Executive Committee

The Executive Committee assists the O'Brien Institute for Public Health in the planning, prioritization, and implementation of the Institute's strategic plan

Aliya Kassam

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Aliya Kassam

The O’Brien Institute for Public Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) portfolio recognizes the importance of fostering and sustaining inclusive learning, living and working environments for all. The portfolio not only strives to conduct public health research to meet the needs of marginalized groups in our institution and our community at large, but also exists as an opportunity for members to hone in on specific skills, knowledge and ideas about EDI, health, and wellbeing, while acknowledging that people from different backgrounds bring a wealth of knowledge to public health research, teaching and advocacy.

Internal Peer Review

Dr. Deborah Marshall, PhD

The Institute’s IPR process arranges pre-submission peer review for Institute members preparing funding applications. The major competition supported is the CIHR Project Scheme, however the Institute offers IPR for other CIHR grant funding opportunities and for other agencies’ competitions. Modified processes are also created to support applications for salary awards, team grants, and newly emerging opportunities.

2018 Annual Report

Deborah Marshall
Leora Rabatach

Mentorship and Leadership

Leora Rabatach

By leveraging existing resources, and filling gaps as necessary, with evidence-informed online materials, workshops, programs, and events, the Mentorship and Professional Development portfolio helps members develop leadership skills and networking relationships.

2018 Annual Report


Aleem Bharwani and Nishan Sharma

The Partnerships Portfolio oversees and facilitates the O’Brien Institute’s commitment to pluralism by establishing deep, co-creative, and longitudinal partnerships with public, private, civil society, and government stakeholders in pursuit of better health and health care in our local and global communities.

Aleem Bharwani
Nishan Sharma
Aleem Bharwani
Lorian Hardcastle

Public Policy

Aleem Bharwani and Lorian Hardcastle

The Public Policy Portfolio oversees and facilitates the O’Brien Institute’s established priority of creating the future of health policy and practise. Through a 'health in all policies' approach, the Institute has formed both a strategic council and an operational council to support the development of a Health Policy Initiative. The Initiative intends to sit at the creative and influential centre of citizens, government, and scholars.

See here for resources supporting health policy development. 

Research Impact Assessment

Diane Lorenzetti

The RIA Portfolio informs Directors and members of the Institute on best practices in the fields of research metrics, key performance indicators, outcomes measurement, benchmarking, and reporting. Products and advice from the portfolio are evident in the Institute’s reports for its International Scientific Advisory Committee.

Diane Lorenzetti
Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci


Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci

The training mandate per se is beyond the scope of the O’Brien Institute, but undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and resident trainees are valuable resources for the research endeavour of its members. The Trainee portfolio therefore liaises between the Institute and trainees, supervisors, training programs (within the Department of Community Health Sciences, other Cumming School of Medicine Departments, and other University of Calgary Faculties), and relevant funding agencies and interest groups to optimize the provision and output of this critical human resource.

Joe Arvai

Strategic Communications portfolio

Susan Cork

Professor and Department Head, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health*

Christopher (Chip) Doig

Professor and then Department Head, Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Alexandra Harrison

Director, Patient Experience, Alberta Health Services*

Jeff LaFrenz

Senior Director, Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute*

Gil Kaplan

Awards and Recognition portfolio

Lynn McIntyre

Associate Scientific Director

Bretta Maloff

Director, Healthy Living, Public Health*

Colleen Maxwell

Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Departments of Community Health Sciences and Medicine

Gavin McCormack

Co-chair Seminar and Events portfolio; Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, Facultyof Environmental Design

Richard Musto

Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Tom Noseworthy

Professor and then Department Head, Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Lisa Petermann

Program Research Leader, Research and Evaluation Unit, Cancer Programs, Alberta Health Services*

Sandra Reilly

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing*

Ardene Robinson Vollman

Adjunct Associate Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Peter Sargious

Strategic Partnerships

Chad Saunders

Assistant Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences and Health Innovation and Information Technology Centre (HiiTeC); Haskayne School of Business, Management Information Systems*

Judy Seidel

Senior Epidemiologist, Calgary Health Research*

Tom Stelfox

Assistant Professor, Departments of Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Wilfreda E. Thurston

Professor, Departments of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, and Ecosystem and Pubic Health, Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary

Suzanne Tough

Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, Departments of Pediatrics, and Community Health Sciences*

Jean Wallace

Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

Tracy Wasylak

Vice President, Strategic Clinical Networks and Clinical Care Pathways, Alberta Health Services

Deborah White

Associate Dean (Research) and Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary

Rosmin Esmail

CHE Director, SCN Health Technology Assessment and Adoption, Innovation and Research Operations, Research Innovation and Analytics Portfolio, AHS

Jenny Godley

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

Brenda Hemmelgarn

Department Head, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Melanie Rock

Associate Scientific Director, O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Fariba Aghajafari

Awards and Recognition portfolio

Fabiola Aparicio-Ting

Seminars and Events portfolio

Jason Cabaj

Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Nick Falvo

Strategic Communications portfolio

Kirsten Fiest

Trainees portfolio

Jennifer Hatfield

Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement portfolio

Kerry McBrien

Seminars and Events portfolio

Scott Patten

Community Health Sciences Department Head

*Member of Operations Planning Committee for Calgary Institute for Population and Public Health, 2009/10.