Speaker Biographies

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Hélène Bourget-Letarte, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Hélène Bourget-Letarte obtained her Pharmacy Degree from Laval University and completed a hospital pharmacy residency at L’Hôpital St-Sacrement in Quebec City. She participated at the implementation of an oncology pharmacy satellite for the safe preparation of cytotoxic medications. In 1999, she joined the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre where she is currently the Pharmacy Manager of the Outpatient Systemic Therapy Program for solid tumors and malignant hematology. Hélène is a member of CAPhO and she was the Chair of NOPS 2009 held in Ottawa. Her main areas of interest are patient and staff safety and quality of life for patients living with cancer.

Marc Carrier, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Marc Carrier, M.D., FRCP(C), MSc. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Carrier is holding a Tier 2 Research Chair in Venous Thromboembolism and Cancer from the University of Ottawa and New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Frances Cusano, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Frances Cusano obtained her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta in 1993. She then completed a pharmacy residency program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. For six years, she worked at the Alberta Poison and Drug Information Service. In 2002, she left the Poison Centre to work as a staff pharmacist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Frances helped develop the CancerControl pharmacy residency program and has been a residency coordinator since 2004. She became a Pharmacy Clinical Practice Leader in 2011. Her clinical practice is neuro oncology, which involves Frances providing care to brain cancer patients.

Lee Dupuis, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON

Lee Dupuis completed BSc, BScPhm and MScPhm degrees at the University of Toronto, a residency at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a PhD at the University of Amsterdam.  She is an Associate Scientist, Research Institute and Health Clinician Scientist, Department of Pharmacy, SickKids and Associate Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. 
Lee’s research aims to improve the supportive care of children with cancer by controlling treatment-related symptoms, facilitating the communication of symptom severity by children and implementing clinical practice guidelines.  She serves on committees and guideline development panels for many Canadian and international organizations.

Ron Fung, Cancer Care Ontario, Toronto, ON

Ron Fung graduated with his Pharmacy degree from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the University Health Network in Toronto.  Ron joined Cancer Care Ontario in 2016 as a pharmacist with the Systemic Treatment Program, and now serves as a Clinical Program Manager with the Provincial Drug Reimbursement Programs Unit.  Prior to CCO, Ron was a clinical pharmacist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, specializing in complex malignant hematology and, more recently, the lead oncology pharmacist at Trillium Health Partners. 

Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie is a bilingual psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine. She has worked at The Ottawa Hospital General Campus since 2000 and at the Cancer Centre since 2007, where she was Medical Lead of the Psychosocial Oncology program until 2013. She was appointed as Director of the Faculty Wellness Program at the Faculty of Medicine in January 2014, and as The Ottawa Hospital Medical Director of Physician Health and Wellness in July 2014. In collaboration with her colleague Dr. Kerri Ritchie, she has been working on resiliency frameworks for physicians, medical trainees and staff working at TOH. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to psychosocial oncology, physician wellness and disruptive behavior.

Rachel Gilbert, Rachel Gilbert Consulting, Toronto, ON

Rachel Gilbert (née White) is passionate about making healthcare safer for patients by making environments, processes and technologies more intuitive for clinicians.  She has a keen interest in integrating human factors principles into medication safety initiatives, especially those relating to chemotherapy.  Through her research she has gained a strong understanding and respect for the role that care providers and leaders play in patient safety. 
A graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Rachel received an MA in Psychology, specializing in Human-Computer Interaction.  Following her studies, she made software and hardware devices more user-friendly through a variety of projects and operational activities in Canada and the UK.  Upon her return to Canada in 2005, she worked for ten years at Toronto’s University Health Network as a member of the internationally-acclaimed HumanEra team.  During this time, she won research grants, executed research projects and influenced safety standards, primarily in the oncology space.  She also taught thousands of Canadian and international care providers, leaders and academics how to prevent human error in healthcare. 
Since late 2015, Rachel has been consulting with the public and private sectors on patient safety and human factors issues.

Kelly Grindrod, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Dr. Kelly Grindrod is an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy and a clinical pharmacist in primary care. Dr. Grindrod and her colleagues have been working closely with public health and first responders on the roll-out of the take-home naloxone program. She also led the development of several online resources including the Pharmacy5in5.ca platform, which includes several videos and infographics for pharmacy practice. Dr. Grindrod completed her BScPharm at the University of Alberta and a hospital residency at the London Health Sciences Centre. She also completed a PharmD, MSc and a post-doctoral fellowship and the University of British Columbia.

Alex Hajjar, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

Alex Hajjar is a fourth year Health Sciences student at the University of Ottawa. He enjoys volunteering, playing sports, and participating as a patient advocate. He was treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 17, and has since created a volunteer support program which connects those diagnosed with a survivor of the same type and disease. Alex hopes to pursue medicine when he graduates in April of 2018.

Tamara Harth, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Tamara Harth is Program Manager and Patient and Family Education Lead for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  She has also served as Provincial Head of Patient Education for Cancer Care Ontario. Tamara holds a Masters in Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. She has a research and professional interest in health literacy and as such has created a 4 part health literacy curriculum for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  Additionally Tamara has developed an e-learning module in health literacy for the University Of Toronto Pharmacy Program. 

Esther Jadusingh, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, AB

Esther Jadusingh received her BScPharm from the University of British Columbia in 2005. She went on to complete her hospital pharmacy residency at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver in 2006. She has been practicing in the area of pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant since 2012 at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She works in both the inpatient and ambulatory setting in the Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Program. Esther obtained her Additional Prescribing Authorization in 2014 and is an active pharmacist prescriber. She is currently serving on the CAPhO Board of Directors as treasurer. 

Derek Jorgenson, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Derek Jorgenson is a Professor of Pharmacy in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Jorgenson maintains a health service utilization research program that focuses on the role of pharmacists in the primary health care system. He has a background as a community pharmacist and as a pharmacist in an interprofessional primary care team, but he now manages and practices in a patient care teaching clinic physically located within College of Pharmacy and Nutrition called the Medication Assessment Centre.

Kathy LeBreux, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Kathy graduated from Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Sciences and became a Registered Pharmacy Technician within the Ontario College of Pharmacists in 2014.  She has a wide range of experience having worked in 6 different Hospital and Retail environments:
Cumberland Drugs, Queensway Carleton, Royal Ottawa, National Defence Medical Centre, TOH – Main pharmacy, Oncology Satellite and Cancer Centre.
Kathy helped plan and open the Inpatient Oncology Satellite where she worked as the Team Leader.  She has been working in Clinical Trials as a Pharmacy Research Technician at TOH Cancer Centre for 15 years. Her team currently works with over 100 clinical trials including Phase 1 – 1st in Human and Oncolytic Virus trials.  

Nathan Lockhart, Spectrum Solutions, Ottawa, ON

Nathan Lockhart is a learning professional and executive coach. He has more than 20 years of professional experience, having worked in both the public and private sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa and a Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development from York University. Nathan specializes in the delivery of intensive, interactive workshops for professionals in the area of management, negotiation and communication. To date, he has delivered more than 500 workshops to approximately 5000 professionals. He is a dynamic, sought after public speaker with a strong understanding of today’s workplace challenges. 

Glenn Myers, Horizon Health Network, Moncton, NB

Glenn Myers is a clinical pharmacist in ambulatory oncology and emergency medicine at The Moncton Hospital in Moncton, New Brunswick. Glenn completed a BSc (Pharmacy) at Dalhousie University in 2011 and subsequently went on to complete his hospital residency (ACPR) at the Saint John Regional Hospital in Saint John, NB. Glenn has been practicing in oncology for 6 years and is currently developing a pharmacist led practice of assessing and managing immune related adverse events (irAE) related to checkpoint immunotherapy.  Glenn’s other professional interests include practice based research, performing professional presentations and mentoring pharmacy learners.

Tiffany Nguyen, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Tiffany Nguyen completed her pharmacy degree at Dalhousie University and then completed a pharmacy hospital residency at The Ottawa Hospital. She has experience in radiation oncology, hematology, and now has been practicing in the bone marrow transplant area for approximately 2 years. Tiffany has completed her certification to become a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist.  Tiffany is involved with research in hematology, bone marrow transplant and in clinical key performance indicators for pharmacists.       

Chris Ralph, Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Calgary, AB

Chris Ralph is a clinical pharmacist with advanced prescribing authority (APA) with the Complex Cancer Management Service at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. 
His interests include the integration of technology into clinical practice, as well as the intersection of healthcare with social media.
Chris is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s School of Pharmacy and a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy in Oncology (FCAPhO). He continues to feed his curiosity completing online courses in the areas of digital health, global health, and emerging technologies from universities such as Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, and San Jose State University.

Danial Schecter, Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, Toronto, ON

Dr. Danial Schecter's strong interest in cannabinoid medicine led to the founding of the Cannabinoid Medical Clinic, Canada's largest clinic specializing in medical cannabis. This has led to extensive involvement in education and outreach within the medical cannabis space including education, research and consulting with industry both nationally and internationally. Outside of cannabinoid medicine Dr. Schecter holds a fellowship in Hospital Medicine and is an active hospitalist at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie and also provides house calls to at-risk elderly and palliative care patients. 

Melanie Trinacty, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Upon completion of a BSc at Mount Allison University, Melanie Trinacty turned her attention to a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University.  She completed her hospital pharmacy residency at The Ottawa Hospital in 2012.  She has gained experience in a number of clinical areas including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, general medicine and hematology but found her calling with the Bone Marrow Transplant team at The Ottawa Hospital working in patient care, leading quality improvement initiatives and acting as a preceptor for pharmacy residents and students.  Melanie also works part time at a pharmacy specializing in fertility medicine and Algonquin Careers College where she teaches pharmacy technicians.

Ivan Tyono, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON

Ivan Tyono obtained his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto and has been a clinical pharmacist in oncology/hematology since 2003.  He began his oncology/hematology career at the William Osler Health Centre then joined Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre in 2005.  There he is part of the Systemic Therapy Committee and his responsibilities include systemic therapy funding, clinical lead support for their CPOE system (OPIS), as well as other clinical and logistical matters.  He has been a member of the Cancer Care Ontario Hematology Disease Site Group since 2009 and CAPhO member since 2008.

Jason Wentzell, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Jason Wentzell completed his pharmacy degree at Dalhouise University and his Pharmacy Residency at The Ottawa Hospital.  He has been practicing as an inpatient Medical Oncology pharmacist in Ottawa for 7 years and is a Board Certified Oncology Pharmacist.  Jason is a Clinician Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and has completed the Royal College Simulation Education Training Course. Areas of interest for active research include:  integration of pharmacy learners into practice, simulation education and optimizing clinical key performance indicators for pharmacists. Jason is currently the local pharmacist representative for the CAPhO 2018 Conference in Ottawa and is a Regional Clinical Coordinator with the University of Waterloo, School of Pharmacy PharmD program. 

Samantha Wright, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON

Samantha Wright is the supervisor of Drug Distribution of the Cancer Centre at the Ottawa Hospital, and has worked for the Ottawa Hospital for over sixteen years. Samantha has been a licensed Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists since 2013. Her specialty is in oncology; she supervises all technicians and assistants involved in chemotherapy preparation and checking throughout all of The Ottawa Hospital. Samantha also has years of experience with the management of CCO chemotherapy billing, the handling of chemotherapy certifications, pharmacy audits and drug and supply shortages, as well as the implementation of the NAPRA, Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her four lovely children.