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Guiding our commitment to excellence, collaboration, transparency and accountability, and efficiency and effectiveness.

Don Somers
Don Somers (Chair)
Private Business, Consulting

As a former senior executive with a major Canadian mining company and Vice President of a western Canadian-based company involved in the financing and management support of early stage companies commercializing environmental technologies, Dr. Somers brings an extensive business pedigree to the board. He has authored a number of scientific papers and continues to consult in the area of corporate governance, research and innovation, and science marketing and communication.

Petrina McGrath
Petrina McGrath (Vice Chair)
Saskatoon Health Region

Dr. Petrina McGrath is the Vice President of People, Practice and Quality at the Saskatoon Health Region. Throughout her career Petrina has been a committed champion and leader of patient family centered care and quality improvement. She has been involved in the implementation of patient centered care strategies and practices at three large academic organizations, in addition to presenting locally, nationally and internationally on the topic. Petrina has held numerous leadership positions including Director of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology and Palliative Care. Her areas of research focus include: inter professional collaboration, patient and family caregiver experience, and organizational culture and leadership.

Brent Brownlee
Brent Brownlee
Ministry of Advanced Education

Brent Brownlee is Director of the Universities Branch in the Ministry of Advanced Education with the Government of Saskatchewan. Over the past 15 years in the post-secondary education ministry, he has worked with all of the publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Responsibilities include enhancing overall governance and accountability performance, financial analysis and budget development. Prior to working in the Ministry of Advanced Education, he worked for 12 years in the provincial ministry of Justice in the area of court services budgeting, audit and financial administration.

Josef Buttigieg
Josef Buttigieg
University of Regina

Dr. Josef Buttigieg is an Assistant Professor at the University of Regina (U of R). He received his PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton and served as a postdoctoral fellow for two years at the University Health Network in Toronto. As a young biomedical researcher in the health region, he has helped foster research collaborations between the U of R and various local health institutes. As a neurophysiologist, his research interests include stem cell biology and neurodegenerative disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. The goal of this research program is to develop therapies that mitigate or reverse the progress of neurological disease. In addition to research, Dr. Buttigieg is heavily involved in teaching. He is responsible for both anatomy and physiology courses in the Faculty of Nursing as well as the Faculty of Science.

Tami Denomie
Tami Denomie
Saskatchewan Ministry of Health

Tami Denomie is an Executive Director with the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Health providing leadership in the area of system wide priorities. Her leadership of strategic initiatives and projects with an emphasis on cross-ministry and –sector partnerships span across several sectors and strive to enhance the patient experience and overall quality of life through continuous quality improvement. Tami spent much of her early career working with stakeholders and other delivery and research partners around the healthy living and the physical activity movement. She is known for her abilities in the area of community engagement and capacity building and her innovative approaches to addressing issues.

Vivian Ramsden
Vivian Ramsden
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Vivian R Ramsden, a Registered Nurse, is a Professor and Director of the Research Division, Department of Academic Family Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Her background spans both critical care in acute care settings and primary health care in urban, rural, First Nations and international communities. Dr. Ramsden is a passionate advocate for participatory health research, thus, her research interests include participatory health research and evaluation; primary health care; mixed methods; and, prevention and management of chronic diseases. Her unique strengths and vision have led to the creation of an innovative competency-based curriculum, and related evidence-informed co-created community-based prevention programs. Additionally she has influenced changes in health policy. Dr. Ramsden is also an Honorary Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and currently sits on the Section of Researchers Council as the Chair, Research Directors.

Cecil Hunt
Cecile Hunt
Prince Albert Parkland Health Region

Cecile Hunt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Prior to the position, she was the Vice-President of Integrated Health Services for the Prairie North Health Region, which includes North Battleford, Lloydminster and Meadow Lake and surrounding areas. She lives in the region, and her husband farms in the Kinistino area. Cecile started her career in health care 30 years ago as a registered nurse. Prior to working in Prairie North, she was the Director of Health Services for the North Central Health District in Melfort. Cecile was Director of Nursing at Victoria Union Hospital in Prince Albert and also served as the Prince Albert Health District’s Director of Patient Care.

John Thiel
John Thiel
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Thiel is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). He is currently the Interim Academic Head of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the U of S. He received his BSc, MSc and MD the U of S and received his Royal College Fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1996. He is the director of the postgraduate fellowship program in Minimally Invasive Gynecology for the U of S. He has been awarded both the CREOG and APGO Excellence in Teaching Awards and the 2010 Golden Hysteroscope award for best hystereoscopy paper at the 39th Global Congress of Minimally Invasive Surgery. His clinical and research interests include intra-operative evaluation, hysteroscopic tubal sterilization, alternatives for fibroid management, endometrial ablation and chronic pelvic pain.

David Katz
David Katz
Innovation Saskatchewan

As Chief Policy and Science Officer at Innovation Saskatchewan David Katz provides leadership for that agency and the provincial government on policy matters affecting innovation. Having worked in economic development for the province of Saskatchewan for over 25 years, his experience was drawn on as lead author of the “Saskatchewan Framework for an Innovation Economy”: an outline of a strategy, action plan, and programs for the promotion of innovation within the province.

Joe Vidal
Joe Vidal
Bioriginal Food & Science Corp.

Joe Vidal is President and CEO of Bioriginal. In his 17 years with the company, he has seen Bioriginal grow and prosper as a global leader in delivering complete omega solutions to the Food and Nutraceutical industries. He has worked with KPMG both in the National office in Toronto as well as the Saskatoon office, giving him a broad range of experiences in both small and large businesses. His eight years at Hitachi provided a broad range of international experiences as well as an appreciation for the importance of manufacturing and quality principles, all within the context of dealing with the human element of business.

Robert Sheldon
Robert Sheldon
University of Calgary

Dr. Robert Sheldon is a Professor of Cardiac Science at the University of Calgary.He is a world-renowned researcher and thought leader in the investigation and treatment of syncope. He has developed the Calgary Syncope Symptom Score, which is widely used clinically, replacing tilt table testing, which resulted in a great reduction of health care utilization and expenditure and is the world leader in randomized clinical trials of diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for syncope. He has been an Associate Dean of Clinical Research, Senior Vice President Research with Alberta Health Services, and a member of CIHR Governing Council.

Jane Alcorn
Jane Alcorn
University of Saskatchewan

Jane Alcorn is a Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. Jane’s own research focuses on the health benefits of flaxseed bioactives and determinants of neonatal exposure risk in the medicated nursing mother/neonate dyad. In addition, Jane provides pharmacokinetic expertise to a significant number of collaborative and translational research projects within the province as well as expert review for the US National Toxicology Program and Environmental Protection Agency. Jane has held several key leadership positions including Chair of the Drug Discovery and Development Research Group, University Veterinarian, Board Director for the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and her most recent appointment as Associate Dean Research and Graduate Affairs.

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