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Patient & Community Partners

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Jerry M. Maniate


Founding Director & Investigator

Health Professions Education, Health Systems, Leadership, EDI

Jerry Maniate is a general internist at The Ottawa Hospital, an educator at the University of Ottawa and a researcher at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.  He is the former Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Education at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Maniate has extensive leadership experience in higher education in the health professions and health systems and also with national medical organizations.  His work is focused on understanding and addressing inequities in our health systems through collaborative partnerships using a scholarly lens.  He is actively engaged and recognized nationally and internationally for furthering the dialogue on these important topics.


Yusra Ahmad



Structural inequities, Gender-based violence, Poverty & Homelessness, War Trauma, Refugee Mental Health, Muslim Mental Health, Global Mental Health, Faith-based approaches to healing, Mindfulness, Psychotherapy, SPMI Populations, Trauma-Informed Care

Yusra Ahmad is a community & academic psychiatrist based in Toronto who is committed to a comprehensive bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach in supporting my patients.  Dr. Ahmad is a passionate advocate for the systemic changes necessary to address the root causes of suffering and distress in our times.  She works at the Crossroads Clinic at WCH, the New Beginnings program at CAMH, with homeless clients through ICHA (Inner City Health Associates), runs Mindfully Muslim groups at Women's Health in Women's Hands and has a part-time private practice.  

Dr. Ahmad is a poet at heart and she believes in the incredible power of narrative, art, nature & spirituality alongside science to heal people, cultures, and communities.  Dr. Ahmad has worked as a consultant for numerous film & theatre projects including the award-winning medical drama, Transplant.  

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Eusang Ahn

MD, MSc (Med Ed), BSc (Mktg)


Medical Education, Cultural Competency, Emergency Medicine

Eusang Ahn is currently a resident physician with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and is pursuing a PhD in medical education. As a former advertising account executive, language instructor and current father of twins, he has a strong interest in communication and its role in education. Prior to coming to Canada, he completed a separate residency in Emergency Medicine and was an independently practicing staff physician in Seoul, Korea. Eusang aims to draw on his previous experiences to specialize in cross-cultural dissemination of best practices, as viewed through the lens of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity.


Rozen Alex

Psy.D., C. Psych


Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, Training

In her current role as psychologist, Dr. Alex provides psychological assessment and intervention services to patients with cardiovascular diseases. She provides training and education on the role of EDI in training and provision of psychological services. Dr. Alex is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association's Standing Committee on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs Anti Racism Working Group.

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Ellen Alie

B.Sc (OT), MHA


Health Policy, Health Systems

Ellen Odai Alie received a BSc in Psychology from Carleton University, a BSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and a  Masters in Health Administration from The University of Ottawa.  Ellen is currently the Manager, Integrated Cancer Screening and Prevention, Champlain Regional Cancer Program, and Corporate Manager Breast Imaging, The Ottawa Hospital. Her interests in EDI include facilitating authenticity and belonging in the workplace, and changing workplace culture in a systemic, process driven, sustainable way.


Lynn Ashdown

MD, M.MEd (pending)


Patient Partnership, Medical Education, Social Accountability, Disability Advocacy

Lynn Ashdown is a patient experience expert who advocates for patient’s to be included in all levels of healthcare. She has a medical degree from The University of Ottawa, and was close to finishing her residency in family medicine when she began, and continues to navigate, a complex journey as a full-time patient. Dr. Ashdown is a patient partner for various organizations, gives presentations, contributes to research, and is involved with medical education, with a focus on patient partnership.

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Gwen Barton



Indigenous peoples

Gwen Barton has been the Manager of the Indigenous Cancer Program at The Ottawa Hospital over the past seven years.  She has been working with colleagues, allies and Indigenous community partners to help reduce the burden of cancer on First Nation, Inuit and Metis people and improve the experience of patients and their families across the cancer trajectory.


Aimée Bouka



Medical Education, Primary Care, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression

Dr. Aimée Bouka is a rural family physician practicing in Gwich’in and Inuvialuit territories. She sits on the board of directors of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and is on the board of Advisors for the Black Physicians of Alberta Association. Her main academic interest is the application of antiracist and anti-oppressive frameworks to medical education and primary care.

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Jamiu O. Busari



Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Clinical Leadership (Development), Medical Education

Jamiu Busari is an associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University, Dean of the HOH Academy and Consultant Pediatrician at Horacio Oduber Hospital, Aruba. He is a Maastricht University alumnus, a Harvard Macy Scholar and an HBS executive education graduate in Managing Health Care Delivery. He is a member of the diversity and inclusion advisory council at Maastricht University and a fervent advocate for diversity, equity and inclusivity (DEI) for the less privileged in society. He is a featured author and speaker on DEI related topics at international conferences and meetings and has published a number of papers on implicit bias, racism and gender discrimination in health care and medical education.

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Ming-Ka Chan

BSc (Psychology), MD, MHPE, FRCPC


Healthcare Leadership Education, Social Justice, Health Professions Education, Equity/Diversity/Inclusivity/Decolonization

Ming-Ka Chan is a Chinese settler grateful to be living and working on Treaty 1 Territory/Homeland of the Metis Nation. A Pediatrics Clinician Educator at the University of Manitoba, her scholarship focuses on social justice & leadership education. She is currently the Co-Director, Office of Leadership Education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Chair, Sanokondu Leadership & Governance Team, a community of practice focused on health leadership education especially for learners.


Grace Christou



Patient Engagement, Diversity of Voices

Grace Christou is a hematologist in The Ottawa Hospital Leukemia Program and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. Her research interest is in engaging patients as co-creators in research prioritization and healthcare delivery. She is completing her MSc. in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa on methods of public engagement in research and is passionate about improving the diversity of voices shaping our healthcare system.

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Janet Corral



Equity in Medical Education; Social Determinants of Health

Janet Corral is the Associate Dean of Medical Education and Professor of Medicine at the University of Nevada Reno. Her work aims to characterize a framework for the design, development and assessment of next generation eLearning and simulation tools for the practical and rapid development of expertise and complex problem solving.

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Jennifer Dale-Tam



Simulation, Nursing Education, Health Professions Education, Quality Improvement

Jennifer Dale-Tam is a certified simulation educator and a corporate nurse educator at The Ottawa Hospital with extensive experience in health professions’ education and clinical experience in acute surgical and critical care.  She has focus on creating, implementing, and evaluating experiential learning opportunities and programs for the health professions grounded in simulation pedagogy. Her research centers on educational programs and learner experience through a quality improvement lens.


Victor Do



Leadership, Pediatrics, Systems Innovation & Equity

Victor Do is a PGY-2 Pediatrics Resident at the University of Toronto and graduated medical school from the University of Alberta. He has held many leadership roles including as former President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and board member with the Canadian Medical Association.
His academic interests include leadership development, pediatric health outcomes, systems innovation and equity.


Joni Ettinger



Leadership, Quality Improvement, Evidence-Based Practice, Music and Health

Joni Ettinger received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa in 2005. After working as a bedside nurse for 15 years, she transitioned to Clinical Manager of The Ottawa Hospital Endoscopy program. Joni is interested in giving patients a voice by bringing music to patients’ bedsides, and has a passion for facilitating social justice for both patients and healthcare workers.

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Claudia Hampel


Patient / Community Engagement Advisor & Investigator

Mental Health Nursing, Patient-Oriented Research, Patient Engagement

Claudia Hampel is the Patient and Family Engagement Lead at The Ottawa Hospital. Her work has led to the creation of the Patients as Partners Program at the hospital which has supported authentic patient engagement in a wide variety of projects, committees and initiatives.

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Medina Jones

BSc (in progress)


Anti-oppression, Anti-racism, Disability Access, Health Outcomes of Marginalized Peoples, Learner Experience, Community Care Practices

Medina Jones is a Biochemistry student at the University of Ottawa. She is interested in exploring the development and application of anti-oppressive practices in health systems, education, and community care services. Her academic interests intersect with her passion for social justice advocacy and are rooted in a desire to collaboratively address inequities in health systems to effect positive changes within her community.


Janet Jull

OT Reg (Ont), PhD


Shared Decision-Making

Janet Jull develops and evaluates shared decision making tools and approaches to support client-centred care with a particular focus on health care systems. Much of Janet's work is done in partnerships with urban Indigenous, Inuit, First Nations, and Métis communities. Dr. Jull also investigates how research is conducted in partnerships; specifically when those who are engaged in the production of research, partner with those who contend with the real-world needs and constraints of health systems and their users.

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Stéphanie Lalande

MA, PhD(C)


Mental Health at Work, Supervision Relationships, Mental Health-Related Misdiagnosis

Stéphanie Lalande is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Ottawa. Stéphanie completed a master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint-Paul University in 2019. Her past professional work experiences involve offering mental health services as a registered psychotherapist (inactive) and working as a child protection worker in a child welfare agency. Her research interests developed from her work and personal experiences, including mental health at work, supervision relationships, and mental health-related misdiagnosis. Stéphanie’s vision includes working on projects that will promote impactful
positive changes within her community and society. Specifically, Stéphanie aims to evaluate and address important current societal concerns such as mental health at work challenges within the health field. Therefore, Stéphanie’s mission is to contribute to the implementation of positive changes within society.

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Constance LeBlanc



EDIA, medical education, physician leadership

Connie LeBlanc is an Emergency Physician, medical educator, and physician leader working at the Charles V. Keating Emergency and Trauma Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia. Dr. LeBlanc is a full professor at Dalhousie University with decades of clinical experience, a passion for teaching, and genuine enthusiasm for meaningful system change that will foster Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity & Accessibility and improve the quality of care we provide.


Shirley Lee



EDI, Medical Education, Curriculum Development, Digital Learning Technology

Shirley Lee is passionate about improving patient safety and advocating for equity in healthcare for our patients. Dr. Lee is an Emergency Medicine physician at The Ottawa Hospital and is interested in optimizing team performance especially in dealing with change and healthcare complexity.

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Matthew Lipinski



Emergency Medicine, Health Policy, Culture and Learning Environment

Matthew Lipinski is an Emergency Physician at the Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor with the University of Ottawa. He completed his medical school at McMaster University and his subsequent Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Lipinski has since completed an Master in Health Administration through the University of Regina and has an academic interest in policy development in healthcare, ED crowding, and the medical learner environment.

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Sumiya Lodhi



Medical Education, Curriculum Development, Research, Student Wellness

Sumiya Lodhi is a medical student at the University of Ottawa. She completed her Masters of Global Health at McMaster University. She has worked closely with medical professionals in improving the UGME curriculum to reflect the current social climate and incorporate Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the delivery of medical education. Her current work includes revamping the Hematology and Oncology curriculum, increasing access to teaching and mentorship for undergraduate students, and promoting wellness for medical students. Sumiya hopes to promote cultural sensitivity, social justice and health equity while advocating for underserved communities as she navigates through her medical journey.

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Greg Manning



Equity, Diversity, Inclusion | Healthcare Leadership | Virtual Care | Health Systems | Healthcare Access

Dr. Manning is a cardiac anesthesiologist, critical care physician and Director of EDI for the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Ottawa. He aims to leverage emerging technology in telemedicine, a drive for innovation and clinical expertise to maximize medical outcomes, service accessibility, and positive experiences for patients and providers. He is motivated by a desire to redesign services to deliver more impactful and cost-effective healthcare to service remote communities, underserved populations and global health initiatives.  

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Yasmeen Mansoor



Faculty Development, Pediatrics

Yasmeen Mansoor is currently a pediatric nephrology fellow at Sick Children Hospital, and an alumnus of the Dalhousie Pediatrics residency program. She has developed communication skills training sessions for faculty to responding to microaggressions faced by learners in the medical learning environment. She also has an interest in improving language delivery in healthcare for low-English proficiency patient populations.

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Jason McVicar



Anesthesia, Medical Education, Access to Health Resources

Jason McVicar is an anesthesiologist at The Ottawa Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. He holds a fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine. He has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières, is a trustee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation and is member of the Pain Committee with the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists.  Current active areas of work include medical education in low and middle-income countries, access to health resources in rural and remote communities and improving surgical outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

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Aliza Moledina



Health Equity, Global Health, Advance Care Planning, Diversity and Inclusion

Aliza Moledina is a General Internist with an interest in health equity, diversity and inclusion and advance care planning. She has been actively involved in a wide range of initiatives within health equity, EDI and global health as well as within social accountability and health advocacy curricula within undergraduate and post-graduate medical education. Dr. Moledina is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa, with a focus on advance care planning in culturally diverse populations.


Peter Munene



Serious Illness Communication, Diversity & Inclusion

Peter Munene is a General Internal Medicine Physician at the Ottawa Hospital and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Masters in Healthcare Quality from Queens University with a focus on Quality Improvement. He is passionate about Patient-Centred communication and led the implementation of the Serious Illness Conversation Program at the Ottawa Hospital. Current areas of interest include exploring the intersection of End-of-Life care, Health Systems Design and initiatives that support Diversity and Inclusion.

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Kannin Osei-Tutu



Anti-racism, Artificial Intelligence, Equity, Inclusive Compassion, Sense of Belonging,  Structural Wellness

Kannin Osei-Tutu is a hospitalist physician who specializes in acute care inpatient medicine and has spent his professional career on the front lines caring for patients with diseases related to socio-political inequity and marginalization.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Student Advising and Wellness at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. 
Dr. Osei-Tutu is a national leader and an active collaborator on several regional and national research projects that examine wellness, sense of belonging, and equity in clinical medicine. His emerging program of research seeks to reconceptualize compassion in an intentionally inclusive way and develop digital technology (DT) and artificial intelligence (AI) tools to promote equity in health outcomes.


Elena Pastukhova

Hons. B. Sc


Social Medicine, Health Equity, Medical Education, Curriculum Development, Poverty and Homelessness, Cultural Competence in the Medical System, Digital Learning in Medicine

Elena Pastukhova has a particular interest in humanism in medicine: medical practice that is cemented in person-centered and equitable care. She believes these are qualities and skills that can be cultivated as part of medical education and beyond. Elena's previous work has involved advocacy for improved diversity and cultural competence within medical education. Additionally, she has worked on projects appreciating the impacts of social determinants of health, such as poverty and homelessness, on the health of our patients.


Ian J. Pereira

MD, BASc (Engineering)


Health for All, Learning Health Systems, Trauma-Informed Cultures, Servant-Leadership

Ian Pereira is a radiation oncology resident physician at Queen’s University, Canada. He is a former software developer for a government-chartered organization, strategy consultant, Officer for the Global Health Program of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS), Assistant for the Standing Committee on Medical Education of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), and Director of Education for the World Medical Association Junior Doctors Network (WMA JDN).  He currently serves on medical education and EDI committees where his contributions focus on understanding trauma-informed practices and supporting environments where everyone including trainees, staff, and patients can be professional and feel safe to work, play, and belong.

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William Phillips



Medical Education, Oncology

Will Phillips is an internal medicine resident physician in Ottawa. He previously studied Computational Biochemistry at Western University and did his medical training in Ottawa as well. Right now, Dr. Phillips is working on an initiative to assess the quality of undergraduate oncology training and standardize a set of national undergraduate medical education (UGME) oncology objectives.

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Arun Radhakrishnan



Family Medicine, Mentorship

Arun Radhakrishnan is a family physician with a focused clinical practice in chronic non-cancer pain. He is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and has a teaching affiliation with The Ottawa Hospital and the Elisabeth Bruyere Hospital. His research and education interests are in knowledge translation, mentoring and information and communication technologies in healthcare. Dr. Radhakrishnan has led the development of a number of award-winning clinical practice tools and educational programs and resources to support primary care management of chronic pain. He is a past AMS Phoenix Fellow and is currently the Medical Director of the Adaptive Mentoring Networks with the Centre for Effective Practice.


Cristian Rangel

PhD (Sociology)


Sociology, Culture, Biomedicine, Social Determinants of Health

Cristian Rangel completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Toronto.  He is a medical sociologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Innovation in Medical Education at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Rangel is working at the intersection of culture, biomedicine, and digital health technologies implementation in health systems. In addition, he interrogates the role of social determinants of health in current debates on equity, diversity and inclusion in health professions education and health systems.


Raj Rasasingham



Continuing Professional Development, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Determinants of Health, Leadership, 

Educational Research

Raj Rasasingham is a Harvard Trained Physician that has worked with various national and international organizations on various advocacy roles throughout his career. His research interests lies in Educational Research, particularly in regard to Continuing Professional Development and EDI. Dr. Rasasingham also has a keen interest in policy development and has been a leader in the development of various policy and advocacy initiatives. He also holds leadership roles at the University of Toronto and at various national and international organizations.

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Kerri Ritchie

Ph.D, C.Psych. 


Organizational health and wellness, Education and Training, Human Rights & Social Justice

Kerri Ritchie is the Professional Practice Coordinator for psychology and provides services on the Psychology Consultation for Inpatients at The Ottawa Hospital, where she has worked since 2001. She is the Director Representing Education on Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Co-Chair of CPAs Human Rights and Social Justice Committee.  Dr. Ritchie has been elected as President-Elect of the CPA and will begin her 2-year term as President in 2022.Her research is in the area of staff and physician health and wellness.


Carolyn Roberts



Patient experience, Advocacy, Indigenous patients and families

Carolyn Roberts is the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Patient Nurse Navigator at The Ottawa Hospital.  She is an unconventional advocate and nurse who is committed to providing land based patient centred care to First Nations, Inuit and Metis patients and their families


Aaron Rosenfeld



Medical Education, Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Resiliency

Aaron Rosenfeld is a third-year medical student at the University of Ottawa. He completed his Bachelor of Science at Ryerson University. He has been involved in health equity training and advocacy in the form of educating medical students about blood and stem cell donation in Canada. His involvement continues with the EqHS Lab and the development of a health equity educational podcast. He is also passionate about augmenting medical students’ resilience, through workshops and increased student-to-student support.

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Jared Rubenstein



Palliative Care, Medical Education, Communication, DEI

Jared Rubenstein is a pediatric palliative care doctor and medical educator.  He is the program director for the pediatric hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX. He is passionate about teaching people to better communicate about challenging topics and working toward improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare.

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Omar Selim



Vascular Surgery, Procedural Skills, Assessment

Omar Selim is a vascular surgeon and medical education researcher at Tufts University who has an interest in assessment practice and validity theory.  Dr. Selim's particular areas of interest include examining how inherent biases can affect the development and application of assessments and how assessment practices affect the teaching and learning of procedural skill.


Graydon Simmons



Addictions Medicine, Viral Hepatitis, Vulnerable Urban Populations

Graydon Simmons is a general internist working at The Ottawa Hospital and Ottawa Inner City Health. During his general internal medicine training, he sought out focused experiences in addictions medicine, viral hepatitis, medical assistance in dying and care of patients living with homelessness. Dr. Simmons is passionate about providing ambulatory care options for vulnerable urban populations.

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Lyn Kathryn Sonnenberg

HonBSc, MSc, MD, MEd, FRCPC (Peds, Dev Peds)


Technology; Assessment; Professional Identity Formation; Leadership; Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility; Interprofessional Collaboration; Medical Education

An educational innovator, Dr. Lyn Sonnenberg is a forward-thinking, intuitive, and strategic advisor who inspires and empowers. An experienced clinical and academic leader with advanced skills in assessment and education technology, she is recognized nationally and internationally for her teaching excellence, both as a medical education futurist and an equity, diversity, inclusivity, and ableism champion. She is drawn to the spaces of leadership in medical education, interprofessional collaboration, and professional identity formation. She currently is the Associate Dean, Educational Innovation & Academic Technologies at the University of Alberta, where she is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and practicing neurodevelopmental pediatrician.  She is the Vice President of the Medical Council of Canada and the Vice Chair of the Developmental Pediatric Specialty Committee at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Andria Tatem

MD, M.Ed


Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Graduate Medical Education, Anti-Racism, Upstanders

Andria Tatem is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and an Associate Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital. Her scholarship focuses on normalizing failure in medical education and promoting the principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion across the continuum of medical education.

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Emily Tippins

BA, M.Sc


Social Identity, Mental Health, Social Determinants of Health

Emily Tippins holds an MSc in Health: Science, Technology and Policy as well as a BA in Psychology with a Concentration in Health and Well-Being and a minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health from Carleton University. Her research has broadly focused on how individual and social identities (such as religious and political ideologies) impact our health behaviours, such as addiction and vaccine intentions. She currently works as a Research Coordinator at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Emily has experience working in the mental health and health equity fields in the federal government as well as the not-for-profit sector. Emily is passionate about the social determinants of health and mental health in a public health setting, as well as promoting equity within the Canadian healthcare system.

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Carol Wiebe



Intersectoral collaboration, Patient experience, Vulnerable populations including the Elderly, Arts and Health

As a family physician, chamber musician, and former hospital executive, Dr. Carol Wiebe uses her broad training and experience to design opportunities and spaces where people can find meaning and heal. She and interdisciplinary artist, cj fleury, co-founded Radical Connections to transform healthcare with all kinds of artists.


David Wiljer



Digital Compassion, Continuing Professsional Development, Life Long Learning, Youth Mental Health

David Wiljer is the Executive Director of Education Technology Innovation at the University Health Network and has led research and development projects that focus on putting data and knowledge into action by utilizing health information technologies and knowledge management approaches to promote lifelong learning and better patient care. As a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, through his work he explores the short and long-term impact of digital technologies on the patient experience, patient engagement, healthcare professional education and development. His current interests are on co-creating digital technologies to promote compassionate care, contributing to a healthier world.

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Suzanne Wong



Faculty Development, EDI, Leadership, Medical Education 

Suzanne Wong is an obstetrician and gynecologist at St. Joseph's Health Centre (Toronto) and an Associate Professor with the University of Toronto. She completed her medical school and specialist Obstetrics and Gynecology training at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s/Massachusetts General Hospital.  Dr. Wong's interests include medical education and faculty development focused on supporting skills for teaching, education, and scholarship. She has special interest in the learning environment, professionalism, and EDI.

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Alan Zhou



Rheumatology, Diversity and Inclusion, Curriculum Development, Patient Engagement

Alan Zhou is a Rheumatology Fellow at the University of Toronto with an interest in addressing the health disparities that patients of diverse backgrounds face within rheumatology. To that end, he also has an interest in incorporating diversity and inclusion topics into existing rheumatologic curricula. He is actively involved in the creation of various guidelines for the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

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