Dr. David Wiljer
His work focuses on patient and health professions education, specifically patient involvement, digitally enabled education and life-long learning. He has explored the development of large programs, infrastructure, communities, and research initiatives that involve health professionals, patients and families in new approaches to education and care delivery, including patient portals for providing patients with access to their health records and social networking approaches to promote self-management and self-care. Dr. David Wiljer is a member of the community providing groundbreaking perspectives and inspiring contributions to digital health policy, management, education and evaluation. He is the Executive Director of Education, Technology & Innovation at the University Health Network, and former Senior Director of Transformational Education and Academic Advancement at CAMH. David is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. He is a former President of the American Association of Cancer Education, and was the founding Chair of a national working group, the Canadian Committee for Patient Accessible Electronic Health Records (CCPAEHR), dedicated to involving patients in their EH. He was also an inaugural Associate Director of the Centre for Health, Wellness and Cancer Survivorship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Program at the University Health Network.
Research Director, MINDS of London-Middlesex, a social-innovation lab using interdisciplinary approaches to tackle the complex challenge of improving mental health and wellbeing among transitional-age youth. Eugenia also coordinates the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI), which is led by the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University and dedicated to knowledge generation and translation through collaborative partnerships between academia and community organizations. She is a Health Information Science PhD Candidate at Western University. Her research uses critical, participatory and ethnographic approaches to understand the impact of youth stakeholder input on the design and delivery of mental health services. Eugenia’s research and knowledge-translation collaborations include roles in the CIHR grant titled Voices against Violence: Youth Stories Create Change; the Health Equity Interdisciplinary Development Initiative at Western University; and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s SPARK Training Program.
Shaleen has worked in the fields of peer support and mental health for over 20 years, holding leadership positions with peer led organizations such as the BC Eating Disorders Association, Laing House, and Peer Support Canada. She was recognized for her contribution to mental health with the Inspiring Lives Award from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and sits on the Minister of Health’s Mental Health Advisors group. Shaleen manages anxiety and has recovered from an eating disorder. As a parent of a child with mental health concerns, she has learnt about the challenges of our mental health system from a different perspective. Her experiences led to her commitment to mental health systems reform and her belief in the power of peer support. Shaleen is the Executive Director for Eating Disorders Nova Scotia.