Guest Faculty


Two new faces join the Guest faculty in 2017!
nancy fletcherNancy Fletcher is an experienced health care leader who has held positions in acute care, education, nursing regulation, and professional associations. She has been a senior leader in a variety of roles and settings and believes that strong and high performance clinical practice environments are based on robust professional practice environments. Her educational background and work experiences have assisted Nancy in developing the skill to bring out the best in people and teams. She is skilled in building strong professional practice teams, integrating evidence and best practices into practice settings.

donna romanoDonna Romano is an Interprofessional Care & Education Leader at UHN and an Adjunct lecturer at the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Donna was awarded a BScN at McMaster, and an MSc and PhD from the University of Toronto. She has specialized in Mental Health Nursing, including clinical and hospital administrative roles. Research interests centre around fostering effective interprofessional team work, and the development of trust on health care teams. Donna has a reputation for building and leading high-performing, collaborative, interprofessional teams resulting in high ratings in overall patient care experience, and staff and learner satisfaction. Her background includes extensive teaching, facilitation, peer reviewed publications, scholarly presentations, research funding and awards.

Guest Faculty have included (in alphabetical order)
bonnie adamsonBonnie Adamson, MScN (Admin), FCCHL, was most recently the President and CEO of London Health Sciences Centre. Bonnie was previously President and CEO of North York General Hospital, and prior to that President and CEO of the Huron Perth Hospital Partnerships, an eight-hospital network in Southwestern Ontario. Among her many achievements, Bonnie led the North York General Hospital through the SARS crisis of 2003. In addition to serving as a surveyor with the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, Bonnie held multiple faculty appointments at the University of Western Ontario, and served on the Board of the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Studies (ICES) in Toronto, the Child Health Network of Ontario, and as President of the Canadian College of Health Leaders. She also authored numerous articles on health care leadership.

Sue BaptisteSue Baptiste, MHS, is Professor and former Director of the School of Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. Sue came from England to Canada to pursue an occupational therapy career with a focus on the assessment and management of people suffering from chronic pain. Concurrently, she developed a keen interest in leadership and management, professional development, ongoing adult learning and mentoring. Sue’s academic endeavours have focused on workplace re-entry and change; professional roles and accountability within changing organizational structures; the development of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM); the development of a self-assessment tool for the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO); and, the redevelopment of the occupational therapy curriculum for the entry level master’s program. Sue’s research focuses on workplace health and cultures. She has consulted around the world in areas of chronic pain, problem-based learning, faculty development, curriculum reform and organizational change.

melissa bartonMelissa Barton, BSc (Kinesiology), MBA is currently the Director, Occupational Health, Wellness and Safety at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Prior positions included Manager Corporate Strategy – Environment, Health & Safety at Research in Motion, and Coordinating Secretariat for the Quality Worklife – Quality Healthcare Collaborative; a Canadian coalition of 13 national healthcare organizations working together to make health workplaces healthier. An innovative and recognized global expert in the field of organizational health, safety and wellness with a wide variety of experience in strategic planning, policy and program development, implementation and evaluation; Melissa’s goals are to lead the creation of best-practice healthy workplace cultures that inspire and transform the way organizations deliver their best possible value to their customers and communities.

jonathan breslinJonathan Breslin, PhD has a Fellowship and Senior Fellowship in Clinical and Organizational Ethics from the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. In 2005 he was hired by North York General Hospital to build their first comprehensive ethics program, which he led for almost seven years. He currently works part time as the ethicist for the South East Community Care Access Centre and runs his own ethics consulting practice, providing ethics support and coaching to health care organizations. Jonathan is a passionate educator and has given more than 200 presentations on various topics in ethics to a wide range of audiences. As a consultant his areas of expertise include the development and training of ethics committees, ethics service assessment and program development, and consultation advice. Over the past few years he has developed a keen interest in organizational ethics, particularly with respect to the development of values-based cultures within organizations.

gina browneGina Browne, BScN, MSc, MEd, PhD, is founder and director of the System-Linked Research Unit (SLRU) on Health and Social Service Utilization and the Community Linked Evaluation AIDS Research Unit (CLEAR) based at McMaster University. Gina has a long track record of conducting research in chronic illness and service utilization, in developing others in the conduct of research, linking and coordinating a variety of clinical and research initiatives. Gina is particularly interested in clientele shared by health and social sectors, the combination of problems that guides simultaneous use of services, factors which explain the variability of client outcomes and the cost of a “life without purpose” to society. She is also on faculty at McMaster University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences and Dalhousie University, School of Nursing, and continues to maintain a clinical practice as the family therapist for a Halton Health Service Organization.

david brownstoneDavid Brownstone, MSW, PhD is an Academic and Clinical Specialist in the Department of Social Work at the Hospital for Sick Children, a role that entails supervision of social work staff, as well as involvement in various hospital initiatives to enhance psychosocial care. David is a member of the Diversity in Action committee at SickKids, and still practices as a social worker in the Paediatric Brain Tumour Program. His research focuses on the experiences and strategies to support families of children with brain tumours, specifically during end of life care. Prior to SickKids, David worked in a number of community organizations, as a therapist, educator and community program developer.

robert calnan Robert Calnan, RN, BScN, M.Ed is the immediate Past- President of the Canadian Nurses’ Association. He is employed as the nurse manager for Burns, Plastics, Complex Wounds, EENT and General Surgery, Abdominal/ Thoracic Surgery and Urology at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. Rob also served as president of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia (RNABC), and taught in two diploma nursing programs within the University of Victoria’s Collaborative Nursing Program. He is an outspoken nursing advocate who writes and speaks about the value of nursing and the future of health care in Canada.

Sister Elizabeth M. DavisSister Elizabeth M. Davis, BA, BEd, MA, MHSc (Theology), PhD (cand) is Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and Labrador. From 1994 to 2000, Sr Elizabeth was the first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Health Care Corporation of St. John’s, a regional health board which brought together eight teaching hospitals and health centres, a school of nursing and a regional ambulance service. Sr Elizabeth has also held positions as Chairperson of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, Vice-President of the Medical Council of Canada, and member of the Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Among her many awards are the Award For Excellence in Distinguished Service from the Canadian Healthcare Association, an honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada.

Diane DoranDiane Doran is a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and Associate Dean of Research and International Relations. Dr. Doran is a co-investigator with the Nursing Effectiveness, Utilization, and Outcome Research Unit, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and co-investigator of the Patient Safety Research Cluster, at the University of Toronto. She is a recipient of the Premiers Research Excellence Award and her research has been further recognized in receiving the Canadian Association University Schools of Nursing Award of Excellence in Nursing Research and the Dorothy Pringle Research Excellence Award from the Lambda Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The foci of her research are the evaluation of methods for improving the quality of health care, the design and measurement of nursing sensitive patient outcomes, health care teams, and innovations in patient safety.

bonnie fleming-carrollBonnie Fleming-Carroll, RN, NP, MScN is the Associate Chief of Nursing & Interprofessional Education at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner. Bonnie has clinical cross appointment with the University of Toronto, Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. At SickKids, Bonnie provides operational leadership to promote integration of interprofessional collaborative practice in the delivery of Family-Centred Care through an education framework. Her portfolio includes the advancement of interprofessional education (IPE) and practice (IPP). She has developed expertise in topics related to diversity, family-centred care, care guideline and pathway development, leadership, recruitment and retention and healthy work environment. Bonnie has provided consultation and leadership for International Child Health projects with a focus on strategic planning, needs assessment, culturally relevant curriculum development, and program implementation and evaluation. Current International projects emphasize building capacity within and sustainability.

Jim KouzesJim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and co-author with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, which has been translated into 15 languages and sold over 1.5 million copies. It was #3 on Amazon Editor’s Pick for the Best Business Books of 2007. It was also the winner of the 1995-96 Critics’ Choice Award and the 1989 James A. Hamilton Hospital Administrators’ Book Award. Jim is not only a highly regarded leadership scholar; The Wall Street Journal has cited him as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S.

heather laschingerHeather Laschinger, RN, PhD is a Distinguished University Professor and Arthur Labatt Family Research Chair in Human Resource Optimization at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include workplace empowerment in nursing work settings and the impact of working conditions on nurses’ health and behaviours. Since 1992 Heather has been Principal Investigator of a program of research designed to investigate the impact of nursing work environments on nurses’ empowerment for professional practice, and their health and well-being. A major focus of Heather’s research is assessing the impact of nursing work environments on nursing and client outcomes. Much of this work has focused on the role of leadership in creating empowering work environments that support professional practice and promote nurses’ health and well-being.

rick lashRick Lash, PhD is the Expertise Leader for the HayGroup’s Leadership and Talent Practice. Rick is a registered psychologist and a certified executive coach. He has over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of organizational change interventions including ways to accelerate and maximize the learning process and increase performance at the individual, team and corporate level. Rick has delivered successful business solutions for leading organizations in both Canada and the United States, including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals (U.S.), Bank of Montreal, Rogers AT&T, Royal Bank of Canada, Roche Diagnostics (Canada) and various federal and provincial government ministries. He is also widely recognized as an expert in creating cultures of continuous learning and developing emotional intelligence. Rick has spoken widely on leadership development and organizational transformation. Rick is a regular conference presenter who has also written several articles for the Globe and Mail’s Careers section.

jacoba liliusJacoba Lilius, BSc, PhD is cross-appointed in the Industrial Relations Program and the School of Business at Queen’s University. As part of a research collaboration with members of the Compassion-Lab, Jacoba has developed a stream of research toward understanding the form and impact of compassion in work organizations. Her current research focuses on understanding how compassion for clients drives the decision to voice ideas for organizational improvement.

kathleen macmillanKathleen MacMillan, RN, PhD is currently Professor and Director of the School of Health Sciences at Dalhousie University. Prior to that, Kathleen was Dean of Health Services at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Executive Director of the Office of Nursing Services for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, and the first Provincial Chief Nursing Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. In the latter role Kathleen led the implementation and evaluation of the province’s Nursing Strategy and Nursing Task Force recommendations. Kathleen’s varied experience spans clinical practice, education, administration, policy and research. Among her many awards are the Centennial Achievement Award from the Canadian Nurses’ Association, and the Award for Excellence in Academic Administration from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

linda mcgillis hallLinda McGillis Hall, RN, PhD is Associate Dean, Research and External Relations at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg School of Nursing, University of Toronto. Linda is a recognized leader in nursing, health services and systems research, and is sought after by researchers, policy leaders and decision-makers both nationally and internationally. Among her many awards, in 2007 Linda was the first Canadian nurse to be inducted as an American Academy of Nursing International Fellow, and in the fall of 2010 was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Recently named the Kathleen Russell Distinguished Professor, Linda’s work will continue to build academic, healthcare, policy, and stakeholder partnerships aimed at providing a better understanding of nursing health systems research with a focus on the highly topical issues of nurse licensing and labour mobility, as well as on nursing health systems and patient safety.

barbara mildonBarbara Mildon RN, PhD, CHE, CCHN(C). Barb’s nursing experience spans the healthcare continuum from hospital to home care, regulation to research and bedside to boardroom. She is presently the Vice President of Practice, Human Resources and Research and Chief Nurse Executive at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby, Ontario. A life-long learner, she holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Toronto and is an Adjunct Professor at UOIT. She has a long record of service to provincial and national nursing organizations including serving as the President of the Canadian Nurses Association from 2012 to 2014. The recipient of several awards, including the CNA Centennial Award and the Sigma Theta Tau, Lambda Pi Chapter Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Barb has published and presented widely. Her abiding joy is speaking and being with nurses and supporting and celebrating excellence in nursing and interprofessional practice.

Ivy OandasanIvy Oandasan, MD, MHSc, CCFP, FCFP, is an Associate Professor and Clinician Investigator with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. An active family physician who practices at the Toronto Western Hospital she has been involved in teaching and research since 1997. Passionate about enhancing the education provided to health professional learners, Ivy’s main scholarly area has been in curriculum development and research related to community oriented primary care, health advocacy and interprofessional education. In January of 2006, Ivy was named the inaugural Director of the Office of Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto (U of T). She held this leadership position for three years successfully fulfilling her mandate to develop the organizational structures and strategies to implement a mandatory IPE curriculum for the ten U of T health care discipline programs beginning in the Fall of 2009.

linda obrien-pallasLinda O’Brien-Pallas, RN, PhD has retired from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and from her position as CIHR/CHSFR National Chair in Health Human Resources. During her research career, Linda completed more than 90 research projects, helping to lay the foundation for a science-based nursing profession.. Linda co-founded the Nursing Health Services Research Unit at U of T and was for many years a co-investigator with the Unit. Linda was cross-appointed to U of T’s Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation within the Faculty of Medicine, and also held appointments at the University of Technology in Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of Alberta. A Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Linda received numerous awards, including the Canadian Nurses Association’s Jeanne Mance Award.

penny pauchaPenny Paucha, MA (Applied Psychology), is the Principal of Instincts at Work and has extensive experience as a facilitator, change management expert and leadership coach with healthcare leaders around the province. The evidence-based coaching and leadership programs she designed incorporate the latest findings from the field of social neuroscience to create sustainable improvements in how healthcare teams collaborate. Penny is a faculty member of the IDEAS Program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation University of Toronto. Most recently Penny has contributed her coaching and facilitation expertise at the forefront of primary care reform by developing a leadership program for the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Penny has developed assessment tools and is published in the field of optimizing organizational health. She speaks frequently on the topic of neuroleadership.

peter gardner-hardingplaysthatwork. Peter Gardiner-Harding and cast members from his company integrate the form and discipline of theatre with business training, creating experiences that change behaviors. The plays that Peter and his fellow actors create for in-house audiences are not only carefully researched in consultation with the people involved – they’re interactive; they support company learning outcomes and are built around sound business theory. playsthatwork builds experiential learning experiences around the organization’s stories. Whether they are stories improvised in the moment or stories carefully researched, scripted, rehearsed and performed, the organization’s members participate in the stories, very quickly accept them as their own, and gain important new insights from the interaction.

Barry PosnerBarry Posner, PhD, is Accolti Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Management at Santa Clara University where he served as Dean for twelve years. Barry is an eminent scholar and researcher, a bestselling author, and an award-winning teacher and educator—named one of the Top 50 Leadership Coaches in America. Barry is author or coauthor of more than 100 research and practitioner-focused articles. Enthusiastically welcomed as a warm and engaging conference speaker and dynamic workshop facilitator, Barry has consulted with a wide variety of public and private sector organizations around the globe—from Canada, Mexico and Europe to the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. With Jim Kouzes, Barry is coauthor of The Leadership Challenge, a book which has been described as a groundbreaking research study combining keen insights with practical applications, has sold over two million copies, has been translated into more than 20 foreign languages, and has been listed as among The Top 100 Business Books of All Time.

joy richardsJoy Richards, RN, PhD, is the Vice-President Health Professions and Chief Nursing Executive at University Health Network in Toronto. Joy holds clinical appointments at the University of Toronto Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, York University Faculty of Nursing, and Humber College. Joy’s previous experience includes progressive senior nursing management positions in the acute care and long-term care sectors; nursing education and nursing informatics. She has published many articles and book chapters and has presented her professional work both nationally and internationally. She has also received numerous awards, including the Sigma Theta Tau Award for Excellence in Nursing Administration. Joy’s particular interests, focus and passion are in the areas of leadership courage, quality of work life environments and the development of client-centred practice settings, with a special focus on excellence in geriatric care.

sharon scholzberg-greySharon Scholzberg-Grey is a Past President and CEO of the Canadian Healthcare Association. Sharon is a lawyer by profession and an association manager by occupation. She has served as CEO of a number of national health and social sector associations and was Co-chair for seven years of the Health Action Lobby), a coalition of national health and consumer organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada’s healthcare system. A member of the Quebec Bar, Sharon has science and law degrees from McGill University and a B.A. from Concordia University and a graduate diploma in public law from the University of Ottawa. Sharon has been active in a wide range of community organizations and has served as a member of various national voluntary boards. She speaks and writes extensively about legal, health and social issues.

judith shamianJudith Shamian, RN, PhD is the newly appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of VON Canada. A dynamic an internationally respected leader in health care and nursing, Dr. Judith Shamian was previously the Executive Director of the National Office of Nursing Policy since its inception in 1999. A Professor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Shamian’s research and work focus on healthy workplaces and healthy workforce issues, health care reform, leadership and health policy development. She has served on numerous boards and committees and is Past-President of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Lorie Shekter-WolfsonLorie Shekter-Wolfson, MSW, has recently been named CEO of JVS Toronto, is a non-profit non-sectarian organization that partners with the government and business sectors to help people succeed at school, work and life. Prior to that Lorie served as Assistant Vice-President Waterfront Development, and Dean Community Services and Health Sciences at George Brown College. In the latter role she co-led the strategic and operational agenda of a new state of the art $175 million Waterfront Campus, which opened in the Fall 2012. Lorie has held senior positions in health, education, and government agencies, as well as management experience in the for-profit world. She has authored articles on social work and clinical education as well as two books relating to eating disorders and marital and family therapy. She was a member of Health Canada’s Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice (IECPCP) National Expert Committee, and served as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Association of Allied Health Programs.

lynne sinclairLynne Sinclair is Director of Education at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Lynne holds academic appointments with the Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Lynne has been actively leading interprofessional education initiatives locally, provincially and nationally. She is an investigator on several grants including a Royal College of Physician and Surgeons IPE Faculty Development project, a multi-site Health Canada IPE project and the Preceptorship arm co-lead for the Ontario MOHLTC funded project “Catalyzing and Sustaining Communities of Collaboration Around Interprofessional Care”.

ann tourangeauAnn Tourangeau, RN, BScN, MN, PHD is Associate Professor and Associate Dean Academic with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at University of Toronto, Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Ontario, and Adjunct Associate Professor with the School of Nursing, Edith Cowan University (Western Australia). Her research focuses on understanding work and work environment factors that influence organizational and safety outcomes such as nurse retention and hospital mortality rates. In her research, Ann uses survey methods to collect primary data related to nurse work, nurse work environments and nurse responses to their work environments across healthcare sectors. She also links these data with existing data from large administrative and clinical databases to answer questions related to the contribution that nursing care and nursing work environments make to patient and organizational outcomes. Utilization of her research findings are of interest to healthcare leaders, administrators and policy makers. Ann teaches graduate courses related to leadership and research in health services.

michael villeneuveMichael J. Villeneuve, RN BScN MSc. With more than 35 years experience in health care, Mike has held a variety of roles in nursing clinical practice, education, research, administration and policy. He is the program lead for the Master of Nursing in Health Systems Leadership and Administration at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and is a lecturer in public policy, leadership and administration. He also operates a busy health policy consulting firm in the National Capital Region. Before joining the University of Toronto, Mike served as executive lead for the Canadian Nurses Association’s National Expert Commission. Since 2000, he has led and participated in numerous national and international health system and nursing initiatives in his roles as scholar in residence at the Canadian Nurses Association, a visiting consultant with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in Paris, and senior policy consultant in the federal Office of Nursing Policy. Mike publishes and speaks widely in the areas of public policy and nursing leadership. He is author of the forthcoming text, Public Policy, Health Systems and Nursing (Fall 2016) and was one of the three authors of the Canadian Nurses Association’s centennial history, The Canadian Nurses Association 1908-2008. One Hundred Years of Service.

Marian WalshMarian Walsh, BSW, MBA, CHE is President and CEO of Toronto’s Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, an integrated network of programs and services comprised of Bridgepoint Hospital, Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, and Bridgepoint Family Health Team. Bridgepoint is focused on transforming healthcare for the growing number of people living with complex health conditions. Marian is a strong advocate for system transformation; has played numerous local and national healthcare leadership roles; has been called “the Futurist” by Canadian Health Care Manager; and is leading Bridgepoint through its next major transformation – voluntary integration with Mount Sinai Hospital – to create an exemplar of integrated system focused on complex, high-needs patients.

peggy whitePeggy White has a MN from the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. She has an extensive background as a health care leader in the acute care sector. Peggy is the Lead for the Health Outcomes for Better Information and Care (HOBIC) program. This initiative is implementing the electronic collection of standardized clinical outcomes information across Ontario for abstraction onto a provincial database. Peggy is the Project Director for C-HOBIC, a Canada Health Infoway funded initiative, sponsored by the Canadian Nurses Association, which is building on the work of HOBIC to foster clinician uptake of EHRs by providing content in the EHR that adds value to clinical practice. Peggy has published numerous articles in healthcare journals about the benefits of collecting standardized clinical outcomes in electronic health records.

dorothy wylieDorothy Wylie, RN, BScN, MA, MSc(HRD). Our Leadership Institute is named after Dorothy, a long-standing leader in the nursing community in Canada and well known by nurses for her activities as a teacher, a mentor, a coach, a volunteer, a risk-taker and a friend. In 1987, Dorothy retired as Vice President of Nursing at Toronto General Hospital. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, along with volunteer board activities and consulting work in nursing, Dorothy served as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Nursing. Dorothy was a founding member of the Provincial Nurse Administrators’ Interest Group in Ontario and a founder and past-editor the Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. More recently, Dorothy gave her time and talents to charitable organizations such as The Registered Nurses Foundation of Ontario, the Ethics Committee of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the History of Nursing Foundation.

marc zwellingMarc Zwelling is the president of Vector Research + Development Inc., a company that serves a diverse range of clients in all aspects of strategy including market research, planning and forecasting. He has consulted on long-range economic, demographic, social, and technological change and facilitated more than 400 programs in forecasting and strategic planning for a broad range of clients within the public and private sector. From 1982 to 1996 in collaboration with the Canadian futurist and author John Kettle, Marc published The FutureLetter, a newsletter on marketing, economic, demographic, technological and social trends. In 2010 Marc was the consultant to the steering committee for the Ontario 2020 project on the province’s future. He is the author of Public Opinion and Polling For Dummies (Wiley, 2012)