Workshop Speakers Saturday, May 30 — Day 2

Steven Bellemare, MD, Senior Physician Advisor, Practice Improvement

Dr. Steven Bellemare completed his medical training at the University of Ottawa, and his residency in pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Having specialized in child maltreatment pediatrics, he was assistant professor at Dalhousie University and worked as a member of the child protection team at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax before  joining the CMPA in 2009. Now the senior physician advisor with the department of Practice Improvement, he received the designation of Certified Physician Executive from the Certifying Commission in Medical Management in 2016 and has delivered over 250 risk management presentations to a variety of medical audiences across the country. Workshops 3B, 4B Top

Dietrich Fürstenburg, MD Dr. Fürstenburg is a FP with special interest in: Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics and FP Surgery at GR Baker Memorial Hospital in Quesnel, British Columbia. Dr. Fürstenburg is currently the co-chair of the Northern Interior Medical Advisory Committee and holds the position of the Medical Director for the NI Rural (Northern Health Authority). He is responsible for providing effective leadership in planning, delivering, and evaluating medical services, which includes the quality and performance of the medical staff for the Northern Interior Rural region. He is working collaboratively with communities and physicians to recruit and retain physicians. He serves on various Provincial Committees and is presently enrolled in the International Masters for Health Leadership Program at McGill University. He has a passion for Health Care Administration and evoking meaningful change. Workshops 3C, 4C

Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CCPE, CPE Dr. Mamta Gautam is a psychiatrist at The Ottawa Hospital and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa; and President and CEO of PEAK MD.  Dr. Gautam is an internationally renowned clinician, consultant, researcher, speaker and author in the areas of Physician Health and Physician Leadership.


She is a pioneer in the area of physician health and well-being, and has been hailed as “The Doctor’s Doctor”. She is the founding director of the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine Wellness Program; as well as the Canadian Medical Association Centre for Physician Health and Wellbeing, where she served as the Chair of the Expert Advisory Group. She created the Canadian Psychiatric Association Section on Physician Health; and in 2008, she founded the International Alliance on Physician Health, bringing together experts worldwide to collaborate on work in this area.  She has written two bestsellers – Irondoc: Practical Stress Management Tools for Physicians and The Tarzan Rule: Tips for a Healthy life in Medicine. She brings this knowledge and expertise to PEAK MD, through which she consults to healthcare organizations and coaches senior physician leaders internationally.  She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her innovative work in physician health, and has been awarded Distinguished Fellowships in both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations


An experienced leader, she is a Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and the Federation of Medical Women of Canada. She is a faculty member at the American Association of Physician Leaders, and Joule’s Physician Leadership Institutes, and serves on the Board of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders.  A key area of interest is developing women leaders in medicine.   Workshops 3F, 4F Top

Brian Golden, PhD, FCAHS, Vice-Dean, Rotman School of Management, Chaired Professor of Health Sector Strategy, University of Toronto and the University Health Network, Toronto, ON

is Vice-Dean, MBA Programs, and the Sandra Rotman Chaired Professor in Health Sector Strategy at the Rotman School of Management, The University of Toronto.  He serves as Academic Director of Rotman’s Global Executive MBA and Rotman’s Global Executive MBA in Healthcare and The Life Sciences.


Professor Golden was a member of the advisory committee that led to the creation of Ontario’s Excellent Care for All legislation.  In 2013 he co-authored the province’s report on Primary Care Governance, and in 2015 co-authored “Patient Care Groups:  A new model of population based primary health care for Ontario” (the “Price Report”) for the Ministry of Health.  From 2005 to 2010 Professor Golden was Board Chair of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Professor Golden conducts research, teaches and consults in the areas of change management, leadership, incentives and payment models, system design and governance.  Among his published work are articles in The Harvard Business Review, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Strategic Management Journal, Healthcare Quarterly, Healthcare Papers, The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, Management Science, Clinical Oncology, and Health Policy. Professor Golden’s article “Transforming Healthcare Organizations” in Healthcare Quarterly has been that publication’s most downloaded article with over 170,000 downloads.


As an advisor and director of leadership development programs, Professor Golden has worked with a variety of organizations including Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Britain’s National Health Service, health regions across Canada, and hospitals including The Hospital for Sick Children, The University Health Network, Hamilton Health Sciences, London Health Science Centre, Sunnybrook College Health Sciences Centre, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, British Columbia Cancer Agency, The King Faisal Specialist Hospital, and Baylor Medical Center. Private sector clients include Tieto (Finland), General Electric, Janssen-Ortho, Philips and Baxter.


His honours include Canada’s Ted Freedman Innovation in Healthcare Education Award and the Canadian Medical Association’s first Eureka Award for Innovation in Physician Education.  In 2016 he was made a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Workshops 3A, 4A



Courtney Howard, MD, Emergency Physician, and President, Canadian Association of the Environment, Yellowknife, NT

Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown. Dr. Howard has led research into menstrual cups, wildfires and participated in policy work and advocacy regarding active transport, plant-rich diets, health impact assessments, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Health in Harmony, and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, is part of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health and is on the Planetary Health Alliance’s steering committee. Fall 2020 she begins coordinating global planetary health policy engagement and advocacy with start-up CODA change. Onwards! Workshops 3E, 4E Top

Faisal Khosa, MD, MBA, FFRRCSI, FRCPC, DABR, Associate Professor, Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Faisal Khosa, MD, MBA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology at Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia. He is also the Head of Grants and International Collaboration at the UBC Emergency & Trauma Radiology program.


Dr. Khosa has been a faculty speaker at the Radiological Society of North America, American Roentgen Ray Society, American Society of Emergency Radiology, Royal College in UK and The Arab Health Congress in UAE, and an invited speaker at universities all over the world. He is passionate about giving back through coaching and mentoring students and his mentoring has benefited students all over the world. Workshops 3C, 4C  Top

Kim Kozachenko, CEO and Founder, KOLMETA People & Culture Partners Inc., Calgary, AB As a proudly born and raised Albertan, Kimberlea is a corporate executive leader and a successful entrepreneur who has made an impact in industries such as finance, healthcare, government, academics, retail, and more.   Kimberlea is an internationally published writer, with her works printed in digital copy in Canada and the United States, and in hardcover in the United Kingdom.

She is also a sought-after international speaker and influencer to the talent and business community and has been invited to share her exponential ideas and accomplishments on stages at world-class events for companies such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, MediaCorp, numerous professional designation associations, Universities and more.


Kimberlea has led the creation and successful implementation of numerous leading-edge business development tools for small start-ups and large enterprises including recruitment initiatives, talent development programs, career advancement programs, and technology platforms. She is passionate about the personal and professional development of those around her and feels the greatest impacts can be made at the team level.  In order to achieve this, strong leadership practices are imperative. As such, she offers comprehensive leadership learning and executive coaching to empower leaders to be effective and successful.  She also volunteers her time generously to the intellectual advancement of Canada's post-secondary student population in the form of mentorship.


Through her company KOLMETA, Kimberlea wants to help individuals and organizations achieve their most audacious goals.  She believes relentless innovation, genuine connections and transparency will change global talent practices for the better.  Workshops 3D, 4D  Top

Guylaine Lefebvre, MD, Director, Practice Improvement, Canadian Medical Protective Association, Ottawa, ON Dr. Guylaine Lefebvre completed medical school and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Ottawa. She then completed a fellowship in advanced gynecologic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. After 10 years on staff at the Civic site of the Ottawa Hospital, she joined St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. At St. Michael’s she was chief of obstetrics and gynecology, and chaired the hospital’s medical advisory committee.


Dr. Lefebvre was a member of the Board of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada for over a decade, serving as president in 2007–08. She has contributed to provincial and national education bodies including committees of the Medical Council of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Lefebvre received an honourary fellowship to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her work in women’s health.


In August 2015 she returned to Ottawa, joining the Canadian Medical Protective Association as Director of Practice Improvement within the Safe Medical care Group. Workshops 3B, 4B Top


Bonnie Niu, BSC, Radiology Research Coordinator, Vancouver General Hospital, BC is the Radiology Research Coordinator at Vancouver General Hospital. Her interest in the intersectionality of medicine with social issues has taken her to lead multidisciplinary projects, including the investigation and dissemination of gender and racial disparities in academic medicine. She is first author on an accepted manuscript to JACR highlighting disparities amongst US radiologists and has presented her findings at the American Society of Emergency Radiology Annual Meeting last year. Workshops 3C, 4C Top


Ray Markham, MD, Executive Medical, Rural Coordination Centre of BC Dr. Ray Markham has worked in rural family practice for over 20 years. He has had a diverse and productive medical career that has taken him across the globe. Born in Zimbabwe and trained in South Africa, Dr. Markham first immigrated to Canada in 1992, where he practiced for three years in rural Newfoundland. In 1995, he began a seven-year career in General Practice with the British Army in the UK completing his General Practice Vocational Training and his Membership into the Royal College of General Practitioners. During that time, he was awarded the Sydney Herbert Medal and Prize for achievement in post-graduate medical officer training, and the Queen Mother Prize for GP vocational training.


In 2002, Dr. Markham returned to Canada where he lives and works with Alison and their 2 daughters in Valemount, BC. He currently practices full service rural generalist family medicine in the Robson Valley. There he has led the local transition to an electronic medical record system, and helped establish the Northern Interior Rural Division of Family Practice as one of its founding directors. He continues to be heavily involved in several community health outreach and educational initiatives and sits on a number of regional and provincial committees. In 2009, Dr. Markham was awarded the Order of British Columbia for “steadfastly, unwaveringly, and intentionally serving the community of Valemount, despite the many challenges faced by rural medical caregivers.”


Dr. Markham served as Medical Director for UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development from 2013-2019. He started serving as Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC in Jan 2016. He intends to practice rural family medicine in Valemount for the rest of his career. Dr. Markham is passionate about BC rural medicine and his commitment to isolated or underserved populations transcends borders – taking him to work in places like Antarctica, Kenya, Haiti and Zimbabwe. Since 2013 he has been regularly leading (at least once a year) multidisciplinary volunteer teams from Canada to Zimbabwe through UBC Global Health, aiming at bi-directional capacity building in both the social determinants of health and healthcare. Workshops 3G, 4G Top


F. Gigi Osler, BScMed, MD, FRCSC Past President, CMA 2018-2019

Dr. Osler graduated from medical school at the University of Manitoba in 1992. Following this, she completed a rotating internship at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Boniface General Hospital from 1992 to 1993.


She began studying Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba in 1993 and graduated from the residency program in 1997. This was followed by a Rhinology fellowship at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, BC. She has been in practice in Winnipeg since 1998.


Dr. Osler is the Head of the Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital and is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba. When working at St. Boniface Hospital, she is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and residents.


Her interest in medical education led her to volunteer with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She served on the working group tasked with transforming Canada’s Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency programs into competency-based medical education programs. She is also on the Royal College’s Professional Learning and Development Committee and supports the lifelong learning of physicians and surgeons.


Dr. Osler is a dedicated advocate for global surgery and the promotion of safe, accessible surgical care. She volunteers annually on surgical missions to low and lower-middle income countries, and her volunteer work inspires her to work harder for patients and the health care system. She was a member of Canadian Helping Kids in Vietnam's medical mission to Long Xuyen, Vietnam in 2011. The mission's goals were to educate Vietnamese doctors and nurses, deliver donated medical equipment and supplies, and present bicycles to deserving schoolchildren.


For the last several years Dr. Osler has been volunteering in Mbarara, Uganda. Working with members of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the group collaborates with the ENT Department of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology to improve the quality of local health care through education, training and mentorship to surgeons, residents and medical students.


A passionate advocate for physician health, Dr. Osler co-chaired the 2015 Canadian Conference on Physician Health and serves as chair of the Physician Health and Wellness Committee for Doctors Manitoba. The committee oversees the Physician and Family Support program and creates events to promote physician wellness. In 2017, she was awarded their Health or Safety Promotion award in recognition of her efforts to develop and implement programs to support the health and well-being of doctors.

Dr. Osler lives in Winnipeg with her wonderful husband and is the proud mother of two incredible children.

Alan Ruddiman, MD, Past President, Doctors of BC, and Co-Chair, Joint Standing Committee for Rural Issues, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Ruddiman is an internationally trained rural generalist physician and the immediate past-president of Doctors of BC. Born in Dundee, Scotland, he earned his MB.BCh. medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. A founding member of the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada in 1992, Alan was recognized as an inaugural recipient of the society’s Fellowship in Rural & Remote Medicine in 2009. As a member of the Doctors of BC Council on Health Economics & Policy (CHEP), Alan was appointed in 2012 as the provincial physician lead on the policy paper “Medical Professionalism in British Columbia – Working Together: An Exploration of Professional Relationships in Medicine.” Alan is a University of BC, Faculty of Medicine clinical teacher, to both medical students and residents. He currently serves in as a consultant to the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), holding an Associate Director role, by promoting the enhancement of rural health in BC through education and advocacy. Workshops 3G, 4G Top

Anurag Saxena, MD, Professor and Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK  Dr. Anurag Saxena is the Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Saskatchewan and in this role is responsible for the oversight of all residency training programs in Saskatchewan. He is Professor of Pathology and a practicing pathologist in Saskatoon Health Region. Dr. Saxena completed his M.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and MBA from the University of Wales. He has leadership certification from the Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Canadian Society of Physician Executives.


 A recipient of the Master Teacher Award of the University of Saskatchewan, he is passionate about teaching and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and external teaching through workshops on various aspects leadership and change.  His current research interest is in leadership in medical education and health services and in the medical education systems. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications on leadership in healthcare and medical education. His current projects are on leader developmental readiness, leader identity, resilience and well-being. He has facilitated workshops at healthcare and medical education conferences and appreciative inquiry-based session in non-profit sectors. Workshops 3D, 4D  Top

Mithu Sen, MD, FRCPC, D'ABSM Dr. Sen graduated from Queen’s University with a BSc First Class Honors in 1991. She completed medical school at the University of Calgary in 1995 and continued in Calgary to complete her Internal Medicine Residency. She completed her fellowships in Respirology, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.


Dr. Sen serves on The Associated Medical Service Board of Directors, which oversees many aspects of education nationally including the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine and the AMS Phoenix Project and is the Chair of the AMS Grants Committee. She is an experienced Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) appointed external surveyor for postgraduate training programs nationally. She serves on the Fellowship Affairs Committee of the RCPSC Dr. Sen also served on the Board of Directors at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Professional Staff Organization, and was the President, and Medical Advisory Committee member, as well as Chair of LHSC Resuscitation Committee.


Dr. Sen was elected to the Chair of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Physician Health and Wellness Group, bringing undergraduate, postgraduate, and faculty affairs work in this area and leading this initiative nationally. She serves on The RCPSC Specialty (Nucleus) Committee and is the Director of Education for The Canadian Critical Care Society. She was the Chair of the Ontario Thoracic Society Better Breathing Conference in 2016 and has also been an instructor for Crucial Conversations (VitalSmarts) for a decade.


Dr. Sen was the recipient of The Cameron Gray Award, Ontario Thoracic Society in 2000, the Junior Teaching Award of Excellence in the Department of Medicine in 2008, and the Dean’s Award of Excellence for Postgraduate Education in 2013.She received the Association of American Medical Colleges Best in Class international award from 2016 to 2018 for her leadership at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry in faculty vitality, resilience, and work life integration.  Workshops 3H, 4H  Top

Sabeen Tiwana, DMD, Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia

Dr. Sabeen Tiwana is a dentist and teaches and practises at the University of British Columbia. She has a keen interest in advocacy and mentoring of students from underrepresented groups including minorities and refugees. She is an instructor at courses on bias and harassment at workplace.  Workshops 3C, 4C Top

John Van Aerde, MD, MA, PhD, FRCPC John has > 25 years of experience as a Neonatologist, the first 10 as a clinician-researcher, the next 15 in different leadership roles, including medical director of several neonatal intensive care units, the Child Home Nutrition Program for Northern Alberta, the neonatal initiative or Collaborative Practice and Quality Improvement and, Regional director of the Northern Alberta Neonatal Intensive Care Program. Under his leadership and with the support of a large team, the latter program integrated 115 neonatal beds and one follow-up clinic in 5 different hospitals under one functional umbrella. After Alberta, he also served as Regional Medical Director for Neonatology at Fraser Health, BC, until 2014. Presently, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Universities of Alberta and BC, Associate Faculty for the Master’s Program in Health Leadership at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, and Faculty for the Physician Leadership Institute (PMI) in Ottawa. He served on many committees for regional, provincial and national organizations, including the Alberta Clinician Council, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta, the Canadian Paediatric Society and, as the President of the Canadian Society for Physician Executives (2013-15).


John holds a PhD in Medical Sciences, a Master’s degree in Leadership Studies and has published >70 peer-reviewed papers, 20 book chapters and 140 abstracts. He is the editor of the Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership and researches several aspects of physician leadership. He has been an invited speaker or facilitator for national and international organizations. He has 20 years of medico-legal experience and has provided/continues to provide consulting services for many academic and health care organizations. John practices systems theory by living in a self-sustainable house and by exploring forest regeneration, while his wife grows year-round organic food in Ladysmith, BC. Top

Qian Wei, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia

Dr. Qian Wei holds a PhD in Sociology and she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on a project examining gender inequality in scientific collaboration networks. She intends to explore how participation in collaborative research influences researchers’ publication impact and career advancement, and particularly if its influence differs for male and female scientists. Workshops 3C, 4C Top

updated March 13,  2020