Judges

In addition to the following judges, from time to time we also draw on the expertise of other faculty, coaches and experts to judge Priority Health Innovation Challenges.

Archie Stewart

Archie Stewart is a Patient, Family and Caregiver Partner and the patient and family advisor with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. Archie is the past president of the ROC Foundation, a group formed to support the ROC Society, a community-based not-for-profit that assists adults with disabilities to work towards fulfilling their hopes and dreams.

“I will not let my illnesses dampen my goal in life, which is to live forever and so far, I’m winning.”

Artem Safarov

Artem Safarov is the director, health policy and government relations with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Artem has experience managing health policy and government relations-related communications and associations with Chapters, members, College staff, healthcare professionals, provider organizations, federal government, and unrelated organizations in connection with health policy development.

Ashley Baddeley

Ashley Baddeley is the Program Officer, Implementation Support and Knowledge Mobilization at CADTH. She directly supports communication and coordination on a wide range of customer focused and internal CADTH program needs. Her previous work experience includes clinical research coordinator at the Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research (Ottawa) and Providence Care Mental Health Services (Kingston). Ashley has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and a Master of Neuroscience from Queen’s University.

Brendalynn Ens

Brendalynn Ens is the Director, Implementation Support and Knowledge Mobilization at CADTH. She has experience linking research to clinical practice in multiple healthcare settings, knowledge translation and management. Brendalynn holds a Master of Nursing, Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan.

Claire de Oliveira

Claire de Oliveira is a health economist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and an adjunct scientist at ICES. She holds a Licentiate degree in economics from the University of Oporto, Portugal, and an MA and PhD in economics from McMaster University.

Dan Gordon

Dan Gordon, PhD, is an international digital health thought leader, an effective business executive and a seasoned entrepreneur. Dan is founding Board Chair of Colleaga, an orchestrated network of collaborative mission-based innovation programs that bring together public, academic and industrial social innovation. Colleaga innovation communities generate economic opportunities by co-creating community-driven portfolios of novel, multiorganizational digital health innovation projects that address wicked social problems collectively.

Debbie Sesula

Debbie Sesula (MA, RTC, CPS, CPSM) is a patient, family and caregiver partner and the Coordinator for the North Shore Peer Support Program in North Vancouver, British Columbia. She has over 20 years of experience in peer support ranging from peer support worker, researcher, developer/coordinator of programs and designer/trainer of peer support trainings. Debbie has a Master of Arts in Leadership, Health Specialty, from Royal Roads University.

Emily Alexander

Emily Alexander is a mental health advocate from Newfoundland and Labrador. Emily is vice-chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Youth Council, and a volunteer content expert on youth mental health policy analysis with Health Standards Organization. In 2019, Emily presented on youth engagement in healthcare systems at the International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference in Brisbane, Australia. She has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Memorial University and an MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Gina De Souza

Gina De Souza is a Senior Program Manager at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute I focused on the development of the model and learning design for the Safety Improvement Project Learning Collaboratives. She is a nurse and Process Improvement Practitioner who describes herself as passionate about evidence-based practice and an advocate for vulnerable populations. Gina has a Master’s degree in Nursing and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and is a past recipient of the Dorothy Doyle Leadership Award.

Janice Harvey

Dr. Janice Harvey is the Physician Advisor, Continuing Professional Development, Professional Development and Practice Support with the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Janice is a family physician with training in sports medicine at McMaster University and is concurrently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine there. She was appointed as the Canadian delegate to the World University Sport Federation (FISU) in 2000.

Jeanette Prorok

Jeanette Prorok is the interim Manager, Research and KT with the Canadian Frailty Network. She previously worked at CFN as a postdoctoral fellow, and prior to that, Jeanette’s doctoral work focused on the development and psychometric testing of a measure of healthcare experiences of persons living with dementia and their caregivers. Jeanette holds a PhD in Public Health and Health Systems and a Master of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo.

Jonathan Mitchell

Jonathan Mitchell is the Vice-President, Research and Policy with HealthCareCAN. He has expertise in national and international healthcare policy, quality improvement and patient safety. Jonathan has a Master of Science in Business Administration - Management from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Psychology from McGill University

Lyn-Miin Alikhan

Lyn-Miin Alikhan is the Principal of Alikhan Healthcare Advisory Services, a customized strategy and operational management consulting service. Ms. Alikhan is a certified health executive and a certified patient safety officer. She is a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at Western University, the Harvard Business School’s High Potentials Leadership and Strategic Negotiations Executive Programs, and Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in quality and health services leadership.

Mylaine Breton

Mylaine Breton, PhD is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke (Longueuil). Mylaine has an MBA from Laval University, a doctorate in health service management from the University of Montreal and completed a Post-doctoral appointment at the Université de Sherbrooke/McGill University. Her Harkness research focused on understand promising organizational innovations to improve accessibility and continuity of primary health care, such as the implementation of centralized waiting lists for patients without a primary healthcare provider, as well as advanced access models. Mylaine is a 2019-20 Canadian Harkness Fellow .

Nicholas Watters

Nicholas Watters is the Director of the Access to Quality Mental Health Services at the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Prior to joining the Commission, Nicholas served as the Senior Advisor Communications and Knowledge Transfer at the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada. Nicholas has Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communications from the University of Windsor, along with an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.

Saima Awan

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. She is passionate about optimizing patient care through engagement, service integration, technology and strategic partnerships. Saima has an MBA from Queen's University, and is a certified Project Management Professional. She also has certifications in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and Quality Improvement & Patient Safety.

Sean Secord

Sean Secord is the Program Advisor for Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut with CADTH. In his role, Sean is responsible for conceptualizing and developing strategic implementation support initiatives for tri-territorial priority topics and issues in health and wellbeing. Sean holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Victoria and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.