Dr. Klassen is the Academic Director for the Centre for Healthcare Innovation. He received his medical degree from the University of Manitoba, and his MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from McMaster University. In addition to being the CEO & Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, he is also Head of the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba and Medical Director, Child Health Program, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.
Academic Director, CHI
Frank Krupka is the Executive Director of the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Prior to joining the Centre, Frank enjoyed many years of health care experience as a Director in administrative, information and support services where he led health department operations and developed coalitions to advance collaboration and innovation. Most recently, Frank developed a portfolio of over 150 large scale projects and championed the building of Project Management and Process Engineering capacity in the Winnipeg Health Region.
Through collaboration, Frank hopes to continue to enable CHI to become a centre of excellence by supporting researchers and clinicians in their quest to generate new knowledge and enhancing the patient experience. By translating research into new care delivery methods, ultimately CHI hopes to improve patient outcomes by integrating new methods across health and policy environments.
Executive Director, CHI
Dan McGregor is the Director of Business Services with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, he joined the team in 2014. Dan has obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) along with various professional certifications, including: Certified Professional Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certification in Risk Management Assurance. Dan has a strong financial and administrative background; prior to joining CHI, Dan worked with the University of Manitoba as Business Manager in both the College of Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and has also worked within the Province of Manitoba as Comptroller in the Department of Education and Senior Financial Analyst within the Department of Health.
Dan also has extensive experience in process improvement and compliance due to his role as Senior Audit Consultant within the Audit Services office at the University of Manitoba and Internal Auditor with the Province of Manitoba.
Director – Business Services
Greg Van de Mosselaer MD CCFP is the Chief Technology Officer for CHIMB.ca. He is responsible for the website design, graphics manipulation, backup, application programming, hack testing and database design. He works closely with a diverse group of carefully selected industry based IT professionals in the Manitoba region to deliver a product that is privacy compliant, Canadian hosted, locally developed and controlled as a "public good".
Greg came to CHIMB.ca from ManitobaCPD.com. Prior to joining the CHI team he had already launched TREKK.ca for the PERC (Pediatric Emergency Research Canada) as part of an NCE grant and is currently the lead programmer on the TREKK.ca project as well. He also is the lead programmer for the CanadianUveitisSociety.com and colaborates with an increasing number of medical clients across Canada, all in the public sector.
His main conviction is that "Information is a medical device" and views his work in knowledge translation using IT tools as a natural complement to his medical practice and his intention to help EBM communities of practice deliver better care to their patients.
Chief Technology Officer
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Salah Mahmud is a clinician, public health physician and epidemiologist with interest in drug and vaccine development and evaluation. He is a Canada Research chair in Pharmaco-epidemiology and Vaccine Evaluation, the founding director of VDEC, the founding director of the Clinical Trials Platform of the Manitoba CIHR SUPPORT Unit and Clinician Researcher, Population & Public Health, Manitoba Health. He currently holds an appointment as an Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Pharmacy in the Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, serves as the Associate Editor of Preventive Medicine and as a member of several national and international committees and advisory boards related to vaccine policy and development.
Director, Clinical Trials Platform
Clinical Trial Specialist
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Barret is a clinical research IT specialist with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. As an IT specialist with the Clinical Trials platform, he develops innovative information technology solutions to aid healthcare researchers. Barret also serves as a data analyst with the University of Manitoba’s Vaccine and Drug Evaluation Centre.
Barret has a strong and diverse background in software development, and holds a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from the University of Manitoba and an Internet Systems Specialist Diploma from the University of Winnipeg.
Clinical Research IT Specialist
Dr. Lisa Lix joined the University of Manitoba in September 2012 as a Manitoba Research Chair and to lead the development of the Data Science platform within the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba. Prior to this, she was Centennial Chair in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan (2008 – 2012), and continues to direct a Population Health Data Laboratory at that University, funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, which focuses on methodological techniques for the analysis of administrative health data.
Dr. Lix’s areas of research expertise include health services research methods, statistical methods for evaluation of the quality of administrative health databases, the analysis of repeated measures and longitudinal data, and robust statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes. She collaborates widely on projects about population health and the association between chronic disease and quality of life. Dr. Lix has extensive experience working with administrative health databases from multiple provinces and this has provided her with unique insights into new methodological research opportunities.
She is currently leading a three-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded project that will conduct comparative investigations of the quality of physician billing claims databases from Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Director, Data Science
In the fall of 2017, Dr. Robert Balshaw returned to the University of Manitoba to join the Data Science Platform of the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation as a Senior Biostatistician. Prior to this, he was a Senior Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control for almost five years, and for 14 years was the head of biostatistics at Syreon Corporation (Vancouver), a contract research organization working with the pharmaceutical industry. He is a native Winnipegger and obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Statistics at the University of Manitoba, as well as a PhD in education. He also ran the Statistical Advisory Service in the early 1990’s.
Dr. Balshaw’s research expertise includes clinical trials, the discovery and validation of ‘omic biomarkers, database studies, the use of observational data to approximate results of randomized studies, and the analysis of longitudinal and life-history data. He has collaborated with a wide variety of researchers, from graduate students through big pharma, and has led or been part of literally hundreds of statistical projects, big and small.
Dennis Bayomi is the Research Data Administrator, serving as CHI's REDCap training and support lead. He organizes and conducts training sessions for research teams interested in using REDCap and provides support for projects using that system.
Since 2001, Dennis has also been working part-time as a database/research analyst for the Manitoba Follow-up Study (UM Community Health Sciences), one of the longest-running longitudinal studies in the world. Prior to that, he worked for over a decade as the Faculty of Medicine's IT Coordinator.
Dennis has a B.Sc. (Honors) degree in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Community Health Sciences, both from the University of Manitoba.
He’s a founder and active participant in several Bannatyne Campus community outreach programs: Basketballs for Inner City Kids, SWISH (Summer Weekend Inner-city Supervised Hoops) and the Inner City Kids’ Computer Club.
Research Data Administrator (REDCap Training and Support Lead)
Brenden Dufault received his MSc in Biostatistics & Epidemiology from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 and has been working as a statistical consultant ever since. He has collaborated with researchers in medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, public health, as well as government agencies and the pharmaceutical industry. Although a jack of trades, he specializes in mixed-effects models, latent class and trajectory analysis, and machine learning techniques such as random forests. He is slowly and tortuously transitioning to a Bayesian worldview.
Loring Chuchmach received his M.Sc. in 2002 and has worked at the University of Manitoba since 1996. He joined the Data Science platform at Centre for Healthcare Innovation in 2015 as a data analyst, and prior to this he worked within several departments/faculties at the University of Manitoba including Kinesiology, Sociology, Nursing, and Psychology as both a research assistant and research associate. He has also done analytical contract work for the government of Manitoba. Along with working in the Data Science platform, Loring also holds an appointment in the department of Psychology as a research associate.
Loring has worked on a wide variety of projects, including longitudinal data on older adults (Aging in Manitoba, Successful Aging Projects), academic performance of university students (Motivation and Academic Achievement Study), and administrative health utilization data. Within the data science platform, he works with undergraduates, graduate students, residents, and clinicians to help them plan their projects and work with their collected data. He also provides guidance/instruction on how to manage and analyze data using SPSS.
Josie joined the Data Science Platform, the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation in 2014. Prior to this, she was an office administrator for 10 years at the Department of Human Genetics, University of Manitoba. She has worked in different Business Units as an administrative assistant at the City of Calgary in 2003 to 2006 and was Digital Media Designer for 5 years at the City of Calgary. She has extensive experience and skills in an office and research environment to provide the research support to the members and trainees of the Data Science Platform.
Research Administrative Coordinator
Kristine is a Data Analyst in the Data Science Platform mainly working with Manitoba’s administrative data and clinical databases. She leads workshops in R Studio. She completed her B.Sc (Hons) in Statistics and M.Sc in Community Health Sciences both from the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Pingzhao Hu received his Master’s degree from Dalhousie University and Ph.D in Computer Science from York University. Prior to joining the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, he was working as a research biostatistician and the manager of Statistical Analysis Facility for over ten years at the Centre for Applied Genomics of the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto.
Currently, Dr. Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Manitoba and Assistant Professor (Status) in Division of Biostatistics, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. His research focuses on statistical genetics and bioinformatics, especially on developing statistical and computational algorithms for integrative analysis of genomic data to understand the causal associations between human genome and phenome. Dr. Hu has published over 80 peer reviewed scientific articles with over 2,500 citations on high-profile journals, such as Cell, Nature Reviews Cancer, Nature Genetics, Plos Biology, Lancet Oncology, Cancer Research, American Journal of Human Genetics, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology,Nucleic Acids Research, etc. He has been supervising graduate students in bioinformatics, genetics, computer science and statistics.
Assistant Professor (Bioinformatics/Statistical Genetics)
Dr. Depeng Jiang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and a lead of the Biostatistics group at the Data Science Platform within the George & Fay Yee Centre of Health Innovation. Dr. Jiang had many years of experience in providing statistical consulting to a broad range of clients and training students and researchers on the conduct of statistical analyses. He is also an Adjunct Professor with OISE of University of Toronto and with Department of Psychology of York University. He also serves as a senior statistical advisor on several organizations (e.g., Child Development Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital).
Dr. Jiang’s program of research focuses on person-oriented statistical methods. His main research interests include longitudinal analysis and multilevel models, person-centered statistical approaches (latent class analysis and growth mixture models), structural equation models, clinical trial design and evaluation. Dr. Jiang is teaching several biostatistics courses in the Department's Graduate Program and currently supervises several graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Lead, Biostatistics Group
Dr. Rabbani is a biostatistician with the Data Science Platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), as well as an Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She has over 10 years of experience in providing statistical consultation, collaboration and training to students and researchers in various specialties. She is an expert on both basic and advanced level of statistical methodologies. She has collaborated and co-authored on several prestigious publications. Her main research interest focuses on Meta-Analysis and Network Meta-Analysis specializing in synthesis projects. Currently she is offering lectures and workshops on meta-analysis in collaboration with the Knowledge Synthesis Platform at CHI. Prior to this position, she had served as a Biostatistician for the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM). Dr. Rabbani had previously served as a senior scientist and Assistant Professor at numerous International institutes and Universities in Bangladesh. Dr. Rabbani completed her B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Statistics from Jahangir Nagar University, Bangladesh and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Iwate University, Japan.
Dr. Wattamon Srisakuldee obtained her Master’s degree and Ph.D from the Department Physiology and Pathophysiology, College of Medicine, at the University of Manitoba. She joined the Data Science Platform of the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation in July 2016 as a Special Project Advisor. Her work involves the development of Metadata Repository in Manitoba. Prior to this, she was a Research Consultant at the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, St. Boniface Hospital Alberchtsen Research Centre, and was a Research Coordinator at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba.
Special Project Advisor
Dr. Lin Yan joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Data Analyst in February 2013. Prior to joining CHI, Lin worked as a Research Analyst with the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council. Lin received a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD in Pharmaceutics from the Sichuan University in China.
Catherine conducts utilization based program and policy evaluations to support evidence based planning across the region. She is an advocate of participatory and collaborative inquiry. A proponent of mixed methods approaches, she specializes in qualitative methodology. Her areas of interest include mental health, housing and health, homelessness, food security, and urban health disparities. She is currently leading the evaluation of the Community Mental health Crisis Response Centre and recently completed a study of the Bell Hotel Supportive Housing Project’s early outcomes and learnings.
Catherine maintains a role at the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) as an Adjunct Research Associate following her recent secondment to the Foundation where she evaluated AFM treatment programs and provided research support.
Catherine obtained a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Sociology, City Planning, and Geography) from the University of Manitoba where she received SSHRC funding to study the demographic, socio-economic and cultural aspects of inner city population change. She obtained a master’s degree from Iowa State University where she received Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) funding to investigate resident satisfaction in government-assisted housing. Previous to her current position, Catherine worked at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg where she conducted research on neighbourhoods, housing, and marginalized populations, taught courses in urban studies, and lead community outreach initiatives.
Judy is the Administrative Assistant for the Research and Evaluation Unit and also the Research Coordinator for the WRHA Research Review Committee. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a minor in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. Prior to coming to Research and Evaluation, she was employed at Red River College and Health Sciences Centre Foundation.
Ola joined the Research and Evaluation Team in December 2009 as a Research Associate. Currently, she is involved in projects on Patient Self-management of Chronic Disease and collaboration between health care professionals in service delivery using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Her research interests involve development of health policy, evaluation of health system economics (specifically pharmacoeconomics) and population health outcomes.
Ola received her PhD from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Pharmacy after completing her thesis on Expanded Scope of Practice for Pharmacists including an evaluation of regulations, stakeholder (government, retail and industry) concerns and market cost. Prior to her Doctorate degree, Ola also completed a Masters degree in the area of natural health product regulation and consumer willingness to pay for increased product safety.
As an undergraduate student, Ola has completed a B.Sc (Pharm) and has experience practicing as a community pharmacist. This allowed her to interact in a collaborative manner with patients and their health care providers in order to promote patient-centered education and to help improve therapeutic outcomes. Working on the front lines of health care delivery, she has acquired a thorough understanding of issues characteristic to the Manitoba health care environment, including acute care, long-term care, community health services and population and public health
Ashley has been with the Research and Evaluation Unit since 2007. She has been the lead on several evaluation projects and is currently leading the evaluation of the new Birth Centre in Winnipeg and a needs assessment and evaluation of a public health program providing services for women who travel to Winnipeg for birth. Ashley has also worked on a CIHR funded research project From Evidence to Action, focusing on evidence-informed decision-making, and is team member on 3 research grants.
Before Ashley joined the unit she worked as an occupational therapist in child and adolescent mental health and acute care, and achieved her MA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University. She received funding from the Canadian International Development Agency’s Students for Development internship program to complete research related to childhood disability in Uganda.
Tara completed her BA hons. (2002), MA (2006) and PhD (2010) in Social Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Her postdoctoral research experience includes a two-year SSHRC-funded fellowship in the Laboratory for Aging and Health, University of Manitoba; and a CIHR-funded fellowship as an affiliate of the School of Public Health, Yale University. Tara worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Idaho State University (2012-15) before returning to Winnipeg to join the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba (Assistant Professor, part-time). Tara’s expertise includes health psychology, social cognition, the social determinants of health, and mixed methods research design and analysis. Tara’s work at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation involves evaluation of health care programs for the WRHA and Manitoba Health, as well as an applied program of research focused on populations with complex medical and social needs, and equity in health care services.
Shauna joined the Evaluation Platform in 2016, having recently completed her Master of Science degree in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba. She has a background in sociology and specializes in health services research and program evaluation. While completing her graduate degree, Shauna took part in the Manitoba Training Program (previously the Western Regional Training Centre) to enhance her training in health services and policy research. This included a field placement at Deer Lodge Centre where she was able to enhance her education by completing several health services program evaluations. She also completed a graduate Specialization in Aging through the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba with a focus on older adults and long-term care.
Shauna’s Master’s thesis developed a taxonomy of tasks that health care aides are responsible for in the personal care home environment and examined how health care aides’ ranked the importance of the tasks they are responsible for.
Dr Bohm works at the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute in Winnipeg, Canada where he specializes in primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery. He has undergraduate degrees in both mechanical engineering and medicine from McMasterUniversity, and a graduate degree in Community Health and Epidemiology from DalhousieUniversity. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and undertook an arthroplasty fellowship at DalhousieUniversity in Halifax. In 2009, he completed the prestigious ABC orthopaedic fellowship, visiting the UK, Ireland and South Africa.
His areas of research interest include access to healthcare, health care quality indicators, clinical trials, implant retrieval analysis, and radiographic stereometric analysis. He currently chairs the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Orthopedic standards committee, the Canadian Orthopedic Association National Standards committee, and the advisory committee of the Canadian Joint Replacement. He serves as medical advisor to the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s orthopedic waitlist, joint replacement registry and central intake program. He is also a member of the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, where he serves as lead for Health System Performance.
Director, System Performance
As Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation, Sara is Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences and a member of CHI's Health Systems Performance Platform. She spent eight years as an embedded researcher with the WRHA before moving into an academic role, and continues to work closely with health-system managers and policymakers at the regional and provincial levels.
Sara's mixed-methods research centers on the question of how best to design and implement models of health-services delivery. She is currently leading two large projects: (1) a multi-jurisdictional comparative case study, encompassing the 10 urban health regions and zones of Western Canada, to discover the drivers of regional variation in patient flow performance and identify the most promising strategies for improvement (CIHR funded), and (2) a province-wide study assessing system-level strategies for the improvement or "renewal" of primary care (Research Manitoba funded). She is also developing an integrative explanatory model of system change.
A Rhodes Scholar, Sara obtained her doctorate in Social Psychology at Oxford University (2004), and her expertise in social identity theory and organizational psychology continue to inform her work. She was also a 2010-11 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
Manitoba Research Chair in Health System Innovation
Sarah joined the Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) in 2012 when she worked as a Project Manager and Policy Analyst. She has recently returned to the CHI as a Research Project Manager, supporting the Health Systems Performance (HSP) platform.
Sarah has a strong and diverse background in health where she has worked for close to 20 years as a public health policy analyst and program/project manager. She spent five years managing the funding distribution, reporting and evaluation of a Grants and Contributions program in Western Canada. She has managed a variety of programs and projects in public health across Canada, as well as providing project management support for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Medicine.
Sarah has extensive experience with stakeholder and physician engagement as well as leading multi-sector, national, provincial and regional consultations and working groups to develop joint initiatives and policies in a range of health care topics.
In her role as Project Manager with HSP, Sarah is responsible for managing and overseeing our Choosing Wisely Manitoba initiatives in collaboration with Diagnostic Services Manitoba as well as the work we undertake to support health systems design, quality assurance and improvement and patient safety.
Research Project Manager
Dr. Ahmed Abou-Setta is currently a Research Associate at The George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba/ Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. In this role, he leads and supports knowledge synthesis projects including clinical guideline preparation, systematic reviews, overviews of reviews and related activities. In addition, Dr. Abou-Setta is leading innovative research into methods for improving and streamlining the systematic review process including the use of computer-assisted screening and probability-based classification of citations, increasing visual identification of key terms using system-generated font and color contrast, computer-assisted literature search strategy production, and semi-automated report preparation. Furthermore, Dr. Abou-Setta is involved in continuous education to clinical faculty at the University of Manitoba and students through epidemiological and biostatistical consultation, teaching, and collaborative innovative research on knowledge synthesis projects.
Dr. Abou-Setta’s areas of research expertise includes clinical epidemiological research methods, methods for evaluation of the quality of data from clinical trials, the meta-analysis of trial data, and methods for utilizing indirect evidence. He has engaged in research synthesis, data analysis, meta-analysis, interpretation, presentation and review and methodology consultations with different groups from all over the world, including collaborating with world-renowned clinicians, epidemiologists and researchers, including members of The Egyptian and Middle East IVF registries, and the International Committee for Monitoring IVF. Most recently, he has completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta’s Evidence-based Practice Centre, where he led multiple teams of review authors to investigate important clinical questions in the context of comparative effectiveness reviews and methodological reviews.
Dr. Abou-Setta combines unique insights as both a clinician and post-doctorate level researcher with research experience in various clinical settings. These clinical topics are broad and have included reproductive endocrinology, pain management in elderly patients with hip fractures, management strategies in hypercholesterolemic patients, antipsychotic management of adults with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, management of male impotence, and prevention of premature ovarian failure in women undergoing chemotherapy.
Dr. Abou-Setta is highly committed to creating and sustaining educational opportunities and training in the knowledge and skills essential to undertake knowledge synthesis projects. As none were available at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Abou-Setta has been co-teaching the first accredited systematic review course where graduate students and clinicians at the University of Manitoba are being trained to produce high-quality systematic reviews of the literature. In addition, Dr. Abou-Setta is exploring opportunities to collaborate with well-established organization like the Cochrane Collaboration and other Canadian Universities to provide local training to the University of Manitoba’s members, especially in advanced methods like network meta-analysis, individual patient meta-analysis and rapid reviews.
The excellence of Dr. Abou-Setta’s research agenda has been recognized through frequent presentation of results at international venues including the Cochrane Colloquium, multiple publications in top-ranked peer-reviewed journals including the JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Cochrane Library, and publications having been cited over 600 times (H-index = 14).
Knowledge Synthesis Unit Manager and Review Manager
Christine joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) in August 2016. As the Knowledge Synthesis Librarian, she works with KS staff and investigators on various research projects. She also teaches the literature searching portion of the Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Course that is offered through CHI.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Alberta, and she has worked as a health librarian since 2003. She splits her time between CHI and the Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library.
Knowledge Synthesis Librarian
Leslie has been working as a Research Assistant at the Knowledge Synthesis platform since January 2015. She is an international medical graduate, having received her degree in Medicine in Brazil in 1993, and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She obtained a Master of Science in Nephrology in 2006 at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, and a Master of Public Health in 2014, at the University of Manitoba. Her present research interests include systematic reviews and knowledge synthesis and translation.
Farnaz Farshidfar joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Research Assistant in the Knowledge Synthesis Platform in May 2016. Farnaz received her Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2009 and completed her Master of Sciences in Human Nutritional Sciences at University of Manitoba in 2016. Farnaz is passionate about biomedical and translational research and implementation of up-to-date clinical researches in current medical protocols.
Hessam Kashani joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Research Assistant in the Knowledge Synthesis Platform in May 2016. Hessam received his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2008 and completed his Master of Sciences in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at University of Manitoba in 2013. Hessam is passionate about biomedical and translational research and implementation of up-to-date clinical researches in current medical protocols.
Alanna Baldwin is a seasoned professional in research and education for the health care sector, with over 20 years of experience in study coordination, project management, program development and administration, and consultation for a variety of private and public sector organizations, health care institutions, government (regulatory sector), and academia.
Alanna has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Master’s degree in Education specializing in the foundations of adult teaching and learning behaviour applied to the health sciences, and a PhD from the Faculty of Education specializing in leadership and administration, interdisciplinary education for the health professions, professionalism in health care, and collaboration in interprofessional practice.
Alanna has held numerous mentorship and teaching roles and she has presented at national and international conferences, seminars, and workshops. Many of the research initiatives she has undertaken throughout her career have focussed on expanding awareness, use, and contributions to empirically-based evidence for various topics, practices, and issues important for health care.
Project Manager, Research
Rose (Ruzica) Djukic, P.Eng. has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2005, she completed a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba.
She has a strong background in the manufacturing industry. She has practiced Engineering in diverse areas including ecological chambers design, coach bus industry, mining machines and kitchen cabinets manufacturing.
Rose is a registered member with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM) and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Rose joined the Project Management Office in August of 2011 as a Process Engineer.
Brendon joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation’s Project Management Office in September of 2014 as a Project Manager – Research. He has worked in healthcare for over 20 years, dedicating the last 17 years to clinical and health research working directly in the fields of mental health/psychiatry, cardiovascular and vascular and renal sciences and has experience working within both the private and public sector. Brendon brings project management experience that is specifically tailored to the needs of clinical and health research with experience in both industry sponsored and investigator initiated research. His experience includes clinical research project planning and management including, feasibility and needs assessment, budgeting, risk assessment and development of mitigation strategies and coordination of multi-center national and international clinical trials. He has an extensive background in regulatory affairs, including drug, device and natural health product filings to both Health Canada and the FDA. He has participated in over 45 clinical and health research projects and has consulted extensively in research administration and management.
Brendon is certified as a Clinical Research Professional and is in good standing with the Society of Clinical Research Professionals (SoCRA) and continues ongoing education in project management with a desire to become certified as Project Management Professional in 2017.
Project Manager - Research
Kristen Friedenberg joined the Centre for Healthcare Innovation as a Project Coordinator under the Project Management platform in 2017. Kristen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering with a minor in Arts (English) from the University of Manitoba, specializing in Biomedical and Environmental Engineering. Most recently Kristen completed the AGC Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-lean) Certification.
Prior to joining the Centre, Kristen worked as a student technical assistant within the Process Improvement Sector of the Wastewater, Water and Waste Department for the City of Winnipeg and as a Bed Safety Audit Project Assistant for the WRHA. Most recently, Kristen worked as a Project Coordinator in Project Management at FWS Industrial Group in Winnipeg, MB.
Laurie Gosselin, P.Eng. is a Process Engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. She holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Manitoba focusing in Operations Research and Queueing Theory.
Laurie has experience in industries ranging from healthcare, aerospace, windows, power transformers, motor coaches, apparel and consulting. She has a strong background in Lean Six Sigma, process re-engineering and transformation, simulation modeling, ISO implementation, and quality improvement initiatives to streamline process and increase productivity and flow.
Dave Johnson joins the team at CHI as the Project Manager – Research. Dave has completed a wide range of community health projects. Some of his past projects include pharmacy automation, community-wide scheduling, patient flow enhancement and patient access initiatives.
Dave holds his Project Management Professional certification. Both his Masters of Science Management and his Bachelor of Administration Degree were earned at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He is also certified in Lean. While pursuing his Masters, Dave conducted research into strategic organizational performance and since then has researched emergency medical service performance variables as well as performance metrics design and application.
Dave’s project management experience spans over 12 years in the dental industry, manufacturing and now in healthcare. In his spare time, Dave taught Project Management at Confederation College in Thunder Bay.
Project Manager - Research
Arjun Kaushal holds a B-Tech degree in Mechanical engineering from India. He started his career as a project manager for his family-owned architectural firm. He moved to Winnipeg in 2011 to pursue MSc in Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering from the University of Manitoba, with a focus on virtual manufacturing and its applications in region’s healthcare sector. In 2012, Arjun received a fellowship from the Western regional training center (Faculty of Medicine) which is one of the six centers supported by CIHR, for pursuing healthcare services research.
Over the last 3 years Arjun has done extensive research to build a forecasting tool for Winnipeg’s emergency rooms using simulation; the purpose of the tool being current state modeling and predicting impact of performance improvement measures. His main research contribution was that he was able to incorporate human behavioral factors into simulation models by using a combination of discrete-event and agent-based simulation strategies. He has built forecasting tools for Victoria general hospital-ER as part of his thesis project and for Seven Oaks General Hospital-ER where he has been working as a process engineer since 2012.
Arjun is also a certified associate project management professional (CAPM). He joined CHI in October 2014 and will be working with Home-Care program initiatives.
Process Improvement Specialist
Mike Lewkiw, graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1985. He has 25 years experience in manufacturing, production management, capacity planning and growth plans.
His expertise includes Design for Manufacturing (DFM), Lean/Just-In-Time Flow-line and Total Quality Management (TQM) methodologies. He has held management and process engineering positions in the commercial, military, agricultural and metal fabrication sectors.
He was an associate in three start-up companies, creating policies, setting strategic directions, and overseeing the design and build of their proprietary products.
Mike is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mike joined the George and Faye Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation’s Project Management Office as a Process Engineer in November of 2009. Mike has been involved in several projects during this time, with the most current being part of the Women’s Hospital Redevelopment Project. As the Process Engineer on this project, he is responsible in working with staff to develop and implement efficient and effective operational processes reflecting industry standards and best practices in support of the timely opening and smooth transition to the new women’s hospital.
Kerenza joined the Project Management Office in 2014, bringing several years of experience leading and managing multi-stakeholder research projects. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Manitoba. Her research concentration was Human Rights Law.
Her background in law has informed her ability to deliver quality leadership in projects involving public health policy issues. Her previous research work includes health promotion, program development and evaluation, Aboriginal health and wellness, urban Aboriginal engagement, and children with critical medical needs.
Project Manager, Research
Kathryn Sibley is Associate Director, Knowledge Translation at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation and an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She completed her undergraduate training in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, graduate degrees in Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral fellowship at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute- University Health Network. She has received personnel and research support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and Knowledge Translation Canada.
The goal of Dr. Sibley’s research is to improve the health of Canadians by accelerating the translation of research evidence into health care. She works to advance knowledge translation science by understanding and supporting use of knowledge translation science in health research, and by integrating it in her applied research implementing optimized balance exercise for fall prevention in older adults. She welcomes communication from potential collaborators and trainees with mutual interests.
Associate Director, Knowledge Translation
Prior to joining the CHI team, Carly worked for five years in the Epidemiology Department of CancerCare Manitoba. In addition to a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education, she completed her Masters in Public Health in 2010 with a specialty in Social Behavioural Sciences and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Over the past few years Carly has been involved in various aspects of the In Sixty Initiative, the Manitoba Youth Health Survey and the Manitoba First Nations Youth Tobacco Survey. She spent three years as the coordinator for Partners in Planning for Healthy Living which included the coordination of their surveillance activities, knowledge exchange group and 23 member organizations.
Manager & Practice Lead, Knowledge Translation
Alexandra Korall is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Knowledge Translation Platform at the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba. She holds a BSc in Kinesiology with a specialization in Ergonomics and Human Factors, and a PhD in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (both awarded from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada). Her PhD research was mainly focused on the prevention of fall-related hip fractures in residents of long-term care through wearable hip protectors. A key focus of Alexandra’s Post-Doctoral research will be to examine barriers and enablers to uptake of patient, caregiver and clinician identified research priorities among health researchers in Canada.
Prior to joining the CHI team as KT coordinator, Leah worked at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy on the PATHS Equity for Children program of research, in the Acute, Tertiary and Specialty Care branch at Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors and on the CIDA funded Mwanzo Mwema project, focusing on maternal, neonatal, and child health and nutrition in Kenya. Leah received a Bachelor of Health Sciences and an MSc in Community Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba.
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
Before joining the CHI team as Knowledge Translation Media Specialist, Patrick worked in the private sector for eight years at one of Manitoba’s leading advertising and communications agencies. Initially a creative professional, his role evolved to encompass strategic development, bridging creative thinking with analytic acumen. There he conceptualized and implemented strategic communications plans, design and digital media solutions for private enterprise, government clients and non-profit organizations. He has particular expertise in promoting initiatives designed to grow understanding, accessibility, and engagement in public services and motivating behavior adoption to improve health and quality of life.
Patrick holds a Joint Communications Degree from the University of Winnipeg and is an Honours graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications Program.
Interim Manager, Creative & Strategic Services Lead
Amanda Osorio is the Training, Education and Event Coordinator for the Centre for Healthcare Innovation.
She joined the Knowledge Translation Platform from the Project Management Platform, where she had been working since September 2010. There she supported a team of over 20 professionals while growing her organizational and time management skills. It was during this time that she furthered her interest and efficiency in coordinating events and workshops.
She graduated with honours in late 2002; receiving her Administrative Assistant diploma. Since that time she has worked in various capacities; supporting a sales team of over 10 individuals, as well as working in a project driven environment developing and maintaining new procedures.
Amanda joined the KT Platform in December 2014. It is her strong administrative skills and eagerness to learn that make her an asset to CHI.
Training, Education and Event Coordinator
Leanne comes with a background in Natural Resource Management, with a specific focus on community-based research, qualitative research and food security/sovereignty. She has had the opportunity to lead projects related to local food procurement, understanding food security within transitional agricultural climates, and improving access to healthy and affordable foods in the inner city of Winnipeg. Her position within the Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children (DEVOTION) Network is focused on patient oriented care, patient engagement and knowledge translation between researchers and community.
Knowledge Exchange Coordinator
Carolyn Shimmin is a Knowledge Translation Coordinator at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. In this role, she helps lead CHI’s strategy on public involvement in health research. Previous experience includes stakeholder engagement, research, writing and reporting on various health policy issues including mental health, addictions, trauma and the sexual exploitation of youth. Areas of interest include patient engagement, knowledge translation, trauma-informed approaches, intersectional analysis, and poststructuralist queer theory. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Journalism Combined Honours Political Science and a Master of Gender Studies.
Patient & Public Engagement Lead
Patricia is a Knowledge Broker and Research Coordinator in the Knowledge Translation platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Her expertise includes a BSc (Biochemistry, University of Winnipeg) and MSc (Physiology & Pathophysiology, University of Manitoba), student leadership roles, and a number of peer-reviewed articles in molecular biology and cardiology. She is a strong advocate for the ethical implementation of knowledge translation in the basic sciences, and the advancement of the field of knowledge translation study.
Ogai Sherzoi is a Knowledge Broker at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). She is also the CHAC grant project coordinator— for the mental health promotion of refugees and newcomers. Additionally, Ogai is a practicing Therapist providing counselling services to children and youth; and works at Addictions Foundation of Manitoba in youth treatment programming. Ogai holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Manitoba, including a Child and Youth Care Diploma, Human Ecology in Family Social Sciences, and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). She is also a registered social worker (RSW) through the MB College of Social Workers. As part of her graduate research, Ogai conducted a photovoice project with Canadian immigrants and refugees. This project shed light on the barriers faced by persons in these communities when it comes to accessing mental health services.
Steven has spent seven years in communications working for Special Olympics Manitoba, Global Winnipeg and now as Communications Specialist for CHI. From broad awareness campaigns to internal communications, Steven has developed accessible and informative communications tools to help achieve organizational goals.