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Our Team

Meet our team at the Canadian Health Workforce Network.


Ivy Lynn Bourgeault is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Ottawa and a uOttawa Research Chair in Gender Diversity and the Professions. Ivy previously held CIHR Chairs in Health Human Resources, funded by Health Canada, and Gender, Work and Health Human Resources, a program of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Research.

Theme & Sector Leads:

Arthur Sweetman is a Professor in the Department of Economics at McMaster University where he holds the Ontario Research Chair in Health Human Resources. He is also a member of McMaster’s Center for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA). His research is primarily at the intersection of health economics and labour markets.

Sarah Simkin (MD, CCFP(FPA), MSc) is a family practice anaesthetist and health workforce researcher. She uses health administrative and other data to address a diverse range of health workforce issues and questions. She has a particular interest in health workforce planning and in optimizing data to support health system decision-making.

Dax Bourcier is a pediatrics resident working at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During his MD/MSc and as a Board member of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, he was awarded the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Canadian Medical Association leadership awards for his work on health human resources. Through an optimistic and collaborative approach, he is dedicated to the realization of a national learning health system to sustain equitable, inclusive and public health care in Canada.

Neeru Gupta is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick, and a member of the editorial board for the Human Resources for Health journal. Her interests lie in research to accelerate gender and social equity towards achieving the Quadruple Aim for health systems improvement: care, health, cost, and meaning in work. Her current projects include the use of population-based survey and administrative datasets to assess gender imbalances and wage gaps in the health professions.

Kathleen (Kate) Leslie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Health Studies at Western University. Kate is a registered nurse and lawyer whose research interests include professional regulation. Her current research projects focus on mandatory reporting obligations of health professionals, international comparisons of regulated scopes of practice, and qualitative case studies examining health professional regulatory reform.

Gayle Halas is an Assistant Professor and Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice at the University of Manitoba,Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on team-based primary health care, and the communication and interactions that enable collaborative practice, particularly for addressing complex needs and care. Her current research explores patient/public/caregiver experiences of team-based care, and transitions in care that are informed by stakeholder experiences and perspectives.

Margaret Walton-Roberts is Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department and affiliated to the Balsillie School of International Affairs. She is an editor with Gender, Place and Culture and Studies in Social Justice. Her research interests include global migration, gender, and social and economic integration, including the labour market integration of health workers, particularly nurses.

Houssem Eddine Ben-Ahmed is a Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Health Workforce Network, University of Ottawa. His research interests focus on sustaining the nursing workforce, dismantling hegemonic and dehumanizing practices in andragogy, implementing digital learning methods, and fostering an inclusive culture in academia.

Brenda Gamble is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University, and Ontario Tech University’s Principal Investigator for the Canadian Atlas of Palliative Care – Pilot Study. Brenda’s research focuses on the allied health workforce in the community/institutional settings, youth resilience, second victim experiences, and access to services in the community. A recent example of her contributions to workers in the community is illustrated by the co-development of a simulated learning experience for health workers and community members to reduce stigma related to dementia to support safe learning and work environments.

Natalie Stake-Doucet is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the Université de Montréal and a Registered Nurse. Her research interests include healthcare workforce retention, nurses political agency and decolonizing nursing education and clinical practice. Her most recent collaboration, the Nursing retention toolkit: Improving the working lives of nurses in Canada is the results of her work as part of the strategic advisory committee to the Chief Nursing Officer of Canada. Over almost two years, the committee met and discussed with hundred of nurses across Canada to build a comprehensive and exhaustive toolkit for nurse retention in all settings.

Deanne (Dee) Taylor is the Scientific Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), the Corporate Director of Research, Interior Health, Senior Research Adviser for the Canadian Health Leadership Network and Adjunct Professor at UBC-O in the Faculty of Health and Social Development. She is an advocate and active role model for scholarly practice, raising the profile and engagement of research, cultivating Learning Health Systems thinking and evidence-informed practice/decision-making.

Ming-Ka Chan is a Clinician Educator and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She is the Co-Director, Office of Leadership Education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Pediatrics Lead, Antiracism and Social Justice and Director of the Shantou University Medical College-University of Manitoba Academic Exchange. She is the President-Elect for the Canadian Association for Medical Education. She is passionate about leadership education and social justice.

Caroline Chamberland-Rowe is the Lead Workforce Enhancement Scientist at Nova Scotia Health and the Learning Health Workforce Systems Thematic Co-Lead for the Canadian Health Workforce Network. She holds a PhD in Health Systems Management from the University of Ottawa, with expertise in health workforce policy, planning, and management.

Katherine Zagrodney is a Senior Research Associate – Quantitative Lead within the Research and Innovation department at VHA Home HealthCare as well as a Research Associate at CHWN working on the minimum data standard CIHR-funded project. She has a PhD in Health Services Research specializing in Health Economics from IHPME, University of Toronto. Her work examines health human resource challenges from a labour economics perspective, with much of her research focusing on home care, Personal Support Workers (PSWs), and wage policies.

Audrey Laporte is a Professor of Health Economics and the Director of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Professor Laporte is President-Elect of the International Health Economics Association and Director of the Canadian Centre for Health Economics which strives to be a focal point for health economics research in Canada. She is an Adjunct Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and is an Associate Editor of Health Economics, co-Editor of International Journal for Reviews in Empirical Economics and co-Editor of Healthcare Papers.

Liz Darling is the Assistant Dean of Midwifery and an Associate Professor at McMaster University, an Adjunct Scientist at ICES, and a Registered Midwife. Her research interests include midwifery services, health equity, and access to care and her research program focuses on how midwifery human resources can be used to improve equitable access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for equity-deserving groups.

Mary Bartram, PhD, RSW is the Director, Research  and Evaluation with Stepped Care Solutions and an Adjunct Research Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. Her research is focused on the mental health and substance use health workforce, the intersection of the public and private insurance sectors, equity, and stepped care models.  

Kwame McKenzie is CEO of Wellesley Institute and a full Professor at the University of Toronto.  As a leader, policy advisor, administrator, clinician, educator and academic with over 260 peer reviewed papers, 6 books, he has worked across a broad spectrum to improve mental health, population health and health services for three decades.  He has advised health, housing, education and social services ministers in Canada and UK. He has worked as a consultant to the WHO and has completed terms as a Commissioner of Human Rights in Ontario and a member of the Executive of the Royal College of Psychiatry UK.  He has worked as a columnist for The Times and The Guardian and a presenter for the BBC.

Maria Mathews is a professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University. Dr. Mathews holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Primary Health Care and Health Equity. She leads a program of research on primary health care with interconnecting themes of the health workforce; the organization, integration, and delivery of care; and health care in rural communities.

Lindsay Hedden is an Assistant Professor of Health Systems Learning in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and Associate Scientific Director of the University Health Sciences Network of British Columbia. Her work is at the intersection of primary care and workforce planning. Using physician billing, she has studied why the availability of community-based primary care has declined, despite a substantial increase in the number of primary care physicians per capita. Her current projects focus on 1) examining the effects of the increasing corporatization and privatization of primary care on equity, accessibility, and quality of care; and 2) exploring the growing role of virtual care in the primary care setting, including implications for costs, service volumes (depending on the extent to which virtual care duplicates or substitutes for office visits), accessibility, and continuity of care.