Speaker Biography's 


Dr. Zaki Ahmed, Associate Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Chief of Staff, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Critical Care Physician, Master of Health Sciences (Health Administration), Former Chief Department Internal Medicine, Fund raiser for Regional Food Distribution Authority (RFDA), advocate for patient safety with a leadership vision of the “Right care at the right time in the right place by the right provider".
Dr. James Goertzen, Professor and Associate Dean of CEPD, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Family Physician, AMS Phoenix Fellow, Faculty member Canadian Leadership Institute for Medical Education, passion for medical education and leadership development, scholarly work includes embedding patient perspectives in compassionate physician leadership development, feedback professional development and core behaviors of compassionate health care teams.
Dr. Naana Jumah, Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Obstetrician Gynaecologist, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Clinician Researcher, Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, combines her rich academic background and training in medicine and engineering to focus her research on Aboriginal women's health, substance use during pregnancy, cervical cancer screening, and the treatment of uterine fibroids.

Dr. Dennis Kendel, Health sector consultant, Physician leadership advocate and mentor, Family Physician, Former CEO College of Physicians & Surgeons of Saskatchewan, Former President Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, significantly impacted family medicine in Canada by advocating for a change in medical licensure policy requiring completion of a family medicine residency as the training route for all family physicians.

Dr. Joseph LeBlanc, Associate Dean Equity and Inclusion, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, PhD (Forest Sciences), Leading expert in Indigenous food systems and community development in Canada, provides NOSM vision and leadership for promoting equity, increasing diversity, and strengthening the culture of inclusion among the School’s faculty, staff, learners, alumni, and friends, in collaboration with community and academic partners.

Dr. Sarah Newbery, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean Physician Workforce Strategy, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Rural Family Physician, Former President of Ontario College of Family physicians, Former VP Clinical of NW LHIN, Lead for NOSM Rural Generalist Pathway, believes strongly in equitable access to care for citizens of Canada’s rural communities and loves the professional work of being a comprehensive family physician in rural practice.

Dr. Gigi Osler, Chair Canadian Medical Forum, President-Elect Federation of Medical Woman in Canada, Co-Chair Virtual Care Task Force, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeon, Former President Canadian Medical Association, named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by Women’s Executive Network in 2019, believes that maintaining the health and wellness of oneself should be incorporated into medical training.

Dr. Jane Philpott, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Director of School of Medicine, CEO Southeastern Ontario Medical Association, Queens University, Family Physician, Former Member of Parliament with numerous cabinet positions including Minister of Health, health advocacy is central to her work and influenced by 9 years of practice in Africa “As Canadians, we are co-workers in the construction of a strong healthy future for our society and planet.  We must be our best, most generous selves and encourage the best from one another.”
Yolanda Wanakamik, Director of Indigenous Affairs, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Member of Whitesand First Nation, Master of Education (Educational Studies), Diverse background in areas of governance, policy and politics, visionary leader committed to principles of supporting capacity and community development as keys to improving education outcomes while recognizing and supporting strengths and aspirations of community stakeholders.