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Sunday, August 20 – Connecting and Taking Action

2:00 – 3:00 pm – Modern CMA, Modern Member

 

Iain W. Scott  

W. Iain Scott

W. Iain Scott has many years of executive level experience in law, financial services and academia. Following law school graduation in 1977 and until 2001, he practiced corporate law in Toronto with substantial experience in the financial services sector. In 2002, Mr. Scott was appointed the first ever Chair & CEO of McCarthy Tetrault. Mr. Scott appointed and worked with a firm wide leadership team focused on the firm's strategic direction, implementing a team- oriented approach to the delivery of high value client services and significantly improving firm financial performance.

Following completion of his term as CEO, Mr. Scott was recruited by Western University in 2011 as Dean of the Faculty of Law. As Dean, he led a strategic planning process involving the introduction of an enhanced, interdisciplinary curriculum for law students, as well as the recruitment of new faculty. Mr. Scott's term as Dean ended in 2017.


Ann Collins, MD  

Ann Collins, MD

Dr. E. Ann Collins is a Dalhousie University Class of 1985 graduate. Following three years of military service with the Canadian Armed Forces in Kingston, ON, Dr. Collins started a family practice in Fredericton NB. It continues to be a challenging and interesting full- scope practice providing office and hospital care. She also provides nursing home care and has been a Family Medicine Residency teacher with the Dalhousie program since 1998.

Dr. Collins served as president of the New Brunswick Medical Society (NBMS) as well as five years as Board Chair. Dr. Collins has led two NBMS governance reviews and served on the 2008 Canadian Medical Association’s (CMA) Governance Review Committee task force. She currently sits on CMA’s Governance Committee. Community involvement has been highlighted by a six-year term (two years as Chair) on the Board of Governors of St. Thomas University, a leading Liberal Arts school in Fredericton.


3:15 – 4:45 pm – Taking Action on the CMA’s Code of Ethics for the 21st Century

 

Atul Kapur  

Atul Kapur, MD

Dr. Kapur is an emergency physician at The Ottawa Hospital and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa.

His work on the revision of the Code of Ethics is the result of his career-long interest in ethics which has led to service on ethics committees at the local, provincial, and national levels. He is presently the Chair of the CMA Code of Ethics Revision Task Force. He is completing a term on the board of the Canadian Medical Association and on its Ethics Committee.


Tim Holland  

Tim Holland, MD

After completing a degree in philosophy and psychology, Tim Holland began study at Dalhousie medical school in 2007. He took an elective focus in bioethics throughout his time at Dalhousie Medical School. Since completing his family medicine residency in 2013, he has continued to incorporate ethics into his life and career. He was elected as Chair of the Committee on Ethics for the CMA in 2016.

Aside from his role as Chair of Ethics, he is also a member of the Steering Committee for Canadian Clinicians for Refugee Care, Chair of the Policy and Health Issues Committee for Doctors Nova Scotia and the President-Elect for Doctors Nova Scotia. He is currently a member of the CMA Code of Ethics Revision Task Force.


Eric Wasylenko, MD  

Eric Wasylenko, MD

Eric Wasylenko is a palliative care physician and clinical ethicist from Alberta. He is Medical Director, Health System Ethics and Policy for the Health Quality Council of Alberta, sits on the CMA Committee on Ethics and the CMA’s Code of Ethics Revision Task Force, and Chairs the Ethics Consultative Group for the Public Health Agency of Canada. He is a GC delegate from the Alberta Medical Association. Eric has a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, and holds faculty appointments at the University of Calgary (Clinical Associate Professor) and University of Alberta (Clinical Lecturer). Eric has received a number of awards, including the CMA’s Dr. William Marsden Award for Medical Ethics in 2014.


Julie Richer, MD  

Julie Richer, MD

Julie Richer is a clinical medical geneticist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa. Her clinical practice primarily consists of the care of patients with underlying connective tissue disorders such as familial thoracic aneurysms. Dr. Richer also maintains a general genetics practice and is involved in the care of pediatrics and adult patients.

Dr. Richer completed medical school at L’Université de Montreal, FRCPC in Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba and a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard University.


Justin Hall, MD  

Justin Hall, MD

Justin Hall is a third year resident in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his medical school training. Prior to his medical studies, he earned his Bachelors in Biochemistry and a Masters in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University before pursuing his Masters of Public Health from the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Hall’s scholarly interests include competency-based medical education, resource stewardship, leadership training, and quality improvement. He is a leader in his residency training program as Chief Resident and sits on the Residency Training Committee, Competence by Design Sub-Committee, Resource Stewardship Network, and Postgraduate Medical Education Board of Examiners. He serves on the planning committees for the Canadian Conference on Physician Health (CCPH) and the Toronto International Summit on Leadership Education for Physicians (TISLEP). Dr. Hall also sits on the CMA Code of Ethics Revision Task Force.

Monday, August 21 - Innovating

9:00 – 10:00 am - The art of vision: A revolutionary new experience with Erik Wahl

 

Erik Wahl  

Erik Wahl

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today.

On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.


11:05 – 12:20 pm – Physician Innovation: It’s all around us

 

Abdo Shabah, MD  

Abdo Shabah, MD

An experienced emergency physician, innovator and public-health specialist, Dr. Abdo Shabah founded HUMANITAS in 2013 to capture, organize, visualize and share organizations’ essential information through the most advanced distributed mobile technologies. He has participated in many humanitarian missions, conducts research in information technology in disaster settings and continues to serve in the International Emergency Response Unit with the Canadian Red Cross.

After many years practicing in northern regions in Quebec (Nunavik), Dr. Shabah continued his practice as an emergency doctor in a Level I trauma centre in Montreal and in Aeromedical Evacuations since 2007. He was also appointed as medical director within numerous healthcare organizations in Canada. Today he also works as an associate professor at the University of Montreal and collaborates with many national and international universities as well as large international organizations for the development of humanitarian innovations.


Gilles Julien, MD  

Gilles Julien, MD

Dr. Gilles Julien's mission is to allow children from disadvantaged environments to blossom and develop their potential. A visionary leader, he has created a preventive approach, community social pediatrics, that guarantees that each of a child's fundamental rights, as set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child Is respected. A Laval University Medicine graduate and a holder of a University of Montreal degree in Pediatrics. Dr Gilles Julien accumulated years of research and experience before developing his unique method. He held many high-level Community and Public Health positions in Quebec and elsewhere around the world with the support of organization such as the World Bank and the United Nations. Profiting from his wealth of experience, he came back to Montreal to put his innovative approach into action in the city's underprivileged neighborhoods. In 1997 he founded the first community social pediatrics centre in Hochelaga-Malsonneuve. He then established in 2003 a second center In the Cote-des-Neiges area.


Julielynn Wong, MD  

Julielynn Wong, MD

Julielynn Wong is a Queen’s and Harvard-educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life's mission is to take technology to the extreme to benefit the world. She is recognized as a trailblazing pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions across diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare resources.

Dr. Wong is the recipient of the inaugural CMA’s Joule Innovation Grant and was the first medical student to receive the CMA Award for Young Leaders. She is the founder of 3D4MD, an enterprise that is building a digital library, like iTunes, for people to select and download crowd-sourced 3D printable files to make quality-tested, lower cost and even personalized medical supplies on demand. Dr. Wong founded Medical Makers, a program to inspire, educate, and empower a global community of innovators, patients and healthcare providers to make sustainable solutions to save lives, time, and money.


Aaron Chiu, MD  

Aaron Chiu, MD

Dr. Aaron Chiu is an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. He is a neonatologist and clinical researcher. He has been the postgraduate program director for neonatology and also for pediatrics, as well as the RCPSC Chair for Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. He is currently the Associate Dean – Quality Improvement and Accreditation at the Max Rady College of Medicine and the Medical Consultant for Quality for the Child Health Program. He is the President of Doctors Manitoba and a member of the Board of Directors for MD Financial Holdings.


Jenette Hayward, MD  

Jenette Hayward, MD

Dr. Jenette Hayward was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Microbiology, and then went on to Medical School and Pediatrics Residency at the University of Manitoba. After graduation in 2013, she worked in private practice as well as at the Rehabilitation Center for Children. There she has been involved in the Feeding Program, Spina Bifida and Neuromuscular clinics. For the 3 past years she has also worked to bring a Complex Care Program to Manitoba. In January 2017 she was granted a full time position to continue to develop this program. Dr. Jenette Hayward’s interests include providing comprehensive, coordinated care for Children with Medical Complexity. She currently splits her time between the Rehabilitation Centre for Children within the Specialized Services for Children and Youth Centre, Children’s Hospital and St-Amant Centre.


1:30 – 2:40 pm – Exploring and innovating on the values that unite medicine

 

Michael Kauffman, MD  

Michael Kauffman, MD

Dr. Michael Kaufmann is the founding Medical Director of the Physician Health Program of the Ontario Medical Association. Designed to assist professionals with substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and other personal health problems, this program has served more than 8,000 doctors and students since its inception in 1995.

Dr. Kaufmann is a medical graduate of the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians. Dr. Kaufmann practised family medicine in Campbellford, Ontario for 14 years before dedicating himself to physician well-being. He is certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.


Dennis Kendel, MD  

Dennis Kendel, MD

Dr. Kendel has served in diverse leadership roles including President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, CMA Board of Directors, Health Council of Canada Board, CHSRF Board, Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, President of the Medical Council of Canada, President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada and CEO of saskdocs.

He currently services as the Board Vice-Chair for the Health Quality Council in Saskatchewan. He is keenly interested in patient safety and healthcare quality improvement.


Franco Rizzuti, MD  

Franco Rizzuti, MD

Franco Rizzuti is a graduate of the Cumming School of Medicine and first-year resident in Public Health & Preventative Medicine (PHPM) at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He is the current President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS). He holds a BSc in Molecular Biology, and MA in Physician Leadership.

Prior to medicine Dr. Rizzuti was president of the Calgary Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), a $4-million-dollar not-for-profit student organization, chaired the Alberta Graduate Council, served on the University of Calgary Board of Governors, and was a founding board member of West Campus Developments.


Ali Damji, MD  

Ali Damji, MD

Dr. Ali N. Damji is a resident physician in the University of Toronto Family Medicine program at Trillium Health Partners- Credit Valley Hospital, and a graduate student working towards a Master of Sciences in System Leadership and Innovation at the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. Prior to medical school, he completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Major in Rehabilitation Sciences at Western University. He completed medical school at the University of Toronto, where he served as the Chair of the Ontario Medical Students Association for two years, leading his 3,500 colleagues across the province.

Tuesday, August 22 - Medical Professionalism

8:15 – 9:15 am - Inspiring the profession: how innovators drive change

 

Elizabeth Plank  

Elizabeth Plank

Elizabeth Plank was recently hired as correspondent and senior producer at Vox.com—a website that attracts some 40 million visitors every month. Named one of the Top 30 Under 30 by Forbes magazine, the Quebec-born journalist was senior correspondent at Mic news as well as the popular host of the site’s Flip the Script web series.


Érik Giasson  

Érik Giasson

Formerly a Wall Street financier, this Quebecer traded in his Mercedes for a yoga mat. Now a professor and owner of Wanderlust yoga studio in Montreal, Érik Giasson wants us to take a new look at the hectic pace of the job market and shares his views on the importance of transforming ourselves.


Jacques Poulin-Denis  

Jacques Poulin-Denis

Quebec’s Jacques Poulin-Denis is a craftsman of the stage who works as a composer, choreographer, director and performer. Despite a car accident that cost him his right foot while studying contemporary dance, Jacques went on to form the interdisciplinary company Grand Poney in 2009. Join him as he recounts his resilience using his body and music in a dance piece that’s tinged with humanity.


André Lauzon  

André Lauzon

Previously head of the digital studio and producer at Cirque du Soleil, Quebec’s André Lauzon is currently immersive media producer at Moment Factory in Montreal. Hear his thoughts on the future of virtual reality as he discusses innovation and Moment Factory’s aim to inspire a sense of collective wonder and connection.


9:15 – 10:15 am – Walking the Talk: Building a Charter of Shared Values for Canadian Medicine

 

André Bernard. MD  

André Bernard. MD

A committed leader in health policy and organized medicine in Canada and beyond, Dr. André Bernard has an enduring interest in elevating the dialogue on medical professionalism. Currently the Board Chair of Doctors Nova Scotia, Dr. Bernard served previously as the CMA’s representative to the World Medical Association (WMA) from 2013-2016. Dr. Bernard is presently a clinical anesthesiologist and assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia with interests in perioperative medicine and ambulatory surgery.

Dr. Bernard has a longstanding track record of leadership domestically and internationally. Prior to pursuing medicine he served as a development officer for the Canadian International Development Agency, as a project team leader for health, human rights and civil society strengthening projects in Indonesia and the Philippines. Throughout his early medical career, he served in numerous leadership capacities, including as president of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, vice chairperson of the Canadian Residency Matching Service, President of IFMSA Canada, and extensively for the CMA as member of its Political Action Committee and Board of Directors.


1:30 – 3:10 pm – Physicians facing Canada’s Opioid Crisis

 

David Juurlink, MD  

David Milne, MD

Dr. Milne joined the Canadian armed forces during his second year at Dalhousie Medical School. After graduating in 1989, he began his clinical experience in general practice and emergency medicine in Windsor and Springhill, N.S., and Perth, Ont. In 1991, he served as squadron medical officer as part of the NATO Standing Naval Force Atlantic aboard HMCS Protecteur.

After several years in general practice, Dr. Milne went on to specialize. He received his fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in anaesthesia from the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Hospital in 1998, also receiving his clinical fellowship in thoracic anaesthesia.


David Juurlink, MD  

David Juurlink, MD

He received degrees in Pharmacy (1990) and Medicine (1994) from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and completed postgraduate training in Internal Medicine (1998) followed by residency in Clinical Pharmacology (2000), a fellowship in Medical Toxicology (2002), and a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology (2003), all at the University of Toronto. He has received certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Emergency Medicine (Medical Toxicology), and the American Board of Clinical Pharmacology.

He is presently the Sunnybrook site director for the program in Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology and is actively involved with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons subspecialty program in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology as a member of the Nucleus committee and Vice Chair of the Examinations committee.


Jean-Bernard Trudeau  

Jean-Bernard Trudeau, MD

Jean-Bernard Trudeau holds a degree in Family Medicine from Université de Sherbrooke (1982) and a degree in Health Administration from Université de Montréal (2002).

He was a clinician and manager in the Quebec health and social services network for 30 years. Since 2011, he has been the deputy secretary at the Collège des médecins du Québec, where his main responsibility is managing relationships with professional orders.


Christy Sutherland, MD  

Christy Sutherland, MD

Dr. Christy Sutherland is a family doctor and diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She works in Vancouver's Downtown East Side providing care to Canada's most vulnerable population.

Dr. Sutherland is the Medical Director of the Portland Hotel Society where she leads a team of physicians and nurses who are embedded in low barrier, harm reduction projects including supervised injection and injectable opioid agonist treatment. She is the Education Physician Lead with the British Columbia Center on Substance Use, and lead physician for the Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise (RACE) line. She received her MD at Dalhousie University and completed her Family Medicine Residency at UBC in 2010. Dr. Sutherland was recently awarded the "Excellence in Clinical Teaching" Award from the GoldCorp Addiction Medicine Fellowship.