Chief Zone Officer – South Zone
Alberta Health Services
A registered nurse by profession, Katherine holds the title of Chief Zone Officer – South Zone at Alberta Health Services. She has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings as a frontline nurse and manager. In her current position, Katherine has senior executive responsibility for clinical operations in the South Zone of Alberta. Katherine completed a diploma and Bachelor of Nursing degree, certificate program in Northern Nursing, Master’s degree in Health Studies-Leadership and is a Certified Health Executive. She is also pursuing a Doctoral degree in Business Administration.
Lisa is a full-time Scientist within the Applied Research & Evaluation Services department in the provincial primary health care program within Alberta Health Services. She has a broad science background, with specific expertise in primary health care within Alberta and secondary data analysis on patient and primary care provider activity. Her areas of interest involve continuity of care, physician-patient attachment, and appropriate access to care, specifically with how those components can influence patient health outcomes.
Dr. Valerie Grdisa brings with her three decades of relevant experience from a vast array of health and social care roles in practice, management, research, policy, and education. She held positions as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner, middle and senior manager, faculty and academic administrator, consultant, and senior government official. She completed her PhD at McMaster University and her ministry-funded dissertation examined the theoretical underpinnings of health and human service integration by measuring how the dimensions of integration relate to overall system performance amongst 93 child and youth service providers.
Using her Integration Framework and Toolkit, Valerie led the Lesser Slave Lake Wildfire Review (2012) and Results-Based Budgeting Review (2013-2014) for the Province of Alberta. From 2014 to 2016, she was Senior Nursing Advisor, where she worked closely with ministers of health, deputy minister and her ministry colleagues on a wide range of projects, including the development of the health system blueprint, an integrated health human resources strategy and a provincial nurse practitioner strategy. While in this role, she also established the provincial nursing leadership network and focused on bringing evidence-based nursing and health policy to the attention of decision-makers and politicians. She has held faculty positions (full-time, part-time, adjunct professor, or sessional) at seven universities in Canada, in both Ontario and Alberta. Dr. Grdisa is currently the Director, International Affairs and Best Practice Guidelines Centre at the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.
Faculty, NESA BN Program, Lethbridge College
Research Areas: Culture and learning, Multicultural teaching strategies and cultural competency in nursing education, Culture and Health, Immigrants health and wellbeing.
Jerome F. Singleton is a Professor in the Recreation and Leisure studies department in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. Dr. Singleton was made a Fellow of the World Demographic Association in 2006 was named Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Professional of the Year in 2007 and was made a fellow of the Academy of Leisure Science by the Society of Parks and Recreation Educators in 2011. Dr. Singleton has published approximately 100 journal articles during his career and made over 600 presentations locally, nationally, and internationally, related to the area of Leisure and Aging.
Director/Chair Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience
Expertise: Memory, Learning, Amnesia, Hippocampus, Adult neurogenesis, Cognitive neuroscience, Cerebral cortex, Recovery of function, Electrophysiology, Aging, Prenatal alcohol effects, FASD, Stroke, Episodic memory