Graeme Rocker imageGraeme Rocker Lead Faculty, MA, MHSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPC, is a Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Former Head of the Division of Respirology at Capital Health (2006-2014) and is CFHI’s first-ever Clinical Improvement Advisor. He has authored more than 150 original manuscripts and book chapters, bringing extensive clinical and management expertise in the areas of end-of-life care, palliation, dyspnea (breathlessness) in patients with advanced COPD and support for their informal caregivers. Dr. Rocker received the 2009 Roger Bone Award from the American College of Chest Physicians for advances and leadership in end of life care. He is the medical director of the INSPIRED community-based outreach program in Halifax for patients and families living with advanced COPD. Dr. Rocker works with CFHI as an improvement coach in the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration and Triple Aim Improvement Community.

jennifer-verma imageJennifer Verma CFHI Lead MSc, BJH, Senior Director Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Ottawa, Ontario. She is responsible for managing large-scale health system improvement collaborations, with specific focus on the INSPIRED COPD outreach collaborative, chronic care in Atlantic Canada, managing Triple Aim improvement for high risk-high cost populations across Canada and applying population-based responsibility in Quebec. Jenn brings expertise in applied health services research and experience in sharing and spreading evidence-informed healthcare solutions. She has developed and led a variety of knowledge exchange products at CFHI, most notably, Mythbusters and the Mythbusters Teaching Resource. Previously, Jennifer worked in the Department of Quality and System Improvement at Eastern Health, the largest regional health authority in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). She also worked in communications and broadcast journalism as a producer and reporter in Corner Brook, NL. Jenn holds a Master of Science in Medicine in Applied Health Services Research from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is also a journalism graduate from the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

claudia-amar imageClaudia Amar RN, BScN, MHA, Improvement Lead, Collaboration for Healthcare Improvement, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Ottawa, Ontario. Claudia joined CFHI in 2012 and brings six years of nursing experience, including three years as a COPD clinical case manager at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). Claudia continues her work in COPD as the co-lead of the INSPIRED Approaches to COPD Care: Improving Care and Creating Value Collaborative - a spread collaborative supporting 19 teams from every province across Canada. She is also the project lead of the evaluation for CFHI's Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration in Chronic Disease - in addition to co-designing and implementing the evaluation, Claudia offers support to the teams involved from across Atlantic Canada. Another noteworthy project is Claudia's leadership of CFHI’s organizational self-assessment tool, Accelerating Healthcare Improvement: CFHI’s Assessment Tool. Claudia holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Montreal and is also a graduate of the University of Montreal School of Nursing.

Catherine Simpson imageCatherine Simpson PhD, MDiv, MA, BA, is a founding member of the INSPIRED COPD community outreach team. She is currently responsible for facilitating home-based, psychosocial-spiritual support, and advance care planning for those living with advanced COPD. She also works part-time as a health ethics consultant for the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network (NSHEN) housed within the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. NSHEN's mandate involves working with provincial healthcare organizations to strengthen ethics capacity. Her past experience includes work in the areas of pediatric health promotion, continuing medical education, healthcare chaplaincy, and a stint as coordinator of the Clinical Ethics Consultation component of Capital Health Ethics Support service. Ongoing ethics and practice interests include the role of hope in healthcare, the ethics of patient- and family-centred and exploring new models of non-siloed, multi-disciplinary, co-operative care.

Terrence-Sullivan imageTerrence Sullivan PhD Professor, Department of Health Policy University of Toronto, is the independent board chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). He also chairs the board of Public Health Ontario (the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion). From 2001 to March 2011 he occupied successively responsible positions at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), the final seven years as President and CEO during which period the entire organization transformed its business model to performance measurement and improvement of cancer services.


Kaye Phillips imageKaye Phillips PhD, Senior Director of Evaluation and Performance Improvement, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Ottawa, Ontario. She brings ten years of experience in applied research and evaluation to her position. Kaye is responsible for leading the design, implementation and integration of performance measurement and evaluation across CFHI’s programs and in supporting regional improvement teams from across the country generate knowledge and demonstrate measurable outcomes. Kaye holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto’s, School of Social and Administrative Pharmacy and is an alumna of the Ontario Training Center in Health Services and Policy Research (OTC).

Jean-Bourbeau imageJean Bourbeau MD, MSc, is respirologist and full professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McGill University. He is the director of the Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit (RECRU) and the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit at the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and the director of the COPD axis of the Respiratory Network of the FRQS, Quebec, Canada. He is the president of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) and the president of the board of the Reseau quebecois en asthme et MPOC (RQAM). He is also on the executive committee and chair the Dissemination & Implementation committee of the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). His research includes large epidemiological study in COPD (Canadian Cohort of Obstructive Lung Disease “CanCOLD”) and evaluative research projects with respect to new approaches in disease management applied to different COPD populations and environments of practice including primary care. He has over 200 publications in peer review journals, book chapters and a book in COPD. His work and research, particularly in COPD, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Disease and Self-Management in COPD has not had impact only in research but also in the clinical practice and the public domain worldwide.

James-Downar imageJames Downar MD, is a critical care and palliative care physician at the University Health Network in Toronto. He completed medical school at McGill University, and residency programs in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, and Palliative Medicine at the University of Toronto. He also completed a Master's degree in Bioethics at the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. His current academic interests focus on communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients, palliative care for non-cancer illnesses, and palliative care in the critical care environment.

Darcy-Marciniuk imageDarcy D. Marciniuk MD, FRCPC, FCCP, is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Dr. Marciniuk received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and underwent specialty training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine at the University of Western Ontario and at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Marciniuk is recognized internationally as an expert and leader in his field, with more than 250 invited national and international presentations.  He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications, chapters, and reviews.  Dr. Marciniuk is the immediate Past-President of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the first from outside the United States.  He is also a Trustee of the Chest Foundation, and a board member of the Lung Health Institute of Canada. He has served as a founding Steering Committee member of Canada’s National Lung Health Framework (2007-2011), Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Respirology Examination Board (2004-2007), Chair of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (2012-2013) and President of the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS) (2006-2007). Dr. Marciniuk was the Medical Lead of the Inspire COPD Program (2002-2005) and the LiveWell Chronic Disease Management Program (2005-2012), and continues to serve as Medical Director of the LiveWell Optimizing COPD Program. Dr. Marciniuk has been bestowed with the Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture by the ACCP (2011), the Founder’s Award by the Canadian Lung Association (2013), and the 2013 Distinguished Researcher Award by the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.

nicole-mittmann imageNicole Mittmann M.Sc., PhD, is the Executive Director of the HOPE Research Centre and an Associate Scientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Her research interests include meta-analysis, decision analysis and the examination of large databases. Some of her current work includes the adaptation of economic guidelines for oncology products. 



R-Sean-Morrison imageR. Sean Morisson MD, FAAHPM, is Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center, a national organization devoted to increasing the evidence base of palliative care in the United States. He is also the Director of the Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute; Professor of Geriatrics and Medicine; and Hermann Merkin Professor of Palliative Medicine in the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. During 2009-2010, he served as President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.