Meg Soper, Keynote Address

Meg Soper

Professional speaker and comedienne Meg Soper is recognized as one of the premiere motivators in Canada. She combines her remarkable sense of humour with her unique perspective of life to captivate her audience and provide them with a presentation filled with inspiration and entertainment.

Meg has appeared as a keynote speaker and feature performer at conventions and corporate functions across North America and internationally. She has shared the stage with such celebrities as Ray Romano and Ellen Degeneres. With over 28 years experience in the health care industry and as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, she understands how your energy affects those around you in the workplace environment.

Meg is co-author of the book From the Stage to the Page - Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies. She has appeared on the CBC Television Network, Women’s Television Network and Prime TV, as well as being featured in many radio programs and comedy festivals. Meg has a tremendous ability to connect with her audience and take every event to a higher level.


Sheli Murphy, Plenary Session

Sheli Murphy RN, MScN, PhD

Sheli Murphy currently provides leadership to 12 Covenant Health rural health facilities in Alberta. As VP Operations, Rural Services, Sheli Murphy provides leadership to the 12 Covenant Health’s facilities outside of the Edmonton area and located in four of the five Alberta Health Services zones. As well, she has Executive Lead for Research and Professional Practice. Sheli has held senior leadership roles in Catholic health care for over a decade. Sheli has extensive clinical experience as a registered nurse in pediatrics and emergency care and has been an educator, research assistant and frontline manager. Sheli's education includes a double Masters of Science in Nursing and Business Administration Healthcare Management, and a PhD in Business Administration specializing in Leadership and Administration with a focus on Social Return on Investment.


Brendan Leier, Closing Address

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen

Session 3C: Practical Planning for Health Eating

ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen has provided household advice and recipes in the province of Alberta for more than 80years.

Through its toll-free answer line, Calgary Learning Centre and website, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen provides reliable information on a variety of daily living, household and cooking topics.

Dustin Chan

Dustin Chan BScN, RN

Dustin is a Nurse Educator for the Psychiatric Nursing Program, with a focus on medical/surgical theory and concepts in a combination of lecture, laboratory, and clinical instruction. Dustin's teaching modalities focus on adult mentorship and collaborative learning. He received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2006 and practiced in an acute setting for three years, after which he taught full time for the Practical Nurse Program at NorQuest College before joining MacEwan University.

Dustin is an active committee member and is currently involved with research that integrates the use of tablets into the clinical setting to enhance the teaching-learning environment; his current interest is the integration of technology in academics to embrace our current technology-driven generation.

College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

CARNA is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta's more than 33,000 registered nurses, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.

College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA)

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA) is the regulatory (licensing) organization for the province’s over 10,000 Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). CLPNA regulates the profession by setting entry-to-practice requirements, establishing, promoting and enforcing standards for registration, practice, and professional conduct, and enhancing the care provided by members of the profession through the Continuing Competency Program.

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA)

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta (CRPNA) is the professional regulatory body for registered psychiatric nurses in Alberta, the Health Professions Act and Regulations set out the College’s responsibilities.

The CRPNA regulates psychiatric nursing and exists to protect the public. We do this by setting standards for registered psychiatric nursing practice, supporting registered psychiatric nurses in meeting the standards and taking action when the standards are not met.

Jon Coulson

Jon Coulson BSc, BEd, MComp

Jon began professional life as a high school math, physics, chemistry, and biology teacher, teaching in Alberta and Australia. Jon taught in the Computer Science department at the University of Prince Edward Island before joining the Instructional Media and Design department at MacEwan University as an Educational Technology Facilitator. He then joined the Computer Science department (also at MacEwan University) as it’s Laboratory Supervisor in 2012 where he also teaches Computer Science and Educational Technology.

Anna Farmer

Session 3E: Supplements and Complementary Medicine

Colette Foisy-Doll

Colette Foisy-Doll, RN, BScN, MSN, CHSE

Colette has devoted the past 30 years to nursing education and Leadership in Simulation. She holds a Master’s of Science with an Emphasis on Nursing Leadership in Healthcare, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is also a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.

Colette is passionate about simulation and has actively sought to increase the profile of simulation-based learning at regional, national, and international levels over the past 15 years.

Colette is the recipient of two international awards in simulation education: the INACSL Excellence in the Educational Setting Award and the METI Innovator Educator Award.

Carolyn Hoffman

Session 1C: Changes Present and Future to Nursing Practice to Improve Quality and Patient Safety

Carolyn Hoffman RN, MN

Carolyn is the Senior Vice President, Quality & Healthcare Improvement (QHI) Division, a diverse portfolio which supports AHS staff and medical staff at the local zone and provincial levels to help achieve AHS’ organizational quality and safety objectives. QHI encompasses six sections; Quality Stewardship including Accreditation, Clinical Policy and Clinical Ethics; Leading Practices and Innovation including Knowledge Management, Clinical Engagement and Clinical Quality Metrics; Performance Improvement including Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, and AIW, the organization-wide method for making quality improvements and managing change; Quality Skills and Development; Patient Experience; and Patient Concerns.

Carolyn has senior leadership experience in hospital operations, provincial government, and quality improvement with a focus on patient safety. She is also a Senior Advisor to the World Health Organization’s High 5s Initiative with responsibilities that include chairing the Event Analysis Subcommittee.


Kathleen Hunter

Session 1A: CAUTI: What Can the Nurse do to Prevent this Hazard of Hospitalization?

Kathleen Hunter PhD, RN, NP, GNC (C), NCA

Kathleen’s clinical focus is gerontological nursing and continence nursing. Kathleen has worked with older adults in community, continuing and acute care settings. She originally graduated from the Royal Alexandra Hospital School of Nursing. After many years in clinical practice, with a few breaks for more education, completed a PhD (Nursing) at the University of Alberta in 2006, CNA certification in gerontological nursing since 1999 and completed the Nurse Continence Advisor Program from McMaster University in 2012. Kathleen has worked as an advanced practice nurse in gerontological nursing since 1992- first as a CNS, then as an NP from 2002 on.

She is currently a full time Associate Professor with the Faculty of Nursing teaching mainly in the Master of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program with a joint appointment as a Nurse Practitioner, Specialized Geriatric Services, Glenrose Hospital practicing in the SAYGO Falls Prevention and Continence clinics.

Minogue Medical - Intuitive Surgical

Experienced representatives and nurses

Brian Parker

Brian Parker, RN, RPN, BScN, PhD.

Brian is a faculty member for MacEwan University’s Psychiatric Nursing Program in Ponoka. Along with past publications and conference presentations in which he critically analyzes the influence of philosophy/pedagogy, power relations, and the dominant social discourse on technology-based learning tools such as high-fidelity simulation, his dissertation research focused on the use of human patient simulation as a teaching/learning modality in undergraduate nursing education. Brian’s current research activities include analysis of the integration of high-fidelity simulation into interprofessional education as well as investigating faculty use of mobile learning resources (e.g. iPad ©) in nursing education.

Jane Ratay

Session 3D: What's New in Woundcare

Jane Ratay RN, BScN, IIWCC, ET

After receiving her basic nursing education in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jane has enjoyed a long and varied career that includes Pediatrics, Critical Care, Endoscopy, and Home Care. Wound Management has been her focus since 1997. She has taken the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (IIWCC), attained her BScN from the University of Alberta and completed the CAETNEP.

Jane has been involved with the MacEwan Wound Management program since 2005. Currently, she is working in an ETN capacity at WesView Health Centre.

Lynn Robertson

Session 3A: Speak Up! Addressing Psychological Hazards in the Workplace

Lynn Robertson RN, BSc, BScN, OHNC, MN

Lynn Robertson received her Occupational Health Certificate in 1993, Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University in 1994 and is currently finishing her graduate studies at Athabasca University. Lynn has been with Alberta Health Services for 26 years. The last 16 years have been with WHS. In that time she has seen many advances in the provision of a safe and healthy workplace for employees.


Session 3B: Walking for Health and LIfe

UWALK was developed by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, and funded by the Government of Alberta. UWALK aims to help Albertans find their stride and support them moving forward. You can find your stride through any form of physical activity and track your activity minutes or steps on our website. We are here to provide you with tools and resources to get you started and keep you moving.


Kirk Wright

Kirk Wright RN, BScN, MA,

Kirk has specialized his medical career in emergency medicine from being a Emergency Medical Technician, to an emergency room nurse. He also has experience as a unit manager and as a nursing instructor. Kirk has also finished his MA in Leadership where he focused his final project in technology integration.

Sue Yorke

Sue Yorke RN, BScN, CBN

Sue Yorke is a Bariatric OR CNE @ CAMIS located at Royal Alexandra Hospital. Her role is to provide educational support to nurses in All Zones provincially dealing with obesity. She had many years of experience working with morbidly obese patient considering for bariatric surgery to achieve successful surgical outcomes and benefits