Beverley A. Orser, MD, FRCPC, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Physiology, University of Toronto
Dr. Beverley A. Orser is Professor of Anesthesia and Physiology at the University of Toronto, a Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia and a practising anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences. She received a Medical Doctorate from Queen's University in 1981, a Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1987, and a PhD in medical science from the University of Toronto in 1995. She completed postgraduate clinical training programs at the Royal Columbian Hospital, McMaster University, Oxford University and the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanism of anesthetics and analgesics. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia and operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her clinical studies focus on simple but effective ways to improve patient safety in the operating room. She co-founded the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada, the first Canadian reporting system for medication errors and the Patient Safety Committee of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. She has also chaired the Canadian Standards Association Subcommittee on the Labeling and Packaging of Drugs and helped to develop a tool that can be used to assess drug hazards in the operating room. Her recent efforts have been directed to the implementation of safety checklists for patients undergoing surgery. Dr. Orser's work has been recognized through numerous awards, including a Canada Research Chair, the first Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award from the International Anesthesia Research Society and a Research Recognition Award from the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society. She has also received the Recognition Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (United States), the Premier's Research Excellence Award (Ontario) and a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Carolyn E. Hoffman, RN, MN
Vice President, Clinical Performance Improvement for Alberta Health Services
Carolyn E. Hoffman RN, MN, is the Vice President, Clinical Performance Improvement for Alberta Health Services, the largest healthcare delivery organization in Canada. In this role, Carolyn leads the Patient Safety, Clinical Quality Improvement, Improvement Design & Delivery, and Improvement Capacity Building teams. She is also Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization's High 5s Initiative with responsibilities that include chairing the Event Analysis Subcommittee and Collaborative Learning Committee.
Carolyn has senior leadership experience in hospital operations, provincial government, and quality improvement with a focus on patient safety. She was most recently the Executive Director of Critical Care, Emergency, Trauma, Cardiac Services and the Northern Health Services Network at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Carolyn was also the internal lead for the development and launch of the Safer Healthcare Now! National Campaign supported by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (Director of Operations, Ontario to British Columbia).
Carolyn is a co-author of the Canadian Incident Analysis Framework (pending publication); the lead author of the 2008 consultation paper on the development of a Canadian Adverse Event Reporting and Learning System; and co-author of the Canadian Root Cause Analysis Framework (2006) as well as the Canadian Patient Safety Dictionary (2003).
Emily Lap Sum Musing, RPh, BScPhm, MHSc, ACPR, FCSHP, CHE
Executive Director of Pharmacy, Patient Safety Officer, Director of Clinical Risk and Quality, University Health Network
Emily Musing is the Executive Director of Pharmacy, Clinical Risk and Quality at the University Health Network As such; she manages both the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy services across UHN's three sites. She is also responsible for providing leadership related to clinical risk and quality as UHN's Patient Safety Officer.
Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto and her Master of Health Science in Health Administration from the Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. She is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. She is an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Pharmacy and has an adjunct appointment with the department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, Faculty of Medicine, and is a faculty member of the Centre for Patient Safety, University of Toronto.
Emily completed the Patient Safety Executive Development Program with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2010). Other leadership activities include Emily's previous roles as an Ontario Trailblazer for Safer Healthcare Now!, member on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Expert Panel on Quality and Safety, and Co-chair of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario Drug and Therapeutics Committee. She is currently Vice Chair of the recently established Death Investigation Oversight Council reporting to the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and recently joined the Board for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
John E. Lewis, RN
Community Outreach - Claremont House/Wesley Urban Ministries
John Lewis graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked in medical/hematology oncology. The idea that patients were always safe from harm never occurred to him until the death of his eleven-year-old daughter Claire, from a series of egregious medical errors, culminating in a catastrophic medication error. At her death he sought accountability, disclosure and apology from both the providers and the health care institution. He also sought sweeping systems change.
John joined the Ontario Ministry of Health's Patient Safety Task Force in 2002 where he met numerous patient safety experts, who freely shared their experience and insights into patient safety. Shortly after this he began public speaking about the experience of his daughter's death and the need for disclosure in both the patient safety venue and the Canadian Health Care System. He was asked by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) to join the working group on the Canadian Disclosure Guidelines. He continued his relationship with CPSI over the past number of years continuing committee work having just completed his involvement in the Canadian Incident Analysis Framework.
Written with Larry Hicock, ECW press released the book Beware the Grieving Warrior in 2004, a detailed understanding of Claire's death. The book's objective was to present two perspectives of her death. Firstly, the unimaginable loss and the desperate emotions attached to that loss. Secondly, the book attempted to explain in an uncomplicated manner how both human and systems failures led to this tragic outcome.
Currently, John is nursing in the inner city to one of the most marginalized populations in Canada, which takes a great deal of advocacy in this underprivileged neighbourhood for both health and social concerns. This advocacy comes easily from a familiar place in his past.
Michael Cohen, MS, RPh
President, ISMP US
Michael Cohen, RPh, MS, ScD, is president of The Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit healthcare organization in the United States that specializes in understanding the causes of medication errors and providing error-reduction strategies to the healthcare community, policy makers, and the public. He is editor of the textbook, Medication Errors (2007 American Pharmaceutical Association) and serves as co-editor of the ISMP Medication Safety Alert! publications that reach over 2 million health professionals and consumers in the US, as well as regulatory authorities and others in over 30 foreign countries. Dr. Cohen is vice-chair of the Sentinel Event Advisory Group for the Joint Commission and served recently as a member of the National Quality Forum's Voluntary Consensus Standards Maintenance Committee (CSMC) on Safe Practices. He currently serves as a consultant to the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Committee. In 2005 he was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Peter A. Flattery, B.A., M.B.A., C.I.P.
Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC)
Peter Flattery is Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada (HIROC). He started with the founding organization, Hospital Insurance Reciprocal of Ontario (HIRO) in 1988, during its first year of operation, as head of the Underwriting & Client Services Department. In 1996 Peter was named CEO and has expanded the mandate of the organization in co-operation with the interests of its Subscribers. During his tenure, HIROC has become Canada's largest healthcare liability insurer and a leading provider of innovative risk management and patient safety products and services.
After graduating from the University of Toronto, Peter joined a large international commercial insurance company, where he spent eleven years specializing in the underwriting and marketing areas of casualty and property insurance. He is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at Queen's University and is a Chartered Insurance Professional of the Insurance Institute of Canada.
Peter is immediate past Chair of the Board of Hospital Insurance Forum, a U.S.-based association of medical malpractice insurers; Board Chair of Salus Global Corporation, an organization dedicated to improving patient safety; and, Board Chair of Canadian Association of Insurance Reciprocals, established to raise awareness of the value of insurance reciprocals and represent its members' interests to government regulators and other stakeholders.
Ruth Wilson, MD, CCFP*
Department of Family Medicine, Queen's University
Dr. Ruth Wilson is the Associate Director of Health Policy at the College of Family Physicians of Canada and outgoing Chair of the Canadian Medical Forum, a roundtable of CEOs and presidents of Canada's major medical organizations. She is a practising family physician and educator. A professor of family medicine at Queen's University, she was Chair of the department for ten years. From 2001-2004, she served as Chair of the Ontario Family Health Network, a provincial government agency created to implement primary care reform in Ontario. This effort laid the groundwork for the widespread primary care models in Ontario including Family Health Teams.
Her practice as a family physician includes eleven years in remote communities in Canada, and twenty-two years in Kingston, Ontario, where she includes obstetrics in her practice. Her international experience includes helping establish family medicine in the immediate post-conflict situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Wilson's research interests are in women's health, aboriginal health, and the lessons from these areas that affect the determinants of health. She is co-author of the Women's Health chapters of the Oxford Textbook of Primary Care, and editor of Implementing Primary Care Reform: Barriers and Facilitators. She is outgoing Chair of the National Drug Scheduling Advisory Committee.
She is the recipient of a Canada 125 Medal. In May 2002, Wilson received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Thompson Rivers University. In 2010 Wilson was named one of two 5 Star Doctors by WONCA, the World Organization of Family Doctors. Also in 2010 she was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women.
W. Morley Lemon, PhD, FCA, CPA
Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo
W. Morley Lemon PhD, (University of Texas at Austin); FCA (Ontario), CPA (Texas) is Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo. He was the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Auditing at his retirement in 2004. Morley a KPMG Audit Research Fellow from 1985 to 1986 and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (Fall 2003, Spring 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and the University of Auckland (Spring 2004, 2005).
Morley received the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award in 1998, the ICAO Award of Outstanding Merit in 2003, CAAA L.S. Rosen Outstanding Educator Award in 2004, and the American Accounting Association Auditing Section Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Service to the profession includes the CICA Auditing Standards Board 1996-2000 and several CICA Task Forces. Morley also served on the Canada/US/UK Joint Working Group to Examine Audit Methodology (1999-2000) and was co-author of Developments in the Audit Methodologies of Large Accounting Firms published by the Auditing Practices Board, London in 2000.
Service to the academy includes membership on a number of CAAA committees and membership on the AAA Council and of a number of AAA committees. Morley has presented papers in Canada, the U.S., Australia and China. and has papers published in several journals and monographs.
Other service includes membership on the Boards of Transparency International Canada, The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre (including two years as Chair, and ISMP Canada.
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Cecil Schwartz, LLB