Why me?

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My Mission

Bring Modern #BoldPhysicianLeadershp, based on optimism, trust, mentorship and a culture of respect to the national level, from an Ontario perspective and for Canada’s doctors.

I am striving to change the culture of medicine in Canada through supportive mentorship of our future physician colleagues, the advancement of physician-led innovation and technology helping us deliver better quality care, and authentic conversations about the demands of medical work on professionalism, our patients and ourselves.

My Story

It was at the 2017 General Council of the CMA that I was asked if I would consider running for President.  At first I was taken aback… I was not sure why the physician leaders who approached me would want me to be a candidate.  But through a series of real and probing conversations I began to understand their fears about the future of CMA’s leadership.  Their request for me to run was an honour, as I saw that they respected my views, policy thinking and leadership style enough to support me and help me move a campaign along.

The conversations I have with patients, the respect I show my peers and the love I have for our healthcare system is exactly what the country needs from an Ontario-elected CMA President-elect.  I see the need for bold physician leadership and for a person who connects with the issues and medical landscape in a way that allows all to thrive.  This is my passion.

My credentials

Teaching is at my core – about diversity, advocacy, quality improvement and patient centred care – Mentorship focus –  helping new doctors develop their own skills and talents with confidence and purpose.

  • Family physician for 26 years –  Ottawa, rural Alberta, two decades in Thornhill, now at Women’s College Hospital
  • Leadership
    • Undergraduate BSc at the University of Alberta – active in student politics.
    • Medical School at the University of Calgary – Medical Student Society President –  committees of the Alberta Medical Association.
    • Rotating internship and PGY2 year in Internal Medicine in Ottawa
    • First years of practice – Sundre, Alberta – hospital administrative and leadership work
    • Early career, Thornhill/Richmond Hill – York Central Hospital (now Mackenzie Health)
      • Medical Executive for five years; President of the Medical Staff
      • Lessons in crisis leadership – under quarantine for SARS, with the second case in Ontario
      • Board of Directors and Foundation Board for two years.
    • Provincial level – Ontario Family Health Network (agency of the Ministry of Health) as Medical Consultant
      • Created the first Family Health Networks, Groups and Teams.
    • Nationally – taught Practice Management Curriculum for CMA at 7 medical schools over 14 years until 2016.
      • Medical Advisor to CMA’s Knowledge for Practice
      • K4P Physician Advisory Group co-chair
      • Joule Board of Directors
        • formation of the Joule Innovation Council sponsoring physician technological, policy and social innovation
  • Education – Certificate in Physician Leadership at the Schulich School of Business (York University)
    • Business and medical leadership skills and knowledge
  • Work
    • OntarioMD
      • Currently Chief Medical Information Officer; previously Senior Peer Leader
    • OMA
      • Physician Advisory, Quality, Innovation and Leadership
      • Chief Medical Information Officer (technology, e-health policy, and innovation)
  • Academic
    • Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto
    • Adjunct Lecturer at the Institute for Health Policy Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    • Guest Lecturer, Masters of Health Information Technology program, McMaster University

Teaching and mentoring builds strong connections with emerging health and technology professionals – I learn more from students and residents than they do from me.  

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