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Speakers & Presenters

Robert Potts
Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP

Robert (Bob) Potts has been a Partner at Blaney McMurtry LLP for more than thirty five years. He chairs the firm’s Aboriginal Law Group, and has actively represented and counseled First Nations since the early 1980’s. He has successfully negotiated a number of land claim settlements in Ontario and Alberta, including: the recent Agreement in Principle between the Algonquins of Ontario, Canada and Ontario pertaining to historic land claim treaty negotiations involving the Ottawa Valley; the Treaty Land Entitlement (“TLE”) Claims and a number of specific claims relating to Sturgeon Lake First Nation, the Tallcree Tribal Government, and Alexander First Nation in Alberta,  and the Wahta Mohawks in Ontario with respect to land claim matters among others.  Bob has been ranked for the past several years by Best Lawyers® in Canada in the Aboriginal Law category and by Lexpert® Canadian Legal Directory as a Leading Practitioner (repeatedly recommended) in Aboriginal Law. He is a past director of The Advocates’ Society and has been published in The Advocates’ Quarterly, the National Real Property Law Review, and the Canadian Independent Adjuster.

  Jim Meness
Council Member, Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nations

Jim Meness is highly involved in First Nation politics both at the local level and at the national level.  He has been trained in the area of negotiation skills and effective decision making. He has represented the Algonquins at conferences and seminars at all levels of government and has been a key player in the conservation of the moose population in the area as well as the protection of the Algonquin Park wolves.  Jim has lived in the community since the early 90’s and has always had a keen interest in the issues that First Nation people face.

Kathy Scanlon
Executive Director, ONE CARE Home and Community Support Services

Kathy Scanlon is the Executive Director for ONE CARE Home and Community Support Services, an Organization that provides both Home Care and a broad range of Community Services. She has over 35 years of experience in senior leadership positions within the health and social service sectors.  She is a strong supporter of the importance of community services and a proponent of change to ensure these vital services are integrated effectively in the health care system. From leadership in planning and funding organizations (Health Council, Ministry, CCAC ) to service delivery (City Social Services, Home Care, Community Support Services) she has led integration work that ranges  from amalgamation of organizations to the creation of network collaborations. Kathy holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario, a Business Management and Administration Diploma from the Canadian Institute of Management, and an honours, Bachelors of Social Work from King’s College, University of Western Ontario.

Jennifer Croft

Manager of Special Projects, ONE CARE Home and Community Support Services

Jennifer Croft is a Manager of Special Projects for ONE CARE Home and Community Support Services. In her 25 year career she has worked in most sectors of the health care system, including hospitals, rehabilitation, long term care, public health and community care. Over the past 7 years she has led or participated in multiple cross-sector initiatives to support a collaborative approach to health services for an improved client and caregiver experience. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in Health Studies from Athabasca University, and has courses in project management, quality improvement, and leadership.

Lauren Ettin
Executive Director, Kids Health Alliance

Kids Health Alliance is an opt-in, member-driven collaborative Network with the goal to make tangible front-line improvements in the delivery of pediatric care. Founded by SickKids, CHEO and Holland Bloorview in June 2017, KHA first focused on establishing community hospital partnerships. Lauren Ettin, the Executive Director, will share lessons learned from establishing partnerships, and strategies to sustain a shared implementation and accountability model.

Sue Davidson
Director of Training, Ontario Community Support Association

Sue Davidson is Director of Training at the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and Director of OCSA’s training division, Capacity Builders. Sue has grown Capacity Builders into a successful social enterprise that trains over 4,000 Personal Support Workers annually and serves the learning needs of a wide variety of community-based organizations across Ontario. She has led many successful training projects at both the provincial and national level. Sue holds a B.ED from York University and qualifications in adult education from the University of Toronto.

Ivy Bourgeault, PhD
Professor, Telfer School of Management

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault is a Professor in the Telfer School of Management and the Institute of Population Health at the University of Ottawa and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources. She is also the Scientific Director of the pan-Ontario Population Health Improvement Research Network and the Ontario Health Human Resource Research Network both housed at the University of Ottawa with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. Dr. Bourgeault also leads the pan Canadian Health Human Resources Network with funding from Health Canada and the CIHR. She has been a consultant to various provincial Ministries of Health in Canada, to Health Canada and to the World Health Organization. Her recent research focuses on the migration of health professionals and their integration into the Canadian health care system. Dr. Bourgeault sits on the international editorial board of Sociology of Health and Illness and the Journal of Marketing and Management in Healthcare as well as on the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. She is the cofounder of the bilingual Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health.

Kelly Grimes
Executive Director, CHLNet

Kelly Grimes is CHLNet’s Executive Director and responsible for its strategic plan, business plan and budget in consultation with its 43 Network Partners. She has participated in various health leadership studies, most recently the return on investment in leadership development, and the Canadian Health Leadership Benchmarking Survey. In addition to this role, Kelly maintains ongoing consulting projects at the macro, meso and micro levels of the health system such as: the role of physician assistants in health systems; health technology assessment in Canada; and evaluating Ontario’s Family Health Team Initiative.

Jaason Geerts, PhD
Manager, Leadership and Partnerships Development, LEADS Canada

Jaason Geerts completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge on leadership development for professionals with a focus on healthcare leadership. He is a visiting fellow at the Cass Business School in London and is currently involved as a senior researcher with the Yale School of Medicine, the University of Zurich Business School, and the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. He is currently the Manager of Leadership and Partnerships Development for LEADS Canada and the principal investigator and project manager for CHLNet of a nation-wide survey of leadership and leadership development in Canadian healthcare organizations. Jaason is also an instructor and program director for Schulich Executive Education (SEEC) and is in the process of writing a book with Dr Amanda Goodall on Expert Leadership.

Graham Dickson, PhD

Senior Research Advisor, CHLNet

Graham Dickson is a senior research advisor to CHLNet and is an academic advisor to the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders. He is also a member of the LEADS Collaborative, a not-for-profit start-up dedicated to applying LEADS to enhance leadership capacity in the health sector. Currently he also participates in an international initiative called the World Federation of Medical Managers, devoted to developing a common approach to developing medical leaders in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Prior to leaving Royal Roads University, Graham was the founding Director of the Centre for Health Leadership and Research. Graham led the development of LEADS and helped develop the Master of Arts in Leadership (health specialization) at Royal Roads University.

Bill Tholl
Senior Policy Advisor, CHLNet

Bill Tholl currently serves as a 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). 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).