The Policy Circle is a new pilot CFHI initiative. It aims to connect mid-career professionals who are committed to improving health care policy and practice, now and in the future. Members benefit from:

  • Virtual mentorship and connections with Harkness and Policy Circle Members and alumni
  • Support to attend a national event (e.g. Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, National Health Leadership Conference)
  • Opportunities to collaborate with CFHI (e.g. serve as a merit reviewer, share policy insights at CFHI events, in blog posts, etc.)
  • Access to the curated Harkness Fellowship reading list
  • Access to IHI’s Open School online courses
  • A certificate of recognition

The call for applications is now closed. CFHI will communicate directly with all applicants.

Policy Circle Members

Miin AlikhanMiin Alikhan, MHSc, CHE
Miin is a values-driven and creative senior public sector leader committed to creating greater system value and long-term, sustainable societal impact. Major experience in developing and executing transformational strategies within government, hospital and multi-sectoral environments. An exceptional track record of leading large-scale, complex, results-driven change and building high performing teams and cross-disciplinary partnerships while exceeding mandates. Deep expertise in strategy and execution, governance and accountability design, performance, quality improvement, operations re-design, funding, negotiations and policy.

Miin is the recipient of numerous healthcare awards for leadership, mentorship and achievement; frequent industry speaker and guest lecturer on quality and leading change; committee member for arts and healthcare organizations.

Saima AwanSaima Awan, MBA, PMP
Saima Awan is a strategic healthcare professional with deep operational experience and a track record of leading transformative, award-winning clinical care innovation, specifically integrated care models. Colleagues know her as a results-driven professional with 10+ years’ experience leading, healthcare strategy, implementation, evaluation and sustainability. She is passionate about optimizing patient care through physician engagement, service integration, technology and strategic partnerships. Saima has a MBA from Queen's University and has certifications in Project Management (PMP), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Quality Improvement & Patient Safety.

Mylaine BretonMylaine Breton, MBA, PhD
Dr. Mylaine Breton is an associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke (Longueuil). She holds a Canadian Research Chair in Clinical Governance on Primary Health Care. She has basic training as an occupational therapist. She did an MBA, a doctorate in Health Service Management from the University of Montréal (2009), followed by a Post-doctoral at the Université de Sherbrooke. Her current research focuses on primary health care to better understand promising organizational innovations to improve accessibility and continuity, such as the implementation of centralized waiting lists for patients without a primary healthcare provider and advanced access models.

Claire de OliveiraClaire de Oliveira, PhD
Claire is an Independent Scientist and Health Economist with the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH, and an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. de Oliveira is also a collaborator at the Toronto Health Economics Technology Assessment Collaborative and an associate member of the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control. Dr. Oliveira provides economic expertise on various Institute for Mental Health Policy Research projects, and pursues her own projects. Her research is focused on the economics of mental health, cancer, child health, health services and policy research. Her current research involves the estimation of costs/economic burden associated with mental health disorders and cancer, and developing cancer costing methodology.

Fredrika ScarthFredrika Scarth, PhD
Fredrika is the Director, Secretariat to the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. In this role she supports the Council, an advisory body to the Premier of Ontario and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, with advice, subject matter expertise and operational experience to set the strategic direction for improving the Ontario’s health care system. Fredrika was previously Director, HQO Liaison and Program Development in the Health System Quality and Funding division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where she led payment innovation and health service redesign to improve patient outcomes and experience while ensuring health system sustainability, and supported pathways for innovation in the health system, working in collaboration with researchers, evaluators and agency partners. Her ministry experience also includes leadership roles in health services research, performance, accountability, and primary health care. Fredrika holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University and an MA and PhD in Political Theory from the University of Toronto.

Paul RonksleyPaul Ronksley, PhD
Paul is an assistant professor and health services researcher in the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. He has a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Calgary and completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Ronksley’s research focuses on patients with multiple chronic conditions (multi-morbidity). Specifically, his program of research aims to improve our understanding of the subset of chronic disease patients that drive health care utilization and spending. Using novel data-linkage methodologies, his work explores the clinical (co-morbid) profiles of patients with multi-morbidity, how they engage with the health care system, and whether care pathways can be modified to improve health outcomes for patients.