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Miin Alikhan

Assistant Deputy Minister of Professional Services and Health Benefits, Alberta Health

Miin Alikhan is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Professional Services and Health Benefits division at Alberta Health. This division is responsible for health human resource planning, health provider compensation, pharmaceuticals and the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.

Before accepting her role as ADM, Ms. Alikhan served as director of the Health Quality Branch in the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, where she oversaw the Excellent Care for All Act to advance the provincial quality agenda.

Her work at government and as an administrator in an academic hospital has been widely recognized through publications, invited speaking engagements and awards, which have included the national 3M Health Care Quality Team Award, and awards for excellence in mentorship and health system leadership.

Ms. Alikhan has held clinical and progressively senior roles in healthcare over the past 15 years with specific strengths in policy and strategy, governance and partnership development, quality improvement, and change and performance measurement.

Ms. Alikhan is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, a Certified Patient Safety Officer, and a graduate of the Ivey Executive Program at Western University, the Harvard Executive High Potentials Leadership Program and Utah’s Intermountain Healthcare Advanced Training Program in quality and health services leadership.

Sharon Bratt

B.Ed., PhD, MacEwan University, Computer Science

Jenni Brooks

Fitness Programmer, MacEwan University

Jenni is the Fitness Programmer for the MacEwan Sport and Wellness Centre. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Physical Education and later went on to complete my CSEP-CEP (certified exercise physiologist). She is also certified through Fit International, Barre Method. I have been working at Macewan for the last five years - teaching, training, testing, athlete programming as well as creating wellness initiatives throughout the University.

Irene Coulson


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, MacEwan University

Tammy Damberger

NP, MN, GNC(c)

Registered Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner for almost 25 years. Worked in many practice areas but Geriatrics has always been my passion. Currently a Nurse Practitioner on the Quality and Best Practice Team, Facility Living, Continuing Care, Edmonton Zone, Alberta Health Services. Current Edmonton Chapter Chair of the Alberta Gerontologic Nurses Association and member of the AGNA Provincial Board.

Linda Findlay

Practice Consultant CLPNA

Linda Findlay has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 18 years and joined the CLPNA in 2008 in the role of Professional Practice Consultant. Her background in nursing supports the work of the CLPNA by providing leadership, practice support and advocacy for LPNs and others in understanding LPN professional practice. Under the practice umbrella at the College she also manages the Continuing Competency Program and Validation. While all health professionals must participate in continued learning, Linda strives to deliver a program that is easy to understand as well as participate. She is a wealth of information with materials that will make completion of life-long learning simple, measurable, achievable and valuable for all nurses.

Within her educational portfolio, Linda has completed a Certificate in Adult Continuing Education (CACE) and recently, a Master of Arts in Learning and Technology (MALAT) degree. Her presentation for this presentation highlights some of the key concepts and findings in her final research project of her degree.

Alicia Fitt


Alicia is a Clinical Nurse Educator within the Edmonton Zone Integrated Quality Management portfolio. Her role is to support and facilitate medication management, quality excellence, and safe interdisciplinary practices including the creation and implementation of education tools.

She completed her BScN at the University of Alberta. Her experience as a Registered Nurse includes working in a tertiary care hospital within the surgery program as well as nursing in a rural community hospital in northern British Columbia. Prior to nursing she completed a BA in Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Shirley Galenza

RN, M.Ed.
Centre for Professional Nursing Education, MacEwan University

Mary Haase

Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, MacEwan University

Lori Harper

Registered Psych, PhD
Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Science, MacEwan University

Don Juzwishin

Director Health Technology Assessment & Innovation,
Research, Innovation and Analytics Alberta Health Services

Don is the Director of Health Technology Assessment and Innovation at Alberta Health Services. Don leads a team to situate AHS at the forefront in the use of evidence to inform health care decisions and policy with a particular emphasis on innovating and transforming the Alberta health care system to achieve improved patient outcomes. Don and is an adjunct associate professor at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Victoria. He has over one hundred publications to his credit and speaks extensively on contemporary issues in health care transformation.

He is a member of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Health Technologies that assists the government in the review of health technologies and services. Dr. Juzwishin was CEO of the Health Council of Canada reporting on the progress of health care reform in Canada. Before this, he was the Director of HTA at the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research where he led a team of researchers responding to HTA requests from government, health authorities and provider organizations. Don serves on the CCHL Ethics Council and on the Editorial Board of Canadian Healthcare Management. Don has extensive experience in leadership with health authorities as well as government, private sector, and universities. Don has a Ph. D. in educational policy studies and is an active contributor to several health systems research projects developing tools for improving policy and decision making in health care delivery.

He serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization section on HTA of medical devices.

Kacey Kuyeko

Nurse Educator, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, MacEwan University

Kacey graduated from the U of A BScN program in 2008. Upon graduating, she worked in neurosurgical ICU at the U of A hospital for 2 years before moving to Sydney, Australia where she also worked in neurosurgical ICU for another 3 years. Kacey moved back to Canada to pursue her masters degree in nursing at the U of A and chose to focus on nursing leadership. She completed her thesis and masters in Aug 2014. This is her first year as a nurse educator at MacEwan University.

Jean Jacque E Lovely


Jacque works a Senior Manager in Advisory in the Edmonton office of KPMG LLP Canada. He is a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in Nursing Research focused in knowledge utilization and research uptake in the health care context.  He has over 15 years of clinical practice, academic teaching, operational management and strategic planning experience across a variety of clinical contexts and operational levels.

Jacque also holds the certified bariatric nurse designation and has great passion for ensuring bariatric patients receive the care they need in an environment that supports their needs.    

Dianne MacGregor

Acting Lead, Collaborative Practice, Nursing & Health Professions, AHS

Dianne is a lifelong learner, graduating from the Psychiatric Nursing Program at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, the Registered Nursing Diploma Program at Grant MacEwan Community College, the Bachelor of Nursing Program at Athabasca University and Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Over her career, Dianne has worked in mental health, acute care, clinical education and leadership. Dianne’s current role in Alberta Health Services is the Acting Senior Lead, Collaborative Practice, Nursing & Health Professions. She provides leadership to a provincial division that supports health providers in delivering safe, consistent and quality health services to Albertans.

Rory Mauricio

Executive Director—Alberta, Excellence Canada

Rory was introduced to Excellence Canada five years ago in his role as Manager of Business Process Improvement and Knowledge Management with the Alberta Government. He led his division’s journey to excellence by following Excellence Canada’s framework for Quality and Healthy Workplace. With this accomplishment, the division became the first ever Government of Alberta division with the prestigious award.

Realizing his passion for organizational excellence, Rory joined Excellence Canada as its Executive Director for the province of Alberta in the summer 2013.

Formally trained in Project Management and Organizational Development, Rory is also a Certified Excellence Professional. Rory believes in lifelong learning and continuous improvement and feels most energized when he is helping organizations take something conceptual and making it real.

Lynne Moulton

RN, BScN, GNC (c)
Senior Leader, Clinical Consultation, AHS
Edmonton Zone, Continuing Care Facility Living

A professional health provider with clinical front line to managerial expertise in mental health and gerontological nursing. Current key areas involve clinical support to the Continuing Care Psychiatric Consulting Service, Seniors Mental Health, the PIECES education initiative, and Decision-Making Capacity Mentor-Resource Service. President Alberta Gerontological Nurses Association and Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association Board Director.

Stephanie Staples


Stephanie Staples works with busy professionals who want to be happier and healthier so that they can bring their “A” game to work & life! She is a highly-acclaimed, international inspirational speaker, author and Corus Entertainment broadcast radio host. As the founder of Your Life, Unlimited, Stephanie shares her expertise as a regular magazine and newspaper columnist and has been quoted and featured in publications globally. She is regularly called upon for TV interviews to share her unique take on success. Her books & audio programs are used world-wide and her programs have been proven to increase feelings of hope, happiness & empowerment for participants. With a 20+ year background in nursing, Stephanie is hard-wired for helping others. As a Certified Speaking Professional (the only female in Canada to earn this prestigious designation this year, and one of less than 10% of speakers globally), she has created exceptional experiences for her audiences time and time again and has moved, challenged and motivated them into positive, pro-active action. Within her roles as a wife and mom of 3, Stephanie has founded three businesses (two successful—one a nightmare, you can’t win them all!) and is the 2014 Manitoba Women Entrepreneur of the Year award winner for Contribution to Community.

Dawn Valet-Macdonald

RN, M.Sc.
Clinical Quality Improvement Consultant , AHS

Dawn is a registered nurse with over 24 years of experience and also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta.

Dawn is currently a Clinical Quality Improvement Consultant with Alberta Health Services (AHS) on the Provincial Medication Reconciliation (MedRec) team. The Consultant role provides coordination and facilitation in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a province wide implementation of MedRec process across the AHS zones.

Patient safety and injury prevention have always been important to Dawn, and have been the focus of many prior roles including her work as a project manager with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI). In addition, Dawn’s experience working as a frontline nurse for many years in Neonatal Intensive Care has contributed to the positions she has held.

Tessia Williams

Associate, Eximius Performance Solutions

Tessia was introduced to Excellence Canada when she joined the Alberta Government and took on the role as Communications Strategist. She led the development and implementation of strategic communications to engage and inform staff around organizational excellence and Excellence Canada’s Quality and Healthy Workplace framework.

Tessia is one of that pesky Gen-Y’s that believes making a living and doing what you love doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. She is passionate for bringing organizational excellence to life using fun and creative strategies so that people come to work happy and engaged.,/p>

Tessia has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta, a certificate in Organizational Development and is a Certified Excellence Professional.