Professor, University of Calgary

Dr. Suzanne Tough 's research on maternal health has led to fundamental changes in prenatal care, and clinical practice. She leads the innovative All Our Babies/Families study; a cohort of over 3000 families followed prospectively for 10 years resulting in a changed understanding of the relationship between early life events, mental health and long-term outcomes. She is a leader in translating evidence to practice, longitudinal research, and mental health. She is a Professor in the Cummings School of Medicine and has held leadership roles as a Scientific Director and Policy Fellow. She has ...


Carol Richards is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (CIRRIS). She was the founding Director (1994-2003) of the Quebec Provincial Rehabilitation Research Network and co-founder of the Canadian Consortium of Disability and Rehabilitation Research. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation and the Laval University Research Chair in Cerebral Palsy, and is a member of the Governing Council of CIHR. As one of the first physiotherapists in Canada to obtain a ...


Associate Dean and Director, McGill University

Professor Susan Rvachew, Ph.D., S-LP(C), ASHA Fellow, has received national and international recognition for outstanding professional achievements in the field of speech-language pathology practice and research. These achievements include theoretical and methodological advancements that highlight the role of speech perception in speech production development and speech disorders. She developed new computer-based assessment and treatment tools that have transformed speech therapy practice for the remediation of developmental speech sound disorders. She is well-known for her commitment to ...


Vice-Provost & Assoc. VP, Enrolment & Academic Facilities, University of British Columbia

Pamela Ratner is the Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President, Enrolment & Academic Facilities, and a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, at the University of British Columbia. She is recognized for her research in the field of health behaviour. Her scholarship has focused on cardiovascular risk reduction.She has been particularly interested in latent variable modelling as a means of evaluating the strength of inferences that can be made from psychosocial assessment tools, used in research and practice, as a means of testing ...


Distinguished ProfessorEmerita, University of Saskatchewan

One of Canada's leading nutrition scholars and an internationally recognized authority on vitamin D and calcium supplementation. For over 40 years, Dr. Whiting has conducted research on dietary influences of bone health, effectiveness of nutrient supplements and calcium and vitamin D status. She has served on internationally significant boards and panels such the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Use of Dietary Reference Intakes in Nutrition Labelling and the North American Dietary Supplements Advisory Board. She received the Canadian Nutrition Society Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. ...


Chairman, Schlegel Health Care Inc.

Ronald Schlegel is an academic, innovator, entrepreneur, visionary, and philanthropist. After a 24 year academic career, he turned his focus to business and philanthropy. He founded the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging, focused on seniors’ care, and the Homewood Research Institute, focused on mental health/addictions. Through deep collaborations with academia and with practice sites, and by earmarking revenue from his businesses into building research capacity, Ron currently supports the academic careers of over 20 applied researchers, the Living Classroom model, and Living Research ...


Pioneered fundamental and translational discoveries in the neural control of the gastrointestinal tract in health and disease. His innovative research has provided significant insights into the etiology and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Expert in the endocannabinoid system of the gut, he has used his knowledge of cannabinoid biology to advise Health Canada. A tireless community volunteer as Crohn's and Colitis Canada Chair in IBD Research. For his international leadership, editorial abilities and commitment to advance gastrointestinal health, he has been recognized with ...


Miriam Stewart is Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and in Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. Previously, Dr. Stewart was Director and Chair of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies University of Alberta (1997-April 2001); Director of the Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre (1992-1997); and, co-principal investigator and co-creator of the Maritime Centre of Excellence on Women’s Health (1996-2000). In 2001, Dr. Stewart was appointed as the first Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health. In this capacity, she has launched ...


Distinguished Professor, University of Alberta

Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta Dr. Kim Raine is Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta. Trained as a dietitian, her PhD is in the social sciences. She has 30 years of experience in qualitative and participatory research in nutrition and health promotion. Most of her collaborative research studying innovative interventions for promoting health is engaged scholarship with government, NGOs and communities. As a creative leader of large population health promotion research projects, she has published over 160 papers and ...


Dr. Stelfox is an internationally recognized intensive care physician, scientist, educator and healthcare system leader. He is a leading expert in the use of applied health services research methods to improve the care of critically ill patients. He has extensively contributed to academic health sciences by leading provincial, national and international efforts to build applied research capacity, create new health service delivery knowledge and translate that knowledge into better patient care. He has successfully trained multiple scientists and clinicians and mentored early career academic ...