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Cheryl San Juan

RN, MN, Director of Primary Health Care, The Alex

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.

James Challman

Chief Executive Officer, Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

James Challman has been a Chief Executive Officer for the past 24 years, and with his current organization, Greater Vancouver Community Services Society for the past 6 years. His professional background includes leadership roles with various community organizations in Alberta and British Columbia, and covers service responsibility for a broad demographic including developmental disability, brain injury, seniors, immigrants, youth and families

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With his mixture of relational and results oriented approach, he has successfully orchestrated service quality improvements, organizational growth and fundraising strategies.

He has a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, in addition to his undergrad in Psychology. His commitment to community is demonstrated by his extensive volunteer background as a Board member with various sports, arts and community organizations in BC and Alberta. His latest volunteer role is that of grandfather to his new one year old grandson.

Dianne Martin

CEO, WeRPN, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario

Dianne Martin is the CEO at WeRPN, the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario. WeRPN is the professional voice of 50,000+ RPNs working in Ontario and the second-largest regulated health professional group in the province. In her role, Dianne has been a trusted advisor to governments by offering evidence-based solutions to complex health system challenges.

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Most recently, she has developed and implemented an innovative $100M program, in partnership with the Ontario government, to address recruitment and retention of nurses to the long-term care and home and community care sectors.

Dianne Martin has been a nurse since 1979. She graduated first as a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and then in 1998, graduated as a Registered Nurse (RN) with a diploma in nursing. In 2007, Dianne completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at York University and, in 2010 completed a Master of Arts in Health Leadership at Royal Roads University. Dianne was named a Georgian College Alumnus of Distinction for her work in the field of nursing and, in 2016, she received the Premier’s Award for College graduates which recognizes college graduates whose achievements have made a difference in Ontario, Canada. Dianne is currently dually registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Practical Nurse.

Dianne has 26 years of experience working in several Ontario hospitals, predominantly in the field of Perinatal Care. In addition, her formal leadership positions include Professional Practice Coordinator in an Ontario hospital, Senior Policy Analyst with the Nursing Policy and Innovation Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Leadership course instructor at Humber College. She is an active member of numerous provincial committees including the Strategic Long-Term Care Advisory Table. For the past 15 years, Dianne has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario.

Dianne is the daughter of a nurse, mother to a nurse, and she holds all those who care for others in the highest regard.

Elizabeth Dubee

Assistant Deputy Minister of Long-term Care & Disability Programs, Department of Social Development, Government of New Brunswick

Elizabeth Dubee was born and raised in a small community in the Northwestern part of NB, she is a grassroots New Brunswicker who is passionate about seniors, disabled individuals and social programs. For 26 years Elizabeth has called Fredericton home. After attending the University of New Brunswick, she started her career with the Government of New Brunswick in 2001. For the last 21 years, she progressed through her career in various leadership and now, executive leadership positions.

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Prior to her role with Social Development, Elizabeth was the Executive Director of Strategic Procurement with Service New Brunswick and responsible for the procurement of approximately $1.4 Billion Dollars of government spend, with portfolios in: facilities goods/services, professional/social services and Information Technology. As Assistant Deputy Minister of Long-term Care and Disability Programs with the Department of Social Development, Elizabeth is responsible for all programs related to seniors, disabled individuals and adult protection.

Matthew Crossman

Vice President, Operations, Mediavie Health Services

In his role, Matthew is focused on the delivery of mobile integrated health and paramedic services in Ontario, Western Canada and Prince Edward Island.

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Matthew is an accomplished leader in the Canadian health sector with a proven track record in health care, telehealth, mental health, primary health care and public safety. Prior to his role at Medavie Health Services, Matthew held executive positions as the President and CEO of Ambulance New Brunswick and General Manager of Island EMS and Medacom Atlantic.

Matthew received his EMBA from the University of Fredericton and has a Bachelor of Healthcare Administration from Dalhousie University. He also completed the Rotman School of Management’s Excellence in Leadership Program and the University of Toronto and is a certified Advanced Care Paramedic.

Erika Stebbings

Manager Community Paramedicine – Emergency Medical Services,
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Erika Stebbings has been a registered nurse in Saskatchewan for 17 years, working in rural and urban acute care settings in medicine, respiratory, education and community paramedicine. For the last seven years she has been working with EMS teams in Saskatchewan to grow community paramedicine, supporting patients closer to home.

Sherri Julé

Director EMS – North, Provincial Community Paramedicine Programs,
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Sherri Julé has been a Registered Nurse since 1989. Her clinical experience includes working in private and public sectors, urban and rural settings, and in areas such as acute care, long term care, disability rehabilitation, quality and research. She has held positions as a manager, educator, consultant, research assistant, coordinator, and direct care Registered Nurse. She shifted into Emergency Medical Services in 2011.

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Sherri currently holds a position with the Saskatchewan Health Authority as the Director of EMS – North and is also responsible for Provincial Community Paramedicine Programs. Ms. Julé holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association and qualified to practice nursing in Saskatchewan.

Marty Mako

Commander of Mobile Integrated Health, Niagara EMS

Marty Mako is the Commander of Mobile Integrated Health with Niagara EMS, responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of their clinical MIH and Community Paramedicine programs.  He collaborates with both internal and external health care stakeholders on behalf of the Emergency Services Division, thus ensuring clinical, operational and financial goals of the organization are being met.

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Previously, Marty was a Manager in the Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention Division of Niagara Region Public Health.  Prior to that, he was a Health Promoter with Public Health for 12 years, focusing on projects that identified and met the needs of priority populations, addressing the social determinants of health and health equity.

Donald MacLellan

Director, Mobile Integrated Healthcare, Medavie Health Services

Donald MacLellan is the General Manager for Chatham-Kent EMS & Director of Mobile Integrated Healthcare with Medavie Health Services.

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Donald MacLellan is the General Manager for Chatham-Kent EMS & Director of Mobile Integrated Healthcare with Medavie Health Services.

With over 15 years in EMS and working with Medavie Health Services, Donald has demonstrated exceptional leadership in caring for communities and advancing the delivering of care outside the hospital – shaping on-the-ground mobile integrated health programs to support patients in Chatham-Kent and other areas of Ontario.

Donald works closely with a variety of community stakeholders and is an active advocate for the delivering of health care at the right place and right time. He is originally from Nova Scotia and a Cape Bretoner, through and through.

Haley Warren

Senior Program Lead, Healthcare Excellence Canada

Haley Warren is a Senior Program Lead at Healthcare Excellence Canada. She contributes to the design, delivery and evaluation of healthcare improvement initiatives across Canada. She led the Bridge-to-Home Spread Collaborative which support 16 teams from across Canada to implement a patient-oriented care transitions bundle. She is currently co-leading the Virtual Care Together Design Collaborative in partnership with Canada Health Infoway.

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Haley is passionate about advancing meaningful engagement and partnership with patients, families, essential care partners and those with lived experience across the healthcare system. She holds a Masters in Health Sciences with a specialization in Community Health, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology.

Morenike Akinyemi

Project Manager, Virtual Care Programs, Canada Health Infoway

Morenike Akinyemi is a Project Manager on the Virtual Care Programs team at Canada Health Infoway and the Clinician Lead for the Virtual Care Change Management Program, an Infoway initiative being carried out in partnership with Healthcare Excellence Canada. She is a digital health enthusiast who started off her career as a Pharmacist and has progressively transitioned into roles where she is facilitating the use of technology to address clinical priorities.

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She has experience developing strategies and tactics to solve complex health system problems in fast paced environments and is consistently recognized for her ability to bring clarity, structure and rigour in solving complex challenges. She provides innovative business solutions using her strong critical thinking and analytical skills, which she has honed through her diverse work experience in the healthcare industry and academic background. Her experience in the health care industry combined with her Master of Business Administration provides her the ability to bring strong clinical and patient-centred perspectives in providing comprehensive process-driven solutions.

Isobel Mackenzie

Seniors Advocate, Office of the Seniors Advocate British Columbia

Isobel Mackenzie has over 20 years of experience working with seniors in-home care, licensed care, community services and volunteer services. Isobel led B.C.’s largest not-for-profit agency, serving over 6,000 seniors annually. In this work, Isobel led the implementation of a new model of dementia care that has become a national best practice, and led the first safety accreditation for homecare workers, among many other accomplishments.

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Isobel has been widely recognized for her work and was named B.C. CEO of the Year for the not-for-profit sector and nominated as a Provincial Health Care Hero. Prior to her appointment as the Seniors Advocate, Isobel served on a number of national and provincial boards and commissions, including the BC Medical Services Commission, the Canadian Homecare Association, BC Care Providers, BC Care Aide and Community Health Worker Registry, and the Capital Regional District Housing Corporation. Isobel also served on the University of Victoria’s Board of Governors. Isobel received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Victoria and has a Certificate in Health Care Leadership from the University of Toronto.

Merrill Cooper

Director, Research & Evaluation, The Alex

Merrill Cooper is the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Alex Community Health Centre in Calgary. In this role she oversees a long-term strategic evaluation plan; supports service alignment with best practice; and implements the organization’s research agenda. 

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Before coming to The Alex four years ago, she was the managing partner of a Calgary-based social sciences research and evaluation company specializing in areas including poverty and social inclusion, human rights, crime prevention and justice, family violence, and child and youth development. She has also served as the executive director of a large non-profit organization.

Valerie Rains

Team Lead, The Alex

Valerie Rains is the Team Lead of the Alex Seniors Health Centre in Calgary. She started at the Alex 14 years ago as a licensed practical nurse at the Centre and has been the Team Lead for the last 10 years.

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As the Team Lead, Val overseas a multidisciplinary work setting, supporting an accessible, responsive, and trauma-informed program that provides comprehensive, one-on-one, holistic care that demonstrably improves the well-being and quality of life of a highly vulnerable client population. Prior to her roles at the Alex, Val worked at Alberta Health Services as a licensed practical nurse on a medical unit and in the speciality of dialysis.

Kristie Clark

Director of Home Care, Greater Vancouver Community Services Society

Kristie Clark is an experienced healthcare leader and clinical specialist within various practice settings including community health care, seniors care, public health, and nursing education/research. Her expertise in these areas include dementia care, gerontology, staff development and education, quality improvement and mental health. Clark is the Director of Home Care at the Greater Vancouver Community Services (GVCSS). 

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Kristie’s education includes a Masters of Advanced Practice Nursing in Gerontology from the University of Western Ontario. She also holds a post graduate certificate in Not-For-Profit Health Care Administration and during her career has obtained her Canadian Nursing Association certification in Gerontological Nursing and Community Health Nursing. Kristie is passionate about client centred care and clinical practice.

Bronwyn Underhill

Director, Health Promotion & Community Engagement, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

Bronwyn Underhill (MHSc: Health Promotion) is a long-time champion of community health issues. She has worked in Community Health Centres for the past 14 years and is currently the Director of Health Promotion and Community Engagement at Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. She is a past board member for Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre and is currently on the Board of Directors for The Stop Community Food Centre. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Amanda Ottley

Fellow, University of Toronto Rotman School of Management
Founder, Pamoja Institute for Community Engagement and Action

Amanda Ottley is the founder of The Pamoja Institute for Community Engagement and Action.  She has been on the frontlines of the battle against COVID providing support to the Black and Indo-Caribbean communities and advocating for equitable access to the resources necessary to foster improved health and wellbeing.  Amanda’s work with the Black community and allies to create a just future now has been recognized at home and internationally. 

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She was awarded the Research Excellence in Black Community Impact” Award at the 2022 Black Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine/Health Conference 2022 and received the Leadership in Business Award from the United Way of Greater Toronto Black Advisory Committee.  She has recently been appointed to the teaching faculty at Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences. Amanda is also a Registered Nurse with a Master of Nursing from The University of Toronto. Amanda has recently finished a teaching engagement at Arizona State University and is now a fellow at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management.

Michele James

Executive Vice President, People and Transformation, Scarborough Health Network

Michele James is the Vice-President, People and Transformation at Scarborough Health Network (SHN) where she has worked since 2008. Michele’s portfolio includes oversight of human resources for the organization’s 6000 employees and executive leadership for diversity, inclusion and health equity; as well as strategy and process improvement. Throughout the COVID pandemic, Michele also supported the public vaccine campaign as the executive lead for community engagement.

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Michele has contributed to the health sector for over 30 years in a variety of settings. Former roles include associate partner in IBM’s health care practice and director of the health care consulting practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Michele holds a Master in Business Administration with a specialization in Health Services Management from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from the University of Toronto. She is a Certified Health Executive, a graduate of Rotman’s Advanced Health Leadership Program and she holds an Advanced Good Governance certificate. Michele serves on the Board of the Seniors Care Network, is the past Chair of the Board of Governors of Durham College and Past Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Black Physicians Association of Ontario. Michele was selected as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women for 2020.

Lynn Muir-Wheeler

Director, Community Health Teams – Community Health Program,
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities

Lynn always wanted to be a nurse! Graduating in 1991 as Registered Nurse she has spent the last 31 years realizing that dream. Lynn has held multiple roles within the health care system including acute care, visiting nurse with VON, HIV/AIDs community hospice nurse and supervisor with Casey House, Palliative Care Manager at Home and Community Care, and is currently the Director of Community Health at Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities.

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As Chair of the Infection, Prevention and Control Committee, Lynn is working with a talented group of managers, staff, and volunteers through one of the greatest health and social challenges of our generation. Now in the twilight of her career Lynn is using her love for community health and years of experience to make a meaningful contribution to society. It is her honour and privilege to work with such an amazing and steadfast leadership team and counts working at SCHC as one of her greatest accomplishments.

Amanda McEachern Gaudet

Assistant Teaching Professor, Ontario Tech University Faculty of Business and Information Technology

Growing up Amanda McEachern Gaudet always wanted to make an impact in peoples lives and believes she has found her calling as an educator where she can help her students reach their potential. She joined FBIT in 2019 after spending 15 years in Supply Chain Management in the automotive and aerospace industries. She earned her BCom and MBA from Ontario Tech University. She currently sits on the Board for Compass Early Learning Centre.

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When she is not in class, she can often be found running, riding her bike, in the gym, or cheering on her daughters in their many activities. She is currently teaching Experiential learning (Internships and Capstone Projects).

Jen Eyford

Associate Director of Mental Health, Addictions & Outreach,
The Alex Community Health Centre

As a nurse, Jennifer Eyford feels especially passionate about mental health and addiction and found her calling when she started working with homeless and marginally housed individuals. Jennifer currently works as the Associate Director for mental health, addictions, and Outreach at The Alex Community Health Centre.

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