Speakers

Samuel Benaroya, MDCM, FRCPC

Dr. Samuel Benaroya is Associate Vice-Principal and Vice-Dean of Health Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. He previously held the position of Associate Dean of Inter-hospital Affairs, from 1998 to October 2015, and served as Interim Vice-Principal of Health Affairs and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, from July to December 2011. 

In his faculty positions, Dr. Benaroya is responsible for managing and enhancing the relationships of the Faculty of Medicine with its affiliated teaching hospitals, as well as with the government agencies involved in health care. He is well known for his collaborative approach to leadership.

Dr. Benaroya has held various senior positions including serving as Associate Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Director of Medical Clinics and Associate Physician-in-Chief at the Royal Victoria Hospital and Director of the McGill Residency Training Program for Internal Medicine. In addition, he is the Coordinator of the Réseau Universitaire Intégré de Santé (RUIS) McGill since its inception in 2004. In this role, he is responsible for developing and strengthening relationships with health care partners across the RUIS McGill network.


Suzanne Fortier, PhD

Suzanne Fortier has served as Principal and Vice-chancellor of McGill University since September 2013. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Professor Fortier was President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 to 2013, and held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 to 2005 and Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 to 2000 at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the School of Computing.

A native of St-Timothée, Québec, Professor Fortier graduated from McGill with a BSc (1972) and a PhD in Crystallography (1976). She has received the Clara Benson Award for distinguished contributions to chemistry by a woman (1997), the Entrepreneurship Award from Communications and Information Technology Ontario (1997), the Queen's University Distinguished Service Award (2005), honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers and Carleton Universities (2006 and 2014, respectively) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). She is an officer of France’s National Order of Merit, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was named a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2015).

Professor Fortier is currently a member and Vice-Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC), and is a member of the International Jury of France’s Investissements d’Avenir IDEX/I-SITE 2014; the Strategic Committee of Investissements d’Excellence Bordeaux; the Canadian Business-Higher Education Roundtable and serves on the Board of Directors of Montreal International; the Conference Board of Canada, and Universities Canada.  She has served as a member of several boards and councils, including the federal government's Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Steering Committee of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress, and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. 


Antonia Maioni, MA, PhD

Dr. Antonia Maioni

Professor Maioni is Associate Vice-Principal for Research and International Relations at McGill University, where she also holds a cross appointment as Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Institute for Health and Social Policy.  From 2001-2011, she was a William Dawson Scholar and served as Director of the interdisciplinary McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. She teaches in Canadian politics and public policy, as well as in the Fundamentals of Dentistry and Medicine and the International Masters in Health Leadership program. Her publications focus on social and health policy, Canadian, Quebec and comparative politics and her research has been funded by SSHRC, CIHR, FRQSC, Max Bell and the AUCC.   

On the national scene, Professor Maioni served as President of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013-2015, and as a board member of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She now sits on the Research Council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She comments extensively on Canadian politics, Quebec politics, and health policy in both French and English language media across Canada.

Professor Maioni holds a B.A. from Université Laval, an M.A. from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. She has held visiting appointments at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, Harvard's Center for European Studies, the North American Studies Program at Duke University, and the European University Institute.


Leonard Aucoin, MPs, MPH

Leonard Aucoin

Léonard Aucoin has spent more than 30 years as a strategic advisor in health and social services. He has worked in health and social service centres, teaching hospitals, faculties of medicine, and research centres. He was a member of the Clair Commission, chair of the review panel on the prevention and control of nosocomial infections, project coordinator for the creation of INESSS, and member of the board of Accreditation Canada and Accreditation Canada International. In research, he served on the board of directors of the Quebec – Clinical Research Organization in Cancer (Q-CROC), the Quebec Nursing Intervention Research Network (RRISIQ) and the international scientific committee of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). He is currently a member of the scientific board of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et sécurité du travail (IRSST). Mr. Aucoin has a master's degree (MPs) and completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at the Université de Montréal. He also holds a masters in public health (MPH), health planning and policy option, from the University of California in Berkeley. 


Rebecca Rosen, MD

Dr. Rebecca Rosen

Dr. Rosen is a Senior Fellow in Health Policy at the Nuffield Trust and a General Practitioner in South East London. She is also an accredited public health specialist. Her current policy interests include primary care development, integrated care, emerging roles for medical groups in the NHS and commissioning. Dr. Rosen is also currently involved in a series of inquiries into how the combination of incentive schemes, policy and regulation help and hinder progress and change in general practice and primary care across the world.

Within her GP practice, Dr. Rosen leads work to improve continuity and quality of care for people with chronic complex ill health and to apply the principles of the chronic care model in a practice setting. In the past Rebecca has worked as Medical Director of Humana Europe; as a Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund; and in NHS and academic public health departments. Past research interests include the diffusion of new medical technologies and patient choice.

Dr. Rosen was a member of the Greenwich CCG governing body from 2011 - 2015 and is now one of the clinical leads in her local GP provider network linking seven practices with 72,000 patients.


Joshua Tepper, MD, MPH, MBA

Dr. Joshua Tepper

Dr. Tepper is a family physician and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quality Ontario (HQO). Prior to HQO, Dr. Tepper was the inaugural Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Ontario’s first Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) in the Health Human Resources Strategy Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In addition to his involvement in health policy and research at the provincial level, Dr. Tepper has also been active on a national scale as the senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has received several provincial and national awards for his leadership in these positions.

Dr. Tepper has always remained in active practice serving marginalized populations and taking on clinical leadership roles. Previously, he served as the Medical Director for the Inner City Health Associates, President of the Inner City Family Health Team and as Vice-President of the Society of Rural Physicians. Currently, Dr. Tepper practices in the St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team and in the Emergency Department at North York General Hospital. Dr. Tepper has a degree in Public Policy from Duke University, a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.


Robert Reid, MD, PhD

Dr. Robert Reid

Robert Reid is Chief Scientist at the Institute for Better Health, the research arm of Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. Dr. Reid leads the Institute for Better Health in its mission to improve health and health care delivery through research at Trillium Health Partners and with community partners.
Dr. Reid is internationally recognized for his research that evolves around developing and testing population-based innovations in primary care, preventive services, and chronic care.

In addition to his position at Trillium Health Partners, Dr. Reid is Professor of Public Health at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. Dr. Reid also holds appointments as Affiliate Investigator at Seattle’s Group Health Research Institute, Adjunct Professor of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, and Affiliate Associate Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington.

Dr. Reid received his medical degree from the University of Alberta. He completed a masters of public health degree in epidemiology, a medical residency in public health, and a doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Robert is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.


Magali Bigras, MD, CCFP

A graduate of the Université de Sherbrooke, Dr. Bigras completed her residency training in family medicine at McGill, in the UMF de Gatineau. She is currently working as a family physician at the GMF-UMF de Gatineau and the Hôpital de Gatineau, where she provides follow-up primarily to vulnerable patients and works in hospital medicine. She is responsible for the computerization of the clinic and is a speaker at regional and provincial conferences.

Dr. Bigras is also education director for the UMF de Gatineau and a clinical lecturer at McGill. She participates in supervising family medicine residents and students, and is a clinician-researcher, member of the McGill University Central Research Group, Réseau-1 Québec and the primary care research group at the CISSS de l’Outaouais. 


Annick Gauthier, PhD

Annick Gauthier

Annick Gauthier is a third year McGill medical student who has a non-traditional route to pursuing clinical medicine – through a PhD and running her drug discovery lab for a pharmaceutical company for 7 years.

After completing her BSc in biochemistry at Concordia University, Annick earned her PhD at the University of British Columbia (UBC) under the mentorship of Dr. Brett Finlay. She went on to postdoctoral work with Dr. Charles Rice at Rockefeller University. Annick’s work in her own lab at Boehringer Ingelheim Canada Ltd. discovering drugs to fight hepatitis C, rhinovirus and cytomegalovirus led her to realize that she could drive changes in the health care system and help people directly by becoming a physician, leading her to begin medical school at McGill.

Along with her academic and scientific achievements, Annick has also been actively involved as a student and community leader. While at McGill she answered the call to service through her role on many committees including being co-president of the Family Medicine Student Interest Group. Her research training set the stage for Annick being the lead author and co-chair of the Independent Student Analysis for the accreditation of McGill’s MDCM program. In the community, Annick is a volunteer at her children’s school. She took a leadership role for Vitamin Sport – a collaboration between medical students and community elementary schools to encourage health, nutrition, and sportsmanship through play. It was a home run of volunteer positions for Annick: helping her university, her children’s school, and her community. Annick was recently awarded the Susan and Ron Flam Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award to recognize these contributions.


Sophie Charland, MSc, PHCNP

Sophie Charland has worked as a nurse since 1989, primarily in critical care units. She completed her master’s at the Université de Montréal in 1996 and primary healthcare nurse-practitioner training at the University of Ottawa in 2003. She has worked as clinical advisor for the critical care division at Ste-Justine, the intensive care and cardiology units and the CSSS de Laval, Cité de la santé, in critical care. For four years, she divided her time between her clinical responsibilities and teaching as a visiting professor at the Université de Montréal. She began her nursing career in advanced practice before the role of PHCNP was recognized in Quebec, with the CSSS du Nord de Lanaudière in 2006, and then officially as a primary care nurse-practitioner in 2008. She has worked at numerous sites in the Lanaudière nord region, while taking part in the development of projects to optimize the skills of all nurses. For the past three years, she has worked at the GMF Rousseau-Montcalm in St-Lin, in collaboration with a medical and nursing team, to provide care to patients of all ages, contribute to the development of nursing practice and supervise PHCNP interns.

Her major projects include the development of nursing and PHCNP practice, development of clinical judgment, patient assessment and monitoring, and quality of care. She has taken part in the development and implementation of McGill’s primary care nurse-practitioner program. She works as a clinical expert for the OIIQ and the MSSS and for a number of other organizations, and as a lecturer at McGill and UQAT.


Anne Usher

Anne Usher

Inspired as a young nurse by the Castonguay-Nepveu Report, community health movements in the USA and Sweden, and innovative models in Canada, Anne Usher has promoted community based health and social services in Montreal for the past 40 years, starting with her involvement in the pioneering Saint-Jacques medical clinical. As a community organizer she worked to develop the Notre Dame de Grace CLSC and home care services for the elderly. She has served on the Canadian Council of Social Development and the Conseil du statut de la femme du Québec. Since 2004 Mrs. Usher has been a volunteer leader with the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) Networking and Partnership Initiative (NPI) aimed at improving healthcare services to isolated English-speaking communities throughout Quebec. She is also a founding member and past secretary of the Friends of the MUHC.


Roxane Borgès Da Silva, MSc, PhD

Roxane Borgès Da Silva

Roxane Borgès Da Silva is assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal and researcher with that university’s Public Health Research Institute (IRSPUM). Recipient of a Junior 1 research scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé, she holds a master’s in econometrics (specialization in public economics and health economics) from the Université d’Aix-Marseille II (France) and a PhD in public health from the Université de Montréal (specialization in healthcare organization).

In April 2012, she embarked on a career as a research professor with the Université de Montréal’s Department of Health Administration, after receiving a young researcher scholarship from the IRSPUM (2012-2014). Since September 1, 2013, she has been assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université de Montréal, where she teaches health economics in the School of Public Health and scientific writing in the Faculty of Nursing.

In research, her main area of interest is the organization of primary care: evaluation and analysis of modes of practice, policies, and development of quality and performance indicators. She has published numerous articles on models for primary care, physicians’ practice patterns and service delivery. She took part in deliberations on Bill 20 and, along with a number of colleagues from several universities, presented a position paper to the parliamentary commission. She is lead investigator and co-investigator on many research projects funded by various organizations, and has given numerous lectures in Canada and abroad. 


Jean-Louis Denis

Jean Louis Denis

Jean-Louis Denis is Full Professor at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP) and holds the Canada research chair (tier I) on governance and transformation of health care organizations and systems. He is a visiting professor at the Department of Management, King's College London. Before joining ÉNAP, he was full professor of health care management at the Department of Health Administration, Montreal University School of Public Health and director of the Research Institute of Public Health also at Montreal University.

His current research looks at integration of care and services, health care reforms and health system transformation, medical compensation and leadership, clinical governance, and the role of scientific evidence in the adoption and implementation of clinical and managerial innovations. He was the lead principal investigator of the Canadian Institute of Health Research team grant on Health system reconfiguration (2008-2013 – 2.5M). Between 2000-2010 he held a CHSRF/CIHR Chair on health system transformation and governance.

In recognition for his academic contribution to the field of health policy and management, he was nominated member of the Academy of Social Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 and fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2007.  He was chair of the advisory board of CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (2009-2012). He was also the founding academic coordinator of the FORCES/EXTRA initiative from 2003 to 2007, a training program which aims at developing Canada’s health managers’ competencies in research use. 


Michel Clair

Michel Clair

Retired lawyer, member of the Barreau du Québec, member of the Ordre des administrateurs agréés du Québec, Administrateur de sociétés certifié (ASC)

Michel Clair has extensive experience at the head of public and private administrations. He has served as minister and deputy minister with various Quebec government ministries, and headed crown corporations and employers’ associations. He also spent 13 years as president of Sedna Health Group Inc.

Mr. Clair joined Sedna Health Group Inc. in 2001 as president and chief operating officer, and became its CEO the following year. Previously, he served as executive vice-president at Hydro-Québec for three years. In addition, he chaired Quebec’s commission of study on health and social services in 2000.

Mr. Clair chairs the board of the Association des ressources intermédiaires d’hébergement du Québec and the Conseil de l’Alliance Santé Québec. He is an advisory member of the board of Xplornet Communications Inc. and serves on the Conseil des entreprises privées en santé et mieux-être. He is a regular contributor to the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés and municipal councillor in Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse.

Mr. Clair graduated from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and earned a bachelor’s degree in law from the Université de Sherbrooke. He has completed coursework for a master’s in criminology at the Université de Montréal and is a graduate of the Collège des administrateurs de sociétés.


Mark Karanofsky, MDCM CCFP FCFP

Mark Karanofsky is a family physician based at the Jewish General Hospital Herzl Clinic. He is the Director of the Undergraduate Education Program for the Department of Family Medicine McGill University.  He maintains a general practice with additional clinical activities at Jewish Eldercare Centre, acute care medical admissions and diabetic foot ulcer clinic. He is a graduate of McGill for both medical school and family medicine residency.  Over the past four years he has lead the development of the myMED portfolio, an online registry of significant patient encounters through the undergraduate curriculum.


Miriam Boillat, MD

Miriam Boillat obtained her MD from McGill in 1983. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and Associate Dean of Faculty Development since 2011.

Dr. Boillat has served the Faculty of Medicine in various leadership roles over the past twenty-five years, including Family Medicine Residency Director, Director of Faculty Development for the Department of Family Medicine, and Interim Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Boillat chaired the Section of Teachers of the College of Family Physicians of Canada from 2011-2014.

Dr. Boillat practices and teaches family medicine at St. Mary's Hospital, a McGill University affiliated hospital in Montreal. Her current educational involvement includes both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and faculty development. Her research interests are in medical education, and in particular in faculty development. 


Jean Rochon, LL.B, MD, PhD

Jean Rochon has had a triple career as an academic, as a public health physician and as a politician. He is Professor Emeritus at Université Laval and works as an associated consultant for the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

He holds a law degree from Université de Montréal, an MD from Université Laval and a PhD in public health from Harvard University. He received an honorary doctorate from the Université catholique de Louvain, as well as the Canadian Public Health Association’s R.D. Defries Award, the highest distinction awarded by that association.

At Université Laval, Dr. Rochon was Chair of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (1970-1979) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1979-1985). He resigned as Dean to chair the Quebec government’s commission of inquiry on health and social services (Commission d’enquête sur les services de santé et les services sociaux). After tabling the final report of the commission, at the end of 1987, he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as Program Director in the Regional Office for Europe, then as Director of Health Protection and Promotion at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

After moving back to Quebec in 1994, he was elected to the provincial government and named successively to the positions of Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister of Research, Science and Technology, and Minister of State for Employment and Social Solidarity.


Claude Castonguay

Former minister of health and former chair of the Castonguay Commission (1970)


David Eidelman, MDCM FRCPC FACP

Dr Eidelman received his MDCM from McGill University in 1979 and has been a practicing Respirologist for over 30 years. After completing his residency in internal medicine in Toronto he returned to McGill to complete his training in respiratory medicine. He has been practicing in the hospitals of the McGill University Health Centre since 1984. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr Eidelman ran a research laboratory on inflammatory airway diseases. He has held several university and hospital administrative positions including, Chair of the McGill Department of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the McGill University Health Centre from 2004 to 2011. Dr Eidelman is currently the Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of the McGill Faculty of Medicine, and has been since 2012. He is also the President of the RUIS McGill.