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Dallas Smith

Dallas Smith, Chair

Senior Account Manager
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
Edmonton, Alberta

Dallas has been with Royal Bank of Canada since February 1984, currently holding the title of Senior Account Manager. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting. He served on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, including the position of Chair, from 1996 to 2011.

Terry Klassen MD, MSc, FRCP(C)

Dr Terry Klassen (ex-officio member)

Director of TREKK and Principle Investigator
CEO and Scientific Director, the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Head of Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba
Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Scientific Director, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba

Dr Terry Klassen has been the Director of Research for the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, in charge of the George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation since September, 2010.

From 1999 to 2009, Terry served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and Director of the Evidence-based Practice Center at the University of Alberta. He is a clinician scientist whose clinical base is Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and has been active in Pediatric Emergency Research Canada collaborating on a national research program involving randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and knowledge translation. He has a consistent record of national and international peer reviewed funding, along with a publication record that has included many articles in the highest impact medical journals.

In 2009, Terry co-founded StaR Child Health, an international group aimed at improving the design, conduct and publication of randomized controlled trials in children. In recognition for his lifetime contributions, he was elected into the Institute of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Terry’s research has had a large impact on the practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, which was recognized when he received a 2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. In 2012 Dr. Klassen was appointed to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Peter Nickerson

Dr Peter Nickerson

Associate Dean, Research
Faculty of Medicine
University of Manitoba

Dr Peter Nickerson is a Clinical Nephrologist, Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology and the Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Manitoba. He is also the Executive Medical Director, Organs and Tissue Office, for the Canadian Blood Services (CBS).

Peter obtained his MD, Internal Medicine, and Nephrology training at the University of Manitoba, followed by a Transplant Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 1991 to 1995. He currently holds the Flynn Family Chair in Renal Transplantation at the University of Manitoba. His clinical research focuses on developing non-invasive techniques for diagnosis of renal allograft rejection, mechanisms underlying acute and chronic rejection and health care system design to enhance access to transplant.

Doug Sinclair

Dr Douglas Sinclair - Emergency department physician

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

Dr Doug Sinclair joined St. Michael’s as the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer in January, 2010 where he has responsibility for four clinical programs, medical affairs and leading the corporate agenda for quality.

Doug graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1980 and completed residency programs in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. He spent 22 years in Halifax, Nova Scotia in a number of progressive leadership and academic roles, including the founding Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University, Vice President of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre and most recently, Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine and Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the IWK Health Sciences Centre.

Stephen Freedman

Dr. Stephen Freedman - Community Partner

Dr. Freedman is a member of the Sections of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Gastroenterology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.  He completed his residency at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) in 2000 and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship in 2003 at Children’s Memorial Hospital (Chicago). He obtained a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern University. In 2016 he assumed the role of Chair, Pediatric Emergency Research Canada and was appointed the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation Professor in Child Health and Wellness with a focus on Shiga Toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection.

His research focus is on applying clinical research to the treatment of children with gastroenteritis and includes the use of antiemetics, probiotics, and rehydration.   He is the principal investigator on multiple probiotic multicentre clinical trials with funding support from both CIHR and the NIH. Dr. Freedman is also conducting work in Pakistan with funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates and Thrasher Research Foundations.  He additionally leads the Alberta Provincial Pediatric EnTeric InfectioN TEam (APPETITE) that unites 25 investigators from across the province to reshape our knowledge, approach and management of pediatric enteric infections. Together, his work in developing and developed nations is focused on improving outcomes in children with gastroenteritis.

Sharon Straus MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr Sharon Straus


Dr. Sharon Straus is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation and Quality of Care and more than $20 million in peer reviewed research grants as a principal investigator. She has written over 300 publications, and has supervised more than 20 graduate students from different disciplines, including clinical epidemiology, health informatics and human factors engineering. 

Sharon is co-Principal Investigator (PI) of Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada, a national, clinical research initiative funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. She is also PI of KT Canada’s CIHR-funded, Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research, and PI of a network meta-analysis team grant for the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network. 

Sharon is the Division Director of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto and Director of the KT Program at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s. In 2011, she was awarded the Complete Physician Award and the Mentorship Award from the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto. She has authored three books. Evidence-based medicine: How to practice and teach it (now in its fourth edition), and has been published in eight languages. This year will see the publication of the second edition of Knowledge Translation in Health Care, and the first edition of a new book, Mentorship in Academic Medicine.

Gordon Keon

Gordon Keon - Independent

A graduate of the University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Commerce), Gordon spent the past 29 years with two of the globe’s leading independent financial services companies.  His leadership roles included business development, management and training – with a focus on advanced tax and estate planning and wealth management strategies.

He has obtained the following designations - Chartered Financial Consulting (CH.F.C.), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

Gordon has chosen to focus on community service with an interest in supporting health and wellness for children and families at the community level.  He recently completed the Drug Addiction Certificate Program from Mount Royal University in Calgary.  He founded Stepping Forward in order to support his community services.

Gordon is President of The Financial Consulting Group – CFC Ltd.

Debra Lynkowski

Debra Lynkowski - Independent

Debra Lynkowski received her law degree from the University of Alberta and has been working in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.

From 1993 to 1999, Debra served as Executive Director of the Canadian Diabetes Association (Alberta/NWT Division). Debra was the first layperson to be awarded the Canadian Diabetes Association Sir Frederick Banting Award in 2002 in recognition of her contribution to advocacy efforts on behalf of people affected by diabetes.

Debra worked as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada, before taking on the role of Director of the Canadian Stroke Strategy. With an emphasis on health systems reform, the strategy focussed on knowledge translation and helped to expedite and support the development of numerous provincial and regional strategies across Canada.  Most recently, Debra was the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Lung Association.

Maureen O'Donnell MD, MSc, FRCPC

Dr Maureen O'Donnell - Independent

Executive Director 

Child Health BC

Dr Maureen O’Donnell is the Executive Director of Child Health British Columbia (CHBC) and Associate Professor in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Pediatrics.

Dr O’Donnell completed her MD and pediatric residency at the University of Saskatchewan and a Developmental Pediatric fellowship and an M.Sc. in Epidemiology at McMaster University. In 1993, she joined BC Children’s, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and UBC and her roles since then have included that of developmental pediatrician, Senior Medical Director, UBC Division Head for Developmental Pediatrics and Faculty member Child and Family Research Institute. She served as Special Advisor to BC’s Deputy Minister of Health regarding children with special needs for almost five years. She assumed the leadership of CHBC in October 2010.

Dr O’Donnell has served as Chair of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Committee on Developmental Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Developmental Section. She is the current President of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Child Health BC, an initiative of BC Children’s Hospital, is a network bringing together partners from all the province’s health authorities, the three primary child-serving ministries, UBC and health professional organizations to improve the health of BC’s infants, children and youth.

Tamara Miller

Tamara Miller - Independent

Director, Program Development Bureau 

Consumer Product Safety Directorate 
Health Canada

Tamara is the mother of two young children and, as a result, has had first-hand experience with pediatric emergency care in Ottawa.

In addition to her role as full-time parent, Tamara has been with the Government of Canada for the past 15 years. She is currently the Director of the Program Development Bureau, Consumer Product Safety Directorate in Health Canada.

Tamara holds a Ph.D. in Canadian history from the University of Manitoba focusing on Canadian public health policy in the post-Confederation period. Her dissertation work undertook a comparison of the childbirth experience of Canadian women in the emerging public and private health care systems in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Other academic work has included research for the Canadian Mental Health Institute on the use of mental health services within the immigrant community and an assessment of submissions to the 1964 Hall Commission on Health Services.

Publications include “Margaret Scott: The Angel of Poverty Row,” in Sharon-Ann Cook, Lorna R. McLean and Kate O’Rourke, eds., Framing our Past: Canadian Women’s History in the Twentieth Century. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2001, and “All our Friends and Patients Know Us: The Margaret Scott Nursing Mission,” in Friesen, Gerald and Esyllt Jones, eds., Prairie Metropolis: New Essays on Winnipeg Social History. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2009.