Executive Committee

The Executive Committee assists the O'Brien Institute for Public Health's Scientific Director, Associate Scientific Director, and Administrative Director in the planning, prioritization, and implementation of the O'Brien Institute's strategic plan through advisement and timely feedback.

The Committee, supported by the O'Brien Institute's core administrative team, is comprised of population health researchers and health services researchers; representation from Alberta Health Services; University representation from outside the Cumming School of Medicine; and the Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary.

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Awards and Recognition

Fariba Aghajafari

The portfolio includes an annual, internal competition for O’Brien Institute awards, from which nomination packages are also considered for external awards.  Additional goals include awareness of the large number of relevant external awards, matching of competitive members to these awards, supporting members in their applications/nominations, tracking successful and unsuccessful nominations, and recognizing recipients.

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Internal Peer Review

Deborah Marshall

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

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Mentorship and Professional Development

Aliya Kassam 

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

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Aleem Bharwani

The Policy Portfolio oversees and facilitates the O’Brien Institute’s establishment of deep engagement and longitudinal partnerships with governments, systems, and public agencies that shape policies influencing our health and well-being. Due to our necessary focus in this sphere, both a strategic council and an operational council have been formed to support the development of a vision, mission and values for the Institute’s health policy initiative.

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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.

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Seminars and Events

Kerry McBrien and Fabiola Aparicio-Ting 

Guidelines and benchmarks have been developed to help the Seminar and Events portfolio lead a planned and deliberate program of events hosted by the O’Brien Institute. Activities include a weekly seminar series, member forums, special lectures by visiting speakers, public-facing symposia, and workshops. The Institute also co-sponsors well-aligned events led by other University entities, community partners, or professional or health agencies, to increase the opportunities available to Institute members.

2018 Annual Report

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Strategic Communications

Nick Falvo

Complementing the Institute communications team, the Strategic Communications portfolio has a mandate to inform policy, and raise public awareness and visibility of the Institute, by sharing the membership’s knowledge, research, insight, and expertise. The assets mobilized for internal and external reach include the Institute’s O’Bulletin and O’Snap, website, news coverage, opinion-editorials, social media , and special public events designed to enable the membership to engage in real-world knowledge translation, to expand research, to grow its networks, and achieve impact.

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Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

Jennifer Hatfield 

Effective partnerships -- including with citizen, patient, service and other community groups -- are critical to the planning, execution, dissemination, and policy impact of the O’Brien Institute’s research.  In this topic, the O’Brien Executive benefits from close alignment with the Cumming School of Medicine’s SPaCE (Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement) portfolio, which designs, integrates and leads strategic initiatives to ensure we are responsive, accountable, and engaged with our communities locally and globally.

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Kirsten Fiest and 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 endeavor 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.

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

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Community Health Sciences Department Head

Scott Patten

The CHS Department Head supports linkage and information sharing between the Institute and its major academic partner, providing updates on faculty recruitment and graduate training, as well as other ongoing events and activities.

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Medical Officer of Health, Calgary Zone, Alberta Health Services

Jason Cabaj

The AHS Representative provides linkage and facilitates information sharing between the Institute and AHS, especially with regard to Population, Public and Indigenous Health SCN activities, and other endeavours of public health relevance from AHS and the broader Alberta context.

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Nishan Sharma

The goal of the International portfolio is to support the mutually beneficial efforts of the Institute and its members to have academic, social, and/or business impact in the areas of population and health services research, outside of Canada.  The Institute will develop public health-specific opportunities and resources, leveraging offerings from the University of Calgary International office and Cumming School of Medicine’s Global Health and International Partnerships.

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

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