Health - Silken Laumann to provide keynote address at New Brunswick's 2007 Health Summit - Olympian joins roster of world-class speakers announced for event (07/10/05)

    SAINT JOHN, Oct. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Silken Laumann, a three-time Olympic
medal winner now recognized as one of Canada's most inspirational speakers,
will deliver the keynote address at the 2007 Health Summit, Health Minister
Michael Murphy announced today.
    Hosted by the Province of New Brunswick, the 2007 Health Summit will take
place Oct. 11-12 at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre.
    A former world champion rower, Laumann will be the featured speaker at an
evening banquet on Thursday, Oct. 11. The former world champion and Olympic
medalist now devotes much of her time to public speaking, especially as it
relates to encouraging increased physical activity in children.
    Silken's book, Child's Play, became a national bestseller in 2005 and is
about re-discovering the joy of play in our families. In November 2006, The
Globe and Mail named Silken to their 2006 list of Canada's most influential
women. She has also recently been named as one of Canada's most influential
women in sport.
    "Just as she did as a champion rower, Silken Laumann continues to inspire
Canadians with her work with children and we are very pleased to have her join
the list of world-renowned speakers at 2007 Health Summit," said Murphy.
    The Summit will bring health, business and community leaders from
throughout New Brunswick together with national and international health
experts to discuss ways to improve the health of New Brunswickers and to build
a sustainable health system. They will address topics such as early childhood
development, citizen engagement, primary health care, chronic disease
management, mental health, information technology and other health services
delivery transformations.
    "That's why we have chosen Transformation as the theme of the conference,
since advancements in all these areas have the ability to dramatically improve
our health-care system as we continue to embrace change," said Murphy. "We
will be hearing about how others have managed change so that we can improve
patient care and bring care closer to New Brunswickers."
    Both Premier Shawn Graham and Murphy will also address Summit
    The 2007 Health Summit is open to all and is expected to attract about
300 delegates from around the province. Delegates must register in advance.
For more information on registration, visit the conference website at:
    In addition to Laumann, Murphy also released the full slate of conference
speakers (in alphabetical order):

    Richard C. Alvarez

    Richard Alvarez is a leader in Canadian health care. He is known for
taking on challenging mandates and building successful organizations. As
president and chief executive officer of Canada Health Infoway, he has been a
catalyst for accelerating the development of electronic health records in
Canada. He has established strong, collaborative relationships with the
federal, provincial and territorial governments and other stakeholders as the
foundation for solid progress. He has articulated a broad national vision for
reforming Canada's health-care system through innovation and technology. On
the international front, he has helped to position Canada as a world leader in
health-care renewal. Alvarez is past chair of the National Health Information
Council. He is a frequent speaker and facilitator at national and
international healthcare conferences and is a past recipient of the Who's Who
in Healthcare award. He currently is a member of the advisory committee to the
e-Health Research Centre (EHRC) in Australia, sits on the board of directors
of the Prudential Assurance Co. and serves on the advisory committee of the
Identity, Privacy and Security Initiative of the University of Toronto.

    Jean-Luc Bélanger

    Jean-Luc Bélanger is a native of Dalhousie, N.B., and is well-known key
player in the province's sports and recreation scene. He founded the Acadian
Games, which have encouraged health and fitness among young francophones for
many years. As well as having worked as a physical education teacher and
school principal, he worked for several years with the Government of New
Brunswick in sport, recreation and youth programs. In recognition of his
outstanding community work and commitment to sports, he was admitted as a
Member of the Order of Canada in 1992. He remains active in fitness through
cross-country skiing, skating, cycling, golf and walking.

    Dr. Charles Boelen

    Dr. Charles Boelen is originally from France and completed his medical
studies in Belgium. He subsequently undertook specialized studies in public
health and epidemiology at McGill University in Montreal, in health system
management at Harvard and Stanford universities and in training of health-care
professionals at the Université de Paris. During the nearly 30 years he worked
at the World Health Organization (WHO) between 1972 and 2001, he participated
in numerous projects related to human resources development in health care and
co-ordination with health-care organizations to maximize the quality, equity,
relevance and profitability of health care. Through the various stages of his
career his activities have a national, regional and even worldwide scope.

    Dr. Alastair Dow

    Dr. Alastair Dow has been working in education since the late 1970s in
the Department of Education and Children's Services in Adelaide and regional
South Australia. Trained as an English and drama teacher, he has worked in
many levels of teaching and education in schools across the state. In 2006, he
was appointed Director, Early Childhood Development Strategy, a position
responsible for implementing the South Australian government's Children's
Centres program. The Children's Centres are the centerpiece of the
government's Early Childhood agenda. Dr. Dow has a number of degrees in
education and curriculum development including a PhD study of high school
teachers' work gained from Flinders University.

    Cheryl Hansen

    Cheryl Hansen has 23 years experience in the health-care sector ranging
from front line clinical to management/leadership portfolios to policy maker.
She has extensive experience in a diverse array of settings including primary
health care, home health care, hospital and rehabilitation facilities. Her
current responsibilities include provincial direction and leadership for the
New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program as the Provincial Director in the Department
of Health. Engaged in a leadership capacity in the New Brunswick's e-health
initiatives, as well as telehealth, she has actively served on a variety of
national boards including currently serving as the New Brunswick board member
and treasurer for the Canadian Home Care Association.

    Dr. Andrew Holmes

    Dr. Andrew Holmes is Manager, Outcomes Performance Systems, New Zealand
Ministry of Health. His current focus is on developing the business case for
substantial investments in the information environment required to support
implementation of the Primary Health Care Strategy and chronic disease
management. He has extensive experience in technology assessment and is on the
steering committee of the Australasian Cochrane Centre. Previous work includes
development and implementation of New Zealand's elective surgery booking
system. A graduate of Otago, Holmes is a public health specialist and an
American Boards Certified Paediatrician.

    Lynn Irving

    Lynn Irving holds a bachelor of science (biology) degree from Acadia
University and a diploma of physiotherapy from Dalhousie University. She began
work with J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) in 1991 as a physiotherapy consultant in
industrial and occupational medicine. Since then, she has become an internal
consultant with Irving Health Services in the areas of disability management
and employee health and wellness programs. In this position, Irving has helped
to initiate a range of health and productivity programs. In 1992, in addition
to her work with JDI, she founded Work Ready Professional Corporation,
Occupational Rehabilitation, Work Hardening Clinic and also established a
Level 3 Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in Saint John. The National Institute
of Disability Management and Research in Vancouver has honoured Irving Health
Services with a National Award of Excellence in Disability Management.

    Hon. Michael Kirby

    Hon. Michael Kirby is a former senator who retired from the Senate of
Canada in 2006 after 22 years of service. From 1999-2006, he chaired the
Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Under his
leadership, the Committee produced 11 health-care reports, including the
first-ever national report on mental health, mental illness and addiction,
entitled Out of the Shadows at Last. In August 2007, Prime Minister Stephen
Harper named Kirby as the first chairman of the newly created Mental Health
Commission of Canada.

    Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer

    Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer joined Medsphere after serving as President and CEO
of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a Washington, D.C.,-based private,
non-profit health-care quality improvement and standards' setting
organization. He serves as a trustee of Trinity Health; as a member of the
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force; and as a consultant to several
organizations and foreign countries. From 1994 to 1999, he served as the
Undersecretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this
role, Dr. Kizer was the CEO of the veterans' health-care system, the largest
provider of health care in the U.S., managing an annual budget of more than
$20 billion (US), approximately 200,000 employees and more than 1,300 sites of

    Barbara Losier

    Involved in municipal recreation, promoting women's issues and supporting
the Francophonie, Barbara Losier has been building on her experiences in
community development for more than 25 years. She has also been involved for a
number of years on a volunteer basis in community radio on the local, national
and international levels. She is a member of the organizing committee of the
Congrès mondial acadien 2009. Losier has been supporting the emerging concept
of healthy communities in Acadia in New Brunswick since 1996 as executive
director of MACS-NB (Mouvement acadien des communautés en santé du N.-B.). In
her role, she serves on the Forum de concertation des organismes acadiens du
Nouveau-Brunswick and represents community interests on the boards of
directors of the Société Santé et Mieux-être en français du N.-B. and the
national organization Société Santé en Français. MACS-NB is also responsible
for coordinating the activities of the Community Action Network in New

    Dr. Noni MacDonald

    Dr. Noni MacDonald is a professor of paediatrics and of computer science
at Dalhousie University with a clinical appointment in paediatric infectious
diseases at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. She is the former dean of
medicine at Dalhousie University. She is a member of the Canadian Centre for
Vaccinology and is head of the Health Policy and Translation Group. Her major
research interests have included the microbiology of cystic fibrosis; stress
management in medical faculty; sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents;
and vaccines for serious infectious diseases in children and youth. She has
published more than 200 papers, served on the editorial boards of several
major publications, and is the founding editor and current co-editor in chief
of Paediatrics and Child Health. She is currently section editor for Public
Health of CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) one of the top 10
general medical journals in the world based on impact factor. She is an
elected fellow of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and is active in many
academic and professional organizations, as well as serving on many federal
government committees. She is a consultant to the Department of Immunization,
Vaccine and Biologicals of the World Health Organization.

    Dr. Fraser Mustard

    Dr. Fraser Mustard heads the Founders' Network. Currently, his primary
mission is emphasizing the crucial importance of a child's experiences in the
first six years of life. In 1999, with Margaret Norrie McCain, he co-authored
the Early Years Study on early learning, with specific community
recommendations. In 2002, he set up the Council for Early Child Development
and Parenting, and has become a tireless advocate nationally and
internationally of the importance of early brain development for health,
behaviour, learning, and quality of life. Throughout his career, Mustard has
influenced health policy in Canada by serving on many federal and provincial
committees, councils and royal commissions. He is a companion of the Order of
Canada and a laureate of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

    Hugh Risebrow

    Hugh Risebrow joined Interhealth Canada (UK) as CEO in 2006, where he is
responsible for Interhealth's current UK operations and business development
in the United Kingdom and Europe. He is actively involved in the debate about
health-care reform in England, as a member of the CBI health care panel, the
NHS Confederation affiliates forum, and member of the think tank Reform.
Having entered the health-care sector relatively late in his career, he
passionately believes in creating a publicly funded system which preserves the
core values of the National Health Service (NHS) while becoming much more
responsive to needs and delivering much better value for taxpayers' money.

    Dr. Aurel Schofield

    Dr. Aurel Schofield is a graduate of medicine and family medicine from
the Université Laval in Quebec City. He is currently the director of the
Centre de formation médicale du Nouveau-Brunswick and associate dean of the
Université de Sherbrooke's Faculty of Medicine, as well as associate dean of
the Faculty of Health and Community Services at the Université de Moncton. He
has also served as president of the New Brunswick chapter of the Canadian
College of Family Practice, He was the founding president of the Société Santé
et mieux être en français du Nouveau-Brunswick and co-chair of the
Collaborative Practice in Primary Care Advisory Committee for the Department
of Health. In addition to being involved with other francophone health-related
organizations, he has won many prestigious provincial and national awards for
his outstanding contribution to medical education and his profession.

    Dr. Wendy Thomson

    Dr. Wendy Thomson has a distinguished career in public services in the UK
and has recently joined McGill University as director of the school of social
work. She has served as former British prime minister Tony Blair's chief
adviser on public service reform and led the Office of Public Service Reform
in the Cabinet Office, for which she received a CBE (Commander of the British
Empire). From 1999 to 2001, she set up the first inspection service of local
government in England and Wales, as director of inspection at the Audit
Commission. Until 1999, she was chief executive of the London Borough of
Newham. Before joining Newham, Dr. Thomson was chief executive of the national
mental health charity Turning Point. She teaches social policy and public
service management and is active internationally advising governments in
Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She serves on the boards of the Agence de
santé et services sociaux de Montréal and the McGill University Health Centre.

For further information:

For further information: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Health, (506)
457-3513; Brian Cormier, conference logistics and speakers, (506) 381-2840

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