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Cheryl San Juan

Consultant, Accelerated Change Transformation Team, Alberta Medical Association

Cheryl is a passionate advocate for building health equity for marginalized and underserved populations. Her nursing career has enabled her to work in a variety of acute and primary care settings, while gaining an appreciation for the complexity of our Canadian healthcare system.

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Cheryl has experience advocating to all levels of government to address local, provincial, and national issues related to primary health care. Cheryl is passionate about team wellness, patient-partnered care, utilization-focused evaluation, and developing health programs that are equitable and inclusive. Cheryl endeavors to lead with compassion and authenticity in order to support the delivery of evidence and trauma informed health services.

Carly Weeks

Health Reporter, The Globe and Mail

Carly Weeks is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about health for the Globe and Mail since 2007. Carly has been one of the leading reporters covering the COVID-19 pandemic and during her career, has shone a light on important issues affecting the country, including the opioid crisis and a lack of equitable health access.

Hon. Scott Johnston

Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, Province of Manitoba

Scott Johnston was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for St. James in 2016 and then elected as the MLA for Assiniboia in 2019.

Upon Heather Stefanson becoming Premier of Manitoba, she recognized the need and demand to establish a Ministry of Seniors and Long-Term Care. Scott Johnston was honoured to be made the Minister of such an important portfolio.

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Scott is a former chairperson of the St. James Assiniboia School Board and was a school trustee for 25 years, serving as chair of various board committees, including the education and finance committees. Scott has had many duties over his career as an MLA, including being the legislative assistant to the Minister of Education as well as to the Minister of Finance, he was the vice chair of caucus and the chair of cannabis committee that recommended legislation. Scott was also appointed as Manitoba’s Special Envoy for Military Affairs in 2021.

Sandra Ketchen

CEO, Spectrum Health

Spectrum CEO and leader in home care Sandra Ketchen has spent more than 20 years leading operations and strategy. Under her leadership, Spectrum has a staff retention rate above the industry standard and has received ‘Canada’s Best Managed Company’ designation.

Sandra has led Spectrum through the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to work with skilled team members to provide innovative operational solutions to the challenges facing the home care sector today.

Carly Ellis

Director, EnterpriseHealth

Strategic Planning, Hospitals, Facilitation, Ontario Health Teams, Redevelopment and Health System Transformation

Carly Ellis is sought after strategic advisor leveraging her deep expertise of the health sector having spent her early career working directly in a hospital and health authority in Ontario.

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Prior to joining EnterpriseHealth, Carly facilitated partnerships across multiple sectors, including community mental health, primary care and housing at the Waterloo- Wellington Local Health Integration Network. Carly also led and supported key strategic projects including on government relations and communications for the largest hospital capital project in the country while at Trillium Health Partners.

At EnterpriseHealth, Carly leads our strategic planning processes from inception to implementation to ensure our clients are always ahead of ever-evolving health system. Carly specializes in in supporting senior leaders and boards work through complex problems and engage their communities while also bridging the gap between operations, communications and government advocacy.

Carly holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen’s University’s School of Public Policy and an Honours degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Carly is passionate about city building and is a 2020 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow as well as a TEDxToronto speaker coach.

Heather Binkle

Executive Consultant, CarePartners

Heather Binkle has over 20 years progressive experience both provincially and internationally in complex inter-professional, multi-site healthcare environments. She is a creative champion of change with an ability to influence complex transformations in challenging environments. Heather is passionate about leading cross-functional care and technical teams to deliver enterprise-wide clinical transformation. Currently, she is an Executive Consultant with CarePartners, a contracted service provider for home and community care with 4,000 staff across Ontario.

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Originally, Heather trained as an Occupational Therapist at Queen’s University in Ontario and later completed a Masters in Information Technology at the University of West England, Bristol. This distinctive clinical and technical background is ideally suited to see the possibilities in today’s healthcare arena and to champion adoption of digital tools as a way to augment and enhance care delivery.

EJ Davis

Director of Housing, North End Community Health Centre


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Heather Jarvis

Manager of Supported Housing, North End Community Health Centre


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Mayo Hawco

Executive Director, Gateway Community Health Centre

Mayo is a Certified Health Care Executive who has worked in the sectors of health human resources and community health for the past three decades. For the last 20 years she has worked in Community Health Centre’s in both British Columbia and Ontario. She is currently the Executive Director at Gateway Community Health Centre located in Tweed, Ontario. 

Julia Swedak

Director of Quality & Knowledge Management, Gateway Community Health Centre

Julia is the Director of Quality and Knowledge Management with Gateway Community Health Centre and is the Strategic Digital Co-Lead for the Hastings Prince Edward Ontario Health Team. Julia supports population health analysis, performance management and the development of integrated tools (Shared Health Integrated Information Portal) in the Unattached Diversion project.

Trixie Barrow

Nurse Practitioner, Gateway Community Health Centre 

Trixie is currently practicing as a Nurse Practitioner with the Virtual Care program at Gateway Community Health Centre. She has been involved with this program for the past year and a half. Previously, she worked in Primary Care at Gateway CHC since 2004.

Axelle Janczur

(she, her), Executive Director, Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services 

Axelle Janczur has been working in the not for profit sector in Toronto for over 30 years. Grounded by principles of access and equity, her interests include organizational capacity building and working with communities made vulnerable by the impact of systemic barriers, to achieve lasting change. She is an experienced trainer and public speaker, and a committed volunteer.

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With an MA in political science and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (where she is also a part-time lecturer), she has been working at Access Alliance Multicultural Heath and Community Services in Toronto, for the past 20 years as Executive Director. She has led them through a transformative process, amplifying services for immigrants and refugees, developing a community based research agenda and advocating for improved access to the determinants of health for individuals and communities facing discrimination and marginalization.

In her personal life, she lives with a recycling enthusiast and two rescue cats, and is mother to an extreme vegan fixed gear cyclist and a feminist hiker/kayaker. She still gets up every morning, thankful to be working in a mission and values based sector. 

Andrew Lodge

Medical Director, Klinic Community Health


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Kelly Surbey

Program Coordinator/Addiction Counsellor, Klinic Community Health


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Steven Richardson

Director, Housing, The Alex

Steven Richardson is the Director of Housing with the Alexandra Community Health Centre (The Alex). Steven oversees five Housing First programs within The Alex that support 400+ formerly homeless individuals annually. Steven has worked within the homeless sector in Calgary, Canada for the past 10 years and enthusiastically works to elevate and assist socially and structurally marginalized persons through the development and operationalization of housing programs with a whole health and harm reduction mandate. 

Shannon Shoemaker

Program Lead, Pathways to Housing, The Alex

Shannon Shoemaker is the Program Lead for the Pathways to Housing program with the Alexandra Community Health Centre (The Alex). Shannon has worked in the homeless-serving sector for over 12 years and has experience in program development and management. She cares deeply about fair treatment for people who face homelessness, and her work strives to put program participants at the heart of decision-making.  

Tara Pratt

Program Lead, Abbeydale and Prelude Place Based Supportive Housing Programs, The Alex 

Tara Pratt is the Program Lead of Abbeydale Place and The Prelude, two 24/7 place-based supportive housing programs with the Alexandra Community Health Centre (The Alex). Tara is passionate about social justice issues, and has worked within the homeless-serving sector for 7 years. She has held a variety of positions within public and non-profit organizations supporting individuals facing complex barriers to health and housing stability. 

Sophie Bart

Executive Director, Canadian Centre for Accreditation

Sophie has been working for over 20 years in the Ontario public and community health sectors. She is passionate about health equity and is committed to enabling high quality health and social services for all. Sophie’s experience is focused in the areas of community engagement, community governance, and supporting community-based primary and allied health care for people experiencing marginalization. In her new role as the CCA Executive Director, Sophie is working to promote excellence in health and social services across Canada through quality improvement and accreditation services.

Lisa Clatney

Executive Director, Saskatoon Community Clinic 

Lisa Clatney’s background is steeped in understanding systems thinking and quality improvement. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of the Saskatoon Community Clinic, she worked in the areas of quality improvement, person and family-centred care, acute care and designing workflow processes. 

Brett Williams

Registered Psychologist, Saskatoon Community Clinic

Brett Williams is a registered psychologist, who has worked in the sectors of education, health, private, and community.  As a counsellor and consultant, he has provided services to children, youth, and adults, with emphasis on parenting and early childhood mental health. 

Trudy Myers

Therapies Department Head, Saskatoon Community Clinic

Trudy Myers graduated from the University of Saskatchewan School of Physical Therapy in 1995.  She began working at the Saskatoon Community Clinic in 1999 because she was attracted to the Cooperative Model and team-based care approach. As the Therapies Department Head, she has been part of the development and implementation of group programming focused on addressing the social determinants of health, healthy lifestyles, chronic disease management, and life skill development.

Marcella Blanchard

FASD Program Coordinator & Coordinated Service Planner, Aboriginal Health Centre, Hamilton

Marcella Blanchard is a Haudenosaunee woman with matriarchal ancestral roots from the Mohawk band of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario. Marcella works and resides in the Niagara region. Her passion for re-connecting to her culture inspires her work as FASD Program Coordinator and Coordinated Service Planner at De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre in partnership with Contact Niagara.

Ashley Hardman

System Lead, Contact Niagara

Ashley is a white settler with European ancestry who lives and works in Niagara. Ashley has worked in the fields of allied health and social services for the last 20 years, in both hospital and community-based programs servicing a variety of pediatric and adult client populations. Ashley has been a member of the team at Contact Niagara since 2012 where she has led implementation of several new Ministry programs, and has a passion for change management and systems-level roles that allow her to support children/youth with complex cross-sectoral needs and their families.

David Fry

Vice President, Client Services, VHA Home Healthcare

David has extensive home care leadership experience and a track record of building strong connections with partners, developing and enabling innovative programs and delivering meaningful outcomes for clients and providers. Prior to joining VHA, David held a senior leadership position at a large home care agency where his portfolio included patient care operations, professional practice and healthcare transformation, as well as pandemic prioritization and preparations for Ontario Health Team participation.

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David was also Vice President, Home and Community Care at the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network for many years and his varied experience also includes positions with Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres and Ontario Shores and he has practiced occupational therapy in both hospitals and community settings.

David holds a Master of Health Science, Health Administration, Health Policy Management & Evaluation and Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degrees from the University of Toronto and has received multiple awards for leading teams in initiatives aimed at improving coordination of care. Since 2021, David has been a Board member of Sherbourne Health, an organization providing health care programs and services to the diverse communities of mid-east Toronto.

Chantel Marshall

Director, Integrated Health Systems & Partnerships, Spectrum Health Care

Chantel is a seasoned leader with frontline nursing experience in different provinces and the United States across a variety of sectors including home care, primary care, and acute care. She also holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation and is a Certified Health Executive.

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Throughout her leadership career, she has maintained a steadfast commitment to health system solutions that address healthy population outcomes, inequities, and opportunities for system integration. Most recently, Chantel has been a key member in the planning and development of several Ontario Health Teams. Chantel has built a reputation for being responsive to the system, thinking outside of the box, and working to build lasting partnerships. Outside of work, family and friends, Chantel dedicates her time to nurturing her dahlias.

She also holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Toronto’s Institute for Health, Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Throughout her leadership career, she has maintained a steadfast commitment to health system solutions that address healthy population outcomes, inequities, and opportunities for system integration. Recently, Chantel was a key member in the development of an Ontario Health Team. Chantel has built a reputation for being responsive to the system, thinking outside of the box, and working to build lasting partnerships. Outside of work, family and friends, Chantel dedicates her time to nurturing her dahlias.

Jennifer Sampson

Director, Seniors & Aging, WoodGreen Community Services, Michael Garron Hospital

Jennifer works for WoodGreen and Michael Garron Hospital within the East Toronto OHT as the Director of Seniors and Aging Assisted Living Services and Transitional Care. She is a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management. Jennifer is a published co-author in the revered peer-reviewed British Medical Journal (BMJ) for her contributions on quality improvement and patient safety.

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Jennifer is a member of the Flemingdon Health Centre Board of Directors, currently serving as the Board Vice-Chair. She has a passion for healthcare, strategic planning, quality improvement, health promotion and collaborating with community members to enable meaningful programs that support and address the social determinants of health.

Amy Hallaran

Professor, Fleming College, Trent University

Dr. Amy Hallaran is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of nursing experience. Dr. Hallaran’s professional experience has included direct practice experience in emergency departments in eastern Ontario, leadership roles in acute care, nursing regulation, academics, and home and community care. Currently, Dr. Hallaran is a professor with the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

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Here, she teaches across the curriculum, including courses focused on Living with Chronic Illness, Research Methods for Health Professionals, supporting students in final clinical practicums, and research at the undergraduate and graduate level.

A component of Dr. Hallaran’s stewardship is focused on food security and community development. Dr. Hallaran is the chair of the Community Development Council of Quinte, a non-profit agency with a mission of promoting food security through community development, service provision and social planning.

Dr. Hallaran’s program of research contributes to the recruitment and retention of healthcare providers and promoting healthy work environments for high-quality provision of care. Dr. Hallaran’s current studies focus on readiness for practice of nursing students, the transition to practice of new nurses, and retention in the workforce.

Janet Daglish

National Director, Business Development, Government Relations, Bayshore HealthCare

Janet Daglish, MBA, C.Dir, is National Director, Government Relations and Business Development, at Bayshore HealthCare. Janet has over 25 years’ experience in strategic planning, business development and collaborative stakeholder engagement. She supports all divisions at Bayshore, collaborates with operational leaders building more flexible models of care that drive health outcomes, and impactful patient and family experiences. She has significant experience in advocating provincially in Ontario Canada for pathway-based, best practices in-home and community care. 

Christopher Sulway

Chief of Strategy, Growth & Stakeholder Relations, OntarioMD

Chris Sulway joined the executive team of OntarioMD (OMD) in October 2022. In his role at OMD Chris has turned his expertise and leadership to working with community-based physicians and other clinicians to support improved integration of care that is enabled by effective digital tools and better use of data. Before OMD, Chris was the Special Advisor to two provincial Ministers of Health (the Hon. Sylvia Jones and the Hon. Christine Elliott) and led the political strategy for system transformation including the architecture of Ontario Health and Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) and the provincial Digital First for Health Strategy.

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Chris is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in clinical delivery, operations, and system management. He was the Vice-President, Quality, Performance & Accountability at the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and has also held positions in hospitals, rehabilitation services and management consulting. He is a Certified Health Executive and member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and enjoys supporting emerging leaders through mentorship and lecturing at the university level.

Valérie Dubois-Desroches

Director, Critical Care Services & Patient Flow, Hôpital Montfort

Ms. Dubois Desroches is the Clinical Director of Critical Cares Services and Patient Flow at Hôpital Montfort, Ontario’s Francophone Academic Hospital, offering exemplary person-centred care. The hospital serves over 1.2 million people in Eastern Ontario, in both official languages. In 2022, it earned its third Accreditation with Exemplary Standing from Accreditation Canada and was designated a Best Practices Spotlight Organization by the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.

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Ms. Dubois Desroches is a graduate in physiotherapy from the University of Ottawa, holds a certificate in administration from Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), a short graduate program in health care management and social services, and a master’s degree in Public administration from L’École Nationale d’administration publique (ENAP).

She has over 20 years of experience in acute care services, the last 12 of which have been in management positions within various portfolios. She promotes a healthy and inclusive workplace and strives to ensure continuous improvement and optimal use of resources. She also contributes to partnerships, training the next generation of francophone health care providers and promoting interprofessional collaboration.

Manon Lavergne

Program Manager, Ottawa Paramedic Service

Manon Lavergne is currently working as the Program Manager, Operational Support Services, with the Ottawa Paramedic Service. As such, she is spearheading some of the Service’s most innovative initiatives such as Community Paramedics, data-driven patient distribution and Emergency Room Paramedics. Leveraging her 25-year experience as a paramedic and her Executive Diploma in Municipal Management, Manon constantly pioneers new solutions to address the crisis within healthcare and builds strong collaborations within the system.

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Faced with an aging population and constant system staffing pressure, Manon is challenging the status quo through innovation, alternative care models and data management to deliver optimal care to the community, at the right time and in the right setting.

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