Conference Proceedings

Workshop Speakers Saturday, April 29 — Day 2

Dr. Bernard A committed leader in health policy advocacy in Canada, Dr. André Bernard, MD, MSc, FRCPC, has served as the CMA’s representative to the World Medical Association (WMA) since 2013.  He also presently chairs the WMA’s Advocacy Advisory Committee.


A practicing attending anesthesiologist and assistant professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Dr. Bernard is the Medical Director for perioperative medicine for the largest academic health sciences centre on Canada’s east coast.


Dr. Bernard has had a longstanding track record of leadership domestically and internationally.  Prior to pursuing medicine he served as a development officer for the Canadian International Development Agency, as project team leader for health, human rights and civil society strengthening projects in Indonesia and the Philippines.  Throughout his early medical career he served in numerous leadership capacities, including as president of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, vice chairperson of the Canadian Residency Matching Service, President of IFMSA Canada, and extensively for the CMA as member of its Political Action Committee, its Board of Directors, and its Governance Review Task Force.  Dr. Bernard has worked in various volunteer international development capacities, including as a consultant for a health promotion initiative with the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, deployed to Kiribati, and as Canadian liaison representative on HIV/AIDS and human rights for the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.  Dr. Bernard taught essential obstetrical anesthesia skills in Rwanda and co-coordinated quality improvement initiatives for essential surgical care in northern Ghana. see workshop


Mark Bowden With billions of people competing on the planet right now, how will YOU ever stand out, and get what you want and need?

In this inspirational and highly entertaining talk, Mark Bowden shows us how to put our best selves forward through superior communication skills. Learn the techniques that inspire, and build trust and credibility with those around you every time you speak.


Mark takes the audience on an exciting journey to understand how “It’s not often what you say – but how you say it that gets results!” Bowden, renowned trainer to Fortune 500 CEOs and G8 political leaders, demonstrates how perceptions can be completely altered by a simple gesture or action. He then brings to the group simple techniques that create ideal communication in the most crucial situations - invaluable for life and business.


Mark gives you tools to confidently convey a powerful presence through world class communication skills that capitalize on instinctual processes of the brain. By demonstrating how to use his TRUTHPLANE® GesturePlane System™, Mark teaches you the most effective skills to win your listeners over to you and your message. see workshop

Valerie Cade, M.A. is an award-winning presenter and workplace bullying expert who speaks with a relevant, well-researched message that gives practical advice and inspires hope. She is the author of the best-selling book, Bully Free at Work which is currently distributed in over 100 countries world-wide, and has been featured on radio and TV throughout North America. She holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Abilene Texas University (HON) and is a top certified mediator having mediated and consulted in numerous workplace mediations – individually and organizationally - with effective financial savings and reconciliation of parties – especially in healthcare. In addition, she is an accomplished and effective presenter having earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation (CSP) in 2001, which is the highest earned speaking designation in the world with less than 1000 recipients worldwide… and as one of the first females in Canada. see workshop

Brian E. Cummings, BBA, CPA, CA, MD, FRCPC, FCAP, FASCP

Staff pathologist, Grand River Hospital and Saint Mary's General Hospital, Kitchener, ONDr. Cummings is both a Chartered Accountant and an Anatomical PathologistChartered and is in full-time practice at Grand River Hospital (GRH) and Saint Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener, Ontario. Brian attained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1986 and taught Taxation and Managerial Accounting at the University of Prince Edward Island from 1989 to 1991 while completing all pre-requisites for admission to medical school. Dr. Cummings completed medical school at Dalhousie University in 1995 and was admitted to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2002. Brian has been intimately involved in financial, accounting and taxation issues important to physicians, residents and medical students for more than 20 years and speaks to graduating residents across Canada on a regular basis. He has written a number of documents, including "Tax Tips for the Physician and Physician in Training, all of which are available on the CMA website ( Brian has served on the Laboratory Section of the Ontario Medical Association and has assisted in negotiations with the provincial Ministry of Health. In addition, he has provided assistance to other provincial medical associations in their negotiations with their respective governments. Dr. Cummings has served as the Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Pathologists and presently serves on the Audit Committee of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons and as a Board Member for the Ontario Association of Pathologists and assists in various administrative roles within his department and other areas of GRH. Brian lives in Waterloo, Ontario with his wife, Patricia, and his son, David. see workshop



Ali Damji is a fourth year medical student from the University of Toronto. He is also a part-time graduate student working towards a Master of Sciences in Health System Leadership and Innovation at the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, which is fully funded through one of 9 LEAD Scholarships provided by the Faculty of Medicine. He is Chair of the Ontario Medical Students Association, leading his 3500 colleagues across the province.


He has previously worked as a research fellow at Health Quality Ontario and the Hospital for Sick Children, and most recently, Qulturum in Jonkoping, Sweden. He is also a co-founder of the Students for Antimicrobial Stewardship Society a national multidisciplinary collaborative dedicated to improving education, policy and prescribing practices to combat the threats of antimicrobial resistance.


He has been recognized for his leadership work with the Citizenship Award from the Professional Association of Residents of Ontario and the Medical Student Achievement Award from the Ontario Medical Association. In his later career he hopes to both practice clinically in primary care, while still maintaining a focus in health system and health policy reform.  see workshop

Suzanne Fox, RN, MSN, Executive Director of IHealth and Executive Director for Island Health Portfolio 2,

and Drew Digney, MD, Executive Medical Director, Island Health Portfolio 2. This team is responsible for a portfolio comprising the majority of services for the communities of Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Port Alberni, and the West coast from Bamfield to Ahousat, as well as island-wide planning for oversight of the Renal services, Oncology, Emergency Services and Trauma programs. Vancouver Island, British Columbia see workshop

Cheryl Heykoop, DSocSci, Assistant Professor, School of Leadership Studies Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences | Royal Roads University


Cheryl is an Assistant Professor with the School of Leadership Studies and a member of the Centre for Health Leadership Research at Royal Roads University. She is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. For the last 13 years Cheryl has worked with a range of organizations globally including UNICEF, the International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Plan International, Right To Play, and others to build their leadership capacity on a range of issues spanning local government decentralization, child protection, transitional justice, disaster recovery, and social change. Cheryl’s research and teaching interests focus on nature-based and embodied leadership, resilience-building, and child and youth engagement around trauma and adversity. Cheryl is particularly interested in how the lived experiences of young people living with cancer can better inform research, education, leadership, and practice. Cheryl is currently working on a book focused on her own lived experiences with cancer. see workshop

Dr. Michael Kaufmann is the founding director of the Physician Health Program of the Ontario Medical Association. Designed to assist professionals with substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and other personal health problems, this program has served more than 8,000 doctors and students since its inception in 1995.


A medical graduate of the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Physicians, Dr. Kaufmann practised family medicine in Campbellford, Ont. for 14 years before dedicating himself to physician well-being. He was certified in addiction medicine by the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.


Dr. Kaufmann has also led the service expansion of the Physician Health Program in a number of innovative ways designed to enhance physician civility and create respectful medical workplaces - all in keeping with his vision: to meet the needs of the individual while allowing positive cultural change within the profession.


Dr. Kaufmann presents frequently on physician health as an invited speaker, educator, and consultant. He is the past chair of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Physician Health Institute. He was previously an advisor to the CMA Centre for Physician Health and Well-being, and he served for many years on the faculty of the CMA Physician Manager Institute leadership training program.


Honours for his work include the OMA Lifetime Achievement Award in Addiction Medicine, the Courage to Come Back Award of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and the Misericordia Award of the Canadian Medical Association recognizing lifetime achievement in physician health.


Dr. Kaufmann, an avid musician and golfer, and his wife, Judy, live in rural Ontario where he is able to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by local community life and outdoor activities. see workshop



Dr. Kendel In collaboration with Dr. Chris Carruthers and the CMA, Dr. Kendel played a leadership role in founding the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL). He had had a career-long commitment to fostering physician leadership development.


Dr. Kendel has served in diverse leadership roles including President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, President of the Medical Council of Canada and President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada. He currently serves as CEO of saskdocs.


Dr. Kendel has received multiple leadership awards including the CSPL Excellence in Medical Leadership award and the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.   see workshop

Richard Staynings  is a renowned thought leader, author, public speaker and advocate for improved cybersecurity across the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry, where he serves as Cisco Cybersecurity's Global Industry Leader.


CIO, CISO, CRO, CTO, Partner and Principal are some of the titles Richard has held. With more than 25 years experience of both cybersecurity leadership and client consulting in healthcare, Richard has lived in over 30 countries and delivered innovative solutions to organizations in all

of them. Working in both an executive leadership and consulting capacity, Richard has sat on both sides of the advisory table, and can appreciate views through both conceptual lenses.


Richard has assisted in the success of innovative start-ups, to many of the world’s most successful public companies. Some of his more notable successes include work for: Amgen, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Intermountain Healthcare, PeaceHealth, Intel, Microsoft,

Symantec & Zurich Financial, to name a few.


After spending many years based out of the UK, Australia and various parts of Asia, Richard now resides in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, Colorado, USA with his family. When he’s not flying between clients and conferences, Richard enjoys most things between

mountaineering and scuba diving. Although he doesn’t get to spend a lot of time at home, Richard is active in his local community and serves on several Boards in a pro-bono capacity. see workshop


Dr. Robin Walker is the Integrated Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Education for London Health Sciences Centre and St Joseph’s Health Care London, and Professor of Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry of the University of Western Ontario.  His postgraduate work in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine was at Dalhousie University, Halifax NS and he received his FRCPC (Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada) in pediatrics in 1977, as well as subsequently the designation FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics). Before moving to London in 2011, he had been a medical faculty member at Queen’s University (Kingston), the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University.


With over 25 years’ experience as a neonatologist, Dr. Walker has worked both within the hospital and academic sectors and with non-governmental organizations.  His research has included work on artificial intelligence tools in neonatal medicine and evidence-based approaches for the improvement of the practice of neonatal intensive care; he is currently co-leading a national project to develop a comprehensive on-line profile of the health status of Canada’s children and youth.  His CV includes over 200 peer reviewed publications and more than 250 invited presentations. Dr. Walker is a past president of the Canadian Paediatric Society and a past Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Education. Since 2011 Dr. Walker has been the Co-Chair of the joint Talent Management Program of St Joseph’s Health Care London, London Health Sciences Centre and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.


Outside of his daily work, Dr. Walker has been an active advocate for the health needs of children and youth for over two decades, receiving several awards for his work.  He was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in recognition of work advancing the rights of children & youth. Dr Walker is the immediate Past Chair of the Canadian Institute of Child Health. see workshop