Physician and a Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta.

He also serves as the Associate Zone Medical Director and Medical Director, Primary Care for Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone.

He is currently the Speaker for the Alberta Medical Association and teaching faculty of the AIM (Access, Improve, Measure) initiative in Alberta. He is dedicated to help improve access, clinical care and process improvement in primary care.

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Marlene Smadu

Marlene Smadu, RN, EdD, is the Associate Dean, Southern Saskatchewan Campus and International Student Affairs for the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to this role, she served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Principal Nursing Advisor for the government of Saskatchewan, and Education Consultant and Executive Director at the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association.

Dr.Smadu is chair of the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, a member of the Board for the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and is the facilitator for the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) – Government of Saskatchewan Partnership Table that addresses nursing retention and recruitment.

Dr. Smadu, having served as President of the Canadian Nurses Association, is now the 3rd Vice President of the International Council of Nurses. Dr. Smadu’s research program includes health human resource planning and development, Aboriginal health, the development of quality workplaces, quality improvement, health and nursing policy, knowledge transfer, and leadership.

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Geoff Smith

Geoff Smith received his Dental Degree from McGill University and completed his residency at Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Dentistry.

He has served on numerous Committees of the Canadian Dental Association and the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association.

He is currently serving his second term as president of the NLDA. He is Chief of Dentistry for the Eastern Health Region in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

He was the only Pediatric Dentist in the province for over 25 years and devised Operation Tooth in an attempt to address overlong wait times.

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Liris Smith

Liris Smith is trained as a physiotherapist, and works as the Director of Care and Community with the Yukon Government. She has been working, in the community based continuing care programs in the Yukon for 20 years, with a great passion for homecare.

Liris led the home care team in the implementation of the RAI-HC tool and integrating the tool into the practice of the staff. The Yukon team is very proud of the fact that they were the first jurisdiction in Canada to submit data and get quality reports from CIHI’s Home Care Reporting System.

The ultimate goal of the program is to ensure that we have a high quality and standardized approach to assessment and care provision that is also practical and flexible in meeting the specific needs of our clients.

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André Tourigny

André Tourigny is a physician specializing in community health at the Institut national de santé publique du Québec. He is the scientific director of the Centre d’excellence sur le vieillissement de Québec.

He is associate professor of the Faculty of Medicine at Laval University and a researcher in the research unit of the Centre d’excellence sur le vieillissement de Québec and also at the research centre of the Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec.

He is co-principal investigator of the CIHR Team in Frailty and Ageing. He was co-principal investigator of PRISMA. He is involved in the evaluation of research projects on integrated care services and computerized clinical charts for elderly clients.

His main topics of interest are the organization and evaluation of health and social services for the frail elderly, and assessment of care of frail elderly in the community.

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Jeff Turnbull

Dr. Jeff Turnbull, Chief of Staff of the Ottawa Hospital, is the current President of the Canadian Medical Association.

Dr. Turnbull is known for his significant contributions to community health, medical education, and improving the Canadian health care system through various leadership roles. Dr. Turnbull has served as president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, president of the Medical Council of Canada, and Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of Ottawa, a position he held until from 2001 to 2008, when he became chief of staff at The Ottawa Hospital.

As a founder and current medical director of Ottawa’s Inner City Health Project, Dr. Turnbull provides clinical care to Ottawa’s homeless and vulnerable populations. In addition to his contributions to community health at home, he has been involved in education and health services initiatives in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans. Dr. Turnbull received the Order of Canada in 2007 for his humanitarian efforts and commitment to providing medical services.

Dr. Turnbull received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto in 1974 and his medical degree from Queen’s University in 1978. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Western Ontario in 1982, and a master’s degree in education at the same university in 1990.

Following his internal medical residency, Dr. Turnbull began his career at the University of Western Ontario, where he combined clinical practice, education and research, before being recruited to the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Turnbull continues to practice internal medicine both at The Ottawa Hospital and at several shelters associated with Ottawa Inner City Health.

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Ruth Vander Stelt

After graduating from Laval University in 1995, Dr. Vander Stelt began a rural family practice in the Pontiac region of western Quebec, where she runs an office in addition to working in the emergency department, performing hospital duties, teaching and doing medical administration.

In her role as an administrator, she helped create a case management program for the region’s orphan clients, i.e. patients without a family doctor.

In less than three years, more than half of the citizens who registered for this service have been taken in charge: they either see immediately one of the region’s family physicians or see a doctor at the Transition Clinic, which provides follow-up for all medical needs until a family physician can be permanently assigned.

At the regional level, Dr. Vander Stelt is actively involved in the Regional Department of general medicine. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Quebec Medical Association (QMA) and, as of April 2011, she is president of the QMA.

In 2010, Dr. Vander Stelt was named Personality of the Year in the Outaouais by the French CBC network and the daily newspaper Le Droit in the category of health, sciences and technology, and received the Family Physician of the Year Award from the Quebec Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

This energetic and devoted physician is supported by a remarkable husband and three blossoming teenagers. Outside of work hours, she can be found tending her garden, reading a book or happily working out to re-energize.

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Martin Vogel

Martin Vogel was born in South Africa. He received his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1985 and completed his internship in Wynberg, Cape Town in 1986.

Martin then served two years of compulsory military service in the Medical Corp of the South African Defense Force. He returned to Cape Town working as a Surgical Registrar in General Surgery, Surgical Specialties and Orthopedics as well as in Trauma and Trauma Surgery.

In Saskatchewan he has, since 1991 worked in Climax, Shaunavon and La Loche doing general practice. He also served as the Senior Physician Executive of the Cypress Health Region.

Martin has been an active physician advocate serving on several committees both locally and nationally. He has held a number of positions in the Saskatchewan Medical Association including the office of President and has been a Board member of both the SMA and the CMA.

In June of 2004, he was hired as the CEO of the Saskatchewan Medical Association. He will soon be leaving this position to become the Vice President of Community Building at the CMA.

In this CEO role he has provided strategic advice to a number of initiatives of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health and the Heath Quality Council. He serves on the Boards of the Physician Recruitment Agency of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives, and has achieved the designation of Canadian Certified Physician Executive.

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Judith A. Wahl

1984 to date - Executive Director, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly ,www.acelaw.ca;

L.L.B. Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, 1977;

B.A. Honours, University of Toronto, 1974;

Called to Bar in Ontario 1979; Sessional Lecturer, Law and Aging, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto 2006 to date;

Appointed Distinguished Fellow of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, BC Law Institute 2006;

Private legal practice with Birenbaum, Koffman and Steinberg, Barristers and Solicitors, Toronto, 1979-84;

Recipient of Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service, 2008 and Osgoode Hall Law School Gold Key Award for Public Service, 2006;

Vice Chair, National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly Network, University of Toronto 2006-10;

Chair and Executive member of Canadian Bar Association - National Elderlaw Section, 2007- to date;

Member, Ontario Bar Association, Health Law Section Executive, 1996-98, 2004-06;

Writer and Presenter - Advance Care Planning Programme - Ontario Alzheimer's Initiative Family Physicians' Training, Health Professionals Training, and Community Training; Member, Retirement Home Expert Roundtable, Ontario Seniors Secretariat, 2010;
Member, Expert Roundtable on Elder Abuse - HRSDC, June 2008;

Member, Elder Health Coalition Steering Committee 2006 to date;

Member, Alzheimer Roundtable, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2004-07.

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Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson is a Registered Nurse, with a full-time tenured position as Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She also works part-time as a staff nurse in a large acute-care hospital to remain current in health care and nursing practice.

Her education includes a three-year diploma in nursing from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing in Edmonton (1976), a Baccalaureate in Nursing degree from the University of Alberta (1981), a Master of Science in Nursing degree majoring in Gerontology and Health Care Management from the University of Texas at Austin (1985), and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Administration from the University of Alberta (1993).

She has worked as a staff nurse, nursing supervisor, hospital administrator, nurse educator, researcher, and consultant in Alberta, British Columbia, New Zealand, Texas, England, and Ireland.

Her program of research focuses on health services utilization and health policy, although primarily in relation to aging, ageism, and end-of-life care.

Her research often involves large population databases and increasingly mixed-methods research to incorporate qualitative and quantitative understandings.

She has over 200 published articles, books, book chapters, and other communications in print. She is frequently and widely consulted for expert commentary on health care trends and issues

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