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Paula Adam
Paula Adam

Director of Research, AQuAS

Paula Adam, PhD is expert co-founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment (ISRIA) and has a long-lasting experience in research impact assessment and research impact strategy and planning, complexity and mission-oriented research and theory of change. Her knowledge draws from practical application in the Catalan, Spanish and international contexts. She works for the Department of Health at the Agency of Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia. Paula is also coordinator of the RIACAT Group on research impact assessment of the Catalan universities and centres across all scientific domains and has been president of different commissions of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) at the Spanish level. In 2017 she co-authored the ISRIA-statement, which are 10-point guidelines for an effective process of research impact assessment. Paula has a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

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Jordan Antflick
Jordan Antflick

Manager of Knowledge Translation, Ontario Brain Institute

Jordan Antflick is currently the Manager of Knowledge Translation at the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) where he leads the outreach team and their efforts to engage public and patients in neuroscience research, translate knowledge into practice and policy, and evaluate the impact of the OBI network.  He earned an Honours BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta, and a PhD from the University of Toronto where he studied cerebellar neurochemistry. Jordan applies his varied research background to his current role where he aims to make research relevant to various audiences inside and outside of science.

Alex Clark
Alex Clark

Associate Vice President Research and Full Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta

Alex Clark is internationally known for his research into heart disease and contributions to academic skills development. A complexity theorist by background, his research has been published in some of the world’s most influential journals, including The Lancet, British Medical Journal, Journal of American College of Cardiology and Social Science & MedicineAs a well-known commentator and effectiveness advocate, he has lead workshops for more than a decade on research, its impact, and workplace skills for modern research environments. In addition to contributions to The Guardian and Times Higher Education, he co-authored the book “How to be a Happy Academic” (SAGE, 2018). He is Associate Vice President (Research) & Full Professor at the University of Alberta, Fellow Canadian Academy of Health Science, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader / Young Scientist.      

Jeff Crelinsten
Jeff Crelinsten

Publisher and CEO, Research Money Inc.,

Jeffrey Crelinsten is Publisher and CEO of Research Money Inc., which publishes RE$EARCH MONEY, Canada’s leading newsletter on science, technology and innovation policy and investment. He is also CEO of The Impact Group, a Toronto consulting firm specializing in science, technology and innovation policy, communications and education.

Prior to starting his consulting practice, Jeffrey had a successful career as a freelance science writer. He wrote radio and television documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Film Board of Canada, National Public Radio and TVOntario. He has also written science and technology learning materials for schools, developed hands-on science workshops for students and created a summer space camp for teenagers.

Before launching his science-writing career, Jeffrey was Assistant Professor of Science and Human Affairs, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program at Concordia University, examining the interactions between science, technology and society. He co-developed an innovative series of courses suitable for humanities and science students, including topics such as astronomy cosmology and the space age, technology and social change, social history of science and philosophy of science.

Jeffrey received his BSc. in physics from McGill University, his M.Sc. in astronomy from the University of Toronto and his PhD in history of science and science policy at the University of Montreal. His book Einstein’s Jury: The Race to Test Relativity was published by Princeton University Press in 2006.

Rachel Flynn
Rachel Flynn

Implementation scientist, postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and at Child Health Evaluative Sciences and Centre for Nursing Research, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Rachel Flynn’s expertise are in the fields of implementation and improvement science on the sustainability (ongoing use and impact) of research-based interventions for child health and large-scale health system improvement beyond child health. Using realist and mixed methods, she evaluates the sustainability of complex interventions for healthcare improvement to understand“What works, how, for whom, in what circumstances and to what extent?” Her work aims to advance sustainability science, by explaining determinants to sustainability and the best strategies to facilitate effective, sustained and impactful change in healthcare. Rachel is currently conducting an integrative review as part of her postdoctoral research, synthesizing existing approaches to evaluate and measure the sustainability of research-based health interventions. This work will inform the sustainability evaluation plan, design and process of a research-based intervention aimed to improve child health. Her postdoctoral research is supported by a Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and Women & Children’s Health Research Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She is also currently co-leading a funded grant that is examining how, for whom and in what contexts have Alberta Health Services, Strategic Clinical Network initiatives been structured and supported to be sustained in practice. The purpose of this research is to understand and develop a tailored picture of sustainability priorities, needs and gaps across Alberta Health Services, Strategic Clinical Networks.

Nancy Fraser
Nancy Fraser

Senior Program Director, Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services

Nancy completed her BPE at the University of Calgary and her MSc (Counselling) at the Niagara University and has over 26 years of experience in the health care with a diverse background in clinical practice, administration and research. She is currently the Senior Program Director for the Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network. She has recently worked on various SCN projects, including the Alberta Provincial Radiopharmaceutical Services, Helping Kids and Youth in Times of Emotional Crisis, and the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS 4 and 5), the Health Innovation and Spread Fund (HIIS) as well as with Innovation & Research Management. Her additional Alberta Health Services experience include leading, integrating and transforming health programs in a variety of roles, including as the Vice President, Cancer and Respiratory Medicine SCN, and the Senior Operating Officer of the Regional Mental Health Program, Capital Health.

Lauren Gerlach
Lauren Gerlach

Director, AcademyHealth

Lauren Gerlach is a director at AcademyHealth, where she seeks to strengthen ties between the health services research community and health care practitioners, policymakers, advocates, and others. Currently, she manages a research grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest philanthropy in the U.S. dedicated solely to health. In other work at AcademyHealth, Lauren has conducted interviews with policymakers and others to identify their health care priorities and information needs; developed issue briefs and quick-turnaround research syntheses to disseminate existing evidence effectively; and piloted strategies for capturing the impact of research on health policy. A former journalist, she holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota.

Rick Glazier
Rick Glazier

Scientific Director, Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, CIHR

Dr. Rick Glazier is Scientific Director of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a Senior Core Scientist at ICES.  He is also a staff family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a Scientist in its Centre for Urban Health Solutions and a Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His research interests include evaluating health system transformation, primary care health services delivery models, health of disadvantaged populations, management of chronic conditions, and population-based and geographic methods for improving equity in health.

Kathryn Graham
Kathryn Graham

Executive Director, Performance Management and Evaluation, Alberta Innovates

Kathryn is a co‐founder of the International School on Research Impact Assessment and was Director of the School when it was hosted in Banff in 2014. She is the Executive Director of Performance Management and Evaluation at Alberta Innovates, a Canadian‐based publicly‐funded provincial health research and innovation organization.

She has over 25 years of strategic evaluation experience in health care and health research and innovation. Her expertise is in developing performance management, evaluation, impact strategies and implementing assessment frameworks for complex systems and organizations.  She successfully implemented the CAHS (2009) health research impact framework and was instrumental in its application nationally and internationally. Kathryn is a social scientist, bridge builder and advisor on numerous expert committees that focus on the assessment of research and innovation and invited to present nationally and internationally.

Eduard Güell
Eduard Güell

Project Leader, AQuAS

Eduard Güell (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, 1990). Postgraduate expert in management and promotion international R&D programmes (Madrid Tech University). MA in Political Philosophy (UPF Barcelona), BA in Political Science (UPF Barcelona, SciencesPo Paris). Project Leader at the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS). His main line of work is on gender in science and health research. Eduard has experience in coordinating and managing H2020 health research programmes at the National Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII). He has also coordinated the socialdemocrat federal secretary of entrepreneurship, science and innovation in Spain. He collaborates with different media analyzing science and public policies.

Stephen Hanney
Stephen Hanney

Emeritus Professor, Health Economics Research Group, Brunel University London

Stephen Hanney is Emeritus Professor at Brunel University London’s Health Economics Research Group (HERG). He focuses on assessing the payback or impacts from health research, and the organisation of health research systems. With Martin Buxton he developed the Payback Framework in the mid-1990s that they, and others, use to assess the impacts from health research programmes in the UK and internationally, starting in Alberta, Canada in 1999 and subsequently in Australia, Eire, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Spain, the USA. Stephen was involved in three studies estimating the monetary value of UK medical research and drafting the 2013 World Health Report’s section on the value of health research. Currently he is finalising a review for WHO of the literature on policies for building effective national health research systems, and analysing the literature on whether research active healthcare organisations provide improved performance. He is Emeritus Editor of Health Research Policy and Systems.

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Laura Hillier
Laura Hillier

Director of Performance, Analytics and Evaluation, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) - Canada

Laura leads a team responsible for monitoring corporate performance and assessing the outcomes and impacts of the investments in research infrastructure made by the CFI.  Laura has a keen interest in methodologies for research impact assessment that provide relevant and useful information while not disadvantaging any type or area of research. She works collaboratively with others in the Science & Technology community to ensure the teams work meets the needs of the CFI and its stakeholders. Laura holds a BSc in biology, an MSc in epidemiology and the Canadian Evaluation Society’s Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation. She has worked in research evaluation at three different funding organizations over the past 10+ years. Laura brings to her work in research performance and impact assessment past experience working across the different areas of health research – basic biomedical research, clinical research, health services research as well as population health research.

Carrie Hough
Carrie Hough

Global Health Research Evaluation Manager, UK Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC)

Carrie Hough is an Evaluation Manager at the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). Her work entails developing a monitoring, evaluation and learning strategy for the department’s Global Health Research portfolio which allocates Overseas Development Assistance (£429.5m) through the National Institute for Health Research to deliver high quality applied global health research for the benefit of patients and public in low and middle income countries.

Prior to joining DHSC, she led the evaluation of the UK’s refugee resettlement schemes at the Home Office, conducted research into human rights and international analysis for the UK Ministry of Justice, and worked as a consultant carrying out policy research and evaluations for public and third sector bodies. She previously worked in refugee protection in Kenya and Ethiopia for the NGO RefugePoint and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She holds a BA from Cambridge University and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Reesa John
Reesa John

Director Performance Management and Evaluation, Alberta Innovates

Reesa has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta, and over 20 years of experience in developing, implementing, evaluating and managing the performance of provincial health programs with the Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Work Cover Melbourne and other organizations.  Reesa specializes in scaling and spreading innovation models and supporting the corresponding culture change to obtain optimal and sustainable outcomes.

Adam Kamenetzky
Adam Kamenetzky

Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Health Research

Adam Kamenetzky is a Senior Research Fellow for the UK’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). His work focusses on applying social research methods to improve NIHR’s organisational learning: specifically, how NIHR understands, supports and evidences the wider impacts of over £1 billion annual investments in health and social care research. As an alumnus of the very first, and facilitator at a number of subsequent International School on Research Impact Assessment gatherings, coming back to Banff feels like a return home!

His professional career has bridged the research (Policy Institute at King’s College London) and not-for-profit (Médecins Sans Frontières, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity) sectors, where his focus has been on developing novel organisational approaches and systems to inform and improve research policy, research impact and research communications. He holds a MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London, and a BSc (Hons) in Developmental Biology from the University of Edinburgh.

Tom Keenan
Tom Keenan

Senior Advisor, Impact and Evaluation, CSIRO

Tom Keenan has a PhD in Business from the Queensland University of Technology. He joined the Planning, Performance and Evaluation (PP&E) team of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) as its Senior Advisor in 2016. He leads the Impact team within the broader PP&E team, which is responsible for the planning for, and monitoring and evaluation of, impact across CSIRO, both nationally and internationally. He has a great depth of understanding of, and extensive experience in, all aspects of planning, performance, and evaluation. In addition to his work within the PP&E space, Tom has over 25 years’ experience as both a practitioner and researcher within the field of business management. He has been engaged as an executive leader within, and a consultant to, Australian for-profit and not-for-profit SMEs, as well as government agencies and private corporations.

Meghan McMahon
Meghan McMahon

Associate Director, CIHR Institute of Health and Policy Research

Meghan McMahon, MSc is an Associate Director with the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research where she has worked for a decade. She is a PhD candidate in health economics at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and a Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Health Economics. Her research evaluates the impact of policy interventions, such as regulation, on quality in long-term care settings.  Meghan has previously worked with the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at the University of British Columbia and as a graduate intern with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, France, both in the area of pharmaceutical policy research.

Maxi Miciak
Maxi Miciak

Cy Frank Fellow, Impact Assessment, Alberta Innovates

Dr. Maxi Miciak is the inaugural Cy Frank postdoctoral fellow in impact assessment at Alberta Innovates. Her focus has been developing frameworks to assess research impact on decision-making and the scale and spread of research and innovation in the healthcare system. She is currently co-leading a pan-Canadian initiative of diverse stakeholders to co-develop and implement a framework for assessing research impact on decision-making in health services and policy. This work aims to advance national data capture and reporting and build organizational capacity for assessing and communicating research impact on health services and policy decisions. In addition to her work in impact assessment, Maxi’s research probes factors that influence quality of care from social (e.g. therapeutic relationship) and systems (e.g. care models) perspectives.

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Jean Miller
Jean Miller

Patient Engagement Researcher, PaCER, University of Calgary

Jean is a Patient Engagement Researcher with the PaCER (Patient & Community Engagement Research) Program at the University of Calgary. She became interested in patient engagement research when she struggled with managing early OA knee pain. As part of Dr Deborah Marshall’s research team, Jean and her PaCER partner have carried out patient-to-patient research studies that are transforming conservative arthritis management in Alberta. They have also done PaCER research in seniors’ health and community rehabilitation. Jean has Bachelor of Science Degree, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction, and a PhD in Nursing. Most of her work life was spent at Mount Royal College/University where she taught nursing, established a distance-delivered gerontology program, and was the Director of Nursing and Health Studies. She concluded her formal work life with 10 years of consulting work and is now committed to bringing a collective patient voice to health care transformation. 

Kelly Mrklas
Kelly Mrklas

KT Implementation Scientist, Alberta Health Services

Kelly Mrklas is a KT Implementation Scientist, Strategic Clinical Networks™ in the System Innovation & Programs portfolio at Alberta Health Services. Kelly helps clinicians, researchers, decision-/policy makers, health care leaders and staff turn new evidence, innovations and improvements into their daily work. Kelly designs and troubleshoots implementation strategies to optimize their efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, in diverse contexts. Since 2014, Kelly has conducted more than 260 consults, 80 presentations, and collaborated on over 60 grant submissions.

She is currently a named investigator, collaborator, and/or knowledge user on 24 major research initiatives totaling over $22M and leads/co-leads several research initiatives in knowledge synthesis, integrated KT, implementation and its evaluation, and sustainability.  As part of KT Canada (2008-2014) Kelly developed the first Canadian, campus-wide KT consultation service at the University of Calgary in 2010. Ms. Mrklas’ is a Doctoral Candidate (Health Services Research – Knowledge Translation) in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Kelly’s dissertation research focuses on expanding the evidence base and identifying valid, reliable tools for the assessment of health research partnership outcomes and impact.

Tim Murphy
Tim Murphy

Vice President, Health, Alberta Innovates

Tim Murphy has more than 25 years of senior executive leadership experience in the health care sector. Currently, he is the Vice President, Health at Alberta Innovates and prior to this role, he was the Vice President, Provincial Platforms and SPOR.  Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, Tim established an independent consulting practice and worked with clients such as: the CHILD Foundation, the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability, and the Movember Foundation.   His other roles include being the inaugural Senior Vice President at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)‐ a provincial research organization based in Vancouver, and 10 years in senior management positions with two comprehensive Academic Oncology Centres‐ Princess Margaret Hospital (1992‐1997) and the British Columbia Cancer Agency (1997‐2002). Tim holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, Life Sciences from Queen’s University (1989); a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Toronto (1992); and, a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University (2006). In 2007, he received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation.

Gregg Nelson
Gregg Nelson

Chair of Gynecologic Oncology and Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine

Dr. Gregg Nelson obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and subsequently continued on to complete his sub-specialization in Gynecologic Oncology at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.  He joined the Section of Gynecologic Oncology at TBCC in July 2010, and was the local Gyn Tumour Team lead and Chair of the Provincial Gynecologic Oncology Tumour Team from 2011-2018.  He is currently Chair of Gynecologic Oncology and is Associate Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Oncology at the Cumming School of Medicine.  Dr. Nelson’s principal research interests are the development and study of enhanced recovery protocols in cancer surgery and interventions to improve HPV vaccination in First Nations populations.  He holds the position of Surgical Lead, ERAS Alberta and he also leads the international group that published the ERAS® Guidelines for Gynecologic/Oncology Surgery.  Recently he has been appointed the Secretary of the ERAS® Society Executive Committee based in Sweden.  He leads the EHVINA study – Enhancing HPV Vaccination In First Nations Populations in Alberta – a $1,250,000 project funded by Alberta Innovates/Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund.  Dr. Nelson has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, is PI/co-PI on multiple grants with total funding in excess of 4 million dollars and has presented numerous times internationally. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Gynecological Cancer.

Alan O'Connor
Alan O'Connor

Senior Economics and Director Innovation Economics, RTI International

Alan C. O’Connor is a senior economist and the director of innovation economics at RTI. Mr. O’Connor’s core research practice consists of benefit-cost analyses and program evaluations for R&D organizations, government, and supporters of regional innovation systems. He works with a diverse group of clients active in or supporting different phases of the innovation cycle, including NIST, DOE, CDC, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Richard King Mellon Foundation as well as a myriad of regional governments. The unifying theme of his research is the role of public funding and public-private partnership in catalyzing and accelerating innovation to overcome technical and market barriers to socially optimal outcomes. His diverse research interests include renewable energy, medical imaging, technical infrastructure and standardization, immunization technology, start-up company support, and advanced manufacturing.

Pavel Ovseiko
Pavel Ovseiko

Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy and Management, University of Oxford

Dr. Pavel Ovseiko is Senior Research Fellow in Health Policy and Management in the Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford. He leads a multi-disciplinary programme of research and policy advocacy on gender equity, research impact assessment, organisational culture, and responsible research and innovation. His current health policy and management work focuses on the cross-cutting theme ‘Partnerships for Health, Wealth and Innovation’ of the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre to maximise societal and economic impact of biomedical research and the European Horizon 2020 project STARBIOS2 to develop a sustainable model for responsible research and innovation in biosciences. He is Associate Editor of Health Research Policy and Systems published by BioMed Central, Springer Nature Group, and Member of the Sex And Gender Equity in Research (SAGER) Guidelines Working Group, Gender Policy Committee, European Association of Science Editors. He lives in Oxford with his wife Eleni and four-year-old son Victor and cycles to work in all weathers.

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Núria Radó-Trilla
Núria Radó-Trilla

Researcher, AQuAS

Núria Radó-Trilla holds a PhD in Biomedicine from Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona) and MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London. She is currently a researcher at the Agency for Health Quality and Assessment of Catalonia (AQuAS), working on research impact assessment and leading the scientific evaluation of health research calls funded by the Catalan government. Núria’s main line of work focuses on patient engagement in health research. She also teaches Science Communication at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC, Barcelona).

Wendy Reijmerink
Wendy Reijmerink

Senior Staff Member, Strategy and Innovation, ZonMw

Wendy Reijmerink, MSc. MSM., is the senior staff member for Strategy and Innovation at the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, ZonMw. ZonMw funds health research and healthcare innovation and stimulates the application of the new knowledge. As projectleader Societal impact of research programming she is responsible for developing an Impact Assessment Framework and study on knowledge utilization. Wendy set up the unique ZonMw research-on-research programme Fostering Responsible Research Practices, to encourage more relevance, scientific quality, integrity and efficiency in research processes in order to add value to both science and society. Before joining ZonMw in 2010, Wendy worked many years at the Dutch Ministry of Health as public health officer and senior advisor research policy and knowledge management. She also works as lecturer and researcher Public Management at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Wendy studied Andragology, Sociology and Strategic Management at Utrecht University

Peter Riddles
Peter Riddles

Board Member, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization

Peter Riddles has diverse experience in the governance and strategy of systems, and organisations, where science-innovation is the core business. In Australia, he is a board member of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, chairing the Board Science Excellence Committee.  He chairs the Experimental Development Program of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund.  From 2004 – 14, he served on the Innovation Australia and the Industry Research and Development Boards. As a scientist, he was a Fellow at Stanford University and a Research Director at CSIRO (1982 – 99).

His international influence is illustrated by his contributions to strategies on the bio-economy, innovation precincts, research commercialisation and health innovation enterprises.  This experience included positions with the Entrepreneurial Universities Initiative (NZ) and the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority. He is a Fellow of the California Technology Council, an Elected Member of Chatham House and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts(UK).

Dale Sanders
Dale Sanders

Chief Technology Officer, Health Catalyst

Dale has been involved in complex data fusion and high-risk decision support for over 30 years, starting as a Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) officer in the US Air Force. His team provided C3I support for the Reagan-Gorbachev Summits in the 1980s. In 1988, he found a backdoor into the President’s Joint Chiefs of Staff Alerting Network (JCSAN) and, to prove that it could be done, hacked into that system from a public pay phone in a bar.

Following the Air Force, he went to work in the space and defense sector. He specialized in the decision support of nuclear weapons surety. His team was engaged by the National Security Agency to conduct threat assessments on the US nuclear command system, from the President to the warhead. He designed a computer-aided decision support system for the President and National Command Authorities to aid them during the warning phase of a nuclear attack, particularly the elimination of false positives and negatives. This project led to his interest in computer-aided decisions in healthcare.

Since then, he has become recognized as a leader in healthcare analytics and decision support. He served as the Chief Architect of Enterprise Data Warehousing and Director of Medical Informatics at Intermountain Healthcare. From there, he went on to academic medicine as CIO at Northwestern University and, from there, into public health as the CIO for the national health system of the Cayman Islands. He currently serves as the President of Technology at Health Catalyst, headquartered in Salt Lake City.

Elizabeth Shirt
Elizabeth Shirt

Executive Director of Policy and Strategy, Emissions Reduction Alberta

Elizabeth Shirt is ERA’s Executive Director of Policy and Strategy. She has an extensive background in climate change and energy policy. Prior to joining ERA, she was Director of the Climate Change Secretariat for the Government of Alberta. She has also served as Director, Energy and Climate Change Framework Development and Director of Innovation Policy and Programs. Elizabeth’s previous experience includes providing policy advice to the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Canadian Electricity Association.

Alba Velasco
Alba Velasco

Strategy Consultant, SIRIS Academic

Alba Velasco Trujillo is a Strategy Consultant at SIRIS Academic, where she manages several projects that provide evidence-based solutions in the higher education and research sector. A biochemist specialized in psychobiology and cognitive neuroscience by training, Alba decided to change sides and pursue her career advocating for science from where it is shaped: research and innovation policies. She has worked for the Directorate-General of Communications at the European Parliament, and she is now devoted to facilitating responsible and informed decisions of public institutions and philanthropic organizations. Much of her work as consultant focuses in how Research Impact Assessment can support decision-making and learning processes that improve how research is funded.  She has also strong background in the design and moderation of participatory processes in these contexts.

Gabrielle Zimmermann
Gabrielle Zimmermann

Program Coordinator, Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science, Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit

Gabrielle Zimmermann is the Program Coordinator – Knowledge Translation & Implementation Science with the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Knowledge Translation Platform.  She has wide-ranging experience in research and Knowledge Translation (KT) that encompasses the knowledge to action cycle; from creating and synthesizing evidence to facilitating the implementation of evidence into practice.  Her experience includes critical appraisal of evidence, developing KT plans/proposals and the practical application of implementation science.  Gabrielle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary.