This IS Long Term Care 2016
Arielle Baltman-Cord
Team Lead, Quality Improvement Response and Implementation
Health Quality Ontario
Arielle supports the strategic implementation of Quality Standards at Health Quality Ontario. She brings to this role a unique blend of policy, strategy, and stakeholder engagement expertise. Most recently, Arielle served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care with responsibility for the drug, chronic disease, and oncology portfolios. Arielle holds a master’s degree in political science.
William Charnetski
Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

William Charnetski has been appointed the Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario.

Mr. Charnetski is an accomplished national and global executive who has worked in the highest levels of business, law and government.  He has a track record of leading transformational change, developing organizations, leading people to realize their potential, fostering internal and external partnerships and collaboration, and delivering results.  He has spent more than 10 years working on integrated health solutions in Canada and around the world in the rapidly changing global pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. Charnetski most recently worked in the United Kingdom with AstraZeneca, one of the world's largest innovative pharmaceutical companies.  He led the global government affairs and public policy function and had responsibilities for corporate social responsibility and regional communications.  His team delivered tangible business results while enhancing health outcomes in many places around the world.

Prior to that, he was VP, Integrated Health Solutions, and General Counsel for AstraZeneca Canada.  He was also a leader of the industry's work with the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and other Ontario ministries to help bring an integrated approach to adopting value-adding innovative pharmaceutical technologies to Ontario.

His work across the Canadian health care system has included building collaborative approaches to adopting innovative value-adding technologies across a variety of fields of study.  In particular, he was an original member of the Advisory Council of the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University and the Steering Committee of the Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovation (within the Conference Board of Canada), and a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Health Economics in Edmonton.

Previously a partner in the Toronto office of the law firm Torys LLP, Mr. Charnetski's practice included mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities law and public-private partnerships. He formed and was Head of the Privacy Law Group. 

Mr. Charnetski served as the first Chief of Staff to The Hon. William Graham, P.C., Q.C. when Mr. Graham was Chair of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He also was Senior Advisor to The Hon. Allan Rock, PC., Q.C. when Mr. Rock was Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Canada. He has worked on a wide range of justice public policy issues, including those related to health care, human rights, constitutional law and criminal law.

Mr. Charnetski served as a provincial nominee to the Board of Waterfront Toronto for seven years. 

Candace Chartier
Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Long Term Care Association
Candace brings a wealth of sector experience to her role as Chief Executive Officer. She is a strong leader, effective communicator and practiced health care professional who leads and delivers results on wide ranging and complex projects. 
 Previously, Candace held positions such as Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Project Director, Administrator and Director of Care in long-term care. She started her career as an RN and worked in the Acute Care Sector, Rehabilitation, Community Nursing and the Aeromedical Nursing fields. Candace is a strong advocate for long-term care both provincially and nationally as an executive with the Canadian Alliance of Long Term Care. 

 Candace holds an MBA from Western University Richard Ivey School of Business and is a graduate of Queens University Executive Development Program and the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management, Advanced Health Leadership Executive Program. Candace also holds the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Lisa Corrente
Torkin Manes
As a member of our Employment & Labour Group, Lisa acts extensively for clients in any issue that arises in the workplace. She deals with wrongful dismissal litigation, human rights complaints, applications for certification by trade unions, collective bargaining and arbitrations, privacy and surveillance issues and pay equity proceedings. Lisa also provides advice and assistance on employment agreements, workplace policies, severance packages and the resolution of workplace disputes. 

Lisa’s practice in the Health Law Group includes advising and representing health care facilities and health professionals. She regularly provides assistance to longterm care homes, retirement homes, domiciliary hostels and other health facilities with respect to Ministry compliance matters, professional complaints and discipline proceedings, privacy and requests for access to information, residential tenancy disputes and issues concerning residents and their family members. 

Within both her practice areas, Lisa conducts neutral workplace investigations into matters such as policy violations and employee misconduct, resident abuse and neglect, discrimination and harassment, failure to accommodate and reprisals. She provides timely and thorough investigative expertise from the start of the investigative process through to providing comprehensive written reports and recommendations. 

Lisa is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). She also represents our firm in its membership in the Ontario Long Term Care Association and Ontario Retirement Communities Association. Lisa is the Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Section and is currently the Secretary- Treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Health Law Section.
Christine Elliott
Patient Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario
Christine Elliott is a graduate of Western University Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1980. She practised law as a partner with Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy until 2006, when she was elected as the MPP for Whitby-Ajax in a by-election. She was subsequently re-elected as the MPP for Whitby-Oshawa in 2007, 2011 and 2014. During her years at Queen’s Park Christine brought forward two private member’s bills, which resulted in Select Committees on Mental Health and Addictions and on Developmental Services. In December, 2015, Christine was appointed by the provincial government as the first Patient Ombudsman for the Province of Ontario. 

Christine has been an advocate for vulnerable people for many years and has served as a volunteer with many community organizations, including the Grandview Children’s Centre and Durham Mental Health Services, which named one of their homes in her honour. She has also served on the board of directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Christine is the co-founder and a director of the Abilities Centre, a sports, recreation and arts facility for people of all abilities located in Whitby. 

Christine lives in Whitby, Ontario with her three sons, John, Galen and Quinn.
Debbie Emmerson
Founding Director
Kensington Hospice
Debbie Emmerson has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Mrs. Emmerson was the Director of Care at Kensington Gardens for 10 years. She then became the founding Director of Kensington Hospice, now in its 5th year. Under her leadership the Accountability Framework was implemented along with a Strategic Plan with a vision of being ‘Champions of Quality End-of-Life Care’. Kensington Hospice is now CARF accredited and is considered a place of excellence internationally. Kensington Hospice is affiliated with Princess Margaret Hospital/UNH. Debbie was a member of a UHN consultative team traveling to Doha, Qatar with the goal to improve palliative care in the Middle East.
0Kim Fitzpatrick
Manager, Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research & Innovation in Long-Term Care
Kim Fitzpatrick is the Manager of the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA). The RIA is an innovative partnership of 16 long-term care and retirement communities, the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College, with a focus on practice-relevant research and translation of research to practice. Kim was the first Neighbour Coordinator at the Village of Humber Heights and one of the culture change champions for Schlegel Villages’ culture change journey. Kim has supported the culture change journey since 2009, both at Schlegel Villages and as a part of the research management team with the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance until late 2015. Kim holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Gerontology (Laurentian University) and Diplomas in Recreation and Leisure Service, Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism (Humber College) and Social Service Worker, Gerontology (Sheridan College).
0Brent Gingerich
Brent Gingerich has been Owner/CEO of peopleCare for the last 15 years and is a self-proclaimed Social Entrepreneur. As a creator of senior living communities, peopleCare has been recognized for being one of Canada’s most engaged employers, Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, Workplace of the year by the Ontario Long Term Care Association and has earned Exemplary Standing with Accreditation Canada. Brent is passionate about Innovation and strives to foster healthy culture of Innovation at peopleCare and in the entire sector.
Krista Griffin
National Director, Recreation & Rehabilitation
Revera, Long Term Care Inc.
Krista is responsible to develop and implement a national strategy for recreation and rehabilitation that will position Revera as a leader in Long Term Care and create person-centred programs that enhance resident safety and well-being. Krista has worked in clinical and management roles for 17 years in both the United States and Canada, with a focus on the senior population. Krista’s prior roles have included strategic development, monitoring, and ongoing updating of clinical programming to ensure innovative and best practice service delivery models. Krista has been a contributor to many publications and presented at various conferences across North America.
Lori Hale
Executive Lead
The Change Foundation
Lori Hale has been part of The Change Foundation’s team since September 2007. As Executive Lead, Research and Policy, she leads research projects and evaluation initiatives, the positioning of the Foundation’s policy papers, and strategic planning. Lori has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University.
Angela Harvey
Administrator and Privacy Officer
Finlandia Nursing Home
Angela is the Administrator and Privacy Officer at Finlandia Nursing Home in Sudbury, Ontario. Having been with the organization since 2004, Angela has held various leadership positions, notably Charge Nurse, Director of Care, Chief Clinical Officer and Administrator since 2014. 

In addition to the work she does within her own organization, Angela also sits on a number of working groups and committees throughout the City of Greater Sudbury. Currently, she is the Co-Chair of the Long-Term Care HUB Network. She also holds membership with the, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), eHealth Advisory Committee, the Greater Sudbury Emergency Advisory Panel, the Sudbury Working Group with the LHIN Behavioural Clients and the Designated Specialized Working Group. 

Angela is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program from Laurentian University and has completed the Long-Term Care Management (LTCM) Program through the Canadian Healthcare Association (CHA). As well, Angela is accredited as a Long-Term Care Administrator by the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors (OANHSS). Angela is dedicated to caring for Canada’s aging population and committed to fostering a culture of excellence. Her long standing interests include effective leadership, clinical research and integrating community services.
Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dr. Eric Hoskins was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the MPP for St. Paul's in 2009. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2014. Hoskins currently serves as Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Hoskins was previously appointed as Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Employment in February 2013. He has also previously served as Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Hoskins is also a renowned humanitarian, family doctor and a proud Ontarian with a long and dedicated record of public service. After finishing his medical studies at McMaster University, and subsequently at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, Hoskins spent nearly a decade as a doctor and humanitarian in war-torn regions in Africa and around the world. From 1997 to 2000, he served as the senior advisor to then Foreign Minister Lloyd Axworthy on issues such as human rights, child soldiers, peacekeeping and the landmines ban. He and his wife, Dr. Samantha Nutt, founded the international charity War Child Canada to help hundreds of thousands of children in war-affected regions across the globe. Hoskins was also Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations in 2002-03. Hoskins has been recognized for his humanitarian work and public service. In 2008, he was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has also received the Governor General's Meritorious Service Cross, and has been awarded the United Nations Lester B. Pearson Peace Medal.
Stephanie Hylmar
Research Associate
The Change Foundation
Stephanie joined The Change Foundation in early 2013. As Research Associate, she manages and advises on qualitative and mixed methods research related to the Foundation’s strategic plan. Stephanie also provides comprehensive policy analysis and commentary on issues related to patient engagement, informal caregiving and patient and family advisory councils. Stephanie holds a Master of Science from the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation. Her thesis work explored global networks as a catalyst for knowledge translation of clinical practice guidelines.
Darryl Jam
VP, Controller
Schlegel Villages
Darryl Jam is the VP, Controller at Schlegel Villages and previously was Director of Financial Reporting at Revera Inc. and before that was a Senior Manager at KPMG in the IT Advisory practice. He has spent most of his career with some level of involvement in the health care industry. Darryl is a Chartered Public Accountant and a Certified Information Systems Auditor who graduated with an Honours Business Administration degree from Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
David Jarlette
Jarlette Health Services
David has been active in the family business from the very beginning, working his way up the ranks, David started as a student employee working as an aide in the housekeeping, dietary and laundry departments. David pursued his education as in Long term Care Organization and Management, and started his professional career within the business as the administrator of one of the homes. As David became more active in the company, he like his father Alex, assumed many volunteer roles in the Ontario Long Term Care Associations activities. Advocating on behalf of the seniors they served, David occupied roles such as Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. He has chaired many committees within the OLTCA, such as Strategic Planning Committee, Labour Relations Committee; Budget Committee and Pension Committee to name a few. David has also volunteered his time as Vice President of the Healthcare Health and Safety Association of Ontario. David continues to be an active spokesperson at Association events and meetings continuing to advance the care for the residents we serve. A native of beautiful Penetanguishene, David and his wife Alison, continue to reside in their hometown, raising their four children. David likes to keep active and can often be seen biking to work on both his mountain bike and motorcycle.
Stacey Johnson
Lead for the Quality Standards program
Health Quality Ontario
Stacey Johnson RN, MN is a Lead for the Quality Standards program at Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Previously, she was a Knowledge Translation and Exchange Specialist in the Quality Improvement branch at HQO. Prior to joining HQO, Stacey worked at St. Joseph’s Health Centre (Toronto) emergency department where she worked as a Clinical Educator, and continues to work as a registered nurse. Her clinical background is in emergency, critical care and surgery.
Heather Luth
Dementia Program Coordinator
Schlegel Villages
Heather currently serves as the Dementia Program Coordinator for Schlegel Villages and is focused on working collaboratively with the Villages, Residents, Care Partners and Dementia Program Advisory Committee to explore and develop practices to honour and support persons living with dementia. Prior to this, she provided leadership to the Recreation team at The Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton, looking for creative ways to put living first for each resident. By utilizing a resident directed approach to leisure programming her team has embraced alternative ways to engage residents as they pursue the leisure and life choices that bring them joy and meaning. She shares her enthusiasm as a team educator, building on her prior experience as a teacher at Sheridan College where she developed curriculum for a Recreation course in the Social Service Worker Gerontology program and subsequently engaged students in an interactive classroom setting. Heather has had the opportunity to share some of these new approaches at the “Walk With Me Conference” in 2014, and the Pioneer Network Conference in 2014 and 2015, and more recently at the Culture Change Exchange in 2016. It has been Heather’s passion to support residents, care partners and team members through teaching about the experience of Living with Dementia and how we can join together to journey alongside to promote the well-being of all.
0Ruth McFarlane
Executive Director
Durham Christian Homes Society Inc.
For over 20 years, Ruth has proven to be a multi-faceted, dynamic leader in the charitable, social housing, retirement living and long-term care sector. Along with holding a Specialist Bachelor degree in Nutritional Science, Ruth completed the Canadian Health Care Association /Canadian Health Care Executives Association certificate in Long Term Care Senior Management. Ruth is a certified Long Term Care Administrator and a member of the Canadian College of Health Care Leaders. Ruth has extensive experience and knowledge of charitable organizations, project management, quality improvement and health care planning along with great insight and understanding of health care system reform due to her previous and current involvement on various Boards and Committees as well as with Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA) Committees and Board (VP for Non-Profits, OLTCA) and partnerships with the Central East LHIN and MOHLTC.
0Raquel Meyer
Manager, Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care
Raquel Meyer manages the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care. Raquel completed her doctoral studies in nursing and graduate training awards in health services research and policy at the University of Toronto. She was also the recipient of a Nursing Early Career Research Award through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Dr. Meyer’s research centers on healthcare management, health human resources, educational innovation and care delivery models. Raquel is an enthusiastic proponent for the relevance of research to clinical practice, education, leadership and policy development.
Paula Morand
Paula Morand is a leadership building, revenue boosting, strategy expanding, leadership expert, keynote speaker, author and visionary. This dreaming big and being bold expert brings her vibrant energy, humour and wisdom to ignite individuals, communities, and organizations to lead change, growth and impact in a more bold fashion. 23 years, 25,000 clients, 19 countries, 11 books, former radio personality, 10X award winning entrepreneur and humorous emcee. To learn more about Paula visit
David Munch
Chief Executive Officer
Finlandia Nursing Home
David Munch, CEO of Finlandia Village has been working in the seniors housing, assisted living and long term care health sector for over 18 years. He was involved in the redevelopment and construction of a 110 bed long term care home under the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care government guidelines. More recently he oversaw Finlandia’s 6th project the Lepokoti Assisted Living apartment building. In order to raise the necessary funds for development he was a member of the SISU Fund Development committee that raised $3.5 million dollars. He has been involved in four separate Accreditation Canada surveys, most recently achieving the award of Exemplary Status. He has been a guest speaker at various events such as the Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Non Profit Housing Association conference about the ever increasing care of the elderly to maintain them in their homes. 

He is a graduate from Laurentian University with an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in marketing/finance and is accredited as a Long Term Care Administrator by the Ontario Long Term Care Association.
0Zsofia Orosz
Manager, Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care
Zsófia Orosz is manager at the Bruyère Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term care (CLRI). The Bruyère Research Institute proudly hosts the Bruyère CLRI and supports investigators who contribute to a better, more responsive health care system that delivers the best care to patients and families. The Institute actively partners with Bruyère Continuing Care, the University of Ottawa and others and provides solutions to improve the health and health care of aging and frail Canadians. Zsofia has worked in LTC administration, at the Champlain Regional Stroke Network as the Coordinator for Community and LTC, and at the International Development Research Centre on a grant program related to social and ecological determinants of health. She holds a Masters of Health Administration (University of Ottawa) and an MA in Political Science (Carleton University).
Connie Paris
Manager, Data Management, Home & Continuing Care
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Connie has been with the Canadian Institute for Health Information since 2004, starting with Inpatient Rehabilitation, then Hospital and Community Mental Health, and now Home and Continuing Care. Connie’s team led the introduction of quality indicators for long-term care into CIHI’s public reporting tool, In a former life, she worked as a physiotherapist in both Canada and the US. She also holds a Master in Business Administration.
Nadine Persaud
Director of Client Services
Kensington Health Centre
Nadine Persaud is currently the Director of Client Services at the Kensington Health Centre. Nadine has been working in the palliative care field for the past 10 years and specializes in both hospice and palliative care. Nadine is also a trainer for the Core Concepts Hospice Palliative Training for three of the hospices in Toronto and has been a facilitator at the University of Toronto Centre for Interprofessional Education in Palliative Care. She also sits on the Accreditation review panel for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. Nadine received her Bachelor of Social Work and minor in Psychology at Ryerson University, a Master of Social Work at York University and is currently completing her PhD in Palliative Care through Lancaster University in England. Her research interests include the sustainability of resilience in palliative care and the methods in which the provision of palliative care can be improved at both a community, provincial and national level. Nadine is currently working on publishing a major research paper focused on the resilience of healthcare professionals in the field of palliative care. This research paper was selected for an oral presentation at York University for the PRP conference 2014 and the Hospice Palliative Care Conference 2015 as well as a poster presentation at the Provincial Social Work Conference 2014, and the International Congress on Palliative Care 2016.
0Jennifer Reguindin
Interprofessional Educator, Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care
Jennifer Reguindin is an interprofessional educator for the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care and is certified in healthcare simulation and gerontological nursing. Previously, she was also an advanced practice leader – nurse, and served as a subject matter expert for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Long-Term Care Home Common Assessment Project. An experienced staff nurse in the areas of intensive care, cardiac and medical-surgical, her roles have included nursing management and education, for various provincial projects. Jennifer received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from York University.
John Scotland
Steeves & Rozema Group
John Scotland is a professional accountant with years of senior executive experience in the real estate, construction and healthcare sectors. 

John is the current CEO of the Steeves & Rozema Group, a multi facet real estate company with diverse holdings that include: multi-family; commercial; retirement; and Long Term Care properties located throughout southern Ontario. Founded in 1963 the family owned company has been developing, acquiring and operating communities for over 50 years. 

Prior to joining Steeves & Rozema John held the positions of VP of Finance & Admin for a national real estate management firm and General Manager of a London based construction development company that specializes in: multi-family; condominium; and single family home construction. 

In addition to his role as CEO of Steeves & Rozema, John has served on a number of boards and committees, some of which include the following: 
  • Past President/Board Chair (2016) of the of the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA). 
  • Past VP Financial Liaison & Board Member (2014) of the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA). 
  • Past Board Member & Treasurer (2013) of the Ontario Retirement Communities Association (ORCA) 
  • Member of the Ministry of Health's Enhanced LTC Renewal Strategy Advisory committee for the redevelopment of over 30,000 of Ontario’s B & C LTC beds. 
  • Past member & Co-chair (2016) of the Ministry of Health's long term care funding review working group. 
  • Past Member the Ministry of Health's, health system funding review committee (2014). 
  • Past Member of the Ministry of Health's LTC stakeholder liaison committee (2016). 
  • Past Member of the Ontario Fire Marshal's Technical Advisory committee on vulnerable occupancies (2014). 
  • Past Chair and founding member of ORCA’s data collaborative committee known as CORE (2014). 
  • Member of the Essex Kent Lambton Goodwill Industries Priorities Committee
Christine Shea
Program Director for the Quality and Patient Safety stream, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation; Program Lead for the IDEAS Advanced Learning Program, University of Toronto.
Christine has been working and conducting research in safety and risk in complex, safety-critical domains for over 25 years. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill University in social and medical anthropology, a Masters in educational psychology and a Doctorate in organisational psychology and patient safety at the University of Manchester. Christine continued her research at the Technical University in Eindhoven, the Netherlands where she completed a post-doc continuing her research in patient safety and organisational psychology. Most recently she finished post graduate work in applied psychology at the University of Salford in the UK. Christine continues to apply an interdisciplinary approach to the identification, analysis and management of risk to optimise the resilience and overall performance of systems, organisations and individuals. Her work has explored the management and organisation of work in safety-critical domains globally ranging from Emergency departments, neo-natal intensive care, European and Middle Eastern Air Traffic Control, military aircraft systems at British Aerospace and adverse events in aviation, rail and healthcare. She is the Program Director for the Quality and Patient Safety stream at Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and the Program Lead for the IDEAS Advanced Learning Program. Christine delivers modules on patient safety and reliability and teaches courses on the MHSc program at IHPME on human resources, negotiation skills and leadership development.
Sara Shearkhani
PhD student
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Sara Shearkhani is a PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation under the supervision of Dr. Walter Wodchis.
Michael Sherar
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cancer Care Ontario
Dr. Michael Sherar is President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario, a role he was appointed to in 2011. From 2006 to 2011, he was the provincial agency’s Vice-President, Planning and Regional Programs, leading the development of Regional Cancer Programs, including capital planning for cancer services across the province. Dr. Sherar is an Affiliate Scientist at the Techna Institute University Health Network where he carries out research and development of minimally invasive thermal therapy technologies for cancer including radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Sherar received a BA in Physics from Oxford University in 1985 and his PhD in Medical Biophysics from University of Toronto in 1989.
Sharon Lee Smith
Associate Deputy Minister
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Sharon Lee Smith has been Associate Deputy Minister, Policy and Transformation, since February 2015. 
Sharon Lee is a public sector executive with more than 20 years of experience at both federal and provincial levels. Sharon Lee served most recently as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the health ministry of the Government of Saskatchewan. In this role, she was responsible for a variety of files, including public health, mental health and addictions and long‐term care.  Prior to joining the Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan, Sharon Lee worked in economic development, as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Saskatchewan Region of Western Economic Diversification Canada. In 2013, she received the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal Award of Excellence for Public Administration. 

She has held several executive positions at Environment Canada, where she represented Canada internationally in United Nations climate change post‐Kyoto negotiations. Sharon Lee also has extensive experience in the area of aboriginal health — she delivered federal First Nations and Inuit health programming in Canada’s three northern territories and helped negotiate the Kelowna Accord on Aboriginal Health. She also has previous experience with the Government of Ontario in the areas of citizenship and human rights, finance and social justice.
0Bianca Stern MSc, BSc OT
Executive Director, Health Innovations
The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation
Bianca Stern is Executive Director, Health Innovations at the Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI). Bianca’s career spans over 35 years in health care in private and public sectors and she has been involved at university and college levels in curriculum design, research and student supervision. Bianca has built on her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Science, creatively intersecting the art and science of healthcare with innovation, technology, and industry. She is a thought leader in the area of innovation, blending design thinking and arts based tools with an inclusive, participatory user focus, capitalizing on emerging technologies and theoretical knowledge to stimulate innovative solutions for the journey of aging. Bianca currently oversees the innovation team at CC-ABHI including the Innovation, Technology & Design Lab, CC-ABHI project intake office and project pipeline. She is also actively involved in helping to foster a culture of innovation and knowledge mobilization at Baycrest and across CC-ABHI network partner sites.
Karen Stobbe & Mondy Carter
Karen was working as an actress, director, writer and instructor of theatre when her Dad, Manfred was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her life has taken on a new focus and new meaning in combining the knowledge of her two worlds into one life work. Karen’s Dad passed away in October of 2000 and her Mom, Virginia was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a year and a half later. Karen has presented over 700 workshops, keynotes and performances. She has written a book, has a training DVD and she was the co-writer of all the scripts and content for the Hand in Hand Training Toolkit produced by CMS and distributed to every nursing home on the US. Karen and Mondy were featured on NPR’s This American Life and recently presented at the International TED MED Conference. This website has links to both. They are currently working on a website to distribute real life tools, tips and information to family caregivers. They live in in Black Mountain, NC with their daughter Grace and 4 furry creatures.
Patricia Sullivan-Taylor
Strategic Advisor
Health Quality Ontario
Patricia Sullivan-Taylor is the Strategic Advisor for Health System Performance at Health Quality Ontario. In this role, Patricia directs the strategic design and implementation of priority projects related to governance, patient relations, performance measurement and reporting. Prior to this role, Patricia developed and delivered funding allocations for hospitals, home and community care agencies and long-term care homes as Director, Health System Funding Policy for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. She also spent a decade with the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Patricia established CIHI’s national project management office and implemented a new primary health care information program and launched eight national analytical reports, electronic medical record standards and a national EMR database to support quality improvement among primary care providers. Patricia is a registered nurse (BSN) and certified project management professional (PMP) with a Master’s in Public Administration.
0Carly Szabo
Training Specialist, Department of Continuing Education
Conestoga College
Carly Szabo is a Training Specialist with the School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services at Conestoga College. Carly graduated from Conestoga College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2007. She then went on to complete a post graduate certificate in Critical Care Nursing in 2011 at Durham College. She will be embarking upon a Master of Science in Nursing at McMaster University in September. During her time at Conestoga College, Carly has developed three certificate programs for personal support workers working in acute care, community-based care and palliative/end-of-life care. She is also the coordinator and serves as the lead trainer for the Excellence in Resident-Centred Care courses which focus on enriching a person-centred approach to care in close partnership with the Research Institution of Aging and the Schlegel Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care. Carly was the recipient of the 2015 Leadership Award for Team Work and Collaborative Practice from the School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services.
Dr. Joshua Tepper
President and Chief Executive Officer
Health Quality Ontario
Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). An arm’s length agency of the provincial government, HQO works in partnership with Ontario’s health care system to support a better experience of care and better outcomes for Ontarians. 

Prior to HQO, Dr. Tepper was the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. As Vice President, he was responsible for Sunnybrook’s educational strategy and programming for learners, physicians and staff, patients and their families and the community. Prior to joining Sunnybrook, Dr. Tepper was Ontario’s first Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in the Health Human Resources Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. As the ADM he led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy to ensure that Ontarians have access to the right number and mix of qualified health care providers, now and in the future. 

In addition to his involvement in health policy and research at the provincial level, Dr. Tepper has also been active on a national scale as the senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has received several provincial and national awards for his leadership in these positions. 

Dr. Tepper has always remained in active practice serving marginalized populations and taking on clinical leadership roles. Previously, he served as the Medical Director for the Inner City Health Associates, President of the Inner City Family Health Team and as Vice-President of the Society of Rural Physicians. Currently, Dr. Tepper practices in the St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team and in the Emergency Department at North York General Hospital. 

Dr. Tepper holds a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a medical degree from McMaster University, a Master of Public Health from Harvard, and his executive Master of Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business. He completed residency at the University of Toronto.
Kevin Walker
Senior Research Associate, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
University of Toronto
Kevin Walker is a Senior Research Associate with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, where he received his MSc in Health Services Research. He is the study coordinator for Dr. Walter Wodchis' CIHR PHSI grant titled Determinants of Quality in Ontario LTC Homes and is part of the team evaluating two MOHLTC initiatives, Integrated Funding Models and Health Links.
Helen Wei-Randall
Program Lead, Home and Continuing Care Data Management
Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
Helen Wei-Randall, Program Lead, Home and Continuing Care Data Management, Canadian Institute for Health Information With over a decade in healthcare information, Helen Wei-Randal has worked in the areas of pharmaceutical economics research, health work force information, population health analysis, and currently home and continuing care data management. Her work interests include interpreting data into narrative for publication and educational purposes to support the best use of data at all levels.