Board of Directors

Our outstanding Board of Directors provides oversight and strategic direction for CAHSPR.

President | Chris Power

Canadian Patient Safety Institute

What began as a desire to help those in need 35 years ago has evolved into a mission to improve the
quality of healthcare for all Canadians. Chris Power's journey in healthcare began at the bedside as a
front-line nurse. Since then, she has grown into one of the preeminent healthcare executives in Canada.
Her experiences, her success, and her values have led her to the position of CEO of the Canadian
Patient Safety Institute.

Previously, Chris served for eight years as president and CEO of Capital Health, Nova Scotia. Under
Chris’s leadership Capital Health achieved Accreditation with Exemplary Status in 2014 with recognition
for 10 Leading Practices.

Chris holds significant governance roles including incoming Chair of the Canadian Association for Health
Services & Policy Research, member of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Governing Council
and Board member of Colleges & Institutes of Canada. She is past Chair of the Canadian Partnership
Against Cancer and past Co-Chair of HealthCareCAN.

Most recently Chris participated as a member of the federal advisory panel on healthcare innovation and
through this role has gained even greater insight into the many pan-Canadian organizations that will be
beneficial in forming partnerships, leveraging expertise and advancing the goals of CPSI.

President-Elect | Roxane Borges Da Silva

Université de Montréal
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Roxane Borgès Da Silva is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of Université de Montréal and a researcher at Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM) and at the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations CIRANO). She received her PhD in Public Health and Medical Care Organisation from Université de Montréal, and her Master Degree in Econometrics from Université Aix-Marseille. She currently holds a Research Scholar Career Award from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé. Her research agenda focuses on improving efficiency in health care organisations.

Executive Director | Frank Markel

Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research
Executive Director

Frank Markel, Ph.D., has had a long and varied career in health care. Frank has held several senior administrative positions in the course of his career including the following: President and CEO of Trillium Gift of Life Network, Ontario’s organ and tissue donation organization, Executive Vice President of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, President and CEO of Hillcrest Hospital, and Vice-President, Planning at St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Frank has also worked in the policy area. His roles there include that of Executive Director, the Joint Policy and Planning Committee, and Executive Director of the then Ontario Council of Administrators of Teaching Hospitals. Throughout his career, Frank has taught in the University of Toronto’s program in health administration. He holds the title of Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Past President | Dr. Denis A Roy

Clinical assistant professor, École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal; Associate professor, Université de Sherbrooke and McGill University

Dr. Denis A. Roy holds a community medicine specialty and is a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund in Health Policy. Since May 2015, he serves as Vice-President, Science and Clinical Governance at Institut national d’excellence en santé et services sociaux. He is also Acting President of the Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR / ACRSPS) and member of the Board of the Canadian Institute of Health Information.

From 2009 to 2015, as Vice-President, Scientific Affairs, he has been responsible of the Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec comprehensive scientific program on the determinants of population health. Dr. Roy has also been president of the Board of l'Initiative sur le Partage des Connaissances et le Développement des Compétences, a province-wide capacity building consortium aimed at health system improvement. He is the proud co-author of a reference book on health networks’ management and governance. Previously, Dr. Roy has occupied three other executive leadership positions at l’Agence de la Santé et des Services Sociaux de la Montérégie, at the Quebec Health and Social Services Ministry and at the Montreal Public Health Department.

Dr. Roy holds an MD from Laval University. In addition, he earned a Master of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Science (Epidemiology) at McGill University. A fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Community Medicine, he has been honoured with some prestigious awards, including an Excellence Award by the Quebec Association of Community Health Physicians. He is currently the only Canadian to have received twice the Canadian Health Research Advancement Award, which he obtained due to his outstanding work with two different teams, in the Montréal and Montérégie regions. 

Member | Jennifer Zelmer

Canada Health Infoway
Executive Vice President

Dr. Zelmer leads Infoway’s clinical adoption, innovation and consumer health initiatives, as well as communications. She also has executive responsibility for Infoway’s relationship with Ontario. Prior to joining Canada Health Infoway, she held a series of progressively responsible leadership positions in Canada and abroad, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the International Health Terminology Standards Organization (IHTSDO) in Copenhagen and with the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Dr. Zelmer received her PhD and her MA in economics from McMaster University and her B.Sc. in health information science from the University of Victoria. In addition to her role at Canada Health Infoway, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Policy and is an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Victoria, School of Health Information Science. Dr. Zelmer also serves on a range of health-related advisory committees and boards.

Treasurer | Erin Strumpf

McGill University
Associate Professor

Erin Strumpf, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University. She received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics from Harvard University and was a pre-doctoral fellow in Health and Aging with the National Bureau for Economic Research and the U.S. National Institute on Aging. Her research in health economics focuses on the impact of health care service design and delivery on spending and health outcomes overall, and in disparities across groups. She has completed several research projects analyzing the impacts of health policy changes on individual behavior, health care service use, and health outcomes. Her current research agenda focuses on the impacts of preventive and primary care practice. In one project, she is evaluating the costs and benefits of population-based cancer screening based on U.S. and Canadian guidelines. In a second, she is measuring the health care system impacts of integrated primary care delivery in Quebec in terms of service utilization, system costs, and population health outcomes. (Photo taken by Owen Egan)

Member | Maria Mathews

Memorial University
President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation

Dr. Maria Mathews is a Professor of Health Policy/Health Care Delivery in the Division of Community Health & Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University.  She holds a PhD in Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta.  She is currently the President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.

| Emily Marshall

Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University
Associate Professor and Affiliate Scientist

Emily Marshall is an associate professor and affiliate scientist in the Department of Family Medicine at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She received her BA in Anthropology and Political Science and her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of British Columbia. She received her Masters in Science in Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University and is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Emily’s research interests are:

1) community based primary health care services including research from the perspective of the providers and patients

2) Distinguishing models of primary health care and determining how they impact system and patient outcomes such as chronic disease prevention and management

3) Quality in care with a focus on both population data and vulnerable populations

4) Equity in health care access, utilization and unmet health care needs throughout the life course. Specifically, her work examines how patients can gain more apt and timely access to health care, how quality of care can be improved, how services can be more comprehensive, and how continuity of care throughout our lifetimes might be better achieved.

Member | Frank Gavin

Canadian Family Advisory Network

Frank Gavin is a parent who has worked as a volunteer to advance child health and family-centred care since 1995. He served on and chaired the Family Advisory Committee to The Hospital for Sick Children and in 2002 helped found The Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN), chairing or co-chairing CFAN in its first six years. He now directs CFAN's national activities, represents CFAN on The Canadian Child and Youth Health Coalition, participates on the Research Advisory Committee of CIHR's Parenting Matters project, and is a board member of The Institute of Families for Child and Youth Mental Health. In September 2011 Frank was appointed by The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health as one of two public members of The Canadian Drug Expert Committee. He taught English at Centennial College in Toronto for nearly thirty years. Frank received the first Volunteer Humanitarian Award from The Hospital for Sick Children in 2002 and the Contribution to Child Health Award from The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres in 2008.


Student Representative | Jennifer Gutberg

University of Toronto, IHPME
Second-year PhD student

Jennifer Gutberg is a second-year PhD student at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She previously completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at McGill University and Master of Science in Administration at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University. Her background is in organizational behaviour with an interest in both psychological and contextual factors impacting organizational performance and effectiveness. Her research will explore how healthcare organizations implement large-scale change aimed at shifting culture, and the role of multi-level leadership in enabling or hindering such change processes. Jennifer is also co-chairing the Health System Performance Research Network trainee caucus, where she performs qualitative research on the implementation of integrated models of care.

Member | Alan Katz

Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine
University of Manitoba

Alan Katz is the Director of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He is also the MHRC Chair in Primary Prevention Research. He received his medical training at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a MSc from the University of Manitoba. He has worked in rural Saskatchewan and in the core area of Winnipeg. He is a past chair of the Health Research Ethics Board in the Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and has been a researcher at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy for over 14 years. His research is focused on Primary Care delivery in First nations communities and quality of care indicators, knowledge translation and disease prevention. He currently holds over $4 million in research grants as the nominated principal investigator and is a co-investigator on grants valued at over $10 million.

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