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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.




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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. From 2016-2020 he was Chair, Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (now Past-Chair) 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 has recently received support from CIHR to study a novel acute mental health care bundle. During the past year, he has served as an international leader on numerous evaluations on the epidemiology of COVID-19 infection in children. His work in developing and developed nations is focused on improving for acutely ill and injured children. Dr. Freedman is also part of the Pediatric Emergency Research Team based in Calgary, Alberta.




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(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.




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Dr. Peter Nickerson, BSc (Med), MD, FRCPC, FCAHS
Vice-Dean Research, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences University of Manitoba

Dr. Peter Nickerson is a Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine and Immunology and the Vice-Dean Research, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is the Medical Director of Transplant Manitoba and the Medical Advisor, Organ Donation and Transplantation Division, Canadian Blood Services (CBS).

Dr. Nickerson holds the Flynn Family Chair in Renal Transplantation at the University of Manitoba. Funded by the CIHR and NIH, his research program focuses on mechanisms underlying acute and chronic transplant rejection; developing non-invasive techniques for the diagnosis of renal allograft rejection; and health care system design to enhance access to transplant.




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Chair

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.




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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.




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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.




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Carrie is the Patient Engagement Coordinator at CHRIM and works to include parents, caregivers, and patients as part of the research team. Prior to working at CHRIM, Carrie was a parent mentor and liaison with the CHILD-BRIGHT research network. Here, she supported parents and researchers involved in 12 pan-Canadian multi-year research projects. She has also been a partner, collaborator or co-investigator on over 10 different research projects. 

Carrie is a parent of three wonderful daughters aged 12, 9 and six years old. Her middle daughter, Alej, has a profound Intellectual Disability and a Seizure Disorder. Her family has spent a lot of time navigating the child health and disability world; she brings that experience to her work with TREKK. 

 




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Naomi is a persistent and curious data driven marketer with years of experience leading high-performing/high-output teams to generate revenue and demand in the global B2B space. She has successfully translated business needs to IT requirements and vice versa in high-growth companies to scale their systems to meet changing business needs.

As a regular on the podcast and speaking circuit, Naomi is passionate about all things marketing/technology and co-host 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. More recently, you'll also find her as an Education Advisor for Highway Education, a company aimed at producing up and coming stars in the marketing operations space.

 




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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.