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2018 LEADS Exchange Day Speakers & Presenters



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Karen Baillie, FCCHL
Chief Executive Officer, Menno Place

Karen Baillie is the Chief Executive Officer of Menno Place, a faith-based organization providing Residential Care (Complex Care & Specialized Dementia Care), Assisted Living and Independent Housing. Karen's career includes more than 35 years of experience in geriatric care, dementia care, and end-of-life/palliative care. She also practiced in a variety of acute care (emergency, ICU, CCU, and obstetrics). She is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Fellow (Master's) in Health Administration (with distinction) and is a Fellow from the Canadian College of Health Leaders (2018). She has also been a surveyor with Accreditation Canada since 2005. She is the President of the BC Care Providers Association and past Vice-Chair of SafeCare BC. Karen received the prestigious, Surrey Women in Business Award (2011) in the Professional Category and the CCHL Chapter Award for Distinguished Services (2015) from the BC Lower Mainland Chapter.

Dan Bilsker, PhD
Co-Director, Vancouver Psych Safety Consulting Inc.

Dan Bilsker, PhD has worked for several decades in the public mental health system (as an emergency psychologist) and in a research unit focused on innovative ways to enhance psychological health of the Canadian population. In recent years, he has primarily engaged in consultation to organizations seeking to improve psychological safety of their workforce and clinical practice of cognitive-behavioural therapy. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of BC and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University.

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Sharon Bishop
Director, Workforce Planning & Development, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Sharon currently holds the position of Director of Workforce Planning and Organizational Development at Saskatchewan Health Authority (former RQHR). Sharon is a creative visionary who is passionate about organizational development and leadership. What sets her apart is her intellectual curiosity, strategic and systems-thinking, as well as her recognition of the importance of leadership as a critical enabler of health system performance.

Sharon is passionate about healthcare and has dedicated more than 20 years to the field. She has practiced as a registered nurse in various capacities in the UK, Australia, and Canada. While originally from Australia, Sharon has made Regina her home since 2000. In 2007, she completed a Masters of Health Administration and more recently has been pursuing a Fellowship in Health System Improvement from the University of Alberta.

Sandy Caughlin
Director, Occupational Health & Safety, Providence Healthcare

Sandy has been with PHC since 1996, all within OH&S. She has extensive experience in disability management and has been an integral part of designing processes which have resulted in both keeping staff at work and returning them quickly wherever possible, resulting in significant savings to the organization’s bottom line. Sandy takes a holistic approach to employee health, including spiritual, physical, emotional and mental wellness. Sandy has a particular passion for employee mental health and mental wellness, believing that failure to provide supports, resources and addressing/reducing the stigma, will result in higher sick time, higher long-term disability and an unengaged staff. She strongly believes that if we are effective at both preventing injuries/illnesses and early recognition of and treatment of any issues, we will have a more engaged staff. Happy, healthy, engaged staff equals better patient/resident/client care.

Carmelle d'Entremont
Vice President, People & Organizational Development, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Carmelle d’Entremont serves as the Vice President of People and Organizational Development with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She oversees the organization’s interprofessional and learning portfolio, as well as human resources functions, including talent and organizational development. Prior to this role, Carmelle had over 25 years’ experience in the Nova Scotia public sector with leadership roles in the fields of adult learning, immigration, employment development and workforce planning. She served as the provincial co-lead for Transition and Design Team that merged the nine health authorities to create one organization. Carmelle holds a bachelor degree from the University of King’s College and a master of arts from Dalhousie University.

Christine Devine
Wellness Specialist, Michael Garron Hospital

Christine is a 20 year veteran of the fitness industry holding several certifications. She has worked as Wellness Specialist at the Michael Garron Hospital for nine years, ensuring both physical and mental health supports are available to staff. An accredited Emotional Intelligence trainer and Compassion Fatigue instructor, Christine enjoys a rich experience facilitating and advocating for the organization and its staff.

In her downtime, Christine can be found in the great outdoors, preferably, on water with a paddle in hand.

Graham Dickson, PhD
President, LEADSExchange

Graham is Professor Emeritus at Royal Roads University; Senior Research Advisor to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders; Policy Advisor to the Canadian Health Leadership Network; and member of the LEADS Collaborative, an enterprise established to support LEADS Canada in its efforts to develop leadership within the health sector in Canada.

Graham was principal investigator in a three-year cross-Canada action research project on LEADS in a Caring Environment capabilities framework and along with Bill Tholl, was principal investigator for a four-year CIHR/MSHRF funded Canadian action research study consisting of six cases across the country that documented the leadership capabilities needed for large system change. Dr. Dickson co-wrote (with Bill Tholl) a book on the LEADS framework published by Springer in the UK (2014). In spring, 2018, he co-edited a special edition of the Leadership in Health Services Journal on Medical Leadership. Graham has also done significant international work in Australia, the UK, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, Africa, the Caribbean, and Brazil.

Merv Gilbert, PhD
Co-Director, Vancouver Psych Safety Consulting Inc.

Dr. Merv Gilbert is a Director at Vancouver Psych Health + Safety Ltd, a consulting group providing services that enable organizations to foster psychologically healthy employees and workplace climates. He has worked as a psychologist for over thirty years in clinical and leadership roles in regional, provincial and international settings. Dr. Gilbert is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and a member of the Steering Committee of American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Network. He is a primary participant in the development, evaluation and dissemination of resources for workplace mental health, including Guarding Minds@Work, Antidepressant Skills@Work and Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers.

Dr. Gilbert has published in national and international professional journals and has presented at a diverse array of forums on the importance of workplace psychological health issues for individuals and organizations. He has consulted with governmental, private and public-sector organizations. He recently led an evaluation of 40+ organizations as they implemented the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Michelle Gilchrest
Lead Specialist, Continuous Improvement, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Michelle is a champion for leadership transformation in the Saskatchewan healthcare system, which significantly impacts the health and well-being of the people in this prairie province. An authentic leader, executive coach and facilitator, Michelle believes in the power of coaching and strengths development, anchored within the LEADS in a Caring Environment framework.

Michelle’s career spans healthcare, financial services, Crown Corporation, public utilities and media, as well as entrepreneurial sole proprietorship and non-profit. Roles within senior corporate leadership, executive administration, board governance, sales, strategic planning and leadership development are compiled into a library of experiences. She relates to the complexities that leaders face and demonstrates that LEADS is a framework to invite leaders and teams to reach beyond traditional thinking and doing to achieve more.

Kelly Grimes
Executive Director, CHLNet

Kelly Grimes is the Executive Director with CHLNet and is responsible for the strategic plan, business plan and budget in consultation with its 40 Network Partners. Through this position, she has participated in various health leadership studies, most recently the Canadian Health Leadership Benchmarking Survey Report and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Leadership and Health System Redesign: Cross-Case Analysis Final Report. In addition to this role, Kelly maintains ongoing consulting projects at the macro, meso and micro levels of the health system including: health technology assessment in Canada; the role of pharmacists in primary health care; strengthening primary health care in Alberta through family care clinics; and return on investment in mental health promotion and mental illness prevention. She was previously Senior Director of the Quality Worklife Quality Healthcare Collaborative and Director of Research at Accreditation Canada. Kelly has a Masters of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto and Science and Business Degrees from the University of Ottawa.

Gail Huang
Director, Employee Wellness, Safety & Development , Central Health

Gail Huang is the Director of Employee Wellness, Safety and Development for Central Health, one of four regional health authorities in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The diverse human resources portfolio brings with it challenges, diversity and learning opportunities, the most rewarding of which is the positioning to hear the perspectives of all employees in the system including front line employees, managers and the senior leadership team.  Gail has been a leader in the adoption of the LEADS framework for Central Health.  She has become a LEADS internal facilitator and is now working to spread LEADS further into the fabric of the organization.  She is passionate about the capacity of leaders to change the system. 

Mehri Karimi-Dehkordi, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa

Mehri Karimi-Dehkordi holds a PhD/MSc/BSc degree in nursing and currently is a Mitacs postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa

Dr. Gillian Kernaghan
President & CEO, St. Joseph's Health Care

Dr. Kernaghan was appointed the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Joseph's Health Care London in 2010. St. Joseph’s is a multi-sited academic health care organization serving London and the region. Her passion for integrated patient care, leadership and performance excellence has inspired the organization to focus on the vision to “earn complete confidence in the care we provide.” Prior to assuming this role, she served for 17 years as the Vice President, Medical for various hospitals in London and led the medical staff during complex restructuring in which four hospitals merged to form St. Joseph’s Health Care. Through this restructuring and various program transfers between organizations, the roles of the London hospitals dramatically changed.

Gillian currently serves on the Ontario Hospital Association Board, and the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario Executive and Council. She served as President of the Canadian Society of Physician Executives for 2010-2012. She is a past Board Member of Canadian Resident Matching Service and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. She has served on numerous regional, provincial and national committees.

Ellen Melis
Certified Coach, Facilitator & Advisor, LEADS Canada

Ellen Melis is a LEADS certified coach and facilitator since 2010 and works with LEADS Canada to develop and deliver LEADS-based leadership development programs. Ellen helps organizations develop an integrated leadership strategy that aligns with their organizational strategic priorities, identifies outcomes, builds on best practices and supports organizations at the strategic, team and individual level. Ellen also works with LEADS Canada to develop and deliver the LEADS Coach and Facilitator certification programs.

Ellen holds a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy and a M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science. She is a certified association executive and has obtained her executive coaching certification from Royal Roads University. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Debbie Molloy
Vice President Corporate Services, Eastern Health

Debbie Molloy, Vice President Corporate Services, Eastern Health is a health care professional with over 20 years of experience in the energy and hospitality industries. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and brings a broad understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing health care. Her career path has allowed her to develop expertise in the areas of organizational effectiveness, talent management and employee relations. At Eastern Health, Debbie has had executive responsibility for a number of programs including, among others, Human Resources, Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management, Infection Prevention and Control, Centre for Nursing Studies and Occupational Health & Safety and Rehabilitation.

Bill Tholl
Senior Executive Consultant, Advisor

Bill Tholl currently serves as senior executive consultant and thought leader in health policy and leadership development. Until July 2017 he served as the Founding President and CEO of HealthCare CAN: the voice of Canada’s health care organizations and hospitals. Prior to his appointment in March 2014, Bill served as Founding Executive Director of the Canadian Health Leadership Network (2009-2014); CEO and Secretary General, Canadian Medical Association (2001-2008), and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (1995-2001).

The Globe and Mail has described Bill as “Medicare’s Mr. Fix-it”. He is a sought-after speaker, being billed recently by CHLNet as a “leader of leaders” on the Canadian health scene.  He holds a graduate degree in health economics from University of Manitoba, and has written on many topics, most recently as the lead author of “Twenty Tips for Surviving and Prospering in the Association World” (CSAE 2010) and co-author of “Bringing Leadership to Life in Health” (Springer, January 2014). He is the recipient of numerous national awards and is a Certified Corporate Director (ICD.D).

Andrew Wells
Director, Medical Services (A), Dept. of Health & Community Services, Gvt. NL

Andrew Wells was born in Carbonear NL. He worked as a Naval Architectural Technologist for five years before returning to school to study Industrial Engineering in Halifax NS. Upon graduation Andrew returned to the province in 1997 and took a position with the Heath Care Corporation of St. John's. In the year 2000 Andrew accepted a position as Manager of Health Workforce Planning and is currently the Director of Medical Services (A) with the Department of Health and Community Services, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.