CHWC 2018 Speakers and Panelists

The CHWC 2018 Planning Committee is pleased to welcome our guest speakers for this year's conference:


Monique Manatch


Monique Manatch is a member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. Monique is a Knowledge Keeper working closely with Algonquin Elders Albert Dumont and Barbara Dumont Hill. Currently, Monique is taking a doctorate program in Anthropology at Carleton University. Her degree focuses on the impact, use and creation of digital arts in the Indigenous community.

In 2004, Monique became founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations ( ICMI is dedicated skills development of Indigenous women and youth through the production media and arts. Monique has facilitated Indigenous artists and community members throughout Ontario and Quebec.

Over the past 20 years Monique has produced several video documentaries about Indigenous issues. Monique also facilitated the production of videos and community radio programming with women and youth from Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg, Barriere Lake, Moose Factory and the Indigenous community in Ottawa. 


hon ginette c petitpas taylor


The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor was elected in October 2015 as a Member of Parliament in the riding of Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe. Ms. Petitpas Taylor serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and is a Member of the Subcommittee on Private Members' Business of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs, and of the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs. She also served as the Deputy Government Whip from December 2015 to January 2017. In January 2017, she was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.

Ms. Petitpas Taylor has spent her entire life advocating for a fair and just society for all. She was the former Chair of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and a member of the Coalition for Pay Equity. She has volunteered with several community organizations, both provincially and locally, including the Coalition Against Abuse in Relationships and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Prevention Committee in Moncton.

Ms. Petitpas Taylor was the Codiac RCMP Victim Services Coordinator, during which time she provided crisis counselling, domestic violence intervention, and domestic violence risk assessment to victims of crime. She also served on the City of Moncton's Public Safety Advisory Committee, which was commissioned by Moncton City Council in 1996 to proactively influence the community through crime prevention promotion and to help Council respond to problematic issues as they arise.

Ms. Petitpas Taylor grew up in Dieppe, New Brunswick, and graduated from l’Université de Moncton with a Bachelor’s degree in social work.



Lise Richard CHWC 2018


Ms. Richard is Program Counsellor and National Projects Coordinator at la Société Santé en français. The SSF is a national leader with a mission of ensuring, in collaboration with French Health Networks in each province and territory, better access to quality programs and health services in French for Francophones and Acadians in a minority situation. The SSF works in close collaboration with national organisations and research groups who have an interest in equitable health service access.

Ms. Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in social work from l’Université de Moncton and 16 years’ experience in the sector for the elimination of family violence, and providing services to seniors and adults with physical disabilities. She has ten years experience in project management, mostly in the Ontario health care sector. Two  overseas contracts in international development have greatly contributed to her knowledge and learning related to diversity and equity. Ms. Richard has an interest in leadership and has received a LEADS Learning Series certificate.

On a personal note, Ms. Richard, in addition to being  a proud Acadian, identifies as francophone, lesbian and feminist (not necessarily in that order), and has, as founding values, social justice and the respect of diversity and equity. 



Michelle Button has over a decade's worth of experience in data collection and analysis, with a deep understanding of health workforce information. As Program Lead, she is responsible for leading activities to support knowledge translation and product development. This includes participating in, and leading, cross-functional collaborations connecting health workforce information to other data and analyses.

C Cosgrave


Dr Cosgrave is a qualitative researcher with expertise in grounded theory and thematic analysis. She is interested in people’s lived experiences and has expertise conducting in-depth interviews. Her research specialisations are rural health workforce, recruitment and retention of nursing and allied health professionals; sub-specialisations include early-career and health professionals from non-rural backgrounds. She is committed to applied research, working in partnership with organisations and communities to develop new, whole-of-person approaches to recruitment and retention and brokering community-based solutions for meeting the social and personal needs of professionals living in rural towns. She is also committed to improving the quality of rural health services and level of community inclusion for people from vulnerable population groups.

RJ Jones CHWC 2018


RJ Jones is Saulteaux–Cree, originally from Saskatchewan and is currently living on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, ON. They are a Two Spirit, Non-Binary and Queer multimedia artist and educator in decolonizing our approach to Gender and Sexuality. They are an advocate for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ Indigenous issues and work from a decolonial and intersectional lens. RJ is an experienced in public speaker and has been invited to give workshops and keynotes across Canada. RJ has been working in sexual health for the past 2 years with The Native Youth Sexual Health Network as a Peer Mentor and formerly, Planned Parenthood Ottawa as an Indigenous Community Developer. RJ’s passion for Two Spirit and Trans advocacy has lead them to opportunities such as serving as the President of Kind Space and they are also a board member at Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G). RJ enjoys sloths, building connections, migrant justice, decolonial education & reproductive justice.

Elder Doug


Doug is ojibwe from big grassy first nation in Treaty 3 area. He is also from the mallard clan and is fluent in his language. Doug's teachings come from his grandparents and other elders within that area. He spends a great deal of time working with youth teaching and sharing his knowledge with  them about land, waters, animals and people related to the anishinaabe way. Doug is a cancer survivor and he is thankful for his recovery with the help of elders and indigenous knwoeldge of the traditional medicines and hard work and dedication of the western medical practitioners too.


Pat Armstrong is Professor of Sociology and of Women’s Studies at York University, Toronto. She held a Canada Health Services Research Foundation/Canadian Institute of Health Research Chair in Health Services, is a Distinguished Research Professor in Sociology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Focusing on the fields of social policy, of women, work and the health and social services, she has published widely, co-authoring more than a dozen books and co-editing another dozen, as well as many journal and technical reports. She was Chair of Women and Health Care Reform, a group funded for over a decade by Health Canada. She is currently Principal investigator of a seven-year SSHRC-funded project on “Reimagining Long-term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices” and Coordinator of a smaller one embedded within it on “Healthy Aging in Residential Places”, as well as a co-investigator on the “Invisible Women: Gender and the Shifting Division of Labour in Long-term Residential Care” and “Seniors- Adding Life to Years: Late Life Issues”. 




Brent Diverty is the vice president of Programs at CIHI. He has executive responsibility for CIHI’s range of health services, expenditure and workforce data holdings and many of the standard information products that flow from them. Prior to re-joining CIHI in February 2013, Mr. Diverty spent two years at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in Canberra, where he provided strategic leadership to the organization as a member of the executive team and programmatic leadership to a diverse portfolio of health and welfare information programs. Previously, Mr. Diverty worked as a director at CIHI, in management consulting roles and at Statistics Canada. Over his 20-year career, he has worked on both the supply and demand sides of data and information, in most cases with a focus on health services and population health. He holds an MA in economics from McMaster University, with a specialization in health.  

Gail CHWC 2018


Gail Tomblin Murphy (PhD, RN) is currently the Director of the School of Nursing and Assistant Dean Research in the Faculty of Health, Dalhousie University (until October 2018) and will soon assume the role of Vice President of Research and Innovation, Nova Scotia Health Authority, Halifax, NS (from October 15, 2018). Gail is also a Professor in the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, and the Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research at Dalhousie University. Gail is an internationally recognized expert in population needs-based approaches to health systems and workforce planning, evaluation and research. She leads/co-leads national and international research teams consisting of clinicians, health care leaders, senior policy-makers, and researchers from government, universities and health care organizations and has been an Expert Advisor on health workforce to the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization since 2005. Gail’s work has been widely published and she has authored many policy documents and commissioned reports. Her research has garnered extensive interest from governments and other stakeholders because of its potential to significantly impact health policy.

Denise A Cole


Denise Allyson Cole is the Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Workforce Planning and Regulatory Affairs with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and is a part of the ministry’s executive leadership team.

She has responsibility for Ontario’s health workforce planning, oversight of the Regulated Health Professions Act and the province’s 26 health regulators (health regulatory colleges), provision of funding for post-graduate medical education, nursing education initiatives and training for health professionals, management of health workforce planning initiatives and issues, and oversight of the HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency, the division’s operational service agency.

Denise is also responsible for the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council. The Council advises the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on whether unregulated health professions should be regulated, whether regulated professions should no longer be regulated, amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act, a health profession act or a regulation under those acts, quality assurance and patient relations programs of Ontario's health regulators, and on other matters referred to it by the Minister.

Additionally, she is the government of Ontario’s representative on the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Committee on Health Workforce and Co-Chairs the Physician Resource Planning Advisory Committee.

Denise has been a public servant for more than thirty years and has also held key senior leadership roles in the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services. She has also worked within Canada’s federal government and was a senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada.

Ms. Cole has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University, a Masters Certificate in Public Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University, and executive certificates from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and the Ivey Business School at Queen’s University.

Ms. Cole is a recipient of the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal on the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. The Medal honours Canadians who have made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, to their community or to Canada.



Dr. Kumanan Wilson is the founder of The Ottawa Hospital mHealth Lab, a team of talented, young engineers and scientists who develop and evaluate novel digital health applications. He is an internal medicine physician at the Ottawa Hospital, a professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa and is the recipient of the 2018 Partners in Research, National Technology and Engineering Ambassador Award. His team is responsible for developing the pan-Canadian digital immunization record, CANImmunize, a stroke-rehabilitation platform, and a mobile tool for emergency department clinicians. His research team is also responsible for creating a “Big Data” test for pre-term birth in low income countries, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These projects fuel Dr. Wilson’s visions of empowering people to manage their own health information, while building digital bridges between citizens and their governments.

Lisa CHWC 2018


Miss Little has over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse and for the last 8 years has been sole proprietor of Lisa Little Consulting, a health policy consulting organization focusing on health research and policy, as well as consultation, facilitation and strategy development. Her expertise is in workforce policy and planning and has lead numerous health policy and HHR studies for governments, health professional and regulatory organizations, unions, and others, as well as international organizations.  She has written and presented both nationally and internationally.  Lisa served 9 years on a hospital board, including as Board Chair.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of a long-term care facility.   In 2017, Lisa was elected to the International Council of Nurses Board of Directors. 



Kathy Smith has extensive practice at the patient experience level including her role in patient education strategic committees, with a strong affiliation with Cancer Care Ontario. She serves on many steering committees, and is a patient research reviewer and advisor for many organizations. She strategizes with various organizational think tanks, with all types of health care stakeholders, to find ways to make a good healthcare system function even better.


Linda Silas


Making a difference for nurses in their working lives is what drives Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) since 2003. As President to the CFNU's nearly 200,000 members, Linda is the foremost advocate on behalf of nurses in Canada . Linda brings years of experience as a nurse leader, public speaker and a negotiator at the local, provincial and national levels to the CFNU presidency.

The CFNU, under Linda Silas’s leadership, seeks to improve nurses' workplaces and working conditions, defends and extends Canada's publicly administered and delivered health care system. Ms. Silas believes shaping safe and effective health care policies based on true evidence are key turning points for decision making worldwide. The impact nurses and safe staffing have on patient, organizational and system outcomes are essential in sustaining our public health care system. She believes that a greater understanding and action on the social determinants of health, on both national and international fronts, such as poverty, domestic violence and the state of Canada’s Indigenous community, are essential.

Linda believes health care, same as education and decent work, is a human right. She works diligently to embody the CFNU motto “Where knowledge meets know-how.”

Ed Mantler CHWC 2018


As Vice President of Programs and Priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ed strives to promote mental health in Canada and change the attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and mental illnesses. Ed is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, holds a Master’s of Science Administration, and is a Certified Health Executive.



Adriane’s expertise comes from 25 years in the nursing profession and 16 years of union activism with a focus on Occupation Health and Safety and desire to foster healthy work environments.  As Vice President, Adriane is the BC Nurses’ Union’s elected lead for their Provincial Violence Prevention campaign and is recognized as a champion in BC for psychological health and safety in the healthcare workplaces.  After caring for the sick and vulnerable, Adriane wants nurses to be able to return home to their families at the end of their shift free from physical and psychological harm. Adriane says nursing should not be dangerous work and looks forward to working with other stakeholders nation-wide through the CHWC to change the current workplace culture that views injury and violence as part of the nursing profession.

Chris S


Dr. Christopher Simon is the Senior Advisor of Ethics and Professional Affairs, in the Department of Medical Professionalism, at the Canadian Medical Association where he provides strategic direction and general oversight for the CMA’s initiatives in physician health and wellness – his area of doctoral expertise. 


Alies Maybee


Since 2011, Alies Maybee has been a patient advisor in various areas of healthcare, notably in health research. 

She has evaluated research for CFN (Canadian Frailty Network) and for ARTIC (Adopting Research to Improve Care). She leads the Patients Canada SPOR (Strategy for Patient Oriented Research) Demonstration project examining the experience of patient/caregiver as partners in research and is a PaCER (Patient and Community Engagement Research) program graduate.

Alies has been trained by CIHR  to deliver patient oriented research training. She also conducts workshops for partnering with citizens in research.

Apart from research, she is a Patient and Family Advisor and co-chair of the Community Engagement Council at St. Joseph's Health Centre; a member of the Toronto Central LHIN Council and participates on several working groups at HQO (Health Quality Ontario) notably on patient experience measurement.

Rahme Daoud


Rahme Daoud has over a decade of experience analyzing HHR data, and preparing products related to the Health Workforce in Canada. She is currently a Program Lead with the Health Workforce Information team at CIHI.



Enoch received his education and training in Hong Kong China.  He immigrated to Canada in 1991 and since then he has been practicing both Physiotherapy and Acupuncture in Ontario.  Currently, he is registered member in good standing in both College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario.  Enoch is a staff at Hamilton Health Sciences and he is teaching physiotherapy and acupuncture at McMaster University.  He supervises students from Nursing Department, School of Physiotherapy and Labour Study Department at McMaster University in their research projects or clinical placement.  Enoch’s research interest is very diverse.  It ranges from Model of Care, Patient Experiences and engagement to application of Acupuncture in various conditions like stroke, myofascial pain and inflammatory bowel syndrome.  He authors a few chapters in Acupuncture textbooks, presents, and publishes his research findings in national and international conferences and journals. Enoch also runs a clinic in both physiotherapy and acupuncture to provide direct patient care to greater Hamilton community.



I welcome opportunities to advance engagement of patients, family members and the public in the difficult and complex work of healthcare innovation, safety and culture change. Developing patient leadership and capacity has become my passion to expand involvement of service users, carers, and communities for better health and healthcare.

Voluntary citizen-patient roles include advisor, keynote speaker, course instructor, researcher, project team member, conference resource, awards adjudicator and workshop facilitator. My partners are fellow patient advisors, clinicians, managers, board members, academics and professional leaders at home in Vancouver and right around the world.

Recognized as Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, inaugural 2014 Canada Patient Safety Champion, and runner-up in the inaugural 2017 BC Quality Award for Leadership in Advancing the Patient Voice.

My full-time commitment to healthcare improvement arises from premature widowhood in 2008 following preventable harm, unacknowledged as a system failure and ignored as an opportunity for organizational learning.  




Victor Akande has been working for the Government of Nunavut since 2012, and is currently serving as Executive Director Health Operations within the Department of Health. He had worked previously in the same department as Territorial Lead Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, and as Manager Public Health Strategy. Prior to working in Nunavut, Victor was Risk Prioritization Officer and Food Defense Specialist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa, where he conducted risk profiling, prioritization, and ranking of foodborne illnesses, in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial authorities, and international partners such as the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Before moving to Canada in 2004, Victor served as Project Manager on a national immunizations project in Nigeria, coordinated by a consortium of organizations (UNICEF, the European Economic Community and the Federal Government of Nigeria). He also worked in the private sector as Manager Selcon Farms Limited. Victor’s efforts in the last six years have focused on health human resource development and health administration in the Canadian Arctic. He is interested in capacity development for health programming particularly in resource-limited environments using empowerment principles. He holds a BA in Business from Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom; DVM degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; MSc from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; and MPH from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

David Lamb


David has a background in Health Professions regulation and holds a Masters’ degree in Health Law from Osgood Hall Law School.

On his arrival in Canada from the United Kingdom in 1997 He worked at the College of Nurses of Ontario for some 8 years as an investigator and then as a coordinator of investigations into nursing professional misconduct and illegal practice.

David came to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care since 2006 where continued with Health Regulatory Policy initially on the 2006 reform of the Regulated Health Professions Act and its associated legislation and then on the implementation on recommendations made by the Health Professions Advisory Council on extending the scopes of practice of a number of regulated health professions to promote interdisciplinary practice.

After 2 years in the Deputy Minister’s Office as an advisor to Deputy Saad Rafi, David was part of the Ministry’s team in the  2012 Physician Services Agreement Negotiations with the Ontario Medical Association.

David moved on to strategic policy in late 2012 where led the development of the strategic policy framework for the first Action Plan for Health Care as well as the  development of Health Links model aimed at providing greater coordinated care to Ontario’s complex patients.

After a brief stint back in the world of health regulatory policy, David became Director of the Health Workforce Planning Branch with a principle of goal of developing the comprehensive framework for Health Workforce planning in the Branch in 2016.

In addition to Masters in Health Law, David holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Kent in England; a Bachelors of Arts from Université de Reims in France, and a Bachelors of Arts from Universität Philipps-Marburg in Germany.