david wiljer

Dr David Wiljer

Dr. David Wiljer is a member of the community providing ground-breaking 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 the current Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Wiljer has led research and development projects that focus on putting knowledge into action by utilizing health information technologies and knowledge management approaches to promote lifelong learning and CPD. Through his research and scholarship, he also explores the impact of digital technologies on patient partnerships and on high quality care.

shaleen jones

Shaleen Jones

Shaleen Jones has been an advocate, organizer, educator, and all-round rabble rouser in the field of eating disorders for over twenty years.  As the Executive Director for Eating Disorders NS Shaleen works to ensure that no-one in Nova Scotia has to face an eating disorder alone.

Over the past twenty-five years, Shaleen has worked with many community organizations, holding leadership positions with the Canadian Mental Health Association, Peer Support Canada, Laing House, and the British Columbia Eating Disorders Association.

As a person with both lived experience and family experience, Shaleen is passionate about recovery, the transformative power of peer support, and creating sustainable, systematic changes across the sector. She was one of the first people trained specifically to provide peer support for those with eating disorders in Canada, and earned her Peer Support Certification from Peer Support Canada in 2015.

Shaleen was recognized with an Inspiring Lives Award from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and serves on the Mental Health Advisory Council to the Federal Minister of Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Hallway Group. She is also a Mentor for the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Knowledge Translation training program SPARK.

She lives in Halifax with her son, their very loud cat, and enough wool to knit everyone here a sweater.

don wildfong

Don Wildfong

Through his company Impact Solutions, Don has worked as a freelance consultant at the international, national, provincial and regional levels. As a Registered Nurse with advanced training in health services and policy research and academic administration, Don has been actively involved in knowledge translation, advocacy, political action and workforce development to advance health and system priorities. He has extensive experience in advancing educational, workforce and practice development program offerings in the areas of enhanced seniors care, palliative/end-of-life care and mental health and addiction care and services. He recently led the development of an older adult strategy for the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network with the Research Institute for Aging. He continues to work under contract with the Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington to facilitate the implementation of this strategy within the context of the provincial health system transformation agenda in Ontario. He previously served in the positions of Senior Advisor with the Canadian Nurses Association and as Chair of Continuing Education and Specialty Programs within the School of Health & Life Sciences and Community Services at Conestoga College. Don is thrilled the be participating as a mentor with this cohort of the SPARK Training Program.

heather lackner

Heather Lackner

Heather is an Implementation Specialist with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Her project management focus is with policing services creating and implementing interventions that help children and families get the health and social supports they need to avoid future justice interventions. Heather’s expertise involves the scaling and spreading of evidence-based interventions and she comes at her work authentically as a life-long family caregiver and person with lived experience. 

Heather has been with the MHCC SPARK Institute since the inaugural class of 2012.