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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.
Dr. Raj Sherman graduated in 1990 from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine, where he specialized in Family and Emergency Medicine. He is a practicing emergency physician and clinical lecturer at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and North East Community Health Centre emergency departments in Edmonton since 1992.
Raj previously served as a STARS Air Ambulance flight physician, as the President of the Section of Emergency Medicine at the Alberta Medical Association, and as a member of the University of Alberta Senate.
Dr. Sherman’s passion for patient advocacy led him to seek elected office as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Meadowlark from 2008-2015. He served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Wellness in the Progressive Conservative government from March 2008-November 2010, at which time he sat as an independent MLA until In September 2011, when he became Leader of the Opposition, Alberta Liberals, until 2015.
Raj received a gold pin for his service with STARS and a bronze medal from the Alberta Northwest Lifesaving Society. In 2011, he was on Alberta Venture magazines list of 50 most influential Albertans.
Active in his community, he became a director for the Society for Helping Lives in Poverty, a member of his local community league housing committee, and a soccer and basketball coach. Raj is a father of two children, a son who is a filmmaker in Toronto, and a daughter who is a 3rd year medical student in Alberta. His hobbies include sports, cycling and travelling.
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.