President | 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 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.

Roxanne Borges Da Silva

Past President | Roxane Borges Da Silva

Université de Montréal
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Roxane Borgès Da Silva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management, Evaluation and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Montréal. She is a health economist 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 holds a master’s degree in econometrics from Aix-Marseille University and a PhD in public health (specialization in health care organization) from the University of Montreal. Her research agenda lies at the crossroads of health economics and sociology of organizations, and aims to improve efficiency in the health care system. Its funded research projects focus on the evaluation of health policies and innovations and health professionals practice.

Maggie Keresteci

Executive Director | Maggie Keresteci

Maggie Keresteci’s career trajectory has been fueled by her belief that when someone listens, healthcare improves and lives change. Maggie’s relentless curiosity led her to pursue a career in clinical research in the intensive care unit and oncology, followed by an opportunity to work at Innovus Research, an organization that pioneered research in patient reported outcomes. Maggie took on significant leadership roles at the Canadian Institute for Health Information, followed by a role as the inaugural Director of Quality at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She went on to provide senior leadership for health system programs and knowledge translation at the Ontario Medical Association, where she was also responsible for engagement of a diverse membership of 30,000 physicians. She is an active participant in many provincial and pan-Canadian advisory panels where she provides strategic advice on achieving integration in the health system, including insights about the importance of patient, caregiver and family partnership in research, co-design of care and clinical interactions. Throughout her career Maggie has influenced the delivery of programs and models of care, conceived of and tested health services hypotheses that led to the development of evidence driven policies and leveraged innovation to improve care. She is a volunteer Board director with Emily’s House, Toronto’s only paediatric hospice and is a member of the core group for one of the newly announced Ontario Health Teams.

Emily Marshall

Member | Emily Marshall

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

Dr. Emily Gard Marshall, BA, MSc, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Dalhousie Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Research Unit, cross-appointed in Psychiatry and Community Health and Epidemiology, a Healthy Populations Institute Associate Research Scholar, Nova Scotia Health Authority Affiliated Scientist, McGill Family Medicine Adjunct Professor, Faculty Mentor for the TUTOR-Primary Health Care Strategic training program. Dr. Marshall’s mixed methods research examines primary healthcare from patient, provider, and system perspectives to address the quadruple aim (health outcomes, patient experience, cost optimization and care team well-being). Particular foci include access, continuity, and comprehensiveness to improve equity and optimize outcomes across the life course, involving population data and vulnerable populations. She leads “MAAP-NS: Models and Access Atlas of Primary Care Providers” linking provider and practice surveys to billing data; the “UP-Study” on Unattached Patients, the “CUP-Study” evaluating Centralized Wait Lists for Primary Health Care, and and the Nova Scotia arm of the ECPC-Study of family physician practice patterns and preferences. She is a member of the CAHSPR Board Executive, Scientific Co-Chair and past CAHSPR Theme Group Chair and member of the CFPC Section of Researchers.

Member | Frank Gavin

Canadian Family Advisory Network
Director

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 founded The Canadian Family Advisory Network (CFAN), chairing or co-chairing CFAN in its first six years and serving on its steering committee until 2018. Frank has been the Director of Citizen Engagement for the CHILD-BRIGHT network–part of CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)–since 2016 and is the lead of public and patient engagement for the SPOR Canadian Data Platform. He has also served on the board of The Ontario SPOR Support Unit since 2014. From 2011 to 2017 Frank was a public member of The Canadian Drug Expert Committee at The Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.

Frank taught English at Centennial College in Toronto for nearly thirty years. He 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. He was named Best Patient Reviewer for 2017 by the BMJ.

Member (ex officio – President, Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation) | Mark Dobrow

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Associate Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Director, Accessing Centre for Expertise (ACE)
Executive Director, Converge3

Dr. Mark Dobrow is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.  He is the Executive Director of Converge3 and the Director of the Accessing Centre for Expertise – two centres that contribute to evidence-informed decision-making.  Dr. Dobrow has held a number of roles that bridge health systems/policy research and leadership for both national and provincial health care agencies, including the Health Council of Canada, Health Quality Ontario, and Cancer Care Ontario.  Dr. Dobrow has a PhD in health services and policy research from the University of Toronto, an MSc in epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh and a BComm in health care administration from the University of Saskatchewan. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was a Canadian Harkness fellow in The Commonwealth Fund’s International Program in Health Policy and Practice. He is currently the President of the Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Foundation.

Member | Stirling Bryan, PhD

Scientific Director, British Columbia SUPPORT Unit, BC Academic Health Science Network
Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia
Senior Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation Vancouver Coastal Health
Professor (part-time), Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen

Dr. Stirling Bryan is a university-based health economist with extensive experience of engagement with the policy and decision-making world. He began his career in the UK with appointments at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School and then Brunel University, before moving to the University of Birmingham. His research track-record reveals a long-standing goal of informing policy and practice, demonstrated, in part, through an extensive engagement with the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE). For many years he led the University of Birmingham team that conducted economic analyses for NICE, and subsequently served for three years as a member of the NICE technology appraisals committee. In 2005 he was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship and spent one year at Stanford University, researching technology coverage decision making in a US health care organizations. He immigrated to Canada in 2008, taking on the roles of professor in UBC’s School of Population & Public Health, and Director of the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation. Over recent years, Dr. Bryan has become a strong advocate for, and practitioner of, patient-oriented research, and now partners with patients in all of his research activities. In 2016, he was appointed Scientific Director for the BC SUPPORT Unit, a component part of BC’s Academic Health Sciences Network, focused on promoting patient-oriented research.

Jason Sutherland

Member | Jason Sutherland

Professor, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health
Scholar, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
Program Head, Health Services and Outcomes, Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences
Harkness Fellow, Canada, Clinical Practice and Health Policy

Sutherland is a Professor in the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health; a Scholar of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research; the Program Head, Health Services and Outcomes, in the Centre for Health Evaluation & Outcome Sciences; and has been Canada’s Harkness Fellow in Clinical Practice and Health Policy. Dr. Sutherland studies funding policy, methods for improving cross-continuum care, and health systems’ variations in efficiency, effectiveness and quality of care. He leads research evaluating health system funding policy and patients’ outcomes from surgery, and has advised governments on health care funding policy in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Dr. Sutherland is editor-in-chief of Healthcare Policy and an associate editor of Health Policy. Dr. Sutherland’s current recent research projects include studying the effects of changing the incentives of hospital funding and investigating the links between funding policy and patient reported health outcomes (PROMS).

Diane Finegood

Member | Diane Finegood

Professor & Fellow, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University
Executive Director, Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance

Diane Finegood is a Professor and Fellow in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University where she teaches the Semester in Wicked Problems as part of the Semester in Dialogue cohort program. Her career has spanned a broad range of disciplines and leadership roles. She is currently serving as Executive Director of the Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance. She served as President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2012-2016) and inaugural Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000-2008). Diane is an internationally recognized researcher with scholarly work in a range of disciplines including the fundamental science of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, application of mathematical modeling to physiological systems, new models for population health science, cross sector partnership, and complex adaptive systems. During her career, she has published more than 140 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, been awarded $35 million in grant funding and has received numerous honors and awards for scientific excellence, leadership and mentorship.

Carolyn Gaspar

Student Working Group Co-Chair | Carolyn M. Gaspar

Dalhousie University
Doctoral Studies

Carolyn M. Gaspar is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. Her research areas span health system improvement/design, health equity, co-development of youth empowerment programs, community-driven research, systems change, and community development through authentic engagement. She primarily focuses on Indigenous health and social issues in Canada in collaboration with and driven by Indigenous communities/youth. She is currently working on measuring non-Indigenous Canadians’ attitudes towards Indigenous peoples of Canada to inform the development of anti-oppressive health professional curriculum, addressing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Calls to Action. She believes in empowerment as a facilitator of hope to influence transformational change within systems through authentic engagement to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. Alongside her research training, Carolyn cumulates various experiences in foreign policy as a dependent consultant, such as attending the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund Annual Spring Meetings and a foreign exchange at the invitation of the Foreign Government of Germany.