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Our Speakers

# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Fabiana Bacchini

Executive Director

Canadian Premature Babies Foundation

Dr. Danièle Behn Smith

Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Indigenous Health

Natasha Bruno

Clinical Research Project Manager



Marsha Campbell-Yeo


IWK Health Centre

Dr. Christine Cassidy

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Dalhouise University

Dr. Leigh Chapman

Chief Nursing Officer of Canada

Health Canada

Dr. Mark Chilvers

Respirologist and Cystic Fibrosis Clinic Director

BC Children's Hospital

Carrie Costello

Family Network Steering Committee

Children's Healthcare Canada

Dr. John Cowden

Professor of Pediatrics / General Academic Pediatrician

University of Missouri-Kansas City / Children's Mercy Kansas City

Janet Curran

Clinician Scientist

IWK Health Centre


Jana Davidson

Chief Medical Officer

BC Children's and Women's Hospital and Health Centre

Kathryn Decker

Director, Extensive Needs Service

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Sherri Di Lallo

Director, Indigenous Health

BC Children's Hospital

Tessa Diaczun

NP, Clinical Lead, Slocan Site Redevelopment Project

BC Children's Hospital

Irene Drmic

Clinical Director, MiCare Extensive Needs Service

McMaster Children's Hospital


Rebecca Earle


Canadian Association of Paediatric Nurses

Crystal Edwards

Director, Women & Children’s and Mental Health Programs

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre


Colleen Ferris

Director, Innovations & Strategic Development

Healthcare Excellence Canada


Dr. Michael Gardam

Chief Executive Officer

Health PEI

Sydney Graham

Family Network Steering Committee

Children's Healthcare Canada

Luc Grey

Knowledge Equity Specialist

Emily Gruenwoldt

President & CEO / Executive Director

Children's Healthcare Canada / Pediatric Chairs of Canada

Samantha Gualtieri

Research Manager

Unity Health Toronto

Katherine Guzzo-Foliaro

Family Network Steering Committee

Children's Healthcare Canada


Julia Hanigsberg

President and CEO

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Micaela Harley

Senior Engagement and Knowledge Equity Lead

Jessica Harper

Public Health Nurse

BC Centre for Disease Control

Amanda Higgins

Patient Partner

IWK Health


Martha Ignaszewski

BC Children's Hospital


Justin Jagger

Chair, Department of Pediatrics, NOSM University

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Taylor Johansen

Director, Neurodevelopmental Health


Lee Johnston

Parent-Caregiver Advisory Team Lead


Pam Kai

Family Network Steering Committee

Children's Healthcare Canada

Kevin Kraft

Parent Partner


Erny Lammertink

Senior Clinical Manager paediatric medicine, intermediate care, respiratory medicine, CTAL and ACE


Kate Langrish

Executive Clinical Director



Flávia Mandic

Director of Specialized Pediatric Medical Services

BC Children's Hospital

Kristina McGuire

Parent Advisor / Patient Researcher / Digital Storytelling Facilitator

Alberta Health Services / UCalgary /CommonLanguage Digital Storytelling

Kirsten Miller

Pediatrician and Regional Medical Lead (Pediatrics)

Northern Health

Dr. Steven Miller

Professor and Head | Chief, Pediatric Medicine

University of British Columbia | BC Children's Hospital

Dr. Katie Mitchell

Adolescent Medicine Pediatrician

BC Children's Hospital

Dr. Julia E. Moore

Executive Director

The Center for Implementation


Dr. Dion Neame

North America Senior Medical Expert - Vaccines

Sanofi Vaccines


Melissa Paquette

Pediatrician and Education Lead (Kamloops, Pediatrics)

Interior Health

Richard Pass

Chief Executive Officer

Ronald McDonald House Charities, British Columbia & Yukon

Jacklynn Pidduck

Transition Coordinator, Children’s Health Program

IWK Health

Julia Pileggi

Published Writer, Performance Poet, Multi-Disciplinary Artist, and Educator

Denise Praill


Canuck Place Children’s Hospice


Jenny Retallack


BC Children's Hospital

Erica Roberts

Project Manager, Program Improvement Team, Mental Health

BC Children's Hospital


Dr. Lindy Samson

Chief of Staff |Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics

CHEO | University of Ottawa

Jeremie Saunders

Host of Sickboy Podcast

Anita Simon

Family Network Steering Committee

Children's Healthcare Canada

Dr. Erik Skarsgard

Co-Director of Centre for Surgical Research, Department of Surgery, UBC | Surgeon in Chief and Active Staff, BC Children’s Hospital

Dr. Katharine Smart

Past President


Elizabeth Stanford

PhD, RPsych - Clinical Planning Manager, Slocan Site Redevelopment Project, BC Children's Hospital

BC Children's Hospital

Dr. Dana Stys

Physician & Clinical Lecturer

Alberta Children’s Hospital and South Health Campus Hospital


Dr. Tara Tandan

Adolescent Medicine Specialized Pediatrician

BC Children's Hospital

Karen Taylor

Neurodevelopmental Disorder (NDD) Care Coordinator

Alberta Children's Hospital

Dawn Tisdale

Indigenous Senior Professional Practice Lead, Indigenous Health, C&W, PHSA

Women’s Health Center


Amy Watson

Clinical Nurse Educator

BC Children's

Carly Weeks

Award-Winning National Health Reporter & Columnist

The Globe and Mail

David Wensley

Pediatrician, Pediatric RTVS (CHARLiE) Co-Lead

BC Children's Hospital

Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman

Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), British Columbia

Kristy Wolfe

Parent & Digital Storytelling Facilitator with

Common Language Digital Storytelling

Dr. Marie Wright

Respirologist and HTV Clinic Director

BC Children's Hospital

Erin Wyllie

Registered Dietitian

Fraser Health Authority


Adrienne Zarem

Patient Partner

Healthcare Excellence Canada’s Patient Safety, Equity and Engagement Team

Event Date

Pre-Conference Transitions Pop-Up:
Dec. 2-3, 2023

Main Conference:
Dec. 3-5, 2023

Conference Co-Hosts

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