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
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.
Research Innovation Officer
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
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. Kelly has a PhD in Pharmacology, completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the Hospital for Sick Children and Mount Sinai Hospital and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional. Lauren is an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics & Child Health at the University of Manitoba and has been working in pediatric clinical research since 2008. Dr. Kelly has published more than 20 peer reviewed articles and is a reviewer with Cochrane Neonatal Review Group. Her research focus on clinical trial methodology, pediatric and neonatal opioid response, systematic reviews and education.
Dr. MacKay has a PhD in Human Nutritional Sciences and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. Dylan is a nutritional biochemist, specializing in human clinical trials and inter-individual variability. He is interested in the appropriate design and implementation of human clinical trials, especially in the field of human nutrition. His research is broadly focused on how lifestyle can impact chronic disease risk and whether lifestyle intervention strategies can be made more effective through personalization. Dylan is also very interested in how to appropriately translate scientific findings to combat misinformation, especially on the internet and social media.
I earned my medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2005, and went on to complete a masters’ degree program in Public Health in 2012 and obtained a PhD in Epidemiology in 2016, both at the University of Eastern Finland, Finland. I completed one post-doctoral training at the same university and I have supervised several masters’ degree theses and assisted in a few PhD projects. I have been involved in the teaching of Epidemiology and Public Health courses, and I have published more than 10 peer-reviewed articles. My primary research interest is in clinical epidemiology, using different study designs to investigate chronic diseases and health-related events.
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
Dr. Robert Balshaw joined the Data Science Platform of the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation as a Senior Biostatistician in the fall of 2017. Before this, Rob was a Senior Scientist for 5 years at the BC Centre for Disease Control, and for 14 years was head of biostatistics at Syreon Corporation (Vancouver), a contract research organization conducting clinical trials for the pharmaceutical industry. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Department of Statistics at the University of Manitoba, and his PhD in Statistics from Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Balshaw’s expertise includes the planning, design, implementation and analysis of clinical trials, the discovery and validation of ‘omic biomarkers, secondary use of linked administrative databases, 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 for Healthcare 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.
Naomi is a Research Data Manager in the Data Sciences Platform. Her work involves developing and offering data management strategies for the Data Science Platform that allows researchers to efficiently store, manage, and release data sets to other research team members while ensuring database security and confidentiality. Naomi received her MSc in Kinesiology at the University of Manitoba and her BSc (Hons) at the University of Saskatchewan.
Research Data Manager
Dr. Svetlana Frenkel received a Master’s degree in Medical Cybernetics from the Siberian State Medical University, Russia and Ph.D in Computational Biology from the University of Haifa, Israel. Currently, Dr. Frenkel is a postdoctoral researcher of bioinformatics in the Hu’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and Data Science Platform of George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba.
Iraj Yadegari is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Data Science Platform at the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation at the University of Manitoba. He has a BSc and MSc in statistics from Iran, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. His Ph.D. research was mainly focused on prediction and selective inference. A key focus of Iraj’s post-doctoral research will be to work on statistical modeling and inference on patient-reported outcome measures.
Sahar Nazari is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Data Science Platform at the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, University of Manitoba. She completed her PhD in Statistics at Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran and during her PhD, she visited Department of Statistics, University of Manitoba, as a visiting PhD student. Her PhD research was mainly focused on Nonparametric inferences under the rank-based sampling designs. A key focus of Sahar's post-doctoral research will be to work on person-oriented statistical methods.
Yixiu is a data analyst in the CHI team and a master student working with Dr. Jiang in Biostatistics stream at University of Manitoba. She has the basic knowledge in Community Health Science field after finishing all the required courses this year. She also has solid mathematical and statistical knowledge, as well as good teaching skills, as she got her Master’s degree in Mathematics from Hainan Normal University and Bachelor’s degree with the same major from the same university.
Yixiu has basic programming skills of SAS and MATLAB as she has learnt SAS for one year and applied MATLAB as the simulation tool in her master’s thesis.
Allison is a current MSc student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and is supervised by Dr. Lisa Lix. She received a BSc (Hons) in Statistics from the University of Manitoba. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Allison was a Student Research Assistant in the Data Science Platform through the Faculty of Science’s Co-op program. She contributed to various statistical consulting projects and workshops.
Stephanie is a Research Assistant for supervisor Dr. Lisa Lix in the Data Sciences Platform. She has been involved in many projects throughout her time at CHI, first starting as a summer student in 2016. Stephanie has received her BSc (4yr) in Statistics at the University of Winnipeg and is currently working towards her MSc in Community Health Sciences with a Concentration in Biostatistics at the University of Manitoba.
Graduate Student; Research Assistant
Xuejing is a student on the Data Science Platform of CHI. She joined the team of CHI from May 2018 and worked on the Project 11, evaluation of mental health prevention program. Later in the September, she started her master program in Community Health Science from September 2017 with a concentration on biostatistics under the supervision of Dr. Depeng Jiang.
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).
Director, Knowledge Synthesis platform
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.
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 50 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.
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.
Aaron Nelson, is a Process Improvement Specialist with the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Manitoba along with certifications in LEAN, Six Sigma, PROSCI Change Management, PRINCE2 Project Management, CMMI, ISO, ITIL.
Aaron has experience in Health Care, ICT, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Agriculture, Real Estate, Mining, Government and Retail. Aaron has a passion for engaging and collaborating with people to deliver value to the healthcare system through efficient and effective process, performance and systems (re)design and implementation best practices.
Process Improvement Specialist
Kerenza joined the Project Management Office in 2013, 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, where she graduated at the top of her class, and received the University Gold Medal. She then received a full scholarship to pursue her Master’s Degree in Law at the Faculty of Law, 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 analysis, Aboriginal health and wellness, urban Aboriginal engagement, and children with critical medical needs.
Project Manager, Research
Dayna joined the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) as a Research Coordinator in the Project Management Platform in October 2017.
Prior to joining the Centre, Dayna worked in Clinical Research as a Research Study Coordinator with St. Boniface Hospital’s Cardiac Sciences Program and the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba.
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.
Director, Knowledge Translation platform
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
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.
Creative & Strategic Services Lead
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
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
Patricia is a Knowledge Broker in the Knowledge Translation platform at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Her expertise includes knowledge translation theory and practice, particularly in basic biomedical sciences, patient engagement, facilitation, social media, and academic writing. She has a background in Biochemistry (BSc) and Physiology (MSc).
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.
Masood has a background in qualitative research with a focus on ethnography. Prior to joining the Knowledge Translation platform, he was involved in several research projects at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg. His research work spans a wide variety of areas that include gender-based violence, rural ethnography, mobility and migration, municipal corporate security, and criminology and criminal justice. Masood’s emerging interest in applied health research has brought him to the KT platform, where he is eager to learn and develop KT skills.
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.