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David Conn, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., FRCPC

Vice President of Education, Baycrest Health Sciences
Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Dr. David Conn is the Vice President of Education and Director of the Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange at Baycrest. He is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health and Past President of the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry. His academic interests include nursing home psychiatry, telepsychiatry, guideline development and knowledge translation. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications and is the co-editor of three textbooks including "Practical Psychiatry in the Long-Term Care Home: A Handbook for Staff". Awards received include the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Award for Outstanding Contribution to Geriatric Psychiatry in Canada and a Distinguished Service Award from the International Psychogeriatric Association. In 2010 he was co-recipient of the CIHR Institute of Aging Betty Havens Award for Knowledge Translation in Aging. 


Kerry Kuluski, MSW, Ph.D. 

Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System
Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Kerry Kuluski is a Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System (Bridgepoint Hospital Site), and Assistant Professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (University of Toronto). She is an Applied Health Services Researcher and a Social Worker by training. She received her Ph.D. in Health Services and Policy Research from the University of Toronto followed by a Postdoctoral Visiting Fellowship at the University of Oxford. At the University of Toronto, she supervises graduate students and teaches a foundational course on Canada's health care system. Her research focuses on quality and health system performance from the perspective of people with multimorbidity and their caregivers in the contexts of community-based primary health care, home care, hospital care, Alternate Level of Care and transitions between care settings. She uses multi-methods, including co-design to understand what is required for care services to be person-centred.


Shawn Brady, BScPT, MSc 

With a clinical background in physiotherapy and an MSc. in Rehabilitation Science, Shawn Brady leads a team of professional practice and clinician leaders at Providence Healthcare. Shawn's team has pioneered an evolutionary model of practice called 'transformational practice, where all clinicians are supported to incorporate systems thinking and strategic intelligence into their practice. With a relationship and collaborative focus, Shawn has led many positive changes at Providence Healthcare that have had system impact and have enabled a culture of high performance in the areas of clinical outcomes, patient experience, safety and financial health.
 


Katie Churchill, BSc, MScOT

Katie Churchill is the provincial Senior Practice Lead for Practice Based Research in Alberta Health Services. She is passionate about using data to drive change and has been supporting the provincial implementation of standardized outcomes measurement in Community Rehabilitation programs. Katie holds adjunct appointments in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta and in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Calgary.
 


Eileen Keogh, BA, BScOT, Med

Eileen Keogh is a provincial Senior Practice Consultant on the Community Rehabilitation team with Alberta Health Services. She is an occupational therapist with over 15 years of clinical and leadership experience. Eileen is actively supporting the implementation of the Rehabilitation Model of Care in adult and pediatric community rehabilitation in Alberta.
 


Emily Stevenson, RPT

Emily Stevenson, Registered Physiotherapist, is the Community Rehabilitation Lead for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. She supports the implementation of standardized evidence-informed physiotherapy programming across primary care, and various other initiatives to support access to rehabilitation services in the community. Prior to this role, Emily worked as a clinician at the East End Community Health Centre, where she developed and tested innovative models of care delivery to improve access to care. Emily holds a Master's degree from McMaster University and has contributed to research regarding the role of physiotherapists in primary care. Emily is a member of the Primary Care Advisory Committee for the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.
 


Archana Arun, BPhT, MSc (Rehab)

Archana Arun, Registered Physiotherapist, is a Care Coordinator with the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Archana has a special interest in prevention. She has extensive experience in geriatric rehab and is passionate about senior's falls prevention and mobility issues.
 


Paula Gilmore, MSc, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Paula Gilmore currently holds the position of Director at Bluewater Health in Sarnia, Ontario, overseeing the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, Rehabilitation Therapy Services Department, the District Stroke Centre, Cardiac Clinic and Dialysis. Previously, Paula held various positions with the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network based out of London Health Sciences Centre including Regional Director, Regional Stroke Community and Long Term Care Coordinator and she also was the District Stroke Centre Coordinator for Sarnia-Lambton. Paula has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen's University at Kingston and completed a Master of Science Degree from Western University with an interest in rehabilitation. Paula brings 22 years of clinical, administrative, change management and system transformation experience both in acute care and community settings. She has worked in urban and rural settings across Southwestern Ontario and is passionate about the implementation of best practice and continuous quality improvement. Paula married her high school sweetheart, has two great kids and lives on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron.
 


Jason Graham, PT, BHSc

Jason Graham graduated his post-secondary schooling with an Honours in Health Sciences (University of Western Ontario) and Masters of Physiotherapy (Queens’ University). He has 7 years’ experience practicing clinically in a variety of settings including hospital, home care, private practice and Long Term Care. Jason has five years’ experience working as part of the physiotherapy department at Bluewater Health where most recently he has completed the role of Total Joint Replacement Bundled Care Coordinator. In this role, he has been responsible for leading the development and implementation of Sarnia-Lambton’s service delivery model for the hip and knee replacement bundled care pathway. In his spare time, Jason enjoys training using CrossFit methodologies and personal training others. His other passion is globe-trotting and he is self-diagnosed with a very bad case of wanderlust.
 


Dana Vanderaa, PT, BSc, MScPT

Dana Vanderaa is a graduate of the University of Guelph (BSc Human Kinetics) and the University of Toronto (MScPT) and brings 14 years of diverse experience as a Physiotherapist to her role as Manager of Rehabilitation Therapy Services at Bluewater Health. She leads her team with a passion for quality improvement, professional development and Best Practice implementation. She is inspired by the power of teamwork and the amazing achievements that can be accomplished when collaboration is invited. Dana is a mom to 2 active kids, 7 and 9, a dog lover, yogi and CrossFit dabbler. Originally from the GTA, she feels lucky to live on the beaches of Lake Huron now and move at a slower pace whenever possible.
 


Randi Stokes, RN, BScN

Randi Stokes is currently a Registered Nurse and Professional Practice Supervisor for the Acute Medicine Program at Bluewater Health. Randi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BScN) from the University of Windsor and has plans to start her Master's in Health Care Quality this fall. Randi's nursing experience is primarily in Intensive Care however she recently moved into Quality Improvement and has discovered a passion for improving our healthcare system to create an exemplary patient and family experience. She is proud of her work and continues to strive for excellence. Randi values treating every person with compassion and respect. She strives to establish exceptional relationships through accountability and kindness. When Randi is not working, you will find her spending time outdoors and practicing or teaching yoga. She is grateful to have the ability and opportunity to help people in her community to improve their own health.
 


Lyndsey Butler, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Lyndsey Butler is the Regional Rehabilitation Coordinator with the Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network. Originally from New Brunswick, she now resides in London with her husband and busy toddler.
 


Bonita Thompson, RN BA

Bonita Thompson is the District Stroke Manager for Huron Perth. Her career has spanned both hospital and community sectors resulting in a keen interest in supporting quality transitions of care.
 


Anne Marie Sneath, BScPT

Anne Marie Sneath has been a physiotherapist, educator and leader for over 30 years, both in the public and private sectors. With a clinical focus in outpatient orthopaedics, she has also taught in university and college settings for programs such as Physiotherapy, Physiotherapy Assistants and Activation Therapy. For the last 10 years, she has been at Providence Healthcare as the PPL for Physiotherapy, and more recently also the manager of Ambulatory Services. She has presented at OPA, OSOT, Collaboration Across Borders and the GTA Rehab Network. She holds a green belt in LEAN quality training and is now a certified business coach. With a great interest in education and leadership, Anne Marie brings a creative spirit to facilitating projects and quality initiatives; mentoring peers in professional growth and supporting students in professional development. In addition, she enjoys looking for ways to utilize her music skills at work both for patients and staff.
 


Kelly Tough

Kelly Tough has been an occupational therapist and leader for 19 years. She has worked with a focus on Geriatric Rehabilitation. For the last 9 years, she has been the Patient Flow Manager at Providence Healthcare. She is presently working towards her Masters in Health Management at McMaster University.
 



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