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Speakers

 
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DR. NICK BONTIS
Award-winning professor of Strategic Management, McMaster University;

Director, Institute for Intellectual Capital Research;

3M National Teaching Fellow

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

15:10 – 16:10 EST

Accelerating productivity and collaboration

Dr. Nick Bontis is the world’s leading expert on intellectual capital and its impact on performance and was named as one of the Top 30 Management Gurus world-wide. He helps organizations leverage their most important intangible asset for sustainable competitive advantage. Nick has been immersed in the field since 1991 when a cover story in Fortune Magazine, titled “Brainpower”, changed the course of his life. Risking a secure future, Nick left a promising banking career to pursue a PhD in the field. His ground-breaking doctoral dissertation went on to become the #1 selling thesis in Canada. His accomplishments thus far could fill a volume.

Dr. Bontis has delivered keynote presentations on every continent for leading organizations in both the private and the public sector. His dynamic, high-energy presentations provide personal and team recommendations for improving individual and organizational effectiveness leaving audiences with the tools, inspiration and impetus to accelerate management performance. His customized programs are a mix of practical managerial tools, rigorous academic research, strategic consulting, entertaining humour and a blast of youthful exuberance.

Dr. Bontis is the Director of the Institute for Intellectual Capital Research – a leading strategic management consulting firm. His services have been sought after by leading organizations such as the United Nations, Microsoft, Health Canada, Royal Bank, Telus, Accenture, SAS, Mitsubishi, United Way, the US Navy and IBM. Tom Stewart, former Editor of Fortune Magazine and Harvard Business Review, recognizes him as a “pioneer and one of the world’s real intellectual capital experts”. He is also on the Advisory Board of several organizations including a variety of educational-based institutions designing and implementing executive development programs across the country.

Dr. Bontis is the author of the best-selling book Information Bombardment: Rising above the digital onslaught. He has won international acclaim for his leading-edge research and award-winning management cases. He is ranked as one of the top cited authors in management research globally with over 36,000 citations world-wide.

With his unique combination of substance and sizzle, Dr. Bontis is guaranteed to ignite, entertain and enlighten NHLC participants, empowering them with both the tools and the inspiration to perform at a higher level of accelerated performance.

PATRICK DUMELIE

Chief Executive Officer – Covenant Health, Covenant Care, and Covenant Living

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

12:10 – 13:10 EST

The critical role of leadership in system transformation

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Patrick Dumelie is the Chief Executive Officer of Covenant Health, Covenant Care and Covenant Living. Together, these organizations are one of the largest Catholic providers of health care in Canada. With a combined budget of over $1 billion, the Covenant family is a trusted provider of health care and seniors services in Alberta and a strategic partner in the integrated health system serving the province.

Inspired by the Sisters who founded health care in Alberta over 150 years ago, Patrick is committed to advancing the contribution and leadership of Catholic health care in Canada, providing compassionate care with a focus on those most vulnerable and marginalized.

Patrick led the highly successful merger of 12 Catholic health care organizations in Alberta to establish Covenant Health as a vital provincial partner in 2008. Today Covenant Health provides a full range of health services with a team of 15,000 skilled and compassionate physicians, staff and volunteers in urban and rural hospitals and care centres across the province.

Under Patrick’s leadership, the Covenant family has also grown in service to encompass Covenant Living, a provider of seniors’ retirement housing, and Covenant Care, a separate organization created in 2013 to meet the needs of Alberta’s growing seniors’ population. Covenant Care today is home to over 1,000 seniors and Albertan’s needing continuing care, supportive living and hospice care.

Patrick has fostered a mission-inspired culture shaped by enduring core values, supported by visionary leadership, and leading with innovative approaches to effectively deliver quality, patient-centred care. Under his leadership, Covenant works effectively in partnership with communities, the provincial health authority and Government to strengthen and transform the health care system and provide quality, compassionate care to Albertans—especially those most vulnerable. Over the past decade, Covenant has emerged as one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers for multiple years, has been consistently named one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures ™ and is recognized as a Worlds Most Ethical Company ®.

Patrick offers his strategic and health care expertise and leadership on several international, national and provincial boards. He serves as a Board member on HealthCare Can and Alberta’s Catholic Social Services, and is the Chair of the Christian Health Alliance of Alberta. He is also a member of the Pope’s Commission of International Healthcare and recently served as Vice-Chair of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada. He holds an MBA from Queens University and a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina and received the Midcareer Leadership from the Catholic Health Alliance in 2013.

Patrick’s extensive health care career includes serving as President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President.

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DR. BILL HOWATT

CEO and Founder, Howatt Consulting; Former Chief of Research and Workforce Productivity, The Conference Board of Canada

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

12:10 – 13:10 EST

The critical role of leadership in system transformation

Dr. Bill Howatt is the CEO of Howatt Consulting and the Chief of Research and Workforce Productivity at The Conference Board of Canada, leading the Board’s applied research programs in workplace wellness, mental health, and workforce productivity.

Dr. Howatt, a behavioural scientist, is known as one of Canada’s top experts in mental health issues in the workplace and has more than 30 years of experience in the field of mental health, addiction, and HR consulting. As a highly-respected columnist for the Globe and Mail, author, clinician, consultant and speaker, he effortlessly engages and inspires both individuals and groups.

Dr. Howatt is a member of the International Research Advisory Council (IRAC) at Pacific Coast University of Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS). He is also Chair of CSA Standard 21008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace.

Prior to joining The Conference Board in 2018, Dr. Howatt worked as Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity at Morneau Shepell where he launched a total health consulting strategy designed to improve health engagement and productivity in Canadian organizations. He has published numerous books and articles, such as The Coping Crisis, Pathway to Coping, the Wiley Series on addictions, The Human Services Counseling Toolbox, and The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference. He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail 9 to 5 and Leadership Lab columns and The Chronicle Herald. Bill Howatt, is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California.

JUDITH JOHN

Patient Advocate

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Monday, May 31, 2021

15:10 – 16:10 EST

Great Canadian Healthcare Policy Dialogue

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Judith John’s career spans all aspects of communications, marketing and public affairs, with broad community experience and an extensive background in arts, culture, not-for-profit, health and social services.

 

Ms. John was a senior hospital executive and remains active in health care.  She was Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at the Hospital for Sick Children and Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Mount Sinai Hospital and Foundation. Ms. John works with hospitals including Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network, and Sinai Health System, concentrating on patient experience, partnerships and communications.  At the Council of Academic Hospitals Ontario, she led government and stakeholder relations.

A patient advocate, Ms John has extensive speaking experience, and inNovember, 2019, she will gave the keynote address at the first international Patient Experience Forum hosted by the Qatar Health System in Doha, Qatar.  She has been keynote presenter and lecturer for the Canadian Medical Association, Health Quality Ontario, Michener Institute, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business, Schulich School of Business, Ontario Brain Institute, several LIHNs, Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, McMaster Health Forum and Acquired Brain Injury Society. She is a patient advisor for UHN’s Partners in Care, and was part of the Ontario’s Phoenix Project on education and care, Patients Canada, and The Change Foundation.

Ms John chaired the Province’s Quality Management Partnership Citizen Advisory Committee, and sat on the Partnership’s senior leaders Healthcare System Reference Group.  She participated on the Ontario Brain Institute International Review Panel and McMaster Health System Sustainability Forum.

Ms. John is currently Vice-President of Engagement and Marketing, Royal Ontario Museum Governors;, responsible for communications, community outreach, marketing, donor relations, events and government relations.  She is a member of the Board of Directors, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and of the Board of the Michener Institute.  Previously, she served as Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, at United Way of Greater Toronto; and headed communications at Harbourfront Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

From 1982-1999, Ms John was President of Acoustiguide of Canada, a multi-national company that provided recorded tours to galleries, museums and attractions across Canada.  Clients included the Art Gallery of Ontario, Expo ’86, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, National Gallery of Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, City of Kingston, Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the City of Montreal art expo.

A writer, consultant, executive coach, mentor, facilitator and media trainer, Judith John has taught communications, ethics and marketing at universities and colleges across Ontario and has been a guest speaker for institutions worldwide.

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DR. ANTONIA MAIONI

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor, Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Monday, May 31, 2021

15:10 – 16:10 EST

Great Canadian Healthcare Policy Dialogue

Antonia Maioni was named Dean of Arts at McGill University on July 1, 2016.  Professor Maioni came to McGill in 1994, and is jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Her research focuses on health-care reform and the Canadian political process. She holds a BA from Université Laval, an MA from the Norman Paterson of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University. Professor Maioni served for 10 years as the Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, and is a past President of the Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities.  She has regularly engaged audiences in thoughtful dialogues about public policy issues with major news media across Canada.  She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

DR. JAMES MAKOKIS

Family Physician; Kinokamasihk Nehiyô Nation, South Common Medical Centre;

Associate Clinical Professor - Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta;

Adjunct Lecturer - Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto;

Professor, Yellowhead Tribal College

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Monday, May 31, 2021

15:10 – 16:10 EST

Great Canadian Healthcare Policy Dialogue

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Dr. James Makokis is a nehiyô (Plains Cree), Two Spirit physician from Onihcikiskwapiwinihk (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) who practices Family Medicine in Kinokamasihk (Kehewin Cree Nation) and South Edmonton.  His passion drives him to elevate the nehiyô health system, which includes the use of nehiyô maskihkiya (Cree medicines). In addition to his work with First Nations Peoples, Dr. Makokis has a strong interest in providing high quality care to the Trans q-mmunity. Outside his clinical practice, Dr. Makokis has served as Chairperson of the Indigenous Wisdom Council of Alberta Health Services, and is a Board Member of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute of Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto. He holds a Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto and is a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. Dr. Makokis is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Alberta and an Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  He is a recipient of the Indspire Award (Formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Award).  He believes in the importance of nehiyô cihcikewina (ceremonies), nehiyawewin (the Cree language), and nehiyô mamitoneyitamowin (Cree thought) and for all Indigenous Peoples to be able to access these without barriers. He married his husband Anthony Johnson during the 2017 Vancouver International Marathon, where they said “I do, at KM 32.”  Together they competed as “Team Ahkameyimok” in Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada and won while bringing attention to several important messages including MMIW, two spirit and transgender issues, “Water Is Life,” Treaty and Indigenous languages.

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ANDRÉ PICARD

Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

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Monday, May 31, 2021

15:10 – 16:10 EST

Great Canadian Healthcare Policy Dialogue

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books.

André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.

He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

DONOVAN TAPLIN

Vice-Chair (TC), Canada's National Standard for the Mental Health and Well-being of Post-Secondary Students

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

12:10 – 13:10 EST

The critical role of leadership in system transformation

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From 2013 to 2017, Donovan served as the youngest and first openly queer person elected to municipal office in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a Town Councillor in a small rural and remote community, Donovan led the Town’s first official recognition of Mental Illness Awareness Week and Pride Month. Concurrently, Donovan was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an inaugural member of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. Since 2018, Donovan has worked with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and CSA Group as Vice-Chair of the committee developing Canada’s National Standard for the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Post-Secondary Students, the first of its kind in the world. Donovan is also one of five Canadians chosen as a part of the 2019-2020 Faces of Mental Illness Campaign with Bell Let’s Talk and CAMIMH. Donovan is the Health Communications and Knowledge Translation Coordinator for Health & Wellness at the University of Toronto.

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DR. STEPHEN TRZECIAK

Professor, Chair, & Chief of Medicine, Cooper University Health Care and Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

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Monday, May 31, 2021

12:10 – 13:10 EST

Leading with compassion: The revolutionary scientific evidence that caring makes a difference

Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH is a physician scientist, Chief of Medicine at Cooper University Health Care, and Professor and Chair of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University in Camden, New Jersey.  Dr. Trzeciak is a practicing intensivist (specialist in intensive care medicine), and a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded clinical researcher with more than 100 publications in the scientific literature, primarily in the field of resuscitation science.  Dr. Trzeciak’s publications have been featured in prominent medical journals, such as: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Circulation, and The New England Journal of Medicine.  His scientific program has been supported by research grants from the American Heart Association, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, with Dr. Trzeciak serving in the role of Principal Investigator.

Currently, Dr. Trzeciak’s research is focused on a new field called “Compassionomics”, in which he is studying the scientific effects of compassion on patients, patient care, and those who care for patients.  He is an author of the best-selling book: Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference.  For this work, he was awarded the 2019 Influencers of Healthcare Award by The Philadelphia Inquirer.  Dr. Trzeciak also serves as a member of the Global Compassion Council for the nonprofit organization Charter for Compassion.  Broadly, Dr. Trzeciak’s mission is to make health care more compassionate through science.

Dr. Trzeciak is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.  He earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Master’s of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his fellowship in critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center.  He is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine, emergency medicine, and neurocritical care.

DR. CORNELIA (NEL) WIEMAN

Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

12:10 – 13:10 EST

The critical role of leadership in system transformation

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Dr. Nel Wieman is the ​Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia.  She is Anishinaabe (Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba) and lives, works and plays on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Dr. Wieman has served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) since 2016.

 

Dr. Wieman completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University. Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist, Dr. Wieman has more than 20 years' clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/reserve and urban settings. Her previous activities include co-directing an Indigenous health research program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the National Network for Indigenous Mental Health Research, being Deputy Chair of Health Canada's Research Ethics Board, and serving on CIHR's Governing Council. She has also worked and taught in many academic settings, has chaired national advisory groups within First Nations Inuit Health Branch - Health Canada, and has served as a Director on many boards, including the Indspire Foundation and Pacific Blue Cross.  She sits on the Executive Committee of the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education.  She has recently been appointed to the BC Provincial Task Team charged with ensuring implementation of the recommendations arising from the “In Plain Sight” report.

 

Dr. Wieman is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and an Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.

 

Specializations: COVID-19 Response, Vaccine Confidence, Mental Health and Wellness/Substance Use , Trauma-Informed Practice, Communications, Wellness Initiatives, Cultural Safety & Humility, Anti-Indigenous Racism.

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DR. VERNA YIU

President and CEO of Alberta Health Services

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Monday, May 31, 2021

15:10 – 16:10 EST

Great Canadian Healthcare Policy Dialogue

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

12:10 – 13:10 EST

The critical role of leadership in system transformation

An accomplished leader in the academic and healthcare sectors, Dr. Verna Yiu has been involved in public sector governance for over two decades. She is currently the President and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada’s first and largest province-wide health system providing integrated care to more than 4.2 million Albertans. AHS has been recognized as a national and international leader in many clinical and administrative areas including: being named as one of the top 5 most integrated healthcare systems out of 40 countries, having one of the top 3 best health supply chain management systems in the world, and most recently awarded as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the second consecutive year.

Dr. Yiu is guided by the principle that healthcare is a people business, built upon strong and collaborative relationships. Creating the stability and vision that people and organizations need to succeed, strengthened within the objectives of Quadruple Aim, have been hallmarks of her governance style – first in her role as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and now in her current role. Since taking the reins of AHS in January 2016, Dr. Yiu has strengthened relationships with AHS’ many partners, including government; academic institutions; health foundations; the AHS workforce; patients, clients and families; and communities across Alberta. By doing so, AHS has bolstered community engagement, collaborated on world-class research, led the country in many health performance indicators and met budget targets – all with the most efficient and leanest healthcare administrations in Canada.

Dr. Yiu previously served as Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer in AHS from 2012-2016. Prior to the role of Interim Dean in 2011, she was Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine/Dentistry from 2008-2011 and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs from 2000-2008. She has won numerous awards for teaching and clinical excellence and also chaired the Specialty of Nephrology for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for 6 years. Dr. Yiu is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and continues to practice as a pediatric nephrologist.