Tue., May 18 | Free Webinar

Speaker Series "Women in Health"

Speaker Series "Women in Health", presented by WIL Calgary Chapter
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Speaker Series "Women in Health"

Time & Location

May 18, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Free Webinar

About the Event

The Women in Leadership, Calgary Chapter, is excited to host the Women in Health conference.  The conference will showcase leaders within the field, focusing on innovation, resilience and the future of health care.  We will have leaders from various background.  The online session will include opening speakers sharing about their experience working with COVID-19, a panel discussion with of health leaders across the province and individual speakers presenting on Women’s Health and various areas of health care.

Agenda (speaker bios are listed below):

* Times are listed in MDT

8:30-8:45am - Welcome

8:45-9:30am - Opening Speaker: COVID19 response

  • Theresa Tang
  • Dr. Jia Hu

9:30-9:40 am Break

9:40-10:40 am Panel Discussion - Mentors form Senior Level Health Leaders (In partnership with Emerging Health Leaders)

  • Kim Simmonds
  • Laurel (Laurie) Taylor
  • Nevicia Case

10:40-10:50 am Break

10:50-11:35 am Women’s Health Presentation

  • Dr. Madison Young

11:35-11:45- Break

11:45-1:00pm - Future of Health Care:  Pecha Kucha Presentation

  • Sandra Stable
  • Charlene D’Souza
  • Diane Gutiw
  • Natalie Vandenberg
  • Sheena Morton
  • Madiha Mueen
  • Sarah Topps

Participation is FREE but attendance is limited. Register today.


Speaker Bios

Sandra Stabel - Sandra gets a major kick out of challenging the status quo. Currently, she works as a Senior Business Partner in the Health Innovation branch at Alberta Innovates, volunteers as Co-Chair on the Edmonton Chapter of Emerging Health Leaders and dabbles in entrepreneurial ventures. She has spent her career to date as an advocate for innovative and preventative patient care in Alberta. Her keen interest in understanding the people side of digital transformation in health care leaves her with more questions than answers.  Sandra truly believes that healthcare in Alberta is primed for digital disruption and she’s excited to be a part of the action. Her boundless energy is sure to inspire the next generation of health leaders.

Sheena Morton - Sheena is an enthusiastic Registered Nurse with a passion for clinical excellence in Critical Care. She works as a Knowledge Translation Practice Lead with the Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network (CC SCN) at Alberta Health Services. In this role she supports the provincial implementation of Venting Wisely: A care pathway for patients with respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation to improve the quality of care for patients in the ICU. She volunteers with the Edmonton Chapter of Emerging Health Leaders (EHL) as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement; to offer individuals in healthcare with opportunities to develop leadership skills in order to facilitate strategic thinking and health system innovation. Sheena is motivated to improve and inspire change in healthcare.

Natalie Vandenberg - Owner of Vivid Psychology and registered provisional psychologist, Natalie has spent over 15 years working within the business sector to help and coach employees within their careers as well as in their daily lives. Natalie then moved into private practice providing support to individuals and couples on relationships, sex, intimacy, and sexuality.

Natalie has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary and her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Calgary.

Kim Simmonds - Kim is a senior manager at EY with a unique private sector lens. She has her PhD in epidemiology and has worked in numerous roles in Alberta’s health system from frontline to strategic policy development with senior leaders in government. She’s energetic and has been an excellent mentor with our EHL Edmonton mentorship program!

Madiha Mueen - Madiha Mueen is currently a Policy Advisor with the Research and Innovation Branch at Alberta Health. In her role, she provides advice on evidence for research and innovation to drive change and accelerate the adoption and diffusion of innovative health technologies and processes to improve patient outcomes and add value to the system. Previously, she was a Business Development Associate (Health Sciences) with the Health Accelerator program at TEC Edmonton where she was responsible for stakeholder engagement to identify health system’s technology needs and working with local innovators and entrepreneurs to accelerate the adoption of technologies into the system. She has also held roles at the University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services. Madiha holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management and a BSc in Psychology and is interested in health care innovation, evidence-based decision making, and digital health.

Charlene D’Souza - Charlene D'Souza, BN, RN, works as a Registered Nurse at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Her background is in Clinical Neurosciences, working with neurology, neurosurgery, stroke, and epilepsy patients. In addition to providing direct patient care, Charlene takes on leadership roles working as charge nurse, precepting students, and is a member of her unit's social and quality council. In her spare time, Charlene enjoys playing volleyball and volunteering her time through community mentorship.

Diane Gutiw - Dr. Diane Gutiw holds a PhD in Medical Information Technology Management where she conducted doctoral research on medical AI/expert system solution modeling and adoption. Diane is the Vice President of Analytics, AI and Machine Learning for CGI in Canada and leads a team of data scientists and data architects in supporting organizations implementing big data solutions.

Diane has been serving as a visiting lecturer at Simon Fraser University and is currently engaged in designing and co-delivering a course on Data Science in Medicine for the UBC Medical School.  As well as an academic career, Diane has over 30 years of experience in the design, development and delivery of highly integrated big data solutions including public health surveillance in the US and Canada.  Diane designed the enterprise analytic and research solution for the University of California, San Francisco including the integrated design of research, medical school and clinical data.

Most recently, Diane is being engaged by organizations to assist in better understanding their data through data science, AI and Machine Learning to expand the scope of evidence-based decision-making.  Diane has been closely engaged on the recent COVID pandemic modeling as well as the vaccine roll out analytics and reporting for the Province of BC and continues to lead collaborative health research engagements across Canada.

Sarah Topps -   Sarah Topps is a public health professional, business strategist, and published author with over a decade of diverse experiences. As the Calgary Co-Chair of the Emerging Health Leaders, Sarah is passionate about authentic leadership, and raising the profile of other emerging leaders in healthcare. Sarah holds both a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Simon Fraser University, and an honours degree in International Development from McGill University. A deeply held belief in the importance of science-based decision making motivated her to lead thousands of people in the March for Science in Vancouver (2017). Another of the past projects Sarah is most proud of is her contribution to Healthy Child Uganda, a maternal and child health not-for-profit that has reached over a million people in rural Uganda. Currently, Sarah works for Mitacs and Innovate Calgary, to support innovation in the life sciences and social innovation sectors. Sarah also sits on the Board of Directors for two national not-for-profits, Maternity Today and Knight’s Cabin Cancer Retreats.

Laurel Taylor - Laurel has a passion for improving the healthcare experiences of Albertans.  She is currently the Corporate Director of Quality, Patient Safety & Experience at Covenant Health.  This is an integrated portfolio providing expertise in patient safety, quality improvement, patient/resident engagement and policy to improve the care and services provided by Covenant Health. She is a Canadian Harkness Associate in Healthcare Policy and has participated in academic research focused on safety and quality.

Laurel’s previous positions include:

  • Senior Provincial Director, Performance Improvement at Alberta Health Services;
  • Assistant Director, CIHR-Institute of Health Services and Policy Research; ann,
  • Chief Operations Officer for the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

Nevicia Case -  Nevicia is a PhD Candidate in Psychiatry at McGill University, where her research focuses on how human decision-making processes and risky behaviours can be affected by depressed mood and alcohol use. Drawing from her research experience which spans the brain sciences, she has informed numerous projects both locally and internationally aiming to improve human health. She is the co-founder of Health Innovation Initiative, a non-profit organisation aiming to strengthen health innovation in Canada by bridging gaps between academia, industry, clinical practice, government, and community. Nevicia is also a member of the Global Shapers Montreal Hub, a World Economic Forum community, where she is involved in partnerships and impact monitoring and evaluation for their Sustainable Development Goals tool. She enjoys exploring ways to create social impact through her own work and the work of those she mentors.

Dr. Madison Young - Dr. Young is speaking on behalf of Maud Medical Clinic, an innovative new vaginal health and wellness clinic opening in Calgary in mid 2021. Our passion is to educate and embolden patients with vaginas.

Dr. Young has an extremely varied practice and enjoys the complexities of providing comprehensive primary care. Her passion for inclusive, non bias healthcare continually steer her practice toward Women’s Health and advocacy, LGBTQ+ medicine and innovative solutions to chronic challenges such as migraines.

She provides a modern and up-to-date approach to her practice, using evidence-based medicine in combination with clinical experience.

Dr. Jia Hu - Jia Hu, MD, is a Primary Care Physician, co-chair, co-founder of 19 To Zero, and member of Cleveland Clinic Canada’s Medical Director Program.

Dr. Hu obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University before going on to obtain his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta. He completed his residency at the University of Toronto and St. Mike’s Hospital. His strong interest in Health Policy and Planning led him to London, UK, where he completed a Masters at the London School of Economics & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Hu completed training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Following his residency, Jia worked in management consulting at McKinsey, with a focus on the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. He is currently a Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services, where he has played an important role in many aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including scaling-up of testing and contact tracing, development of the mobile contact tracing app, assisting organizations with COVID-19 preparedness and re-opening, and engaging in risk communications. He works part-time as a family physician at a clinic and a long-term care that serves patients with complex medical, mental health, and substance abuse issues.

He is a Board member for Partners in Health (PIH) Canada, where he works to diversify funding and develop a strategic plan to increase PIH Canada activities both internationally and with Indigenous populations domestically. He is also the Treasurer and Executive Member for Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPC). In this role, Dr. Hu provides financial oversight to PHPC, the national specialist society for public health physicians. When he is not practicing medicine, Dr. Hu stays active by jogging and playing squash. He is conversant in Mandarin Chinese.

Theresa Tang - Theresa Tang is the co-chair, co-founder, and operational lead for 19 To Zero. Theresa has a range of experiences designing, building and launching teams. Her previous role helped establish Alberta Medical Association’s first population health portfolio, which included leading the province’s primary care response to the opioid crisis and developing community partnerships to screen and reduce the impacts of individuals living in poverty. She also launched Alberta’s first Primary Care Integration Network at Alberta Health Services focused on transitions of care between the hospital and community. Prior to her work in Alberta, Theresa was part of the founding team invited to design and build the Institute for Better Health at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, Ontario. She was also part of the initial research team that supported the launch of the McMaster Health Forum in Hamilton, Ontario. Theresa has worked at the University Health Network in Toronto, the World Health Organization in Switzerland, and supported evidence informed policymaking in Australia.

She is a passionate health leader who believes in building emerging leaders to pursue an understanding of unmet needs in their communities, consider the future, and engage in activities to foster innovative and sustainable solutions to social and health challenges. She was the Curator for Global Shapers Calgary an initiative of the World Economic Forum and Co-Chair and Executive Member for Emerging Health Leaders in Canada.


Founded in 2001, Women In Leadership Foundation (WIL) delivers inspirational programs that bring women together to collaborate in the development of their leadership skills & creates positive change in the future of women’s leadership.

Learn more at womeninleadership.ca.

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