BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2016 – 2018

President
Dr. Mark Oremus

Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.
Dr. Oremus specializes in chronic diseases and aging. He has conducted studies on willingness-to-pay for Alzheimer’s disease medications, measuring quality-of-life in Alzheimer’s disease, and the use of outcome measurement instruments in Alzheimer’s disease drug trials. Dr. Oremus’s other research interests include systematic reviews, population and public health from a life-course perspective, health policy and economics, and knowledge transfer. Dr. Oremus holds a part-time appointment at McMaster University as an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evaluation, and Impact (formerly Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics). He is the Communications Officer for the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology.

Past-President
Dr. Thy Dinh

Director of Health Economics within the Public Policy division at the Conference Board. The majority of her research falls under the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC). At the Conference Board Thy has led the research on the health and economic impact of interprofessional primary care teams and the health economics of healthy active living. Thy has an Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from Queen’s University and a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.

Vice-President
Laura Rosella

PhD MHSc. Dr. Rosella is an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Canada Research Chair in Population Health Analytics. She also holds scientific appointments at Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Treasurer
John Podoba

Dr. John Podoba holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University. He is the founder, president, and CEO of Dacima Software Inc., a Montreal-based electronic data capture software solutions provider. Dr. Podoba worked as an epidemiologist at Ste. Justine’s Hospital in Montreal and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Concordia University) while working on his PhD.

Secretary
Shera Hosseini

Shera Hosseini, PhD student, University of Waterloo, Faculty of Applied Health Science, School of Public Health and Health Systems.
Ms. Hosseini’s background is in psychology; her PhD thesis topic explores the relation between religious service attendance and cognitive function in middle- and old-age Canadians.

Chair-Communications
Ray Deonandan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine University of Ottawa

Co-chair - Professional Development (Webinars)
James Valcourt

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Division of Community Health and Humanities Faculty of Medicine The Health Sciences Centre Memorial University of Newfoundland

Co-Chair, Professional Development (Mentorship Program)
Dr. Colleen Maxwell

Professor, School of Pharmacy (cross-appointed to School of Public Health and Health Systems), University of Waterloo.

Chair-Membership
Dr. Vicki Kristman

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences Lakehead University Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

Student Representative
Kahina Abdesselam

Ms. Kahina Abdesselam, PhD Candidate at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Epidemiologist at the Public Health Agency of Canada.

 
 

Members at Large

Webinar Logistics
Samuel Ileka Priouzeau

Samuel Ileka-Priouzeau, MSc., Senior Epidemiologist, Surveillance Systems and Data Management Section, Surveillance and Epidemiology Division, Public Health Agency of Canada

Webinars - Biostatistics Content
Ashok Chaurasia

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo.

Membership
Jennifer Payne

Dr. Jennifer Payne is an epidemiologist based in Halifax. She splits her time between Dalhousie University (Associate Professor in Breast Imaging) and the two health authorities (advising on breast screening evaluation and chronic disease surveillance).

Susan Bondy
(Professional Competencies)

Dr. John Moraros

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Moraros is also the secondary representative for the CSEB on the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology (IJPC-SE).