Keynote Speakers

Keynote presentations will be recorded.


Navigating Pandemics with Real Time Evidence and Research


Chief Medical Health Officer

Monday, November 16: 10:00 - 10:45 am

Moderator: Dr. Elan Paluck, SHA Director of Research

Dr Saqib Shahab is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer. In the past he has worked as a regional Medical Health Officer, as well as internationally as an internist, faculty at a school of public health, and public health expert with multilateral health and donor agencies. He is a past co chair of the Pan Canadian Public Health Network Council, past chair of the Medical Health Officers Council of Saskatchewan and past president of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association.


Dr Shahab is a Fellow in Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, US, and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians UK.

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Building Learning Health Systems in Canada: Some lessons from the experience of the BC Academic Health Science Network

Dr. Stirling Bryan, PhD

President, BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN)

Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Senior Scientist, Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Tuesday, November 17:  2:00 - 3:00 pm

Moderator: Dr. Brandy Winquist, SHA Executive Director, Academics and Learning

Dr. Stirling Bryan’s international reputation is in health economics, health technology assessment and health services and policy research. He was a Harkness Fellow in 2005 at Stanford University, has a career total of over 250 peer-reviewed articles, and currently chairs the Advisory Board for CIHR’s Institute for Health Services & Policy Research. Dr. Bryan is an experienced and accomplished health research leader, having held numerous leadership roles throughout his career, culminating in his appointment in January 2020 as President of the British Columbia Academic Health Science Network. BC AHSN includes the BC SUPPORT Unit, which implements the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research in the province.

Moderator: Dr. Brandy Winquist   

Panelists: Dr. Mike Kelly, Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos, Dr. Susan Shaw, Dr. Stirling Bryan, Candace Skrapek

Tuesday, November 17 3:00 - 3:45

Panel Description: Learning health systems support continuous improvement and innovation by aligning research, informatics, incentives, and culture (Institute of Medicine, 2015). They build capacity for rapid learning that translates immediately to health care delivery and policy. Embraced by health systems around the globe, this model must be tailored to fit the environment. What does a Saskatchewan learning health system look and act like? What opportunities can be used to stimulate its development and what gaps can it fill?

Dr. Brandy Winquist, Executive Director Academics & Learning, is a member of the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s senior leadership team, and provides oversight for research, ethics and academic partnerships. She serves on a number of provincial boards including the Saskatchewan Academic Health Sciences Network, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, and Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association (Chair). Brandy is an adjunct professor in the department of Community Health & Epidemiology within the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Her areas of research include maternal and child health, pharmacoepidemiology, health services and population health. As a member of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies and Canadian Maternal Child Cohort, Brandy collaborates on multi-provincial studies that investigate prescription medication use during pregnancy. 

Michael Kelly, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FACS is Professor and Head of Neurosurgery at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. He has a BSc., MD and PhD and completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. Dr. Kelly did three additional years of fellowship training in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Cleveland Clinic.  He holds the Saskatchewan Clinical Stroke Research Chair and has an active basic science and clinical research program focusing on stroke and other cerebrovascular disorders. He has helped develop and lead the Saskatchewan Acute Stroke Pathway and Saskatchewan Stroke Strategy.

Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Regina and Founder and Executive Director of the Online Therapy Unit, which has been delivering and evaluating Internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (ICBT) in Saskatchewan since 2010. Dr. Hadjistavropoulos’ innovative research, which involves partnering with providers, managers and patients on development of ICBT has leveraged millions of dollars in funding from various sources (the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research, Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, and Government of Canada). Dr. Hadjistavropoulos is a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (2016) and the Canadian Psychological Association (2014). She is an active member of the Collaborative for e-Mental Health (Mental Health Commission of Canada) and received a Women Leader in Digital Health 2019 award by Digital Health Canada for being a female visionary harnessing the power of IT to transform health and healthcare in Canada. 

Dr. Susan Shaw  balances a rewarding career in critical care medicine with clinical and system leadership at the local and provincial level in Saskatchewan. She has been a successful department head, a physician leader with the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative and co-lead of the former Saskatoon Health Region's Safer Every Day Breakthrough Initiative. Prior to joining the Saskatchewan Health Authority as the organization’s first Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shaw worked with the Saskatchewan Medical Association as Director of Physician Advocacy and Leadership. Dr. Shaw is currently board chair for the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and is looked to as a leader in patient-centred care, physician leadership, continuous improvement and large scale change. 

Candace Skrapek's background as a health care provider, administrator and nursing educator combined with her own health challenges and experiences as a patient have led to her involvement as a patient partner in a variety of health research initiatives. These include engagement with the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research, SPOR PIHCI Leadership Council, the U of S Respiratory Research Centre Patient and Family Advisory Council and three funded research projects.

Panel: Saskatchewan's Journey to a Learning Health System

Navigating Pandemics with Real Time Evidence and Research

Building Learning Health Systems in Canada: lessons from the  the BC Academic Health Science Network and Panel Discussion