Canada NewsWire, Friday, October 5, 2007 - 06:30
SAINT JOHN, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Silken Laumann, a three-time Olympic medal winner now recognized as one of Canada's most inspirational speakers, will deliver the keynote address at the 2007 Health Summit, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.
Hosted by the Province of New Brunswick, the 2007 Health Summit will take place Oct. 11-12 at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre.
A former world champion rower, Laumann will be the featured speaker at an evening banquet on Thursday, Oct. 11. The former world champion and Olympic medalist now devotes much of her time to public speaking, especially as it relates to encouraging increased physical activity in children.
Silken's book, Child's Play, became a national bestseller in 2005 and is about re-discovering the joy of play in our families. In November 2006, The Globe and Mail named Silken to their 2006 list of Canada's most influential women. She has also recently been named as one of Canada's most influential women in sport.
"Just as she did as a champion rower, Silken Laumann continues to inspire Canadians with her work with children and we are very pleased to have her join the list of world-renowned speakers at 2007 Health Summit," said Murphy.
The Summit will bring health, business and community leaders from throughout New Brunswick together with national and international health experts to discuss ways to improve the health of New Brunswickers and to build a sustainable health system. They will address topics such as early childhood development, citizen engagement, primary health care, chronic disease management, mental health, information technology and other health services delivery transformations.
"That's why we have chosen Transformation as the theme of the conference, since advancements in all these areas have the ability to dramatically improve our health-care system as we continue to embrace change," said Murphy. "We will be hearing about how others have managed change so that we can improve patient care and bring care closer to New Brunswickers."
Both Premier Shawn Graham and Murphy will also address Summit participants.
The 2007 Health Summit is open to all and is expected to attract about 300 delegates from around the province. Delegates must register in advance. For more information on registration, visit the conference website at: www.sommetsante-healthsummit.ca.
In addition to Laumann, Murphy also released the full slate of conference speakers (in alphabetical order):
Richard C. Alvarez
Richard Alvarez is a leader in Canadian health care. He is known for taking on challenging mandates and building successful organizations. As president and chief executive officer of Canada Health Infoway, he has been a catalyst for accelerating the development of electronic health records in Canada. He has established strong, collaborative relationships with the federal, provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders as the foundation for solid progress. He has articulated a broad national vision for reforming Canada's health-care system through innovation and technology. On the international front, he has helped to position Canada as a world leader in health-care renewal. Alvarez is past chair of the National Health Information Council. He is a frequent speaker and facilitator at national and international healthcare conferences and is a past recipient of the Who's Who in Healthcare award. He currently is a member of the advisory committee to the e-Health Research Centre (EHRC) in Australia, sits on the board of directors of the Prudential Assurance Co. and serves on the advisory committee of the Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative of the University of Toronto.
Jean-Luc Bélanger is a native of Dalhousie, N.B., and is well-known key player in the province's sports and recreation scene. He founded the Acadian Games, which have encouraged health and fitness among young francophones for many years. As well as having worked as a physical education teacher and school principal, he worked for several years with the Government of New Brunswick in sport, recreation and youth programs. In recognition of his outstanding community work and commitment to sports, he was admitted as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1992. He remains active in fitness through cross-country skiing, skating, cycling, golf and walking.
Dr. Charles Boelen
Dr. Charles Boelen is originally from France and completed his medical studies in Belgium. He subsequently undertook specialized studies in public health and epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal, in health system management at Harvard and Stanford universities and in training of health-care professionals at the Université de Paris. During the nearly 30 years he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) between 1972 and 2001, he participated in numerous projects related to human resources development in health care and co-ordination with health-care organizations to maximize the quality, equity, relevance and profitability of health care. Through the various stages of his career his activities have a national, regional and even worldwide scope.
Dr. Alastair Dow
Dr. Alastair Dow has been working in education since the late 1970s in the Department of Education and Children's Services in Adelaide and regional South Australia. Trained as an English and drama teacher, he has worked in many levels of teaching and education in schools across the state. In 2006, he was appointed Director, Early Childhood Development Strategy, a position responsible for implementing the South Australian government's Children's Centres program. The Children's Centres are the centerpiece of the government's Early Childhood agenda. Dr. Dow has a number of degrees in education and curriculum development including a PhD study of high school teachers' work gained from Flinders University.
Cheryl Hansen has 23 years experience in the health-care sector ranging from front line clinical to management/leadership portfolios to policy maker. She has extensive experience in a diverse array of settings including primary health care, home health care, hospital and rehabilitation facilities. Her current responsibilities include provincial direction and leadership for the New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program as the Provincial Director in the Department of Health. Engaged in a leadership capacity in the New Brunswick's e-health initiatives, as well as telehealth, she has actively served on a variety of national boards including currently serving as the New Brunswick board member and treasurer for the Canadian Home Care Association.
Dr. Andrew Holmes
Dr. Andrew Holmes is Manager, Outcomes Performance Systems, New Zealand Ministry of Health. His current focus is on developing the business case for substantial investments in the information environment required to support implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy and chronic disease management. He has extensive experience in technology assessment and is on the steering committee of the Australasian Cochrane Centre. Previous work includes development and implementation of New Zealand's elective surgery booking system. A graduate of Otago, Holmes is a public health specialist and an American Boards Certified Paediatrician.
Lynn Irving holds a bachelor of science (biology) degree from Acadia University and a diploma of physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. She began work with J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) in 1991 as a physiotherapy consultant in industrial and occupational medicine. Since then, she has become an internal consultant with Irving Health Services in the areas of disability management and employee health and wellness programs. In this position, Irving has helped to initiate a range of health and productivity programs. In 1992, in addition to her work with JDI, she founded Work Ready Professional Corporation, Occupational Rehabilitation, Work Hardening Clinic and also established a Level 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in Saint John. The National Institute of Disability Management and Research in Vancouver has honoured Irving Health Services with a National Award of Excellence in Disability Management.
Hon. Michael Kirby
Hon. Michael Kirby is a former senator who retired from the Senate of Canada in 2006 after 22 years of service. From 1999-2006, he chaired the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Under his leadership, the Committee produced 11 health-care reports, including the first-ever national report on mental health, mental illness and addiction, entitled Out of the Shadows at Last. In August 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper named Kirby as the first chairman of the newly created Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer
Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer joined Medsphere after serving as President and CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a Washington, D.C.,-based private, non-profit health-care quality improvement and standards' setting organization. He serves as a trustee of Trinity Health; as a member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; and as a consultant to several organizations and foreign countries. From 1994 to 1999, he served as the Undersecretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this role, Dr. Kizer was the CEO of the veterans' health-care system, the largest provider of health care in the U.S., managing an annual budget of more than $20 billion (US), approximately 200,000 employees and more than 1,300 sites of care.
Involved in municipal recreation, promoting women's issues and supporting the Francophonie, Barbara Losier has been building on her experiences in community development for more than 25 years. She has also been involved for a number of years on a volunteer basis in community radio on the local, national and international levels. She is a member of the organizing committee of the Congrès mondial acadien 2009. Losier has been supporting the emerging concept of healthy communities in Acadia in New Brunswick since 1996 as executive director of MACS-NB (Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé du N.-B.). In her role, she serves on the Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick and represents community interests on the boards of directors of the Société Santé et Mieux-être en français du N.-B. and the national organization Société Santé en Français. MACS-NB is also responsible for coordinating the activities of the Community Action Network in New Brunswick.
Dr. Noni MacDonald
Dr. Noni MacDonald is a professor of paediatrics and of computer science at Dalhousie University with a clinical appointment in paediatric infectious diseases at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She is the former dean of medicine at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology and is head of the Health Policy and Translation Group. Her major research interests have included the microbiology of cystic fibrosis; stress management in medical faculty; sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents; and vaccines for serious infectious diseases in children and youth. She has published more than 200 papers, served on the editorial boards of several major publications, and is the founding editor and current co-editor in chief of Paediatrics and Child Health. She is currently section editor for Public Health of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) one of the top 10 general medical journals in the world based on impact factor. She is an elected fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and is active in many academic and professional organizations, as well as serving on many federal government committees. She is a consultant to the Department of Immunization, Vaccine and Biologicals of the World Health Organization.
Dr. Fraser Mustard
Dr. Fraser Mustard heads the Founders' Network. Currently, his primary mission is emphasizing the crucial importance of a child's experiences in the first six years of life. In 1999, with Margaret Norrie McCain, he co-authored the Early Years Study on early learning, with specific community recommendations. In 2002, he set up the Council for Early Child Development and Parenting, and has become a tireless advocate nationally and internationally of the importance of early brain development for health, behaviour, learning, and quality of life. Throughout his career, Mustard has influenced health policy in Canada by serving on many federal and provincial committees, councils and royal commissions. He is a companion of the Order of Canada and a laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.
Hugh Risebrow joined Interhealth Canada (UK) as CEO in 2006, where he is responsible for Interhealth's current UK operations and business development in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is actively involved in the debate about health-care reform in England, as a member of the CBI health care panel, the NHS Confederation affiliates forum, and member of the think tank Reform. Having entered the health-care sector relatively late in his career, he passionately believes in creating a publicly funded system which preserves the core values of the National Health Service (NHS) while becoming much more responsive to needs and delivering much better value for taxpayers' money.
Dr. Aurel Schofield
Dr. Aurel Schofield is a graduate of medicine and family medicine from the Université Laval in Quebec City. He is currently the director of the Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick and associate dean of the Université de Sherbrooke's Faculty of Medicine, as well as associate dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Services at the Université de Moncton. He has also served as president of the New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian College of Family Practice, He was the founding president of the Société Santé et mieux être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick and co-chair of the Collaborative Practice in Primary Care Advisory Committee for the Department of Health. In addition to being involved with other francophone health-related organizations, he has won many prestigious provincial and national awards for his outstanding contribution to medical education and his profession.
Dr. Wendy Thomson
Dr. Wendy Thomson has a distinguished career in public services in the UK and has recently joined McGill University as director of the school of social work. She has served as former British prime minister Tony Blair's chief adviser on public service reform and led the Office of Public Service Reform in the Cabinet Office, for which she received a CBE (Commander of the British Empire). From 1999 to 2001, she set up the first inspection service of local government in England and Wales, as director of inspection at the Audit Commission. Until 1999, she was chief executive of the London Borough of Newham. Before joining Newham, Dr. Thomson was chief executive of the national mental health charity Turning Point. She teaches social policy and public service management and is active internationally advising governments in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She serves on the boards of the Agence de santé et services sociaux de Montréal and the McGill University Health Centre.
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