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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.

Andrea Thompson

VP Long Term Care, Hospice and Community Care, Kensington Health

Andrea Thompson serves as Kensington Health’s Vice-President, Long Term Care, Community and Hospice at Kensington Health; a role she was appointed to in 2023.

Andrea provides leadership in the operation of the Kensington Health Centre, including long-term care, hospice and community services, and other related programs.

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Throughout Andrea’s career, she has held several operations and quality improvement roles across health care settings including long-term care, acute care, rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and community-based services. She is a registered Occupational Therapist in Ontario, holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Master of Health Science in Health Administration, both from the University of Toronto.

Andrea is a strategic and person-centred leader with proven success in relationship building; change management; and strategic execution. She has an extensive history as a trusted advisor in leading teams through complex change including implementing models of care, stabilizing operations, improving the experience for residents, families, clients, and teams.

Andrea is also a past-president of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists; a current member of the Ontario Long-Term Care Association’s Quality Committee; and most of all is a dog lover!

Kim Miller-Utley

Clinical Director Health Care Solutions, SE Health

Kim is a Masters’ prepared RN, employed at SE Health for 25 years, and is currently SE Health’s Clinical Director of Health Care Solutions. Kim provides leadership, strategic thinking and innovation in programs and services through successful engagement with health sector partners, supporting current and future organizational growth and diversification strategies.

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Throughout her years at SE Health, Kim has developed and advanced multiple national clinical programs and portfolios, led the implementation of acute care solutions and new models of care and registered and grown a private career college (SE Career College of Health) which includes an innovative mobile HSW-PSW certificate program.

Kim leads strategic partnerships across Ontario with various health system partners, bringing an innovative HSW-PSW Program to Ontario, increasing capacity to respond to the health human resource needs of our partners and communities. Kim’s experience also includes participating in and chairing multiple provincial and national professional affiliate board of directors (i.e. Canadian Vascular Access Association, Community Health Nurses Initiatives’ Group, Community Health Nurses of Canada).

Erin LeDrew

Manager of Partnerships & System-Based Continuing Professional Development Education Department, CAMH

Erin LeDrew is the Manager of Partnerships and System-based Continuing Professional Development in the Education Department at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Erin has been with CAMH for 14 years and held different roles across the organization during her tenure. Erin started as a Recreation Therapist on in-patient units before moving into project management.

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From there Erin went on to manage the Therapeutic Neighborhood, CAMH COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic and most recently Manager of Trauma-informed De-Escalation Education for Safety and Self-protection before moving into her current role. Erin also recently completed her Masters of Science in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and University of Toronto IHPME.

Valerie Albert

Director, Home and Community Care, CHEO

Valerie Albert is based in Ottawa, Canada and works as the Director of Home and Community Care at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and holds a Certified Health Executive designation. Valerie holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Health Administration from the University of Regina and has also completed a diploma in Paralegal studies. Valerie’s experience spans home care, acute care, and research sectors in health.

Jennifer Ripley

Coordinator, Community Connections Program, Northwood Care

Jennifer Ripley is the Supervisor for the Community Connections Program with Victoria County Home Support Services. With a background in Sociology, Jennifer’s project experience ranges from serving First Nations, Youth, Adult Learners and Seniors. Her project work has included on-site career training, adult distance learning, meal delivery, volunteer coordination, and a variety of community development work.

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Jennifer relocated from Calgary to Cape Breton 14 years ago to move to her husband Scott’s family homestead. Since then they have raised their two children and multiple pets at their rural home.

Lisa Rae

Director of Volunteer and Community Programs, Circle of Care, Sinai Health

A trained social worker. Lisa has worked in the non-profit sector for over 25 years, with 20 years spent working closely with volunteers.  Presently, Lisa is the Director of Volunteer and Community Programs at Circle of Care.   She was the recipient of the June Callwood Award for Excellence in Volunteer Management, and an instructor at Humber College, teaching a course entitled Foundations in Volunteer Management. As a volunteer, Lisa has been active with many community agencies and is the Past President of PAVRO  (Professional Association of Volunteer Leaders-Ontario). 

Lori Marks

Founder and Executive Director, Link Generations

Lori N. Marks, PhD is Founder and Executive Director of Link Generations. Before starting Link Generations, she taught public and community health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and was Vice President of Education and Training for a national medical association. She is an Adjunct Professor of Gerontology and Behavioral Sciences at University of Maryland Global Campus.

Josie McGee

VP, Healthcare Innovation, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC)

Josie is the VP, Healthcare Innovation for Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. She has over 25 years of experience in senior/executive management; successfully developing innovative health care models and implementing operational changes that have improved quality of service, efficiency and effectiveness of various publicly funded health facilities, authorities, and organizations.

Caitlin Lazarus

National Director, Eye Health Screening, Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada (VLRC)

Caitlin Lazarus is the National Director of the Eye Health Screening Initiative (EHSI) at Vision Loss Rehabilitation Canada. Caitlin leads the programs strategic operations and National expansion efforts. Her leadership is driven by a commitment to reduce preventable blindness by enhancing access to screening, leveraging a deep understanding of socio-economic and cultural dynamics to innovate and strengthen healthcare delivery. Caitlin’s work is marked by a passion for creating inclusive health systems, fostering strategic partnerships, and incorporating culturally-safe approaches to care, aiming to ensure equitable access to screening across Canada’s diverse landscapes.

Teresa Bryson

Organizational Learning and Development Manager, Circle of Care

Teresa is a certified Learning and Development manager with years of experience in a range of training methods and facilitation. It is her passion to make learning fun, engaging, and interactive, as well as to help Personal Support Workers feel knowledgeable, confident and empowered with the skills they need to achieve service excellence.

Muna Sheerin

Professional Practice Lead- Client Services, Circle of Care

Muna is a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) with over a decade of experience in the home and community sector. Currently, she works as a Professional Practice Lead at Circle of Care, supporting a team of Client Services Supervisors by delivering extensive clinical, technical, and administrative guidance. Muna is responsible for engaging in collaborative initiatives with internal and external partners, focusing on maintaining cutting-edge Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) practices organization wide.

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Leveraging her nursing knowledge, she actively engages in various internal working groups and committees, driving excellence in care delivery that directly impacts clients’ well-being.

Catherine Laing

Executive Director, Dr. Barrie Strafford Centre for Learning, Innovation & Quality (Calgary, AB)

Catherine Laing is a forward-thinking executive and strategic business developer, known for her visionary leadership and dedication to innovation in healthcare. As the current Executive Director of the Centre for Learning Innovation and Quality (CLIQ) in Calgary, she has played a pivotal role in the establishment and growth of the centre, fostering international partnerships and driving research in age-related technologies.

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In her previous role as a continuing care Executive Director, Catherine led groundbreaking initiatives in long-term care, introducing predictive maintenance programs and pioneering dementia programming that merged person-centered care with global best practices.

Catherine Laing brings a unique perspective to the intersection of leadership, technology, and healthcare.

Kristina Beyaert

BN, RN, Executive Director, The Brenda Strafford Foundation

Kristina Beyaert graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2001 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. She has dedicated the last 15 years of her nursing career to working with the senior population as a frontline nurse, a nurse educator and most recently as an Executive Director. Kristina strives to improve the quality of life for those living in continuing care through her work with policymakers, educators, community leaders and onsite initiatives

Breann Hall

Director, Retirement & Community Care, Fairview Parkwood Communities

Breann is an enthusiastic leader with a passion for home and community care.

With a foundation in nursing, Breann brings a unique approach, combining her clinical knowledge with her ability to inspire and motivate teams. Beyond her career, Breann is also a proud Wife and Mom to 2 young children. In addition, Breann’s household also includes 2 dogs, and a senior cat – all who keep her very busy! Known for her innovative mindset, Breann constantly seeks new ways to improve patient care to elevate the healthcare experience for both patients and team members. 

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Breann values collaboration and teamwork, recognizing that by working together, we can achieve the best outcomes. 

Lorna Chisholm

Clinical Coordinator, Fairview Parkwood Communities

Lorna is a dedicated clinical leader who is deeply committed to enhancing patient outcomes and improving the quality of life for those under her care. Her belief in the power of kindness is evident in her every interaction. Outside of her professional life, Lorna finds joy in spending time with her loved ones, whether it be friends or family. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, Simba and cat, Beaubeans. Lorna appreciates the beauty of the outdoors and takes every opportunity to spend time in nature.  Her commitment to kindness and her relentless pursuit of better patient outcomes serve as an inspiration to those around her.

Stephanie Silva

Resource Coordinator, Fairview Parkwood Communities

Stephanie plays a vital role, offering coordination and support to both patients and team members. With many years in healthcare, she has gained valuable experience and knowledge, becoming an integral part of the team. As a Wife and Mother of two grown boys who live in the states, Stephanie cherishes the time spent with her family. She enjoys visiting her sons and cheering on her youngest who plays professional baseball. Stephanie believes that when team members are empowered and fulfilled in their role, they are able to provide better care to their patients.

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Stephanie’s commitment to creating a positive and supportive environment fosters excellence in patient care and inspires those around her to strive for their best.

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