CHWC 2016 Guest Speakers

The CHWC 2016 Planning Committee is pleased to welcome out guest speakers for this year's conference:


Barbara Hill



Elder Barbara Hill was born at the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. She is a drum keeper, community volunteer, and spiritual advisor. She has been following the Red Road for over 28 years and studies Mamiwininimowin, drumming, and singing songs to honour her ancestors. Elder Hill is an active community member and Elder for research projects including the National Water Gathering and the Community Talk Show: Oshkadis chihneekaneech / The youth will lead. 



K. Khera


A registered nurse, community volunteer and political activist, Kamal Khera is passionate about improving the lives of those around her.

A first-generation Canadian, Kamal immigrated to Canada from Delhi, India, at a very young age. She attended York University where she earned her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Honours Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Drawn to assisting others, Kamal gained diverse experience in the health field through her professional experience with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Peel Family Shelter, and William Osler Health Centre. Recently Kamal worked as a Registered Nurse in the Oncology Unit at St Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, which gave her a deep understanding of the issues that impact individuals every day.

Kamal is an active member of her community, having served as Chairperson of the South Asian Canadians Heritage Foundation, Mentor and Program Coordinator at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel, and Event Coordinator with Sick Kids Foundation. She also hosted Youth Vision—a local television talk show which explored issues surrounding young South Asian Canadians.




James Campbell


Mr. James Campbell is the Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization, and the Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA), a hosted partnership established at the WHO in 2006 with a ten-year mandate to support actions on the health workforce crisis in low- and middle-income countries. His role at WHO has included the development of and a global consultation on WHO’s Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 for submission to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly, and ongoing support to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth; an initiative to inform multi-sectoral engagement on the Global Strategy. Prior to joining WHO and GHWA he spent eight years as the founder/Director of a not-for-profit research institute. His publications include A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce (2013), and the State of the World’s Midwifery reports (2011 and 2014). He is a Board member of the International Institute for Educational Planning.

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Dr. Lesleyanne Hawthorne (PhD, MA, BA Hons, Dip Ed, Grad Dip Mig Studies) is Professor (International Health Workforce) in the Centre for Health Policy at the University of Melbourne. Her research concerns global health workforce mobility, foreign qualification recognition, labour market integration and retention, and international student flows. Professor Hawthorne has undertaken a wide range of cross-national projects, most recently commissioned by the International Labour Organization, the World Health Organization, the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand governments, UNESCO, the US Migration Policy Institute, the International Organisation of Migration, the European Commission, and APEC. She has also completed the main Australian studies to date on health workforce migration and accreditation. In 2005-06 Professor Hawthorne was appointed to an Expert Panel of Three to undertake the most extensive evaluation of Australia’s skilled migration program in 20 years in all fields, with major policy impacts. She is currently part of the team commissioned to review the European Union’s ‘Blue Card’ skilled migration policy, and in 2016-18 will lead a comparative Australia-Canada study critically evaluating all aspects of health workforce migration.


CIHI Panel: Optimizing the "i" in Team: The Art and Science of Measuring High-Performing Interprofessional Teams

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Dr. John Gilbert has been a seminal leader in the education of health professionals in British Columbia, Canada and internationally. In the early part of his career he pioneered linguistics and psychology as the basis of practice for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. In the latter part of his career it was his vision and leadership that led to the concept of interprofessional education being developed as a central tenet of team-based collaborative patient-centred practice and care. These concepts are now part of university, college, and institute health sciences training in many places across Canada.

Dr. John Gilbert is founding Principal & Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia where he was also founding Director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.  He has received many honours and awards. He has served on many committees and Boards, locally, nationally and internationally, including Health Canada’s Health Education Policy Taskforce; the Boards of the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto; the British Columbia Health Education Foundation; the School of Health Sciences Advisory Committee of the Justice Institute of BC, and is appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on British Columbia’s Patient Care Quality Review Board. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and Co-Editor of the open access Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education. He is Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University; and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University. He has served as a visiting Adjunct Professor at the National University of Malaysia; as an advisor to the International Institute for Leadership in Interprofessional Education at Manipal University, India; was Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and currently serves on the Advisory Committee on social determinants of health at the WHO.

He was elected a Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, in 2008. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in April 2012, and in October 2013 received the Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to International Allied Health Development Award from the International Chief Health Professions Officers Organization.

Dr. Gilbert was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, in July 2011 for his leadership in the development of interprofessional education as a central tenet in team-based collaborative patient-centered practice and care, nationally and globally.

Dr. Gilbert received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in June 2016. 

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Dr. Jean Moore is the director of the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies based at the School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany. She brings a wealth of experience in health workforce program administration, research and policy development. Her research at the Center focuses on supply of and demand for a wide array of health professions and occupations, from physicians and nurses to care coordinators. In addition, Dr. Moore studies health professions regulation and its potential to constrain effective functioning of primary care teams.

Dr. Moore has served as the director of the Center since 2004. Under her leadership, the Center has increased the policy relevance of its work and has established itself as one of the leading health workforce research centers in the country. She provides technical assistance to states and other interested parties on the best approaches to workforce planning, data collection, and analysis to inform successful health workforce programs and policies that increase access to high quality, cost-effective health care. She has been invited to present Center research nationwide and around the world.

Dr. Moore received her Doctorate in Public Health from the School of Public Health, University at Albany. She holds two master’s degrees from Russell Sage College, one in nursing education and one in psychiatric nursing as a clinical specialty. She received her bachelor’s in nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Gaetan Lafortune


Gaétan Lafortune is a Senior Economist in the OECD Health Division.  He is responsible for the development of the OECD health database, which provides a wide range of statistics on health and health systems across the 35 OECD member countries. 

Over the past several years, Mr. Lafortune has acted as the coordinator and editor of the OECD publication 'Health at a Glance', which presents international comparisons of the performance of health systems in terms of access, quality and spending  across OECD countries. 

He has also carried out a number of studies on health workforce issues.  He was one of the main authors of the recent OECD publication "Health Workforce Policies in OECD countries: Right Jobs, Right Skills, Right Places".   Prior to that, he also carried out a study on the development of more advanced roles for nurses in a dozen of OECD countries.

G. Willis


Dr. Willis is Head of Workforce Analysis Research and Development at the Department of Health in England. He was previously in the same role at the Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), where he led the development of their robust workforce planning framework. This approach helps decision makers to identify which workforce interventions work best across a range of challenging futures.  It has been used to inform critical workforce decisions for many health and care professions for England.  He has presented this method nationally and internationally.

Dr. Willis has many years of experience in systems thinking and modelling complex systems in a variety of areas. He has a particular interest in futures thinking, scenario generation, quantifying scenarios using expert elicitation, robust decision making, and using system dynamics to simulate and stress-test policy options, including their uncertainty.

Most recently he has been involved the Horizon 2035 project, which looks at the future demand for skills across the whole health, public health and social care system in England, including unpaid and voluntary care. This provides a unique insight into what drives the demand for skills, and how the system needs to evolve to provide them. 



Vasanthi OSSU


Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan is the founding Executive Director of the Ontario Strategy for Patient- Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit.  Until December 2013, Vasanthi was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health Systems Strategy and Policy Division.  She was also the lead for the research program for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.   She has held several senior management positions at the federal and provincial levels of government.

Vasanthi holds a PHD from the University of Ottawa and has led several key policy and research initiatives.  She has served at the national and international levels in social policy areas such as health and immigration with a particular focus on seniors, aboriginal peoples and women’s issues.  During her tenure in the Policy Research Initiative of the Privy Council Office of Canada, she was seconded to the Cabinet Office in the United Kingdom to the Performance and Innovation Unit.  While in London, she co-authored a white paper on Immigration and Integration Issues and created the Strategic Futures Group that led horizontal policy development for Whitehall, the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland.  Vasanthi was awarded the prestigious Head of the Public Service of Canada Award for her work on the Metropolis Project established to conduct policy research on immigration and integration in cities lead by Canada and involving 18 countries.  As Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Vasanthi was the lead of two teams that won the coveted Amethyst Awards for the Ontario Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and for the work of the Trilateral Committee addressing First Nations and Aboriginal issues.

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Arthur Sweetman is a Professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University and a member of McMaster’s Center for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA). He holds the Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources and is active in studying the Ontario context. His current research addresses health labour markets, health economics and related issues, with a focus on primary care reform. Most of his research is quantitative (statistical/econometric), and he employs these approaches to address policy issues. Quantitative program evaluation and related aspects of social policy are also areas of research interest.

Brian Clark


Brian Clark is retired from the software tech sector. He managed software tech companies in New Zealand, Canada, UK and the US.  His interest in the healthcare sector is in helping the culture shift to a patient focus.  This work is informed by his experience in tech firms in shifting cultures from technology to a customer focus.  His work with Patients Canada and PAN (Patient Advisors Network) includes collaboration with healthcare research networks, consulting with healthcare institutions and speaking at healthcare conferences.



Louise Bradley


A proud Newfoundlander, Louise started her career as a registered nurse in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where she discovered an immediate passion for mental health.

Louise’s work has taken her across the country, where she has held a range of positions across the health sector. From front-line nursing, to forensic and corrections care, to research, teaching, and large-scale hospital administration, Louise has seen mental health issues on the ground and at the highest administrative level.

Louise became President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in 2010, after serving as Senior Operating Officer for the University of Alberta Hospital, one of Canada’s leading clinical, research and teaching hospitals.

She holds degrees from Dalhousie University and Northeastern University in Boston, where she received a Master of Science with a specialization in mental health. She also received a Psychiatric Nursing Diploma with clinical practicum at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Harlow campus in Essex, England.

In June 2015, the Canadian College of Health Leaders presented her with the Innovation Award for Health Care Leadership for her work with the MHCC in encouraging future mental health pioneers. She was also given the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her outstanding contributions to Canadian mental health.

In her years of work, Louise has heard from hundreds of Canadians living with mental health problems and illnesses. Their stories are her inspiration to spark leading and lasting change for mental health care in Canada.

Dr. E. Kevin Kelloway AN


E. Kevin Kelloway is the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University.  A prolific researcher he has been elected as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Canadian Psychological Association, the International Association for Applied Psychology and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  He is recipient of the Distinguished Contribution to Canadian I/O Psychology Award (Canadian Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology) and the Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award (Society for Psychologists in Management).  He is Associate Editor of the Journals Work&Stress, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance in addition to serving on several editorial boards.  He is currently the Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association - Canada’s national association for psychology.

Bill THoll-EN


Bill Tholl serves as the Founding President and CEO of HealthCareCAN (formerly the merged Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations and the Canadian Healthcare Association).  The mandate of the new organization is to speak with one unified voice on behalf of Canada’s healthcare community to advance organizational and health system performance.

Prior to joining HealthCareCAN, Bill was the Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (2009-2014).  This network was formed to increase leadership capacity throughout Canada’s health and healthcare systems. 

Bill also served as CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Medical Association (2001-2008) and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1995-2001).  The Globe and Mail has described Bill as “Medicare’s Mr. Fix-it”.  He is a much sought-after speaker, being billed as a “leader of leaders” for his pioneering work with CHLNet.

He holds a graduate degree in health economics (from University of Manitoba) and has written on many topics, most recently as the co-author of “Bringing Leadership to Life in Health” (Springer, January 2014) and the lead author of “Twenty Tips for Surviving and Prospering in the Association World” (Canadian Society of Association Executives, 2010).  He is the recipient of numerous national awards and is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D).

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Bill and his wife, Paula, live in Ottawa and have three children and four grandchildren.



Karen Lawford Banner


Karen Lawford is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa in the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies. Under the supervision of Drs. Audrey Giles and Ivy Bourgeault, Karen’s research applies First Nations feminist theory and institutional ethnography to examine and understand maternal health policies. This research draws much-needed attention to the reasons why these policies do not result in improved health outcomes for First Nations women, children, and families. She explores the concepts of decolonization, self-determination, land, and community in relation to health. An ongoing exploration of the impacts of the Constitution Act, 1982 and the Indian Act (1876) frames her policy research. Karen is also a registered midwife (Ontario) and an Aboriginal midwife (on education leave) from Lac Seul First Nation, Treaty 3.

Elder Mary Wilson EN


Elder Wilson is known to many as Grandmother Of Four Directions and She Who Walks With Wolves. Renowned in Canada and many parts of the world as a spiritual teacher, Spirit Walker, and Healer. Mary's gentle presence has touched many lives over the past fourty years helping people heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Mary has worked as an Elder at the Circle Of Life Thunderbird House where she co-created programs with Elder Mary Richard and served as an Elder and Spiritual Care person at Neeginan Emergency Centre, a First Nations Homeless Shelter. While at the shelter, Mary created addiction therapy groups, a literacy program, and a safe place for individuals to lay down their pain.

Over the years she has worked in conjunction with medical specialists (psychiatrists and psychologists), family physicians, as well as social workers, teachers, and lawyers including Manitoba Justice.

Recently, she provided support as Elder for the movie We were Children (Residential School survival) and for the murdered and missing series Taken. She has been asked by the Province of Manitoba to be support as the Elder/Therapist for The 60's Scoop (stolen Aboriginal children). Frequently, involved as a psychotherapist and interventionist where she gives support to many as well as providing individual life coaching and healing services.

 In addition to providing Elder Services to the staff and students at the Section of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Health - Centre for Aboriginal Health Education at the University of Manitoba, Mary is available to all faculty, staff, and students within the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is also available for blessings, ceremonies, teachings, individual counselling, healing, and more.

Lisa Richardson


Lisa Richardson (Anishnaabe/European) is a clinician-educator of in the University of Toronto's Division of General Internal Medicine, and practices at the University Health Network.  Her formal education is diverse, and includes a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University with Majors in English Literature and Biology and a Master’s degree in the field of Science and Technology Studies.  She completed her MD at the University of Calgary followed by residency and fellowship training at the University of Toronto.   Her background, both academic and personal, has led her to medical education where she strives to integrate postcolonial, indigenous and feminist perspectives into the curriculum.   She is co-Lead in Indigenous Medical Education for the Faculty of Medicine and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine.  Lisa is also an active member of the Indigenous Physicians’ Association of Canada, a member of the planning committee for the annual Indigenous Health Conference and participates in the University of Toronto’s Steering Committee whose role is to advise the school about how to implement the Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Health Canadacihr logo1This initiative has been generously funded by grants from Health Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the funders.