Arij Elmi, Verna Yiu, Mike Tierney & Jeremy Petch

Arij Elmi is a PhD student at the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Arij specializes in the social and behavioural health sciences. Since receiving her Masters and Bachelors of Social Work degrees from the University of Windsor, she has worked in a variety of settings including clinical work as a mental health crisis worker; applied research in sexual violence against women and integrated health services; and post secondary education as a sessional instructor. In her free time, Arij works as a certified instructor with Wen-Do women’s self defence. Dr. Verna Yiu is a pediatric nephrologist and the Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Quality and Medical Affairs for Alberta Health Services. Prior to this role she was the interim dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Dr. Yiu is an alumnus of the University of Alberta and Harvard University. She has had 15 years of leading in areas of health administration both within the healthcare delivery system and academic setting. Her current role in AHS is to help oversee the integration and coordination of a diverse, multifaceted, complex end-to-end health delivery model for the province through the four accountability functions: Quality & Healthcare Improvement, Strategic Clinical Networks; Medical Affairs; and Academic Partnerships. A key mandate of this position places strong emphasis on the importance of engagement, leadership development and relationships between the medical staff and the health care system. Mike Tierney is Vice President of Clinical Programs at The Ottawa Hospital and his portfolio includes Emergency, Critical Care, Medicine and Neurosciences. He has over 30 years experience in healthcare, including past roles as Director of Pharmacy at The Ottawa Hospital and Vice President of the Common Drug Review at the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Career experiences include clinical pharmacy practice in adult critical care, clinical education and research and, the application of an evidence-informed approach to healthcare decision making. Mike is trained as a clinical pharmacist, and obtained a M.Sc. in Pharmacology from the University of Ottawa and completed a hospital pharmacy residency program at the Ottawa General Hospital. Follow Mike on Twitter @MTierneyOttawa Dr. Jeremy Petch is the Managing Editor of Healthy Debate and the Manager of Special Projects at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Regent Park Community Health Centre and is the Chair of its Quality Committee. He is also involved in research aimed at understanding the relationship between resource intensive use of the health care system and the social determinants of health. Dr. Petch holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University and a graduate diploma from the Ontario Training Centre in Health Service and Policy Research. His doctoral work focused on the intersection of ethics, law and public policy in the regulation of genetic screening technologies. He was previously a research associate at the Institute for Work and Health. His academic work has appeared in Annals of Epidemiology and the American Journal of Preventative Medicine. Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch


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