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.
Dr. Sophie Soklaridis
Dr. Sophie Soklaridis is an Independent Scientist and Interim Director of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and an Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She leads two programs of research in client/family education and simulation education in mental health. Her sociological perspective provides important insights into the social and interpersonal dimensions of mental health and clinical practice. Her research interests focus on the inclusion of families in the life of the hospital as advisors, educators and experts through the lens of critical sociology. She is also interested in helping to preparing mental health care professionals to address the needs of an increasingly diverse, complex society and fosters a critical sociological consciousness to ensure that social justice and humanistic care are as important as neuroscientific and pharmacological aspects of care. The themes of relationship-centered care, social justice, co-creation and humanism have guided her work.
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.
Don Wildfong, BNSc, MSc, RN
Through his company Impact Solutions, Don works as senior advisor, international priorities and programs with the Guanghua International Education Association. As a Registered Nurse with advanced training in health services and policy research and administration, Don has been actively involved in knowledge translation, advocacy, political action and workforce development to advance health and system priorities at the international, national, provincial and regional levels. 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.