Jeremy Petch, Joshua Tepper & Jill Konkin

Dr. Jeremy Petch is a research coordinator at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St Michael's Hospital.  He holds a PhD in Philosophy from York University and a graduate diploma from the Ontario Training Centre in Health Service and Policy Research, specializing in biomedial ethics and health policy.  His doctoral work focused on the intersection of ethics, law and public policy in the regulation of genetic screening technologies.  Jeremy was previously a research associate at the Institute for Work and Health, where he researched the health of the Long Term Care workforce, geographical variation in workplace injury, and the health of very young workers.  Follow Jeremy on Twitter @JeremyPetch Dr. Joshua Tepper is a family physician the CEO of Health Quality Ontario. He is formerly the Vice President of Education at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and he spent five and a half years as the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Human Resources Strategy Division. He led the HealthForceOntario health human resources strategy. He was a senior medical officer for Health Canada, an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and a research consultant for the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI). He has a Bachelors degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Public Health from Harvard, and completed his executive MBA in June 2011 at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Most important of all he has two gorgeous children Ishai and Adara. Dr. Jill Konkin is a rural family doctor and the Associate Dean for Community Engagement with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. She is both an academic and a clinician, as well as a community leader and a mentor. She has, for most of her career, dedicated herself to improving the quality of family medicine in smaller communities in Alberta and across the country. Prior to joining the University of Alberta she was the Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Prior to her roles in academia she spent 16 years as a family doctor in Jasper, Alberta. She is involved in provincial and federal organizations including the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the Admissions of Rural and Remote Students to Medical Schools Task Force and Alberta College of Family Physicians. Follow Jill on Twitter @djillk1

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