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A graduate of the McGill School of Medicine, and Dalhousie University where he studied history, Dr. Ewan Affleck has worked and lived in northern Canada since 1992. He was the long serving Medical Director of the Yellowknife Health and Social Services Authority and Clinical Director of Family Medicine at Stanton Territorial Hospital until 2015, when he assumed the role of Chief Medical Information Officer of the Northwest Territories. A digital health information systems expert, he pioneered the implementation of an enterprise electronic medical record system in the Northwest Territories based on the concept of networked health. A member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association and its subsidiary, Joule and a faculty member of the University of Calgary, he maintains an active clinical practice, teaches, and provides both hospital-based and remote community services. He is passionate about developing sustainable health services for northern communities. In 2013 he was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contribution to northern health care.
Dr. Peter W. Vaughan is Deputy Minister of Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. He was appointed April 1, 2014.
Prior to becoming deputy minister Peter was the president and Chief Executive Officer, and Medical Director, South Shore District Health Authority in Nova Scotia, Canada. He was Chair, Nova Scotia Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Committee, and Past Chair, Board of Directors, Accreditation Canada, Past Chair, Research Advisory Committee, Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, and was a founding board member of Accreditation Canada International.
He was President, WebMD Canada, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Medical Association, and Chief Health Human Resources Officer, Nova Scotia Department of Health.
He co-created, co-produced and wrote the prime time TV special MD TV (Global) in 1994.
His international clinical medical experience spans several jurisdictions in Canada, United States, Central America and Europe.
He completed his Master of Public Health at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland (1997). He has an Honors Bachelor of Arts (1977) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (1978) from the University of Guelph, and a Doctor of Medicine from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (1982). He completed the Queen’s University School of Business Queen’s Executive Program (2007).
In 2005, in recognition of scholarly excellence and practice in public health research, policy and management, he was inducted into the Delta Omega Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, the American national academic society that encourages research and scholarship in public health.
He was the Colonel Commandant (an Honorary appointment) Royal Canadian Medical Services from 2001 to 2010. He was awarded the Canadian Decoration (CD) in 2010.
He is an experienced media spokesperson and public speaker with a long list of writing and production credits including short fiction, humor, travel, international medical news, new media and broadcast television.
Peter is an avid, competitive runner, accomplished studio musician, writer, and creative visual artist.
Boris Kralj holds a PhD in Economics from York University. Dr. Kralj has extensive work experience in various management, research, and consulting positions with both public and private sector organizations. Currently he holds the position of Executive Director, Economics, Research & Analytics and Chief Analytics Officer at the Ontario Medical Association (OMA). He oversees the economic research, policy, and evaluation work associated primarily with the negotiation and implementation of physician fee-for-service (FFS) and non-FFS agreements and the physician fees/tariff setting processes. Additionally, he is responsible for enterprise analytics initiatives at the OMA.
Dr. Kralj has authored and published a broad variety of research reports. His publications relate to physician payment reform, primary care, medical services utilization, physician human resources, workers’ compensation, physician billing, oncology practices, prescribing patterns, and walk-in clinics. He has lectured on microeconomics, macroeconomics, industrial organization, and labour economics at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University for over 15 years. In addition to economics, Dr. Kralj has also received training and experience in engineering, statistics, program evaluation and finance.
Dr. Elkin serves as Professor and Chair of the UB Department of Biomedical Informatics. He is also the Vice Chairman for Quality and Patient Safety and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Peter L. Elkin has served as a tenured Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In this capacity he was the Center Director of Biomedical Informatics, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Vice-President of Mount Sinai hospital for Biomedical and Translational Informatics. Prior to Mount Sinai Dr. Elkin was a Professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Elkin has published over 170 peer reviewed publications. He received his Bachelors of Science from Union College and his M.D. from New York Medical College. He did his Internal Medicine residency at the Lahey Clinic and his NIH/NLM sponsored fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Elkin has been working in Biomedical Informatics since 1981 and has been actively researching health big data science since 1987. He is the primary author of the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) national standard on Quality Indicators for Controlled Health Vocabularies ASTM E2087, which has also been approved by ISO TC 215 as a Technical Specification (TS17117). He has chaired Health and Human Service’s HITSP Technical Committee on Population Health. Dr. Elkin served as the co-chair of the AHIC Transition Planning Group. Dr. Elkin is a Master of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Elkin was the founding chair of the International Medical Informatics Associations Working Group on Human Factors Engineering for Health Informatics. Dr. Elkin is the Editor of the Springer Informatics Textbook, Terminology and Terminological Systems. He was awarded the Mayo Department of Medicine’s Laureate Award for 2005. Dr. Elkin is the index recipient of the Homer R. Warner award for outstanding contribution to the field of Medical Informatics. Dr. Elkin is the Informatics lead on the University at Buffalo CTSA award.
Shirley Fenton has over 25 years of experience in information technology focused on innovative Internet applications, community information portals, and web-based tools and technology. Her interests are Health Informatics, eHealth, BioHealth, Innovative Intelligent Communities, Community Informatics and Communities of Practice. She is the Business Development Director, Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology and a Research Associate, Computer Systems Group at the University of Waterloo and also the Vice President of the National Institutes of Health Informatics. She is currently serving on the Walsh University Intelligent Community Institute Advisory Board, the Centre for Distance Education Health Information Management Program Advisory Committee and the HIMSS Ontario Board of Directors. She was on the Steering Committee when Waterloo was named the Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007. In 2011, she received the Zonta International Women of Achievement Trailblazer Award. Shirley obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Waterloo.
Dr. Francescutti received his combined Doctor of Philosophy (Immunology) in 1985 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1987 from the University of Alberta. In 1994, he completed his further studies in injury control while working toward a Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
He is currently an emergency physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Northeast Community Health Centre in Edmonton. As a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, he teaches graduate courses in leadership, advocacy and public health.
Louis has published research on topics including emergency medicine, health promotion and leadership. His outstanding research and initiatives have earned him prestigious grants from a variety of funding agencies. He holds seven fellowships and four honorary fellowships from colleges around the world.
Dr. Francescutti was selected as one of Alberta’s Top 100 Physicians of the Century by the Alberta Medical Association/College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and he was also awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal from the Government of Alberta in 2005. In 2011, he was selected by Alberta Venture as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
From 2010-2013 he served as the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and in 2013-2014 he then became the President of the Canadian Medical Association.
He is the Honorary Colonel of 1 Field Ambulance in Edmonton.
He will be speaking on “Accountability in Health Care”.