2020 Speakers (Conference and 1/2 Day Workshop)

Keynote Banquet Speaker

Whistleblowers in Healthcare

Dr. Brian Goldman
Emergency Room Physician, Healthcare Expert, and Medical Watchdog

Dr. Brian Goldman has been called a doctor to Canadians. For more than three decades, he’s been a respected ER physician at Sinai Health System in Toronto. Since 2007, Goldman has hosted White Coat, Black Art, an award-winning show that pulls back the curtain and demystifies the patient experience in the culture of modern medicine. He is the author of three Canadian bestselling books. His latest – The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life – explores his personal and professional search for empathy in his brain, his heart and around the world.

Conference Speakers (additional bios will be uploaded closer to the conference date)

Angie Palen
Choosing Wisely Coordinator for Saskatchewan

Angie Palen is a Provincial Improvement Consultant and the Choosing Wisely Coordinator for Saskatchewan. She has 33 years of experience in the workforce, with 19 of those years in various health related settings across the province. She is a certified lean improvement leader, a facilitator, as well as a change management and quality improvement coach. Angie collaborates with engaged stakeholders, provincial partners and clinicians within the health system offering coaching methods which support improvement strategies and initiatives across the province. Through this work she maintains a focus on building capability within others and making connections to support the work of inter-disciplinary teams.

Cindy Smith, RN, MN, Executive Director
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA)

Cindy Smith is Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA). With over thirty years of professional practice in health care settings, Cindy Smith has served in all domains of nursing, from practice and education to administration and research. For the last 20 years of her career, Cindy has been dedicated to nursing leadership. She has served as manager in the previous Regina Qu’Appelle Heath Region and as an educator and program head at SIAST. Cindy joined the SRNA leadership team in 2019 from Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina, where she served as Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences since 2011. Following her diploma in nursing in 1985 and post registration Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1998, Cindy obtained a Master of Nursing in 2008 from Athabasca University.

Megan Clark, MD, CCFP
Medical Abortion Protocol Working Group, Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dr. Clark is a family physician at the academic Family Medicine Unit in Regina. In addition to her comprehensive family medicine practice, she provides medical and surgical abortion services at the Regina Women’s Health Centre, a visiting clinic on a Saskatchewan First Nation with the Wellness Wheel, coverage through Regina Palliative Care Services, a weekly inner city clinic at Four Directions, and harm reduction services with methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone.

Dr Megan A Young, MBChB, BA(Hons)
Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba; Winnipeg Regional Health Authority

Dr. Megan Young is a physician, with her undergraduate medical training completed in Liverpool, United Kingdom. She is currently training in her fourth year of psychiatry residency through the University of Manitoba and is employed by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority providing consult liaison psychiatric assessments and follow-up on the general hospital wards.  Prior to medical training Dr. Young completed an Honours Degree in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan and worked for 7 years for the SK Health Authority in Mental Health Services as a director for pediatric community programs and therapist in Prince Albert, SK.

Alex Crawley, BSP, ACPR

Dr. Bonnie Richardson
(speaking on Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity)

1/2 Day Post-Conference Workshop

Topic and Speaker TBD