Steering Committee



TREKK Network Director

Dr. Terry Klassen is a highly regarded clinician scientist in pediatric emergency medicine who has had a highly successful academic leadership career in a variety of areas. Dr. Klassen is well known for excellence in clinical trials, as well as knowledge synthesis and translation. He is the co-founder of Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) and Scientific Director of Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), a Network of Centres of Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization initiative.

Through TREKK and PERC, Dr. Klassen was able to create and disseminate knowledge that has resulted in fewer hospital admissions for children with croup. Dr. Klassen serves on the KidsCAN Steering Committee and has a strong vision to align pediatric research efforts across the country. In recognition of his lifetime contributions, he was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2010 in the foreign associate category. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

His 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 (CIHR) – Canadian Medical Association Journal Top Achievements in Health Research Award. Most recently, he was awarded a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Clinical Trials.



Co-Director – Health Professional Tool Development

Mona Jabbour is a Pediatric Emergentologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, with cross appointments to the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her education includes a BSc (McMaster 1980), MD (McMaster 1984), training in Pediatrics (1992) and Pediatric Emergency Medicine (1995) at the University of Ottawa; and a MEd from the University of Toronto (1997).

In addition to her current role of Vice-Chair and Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at CHEO / University of Ottawa, she has served in the following clinical and academic roles:

- Division Chief and Medical Director of the Emergency Department (2006-2011)

- Vice-Chair Education in the Department of Pediatrics since 2004

- Past Chair of PEACH (Pediatric Emergency Administrators of Children’s Hospitals), a group that has been working to set standards and improve pediatric emergency care in Canada.

- Chief Examiner for Pediatrics at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada since 2008.

- Pediatrics residency director (1999-2004) and CME director (1998-2009)

Mona has extensive experience in the development and use of clinical pathways for various clinical problems in the Emergency Department. Her research interests are in the field of knowledge translation and implementation strategies to get pathways into practice. She has led an ED Outreach initiative to share CHEO clinical pathways and other best practice tools with emergency departments in eastern Ontario. She currently chairs the development and implementation of provincial ED-based clinical pathways that address pediatric and adult asthma, as well as child and youth mental health concerns.



Co-Director – Health Professional Tool Development

David Johnson is Senior Medical Director for the Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Youth Strategic Clinical Network with Alberta Health Services and a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Physiology & Pharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is Co-Chair of the Asthma Working Group for Alberta Health Services, Theme Lead, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, co-founder of PERC, and co-investigator and lead for the Calgary node of KT Canada.

David’s primary research interests focus on the management of common respiratory illnesses (croup, bronchiolitis, and asthma), and has published several large multi-centre randomized controlled trials assessing the benefit of corticosteroids for both croup and bronchiolitis in the New England Journal of Medicine. More recently, he has become interested in determining how best to translate knowledge into practice, and has completed several large multi-centre studies assessing different strategies for implementing clinical practice guidelines and clinical pathways in Alberta.



Co-Director – Parent Tool Development & Knowledge Synthesis

Lisa Hartling is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. She is Director of the Alberta Research Center for Health Evidence and Director of the University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center. Lisa has been involved in conducting systematic reviews and methodological research around issues in systematic reviews for over 10 years, and has published extensively in this area. She is a systematic reviewer with seven Cochrane Review Groups and is a member of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group. She is also Director of the Cochrane Child Health Field. She is particularly interested in how to improve methods in evidence synthesis to create a strong foundation for clinical decision-making.



Co-Director – Parent Tool Development

TREKK Co-Director & Principal Investigator for TREKK Needs Assessment

Dr. Shannon Scott is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. She currently holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair for knowledge translation in child health.

Dr. Scott's research program, translating Evidence in Child Health to enhance Outcomes (or ECHO), aims to improve the health outcomes of children in Alberta and Canada through the application of the best research evidence, as well as exploring factors that shape research implementation. Her research is in the field of knowledge translation (KT) — a field focused on decreasing the gap between what the best available evidence advises that clinicians do and what clinicians actually do in clinical practice.

Dr. Scott completed both a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction (1994) and a Master of Nursing degree at the University of Manitoba (1998). Afterwards, she completed a PhD (2006) in Nursing and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2008) at Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence (ARCHE) in the Department of Pediatrics in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, both funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR). Dr. Scott is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed papers and has given more than 300 presentations at international, national, and local meetings.



Co-chair, Knowledge Mobilization Advisory Committee

Eddy Lang is an Associate Professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary and holds the position of Senior Researcher with Alberta Health Services. He is a member of the Thrombosis Interest Group of Canada where he has contributed to the development of guidelines on anticoagulation-related bleeding management. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. Eddy is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US. He is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels. He also serves as an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a monthly column for the Calgary Herald on EBM as it relates to the public.




Co-chair, Knowledge Mobilization Advisory Committee & Atlantic Region Nodal Leader

Dr. Shannon MacPhee graduated from medical school at Dalhousie University in 1999.  Following this, she did her Pediatric residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children.  Dr. MacPhee was recruited to the IWK in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She began her tenure as Chief Emergency Medicine at the IWK in 2009.  She has a keen interest in medical simulation and has been a driving force for the development of the program at the IWK Health Centre.  She also has an interest in Knowledge Translation and optimizing communication during patient interactions. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy the great outdoors with her family.



Ontario Nodal Leader & Editor-in-Chief, Editorial Committee

Paediatric Emergency Physician, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Ottawa
Sarah is the Ontario Region Nodal leader for TREKK.  She is a paediatric emergency physician practicing at CHEO, an Assistant Professor in the departments of Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa and a clinical investigator at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute.  Sarah attended the University of Ottawa for medical school, residency in paediatrics and a fellowship in paediatric emergency medicine.  She served as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Department of Paediatrics from 2009-2016.  She has been Co-Lead of the CHEO ED Outreach Program which provides clinical resources and education to emergency physicians throughout Eastern Ontario since 2007.  She is an instructor for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) Emergency Medicine Review (EMR) Course.  Her research interests include evaluation of ED outreach and parent education initiatives and the care of children and youth with mental health concerns.



Western Region Nodal Leader

Emergency Physician, Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH)

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Antonia is the Western Region Nodal leader for TREKK and the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) site investigator at the ACH. Antonia is a pediatric emergency physician at the ACH, an Assistant Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). Antonia graduated from Medical School (2001) and completed a pediatric residency at McGill University (2005). She has also completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA 2001), a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship (2008) and a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc 2009) at McGill University. Her research interests are in pediatric health services with a focus on patient safety, quality improvement and emergency department efficiency.



TREKK Executive Director

Lisa is the Executive Director for TREKK and based in the central administrative office in the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. She is responsible for managing Network operations.

Prior to TREKK Lisa worked at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK for eight years, most recently as a cardiovascular research nurse within a non-cardiac chest pain project. She was also a project manager/communications lead with its Diabetes Modernisation Initiative and Improving Patient Information project.

Lisa completed a Bachelor of Nursing degree with distinction at the University of Manitoba and a Master’s in Arts in Journalism from the University of Westminster.


Knowledge Broker

Megan has a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba and completed her dietetic internship with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to become a Registered Dietitian. Recently, Megan completed her Masters of Public Health from the University of Manitoba while managing a provincial school nutrition initiative with Dietitians of Canada. In this role, Megan splits her time as a Knowledge Broker for TREKK and the George & Fay Yee Centre of Healthcare Innovation (CHI).


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