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Norma Wood

Norma Wood is the Senior Program Officer for Workplace Health and Safety and the lead for the AHS Prevention of Workplace Violence Program.

Erica Olson

Erica Olson is program coordinator for PAWS as well as Delray’s first handler. The paramedic and Critical Incident Support Management (CISM) peer support team member has additional training in trauma focused animal assisted intervention, certified professional life coaching and psychology.

David O’Toole

David O’Toole is the President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Healthcare Information.  He leads CIHI in identifying the health information priorities for Canada’s healthcare systems, in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial governments. This includes providing these jurisdictions with integrated health information that contributes to the improvement of population health outcomes and health system performance.

Dr. Kerri Novak and Dr. Eddy Lang

Dr. Kerry Novak is a gastroenterologist and Medical Lead for Quality Assurance.

Dr. Eddy Lang is the clinical department head for AHS Emergency Medicine and the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Terri Fortunaso

Terri Fortunaso is Seniors Health Director for Continuing Care, Palliative Care and Geriatric Assessment and Rehab, in AHS South Zone.

Michael Smeland

Michael Smeland is the Lead for the Provincial Ergonomics and Safe Client Handling Team with Workplace Health and Safety’s Provincial Services Team.

Sean Chilton

Sean Chilton is the Chief Zone Officer for AHS South Zone. He is also the lead of a provincial AHS workplace violence committee, which includes representatives of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Health Sciences Association of Alberta and United Nurses of Alberta.

Dr. Laura Calhoun

Laura Calhoun is provincial medical director for Addiction and Mental Health in Alberta Health Services and believes mental health care should be just as easy to access as physical health care. Dr. Calhoun values of inclusivity, integrity and humour. Outside of work she enjoys baseball, golf and learning.

Dr. Nicholas Mitchell

Dr. Nicholas Mitchell is the Senior Medical Director with the Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Strategic Clinical Network and practices at the University Of Alberta Department Of Psychiatry. 

Andy Jones

Trained chef Andy Jones is the Managing Director for AJ Catering Consultants, and Past National Chair of the United Kingdom Hospital Caterers Association. He has supported the design and delivery of nutritionally balanced menus for patients in the U.K. for more than 30 years. His passion for the health of patients is well-documented, as shown by being named the U.K.’s Caterer and Hotelkeeper Association’s Public Sector Caterer of the Year in 2012. Andy chaired the Hospital Caterers Association from 2013 to 2015, and has been key in the U.K.’s Nutritional and Hydration Weeks. He also sits on the on the government-led Hospital Food Panel.

Dr. Clarence Wong

Dr. Clarence Wong is a Gastroenterologist and the Provincial Medical Lead for the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program with Alberta Health Services. He is also an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Alberta.

Brenda Lambert

Brenda Lambert graduated from Red Deer College in 2004 with a Pharmacy Technician diploma. She was hired by AHS in June 2004 to work in the pharmacy at Rockyview General Hospital. In 2013, she was one of the first two technicians trained to do clinical support work at RGH. In her role as a clinical pharmacy technician, Brenda works in both the emergency department and inpatient units where she gathers information from several sources to put together an accurate Best Possible Medication History and Medication Reconciliation.

Tiffany Woo and Brenda Lambert

Tiffany Woo is a clinical pharmacist currently working out of the Emergency department at the Rockyview General Hospital. Her experience includes working in Internal Medicine, the Home Parenteral Therapy Program and the Anticoagulation Clinic. She also has experience at the Alberta Children's Hospital & in community pharmacy. She graduated from the University of Alberta with her BScPharm in 2007 and obtained her Advanced Prescribing Authority in 2014. She enjoys hiking in the mountains with her husband & golden retriever. 

Brenda Lambert graduated from Red Deer College in 2004 with a Pharmacy Technician diploma. She was hired by AHS in June 2004 to work in the pharmacy at Rockyview General Hospital. In 2013, she was one of the first two technicians trained to do clinical support work at RGH. In her role as a clinical pharmacy technician, Brenda works in both the emergency department and inpatient units where she gathers information from several sources to put together an accurate Best Possible Medication History and Medication Reconciliation.

Dr. Darren Brenner

Dr. Brenner is a research scientist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine of the University of Calgary. The primary aim of Dr. Brenner’s research is to examine the impact of lifestyle (specifically physical activity and obesity) and inflammation on cancer risk and survival. He is also leading several projects to quantify the burden of cancer due to lifestyle and environmental factors at the population level provincially in Alberta as well as at the national level. Prior to his arrival in Calgary, Dr. Brenner completed a PhD in epidemiology at the University of Toronto and a postdoctoral fellowship at the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization in Lyon France.

Dr. Verna Yiu
Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of Alberta Health Services
Dr. Eddy Lang

Dr. Eddy Lang is the academic and clinical department head for AHS Emergency Medicine and the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is also principal investigator in a provincewide study that aims to improve the appropriateness of CT imaging in Alberta's emergency departments.

Dr. Jim Silvius

Dr. Jim Silvius is a geriatrician at the Rockyview Hospital in Calgary, and Medical Director, Seniors Health, Community Seniors Addictions & Mental Health where he has had responsibility for the provincial approach to Palliative and End of Life Care.

Cheryl Houtekamer

Cheryl Houtekamer has been working with children, youth, families and communities for the past 28 years. Since 1989, Cheryl has fulfilled a variety of treatment and prevention roles, including outpatient counsellor, day program supervisor and tobacco reduction counsellor. Cheryl is currently the supervisor of the Community Health Promotion Services team in the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. Cheryl has two daughters and recently completed a Master’s degree in public health.

Helen Bevan

Helen Bevan is Chief of Service Transformation at the National Health Services (NHS) Institute for Innovation and Improvement in England. In her nearly 25 years with in health care Helen led and supported initiatives that have created improvements for millions of patients. She provides guidance and training on transformational change to health care systems across the world, and helped create Change Day, a worldwide movement that calls on individuals to make a pledge to improve their own health or the health care system.

Dr. Jim Silvius

Dr. Silvius is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Calgary, and Medical Director, Seniors Health at Alberta Health Services and Medical Director, Pharmacy Services at Alberta Health Services. He maintains a clinical practice in geriatrics at Rockyview General Hospital. Dr. Silvius has been a member of the Alberta Health and Wellness Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation and Therapeutics from 2004 through to 2015, and is the current Vice-Chair of CADTH’s Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC).

Dr. Stephen Tsekrekos

Dr. Stephen Tsekrekos is the Medical Director of AHS Workplace Health and Safety.

Deb Runnalls
Deb Runnalls, has spent more than three decades working with the homeless, and representing marginalized populations at all levels of government, Alberta Health Services and internationally. Her experiences, professionally and personally, stroked another passion – for patient- and family-centred care. Deb continues to develop wellness and support programs in her role as Senior Manager at the Kerby Centre in Calgary. For the past five years, she has also volunteered her time as Co-Chair of the AHS Patient First Strategy Steering Committee and Vice Chair of the AHS Patient and Family Advisory Group. These efforts culminated in the release of the AHS Patient First Strategy in June 2015.