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
Doug Nanton is the Director of Business Development with the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation, joining the team in January 2020. Doug also has cross-responsibilities for business development with the new integrated data platform "MindSet," and the Chronic Disease Innovation Centre at Seven Oaks Hospital.
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, Doug brings extensive experience to his position having been on senior staff with the Manitoba Medical Association, former Executive Director of the Society of Pharmacists, followed by 20 years as a lobbyist and external affairs specialist for the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, Doug was Chief-of-Staff to the Manitoba Minister responsible for economic development, post-secondary institutions, and Research Manitoba.
Director of Business Development
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Dr Protudjer’s primary research focus is risk factors, management, impact and prognosis of paediatric allergic disease. She has experience using national register/healthcare administrative data, covering >99% of the population, as well as experience with cohorts of various sizes. Many of these cohorts have included clinical data, from which more rigorous definitions of disease outcomes may be identified.
To complement these quantitative data, Dr Protudjer also engages in qualitative research, so as to better understand the needs and impact of paediatric allergic disease on the child, their family and those who help care for them.
The cumulative aim of her work is to develop patient-oriented programs, which engage a variety of stakeholders to provide a multifaceted approach that fully support patients’ needs.
As a nutritionist, Dr Protudjer also has a strong interest on maternal and child diets, and their roles in child health, and paediatric chronic diseases.
Dr Protudjer maintains collaborations in Manitoba, in Canada, as well as in Sweden and Finland.
Epidemiologist, CHI; Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba; Scientist, Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
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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.
Clinical Trialist, Assistant Professor Deptartments of Pediatrics and Child Health and Community Health Sciences
Dylan MacKay, PhD, MSc, CBDT
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.
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
Robert Balshaw, PhD
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.
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
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.
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. 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. 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 Projects Advisor
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. 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.
Data Coordinating Centre Manager
Abin Chandrakumar’s academic background is in Clinical Pharmacology—completed Pharm.D from Kerala University of Health Sciences in 2016 and graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Pharmacology & Therapeutics and was a recipient of this year's Governor General's Academic Gold Medal. Since 2018, Abin has been working in the Clinical Research Unit at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, initially as a research assistant and then as a research coordinator. As a clinical research professional, he has experience handling data for both industry-sponsored and investigator-sponsored studies using electronic data capture platforms like REDCap, Medidata Rave EDC and Endpoint IRT. Now, he is going to bring his background in clinical research and statistical analysis to develop new capabilities and functionalities in the Data Coordinating Centre (DCC).
Data Management Analyst
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.
Xuejing Jiang, BSc
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.
MSc Student, Junior Consultant
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 joined the Data Science Platform in July 2018 and coordinates all aspects of the NSERC CREATE Visual and Automated Disease Analytics Program as well as the Manitoba Statistical and Health Sciences Collaborating Centre. She obtained her Bachelor of Health Sciences from the Department of Community Health Sciences at University of Manitoba.
Program Coordinator - Research and Training Programs
Dr. Sanusi completed his PhD in 2019 at City University of Hong Kong in the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. Prior to this, he completed undergraduate and Master’s degrees in statistics. Dr. Sanusi brings expertise in the analysis of time series data, including control chart methods. He will work with the Data Science platform on projects pertaining to statistical methods for longitudinal analysis of administrative health data and patient-reported outcomes data.
Dr. Amani Hamad completed her PhD at the University of Manitoba in the College of Pharmacy in 2019. Dr. Hamad brings expertise in pharmacoepidemiology and maternal child health, in addition to significant experience working with Manitoba’s administrative health data. Dr. Hamad will be working with Dr. Lisa Lix to plan the recently-funded research project entitled “Harnessing Population-Based Electronic Healthcare Records to Construct Family Health Histories for Accurate Disease Risk Prediction and Heritability Estimation.” As well, she will provide leadership in database development initiatives with the Canadian Network of Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES).
Dr. Razvan Romanescu joined the Data Science platform on January 20 as consulting biostatistician with the Biostatistics Group. Dr. Romanescu completed his PhD in 2016 at the University of Guelph. He then joined the Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto as a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Romanescu’s expertise lies in statistical genetics, data-driven modeling, and infectious disease modeling.
Marcello Nesca has a diverse background with a focus on Research. Graduating with a B.Com (Hons) in 2005, he has worked in the telecommunications industry for close to 10 years with 8 of those years spent as a research analyst, business analyst, and a database analyst. After shifting gears, he has decided to enter the social sciences and acquire a B.A (Hons) in Psychology with a thesis in quantitative methods. Now, in the MSc program in Community Health Sciences, Marcello will specialize in Data Science and Statistics under the supervision of Dr Lisa Lix. His thesis focuses on finding tools to assess the quality of unstructured text data in electronic health databases. Concurrently with the MSc program, he is a student in the VADA program. His current research interests in quantitative methods are: Data quality, data visualization, data automation, Robust Statistics, and Structural equation modelling. Furthermore, he is interested in Knowledge Translation, in particular to quantitative methods, and Quantitative evaluation of programs/policy/process. Aside from academia, Marcello enjoys cooking, staying active, camping, and going out with friends and family.
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.
Tara Stewart, PhD
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.
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.
Andrew Fletcher-Cook, MA
Shauna Zinnick, M.Sc., B.A. (Hons.)
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.
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
Yang Cui, MA, MSc., Ph.D.
Leanne Dunne (on leave), B.Sc, M.NRM
Leanne Dunne joined the Centre for Healthcare Innovation in 2016. She has had the opportunity to work within the world of qualitative and community-based research, public and patient engagement and knowledge translation. Her previous work included working on community-based projects related to food security and supporting the Developmental Origins of Chronic Diseases in Children (DEVOTION) Network as a knowledge broker. She’s excited to be involved in projects related to both health system performance and research initiatives through the lens of evaluation.
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.
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 Kirby, BSc, MPH
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
Senior Systematic Reviewer
Leslie joined the Knowledge Synthesis platform in January 2015 after having earned the Master of Public Health degree at the University of Manitoba in 2014. She is also an international medical graduate with a Master of Science in Nephrology, earned in Brazil. Her current research interests are knowledge synthesis in clinical interventions, public health interventions and health care management and policies.
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
Carly holds a Bachelors of Kinesiology, a Bachelors of Education and a Masters in Public Health, with a focus on Social Behavioural Sciences and Chronic Disease Epidemiology. Prior to joining the CHI Knowledge Translation platform in 2014, she worked for five years in the Epidemiology Department of CancerCare Manitoba as a research coordinator and junior epidemiologist.
Currently, Carly is the Manager and Practice Lead for the KT Platform as well as the Knowledge Broker for Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), a national knowledge mobilization initiative aimed at improving emergency care for Canadian children.
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 Public and Patient Engagement Lead 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 with a focus on patient and public engagement in health research; facilitation; and building community networks. Ogai holds a Masters 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. Ogai has vast experience working across different settings—project coordinator; practicing Therapist, providing counselling services to children and youth; has worked at Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, in youth treatment programming; and has worked as a hospital social worker in children’s and women’s at HSC. She is also interested and has conducted arts-based qualitative research to enhance mental health and well-being of diverse communities.
Masood comes with a background in qualitative research and has an emerging interest in implementation health research. Prior to joining the Knowledge Translation platform, he worked at the University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg on several research projects in wide-ranging areas including gender-based violence, rural ethnography, mobility and migration, municipal corporate security, and criminology and criminal justice.
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.
Mercy-Anne (Mercy) Magundayao is the Communications Specialist at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). Mercy has experience in B2B digital marketing, working for a local technology consulting company for five years. Prior to joining CHI, she was the Development Coordinator for Manitoba at a nationally-recognized non-profit health organization. Mercy holds diplomas in Web & Print Production, Public Relations and Strategic Communications, and Marketing Management from the University of Winnipeg PACE program.
Alexie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in psychology and a Masters of Science with Community Health Sciences. Prior to joining the Knowledge Translation platform at CHI, she worked as a research assistant on a wide range of projects, gaining experience in survey design, online focus group administration, and other research methods. Her long-term goals are to facilitate the development of evidence-based treatment plans and programs to improve physical and cognitive health at the population level.
Director, Project Management
Nathalie Buissé , MA; Diploma (Project Management); Management Certificate
Project Manager, Research
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.
Project Improvement Specialist
Laurie Gosselin, B.Sc.I.E., M.Sc.I.E., P.Eng.
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.
Alice Kuo is the Project Manager for the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI). Prior to joining CHI, Alice was the Foothill Medical Centre Surgical Services Business Manager and Consultant at the Alberta Health Services. Alice collaborated widely with physicians, nurse clinicians, researchers, senior leadership, management and support teams on projects and processes redesign to support services for cost and operational efficiencies; while improving service quality and patient safety. She received her MSc degree from the University of Manitoba, and her MBA from University of Calgary. Alice is currently working on obtaining her MPH from King’s College London.