Board of Directors


Dr. Richard Fleet MD PhD, CCFP (EM) is an emergency physician and clinical health psychologist. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at Université Laval  in Québec City since 2010 (tenured since 2016) and holds the endowed research Chair of Emergency Medicine at Université Laval and Hôtel - Dieu de Lévis Hospital. In April 2016 he was awarded a Clinician-Scientisit award (Junior level 2) from the Fonds de Recherche Santé-Québec.

He completed his bachelor of science at Mc Gill University (Psychology 1989), his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (1995) and his MD at Université de Montréal (2003). His residency training in family medicine was conducted at U Montreal (2005), followed by a certification in emergency medicine CCFP (EM) (2009). He recently completed the Mini-MBA Executive Development Course 1 at McGill University (January 2018).

His research interests include rural emergency and trauma care as well as psychological factors associated with the practice of emergency medicine.


(ex-officio member)

Director of TREKK and Principle Investigator
CEO and Scientific Director, the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
Scientific Director, the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation

Dr. Terry Klassen has been the CEO and Scientific Director for the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba and the Scientific Director for 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. From 2014 to 2019, Terry served as the Department Head, Pediatrics and Child Health, at the University of Manitoba. 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 of 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. Most recently, he was awarded a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Clinical Trials.


Naomi is a seasoned marketer with over 15 years of experience in the global B2B space. She's driven by a passion for optimizing sales and marketing processes, guided by data-driven insights to ensure efficiency and transparency. Her unique blend of skills combines high-level creative thinking with exceptional technical aptitude, allowing her to seamlessly bridge the gap between business needs and IT requirements.

Throughout her career, Naomi has consistently led high-performing teams, driving revenue and demand in the B2B sector. She excels at scaling systems in high-growth companies, making her the go-to expert for organizations striving for success in today's dynamic business landscape. As a regular on the podcast and speaking circuit, Naomi is passionate about all things marketing/technology and co-hosts a regular podcast called OpsCast. She is also a Founding Admin & Advisory Member of MO Pros, a community made up of marketing professionals from a wide array of industries and backgrounds.



Vice President, IWK, Medicine, Quality & Safety

Dr. Doug Sinclair is the IWK’s Vice President, Medicine, Quality & Safety. Doug has over 30 years of experience working in academic health sciences centres as a clinician, teacher and leader. Previously, he was chief of emergency medicine at the IWK as well as chief of emergency medicine at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. Most recently, Doug held the role of Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Doug has received numerous distinction and research awards including: Fellow with the International Federation of Emergency Medicine and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians President’s Award in 2013. He is involved with multiple boards and professional associations and is currently chair, Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), part of a National Centre for Excellence program dedicated to improving pediatric emergency care for patients and families who live outside tertiary care pediatric centres.


Past 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.


Dr. Burstein graduated from the McGill University combined M.D/Ph.D program (2010), followed by residency in General Pediatrics (2013) and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2015) at the Montreal Children's Hospital, where he has since practiced as a PEM Attending and Trauma Team Leader.  He obtained an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health (2018) and was subsequently appointed as a Clinician-Scientist at the McGill University Health Centre Research Institute.  Dr. Burstein is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and holds a Clinical Research Scholar career award from the Quebec Health Research Fund (FRQ-S).  He serves on the Executive Board for the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) consortium, Research Committee of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP), and he is also a Decision Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.  He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles, commentaries and book chapters with over 4500 citations. The primary focus of his research program is the management of febrile young infants, and he is the principal author on national guidelines from the Canadian Paediatric Society and TREKK Bottom Line Recommendations.


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.


Karen joined George Brown College in 2004 as Vice-President of Marketing, and was responsible for rebranding the college. In 2009, she became Vice-President Marketing and Strategic Enrolment Management (SEM) and oversaw the student experience outside of the classroom, from prospective student to alumnus. In 2014, her emphasis on the current student deepened as the Vice-President of Student Life, Marketing and Alumni. Finally in 2018 Karen took on the role of VP Corporate services, where she was responsible for George Brown College’s financial and real estate assets, including departments of planning, finance, purchasing, facilities, safety and security, before leaving the college near the end of 2019, after 16 years.

Prior to joining George Brown College, Karen held director and vice president positions with national broadcasters such as CTV, YTV and Corus Entertainment. She also spent 10 years branding consumer packaged goods with international advertising agencies. She was Chair of the George Brown’s United Way committee when the college received the Leadership Campaign Award. She has also served on several provincial committees to support the higher education system.  Karen has been an active member of several Boards over a 10 year period including Nightwood Theatre, The Yonge Centre for the performing arts and Senior Woman Academic Administrators of Canada

Karen has a Master of Science from Guelph University, and an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.


Dr. Jude Uzonna is a professor in the departments of immunology and medical microbiology at the University of Manitoba. He was a Research Manitoba Chair Professor from 2010 to 2016 and is currently the Vice-Dean (Research) for the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr. Uzonna’s research focuses on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate induction, maintenance and loss of protective immunity against parasitic infections with a goal to develop effective vaccines and/or vaccination strategies against these infections. He has mentored many trainees who are currently working in various fields including research, academia, and biotechnology.

Dr. Uzonna has been very successful in attracting millions of dollars in research funding from several organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Science and Engineering Research Council, Research Manitoba, etc. His research is currently funded by CIHR and NSERC.