IHE Innovation Forum VI - Maximizing Health System Performance (2)

Maximizing Health System Performance (2): Key People

Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speakers

Ms. Terhilda Garrido
Vice President HiT Transformation and Analytics, Kaiser Permanente

Terhilda Garrido profile pictureTerhilda Garrido has worked at Kaiser Permanente, an integrated delivery system, for more than 20 years. At present, she is vice president, Health Information Technology Transformation & Analytics within the National Quality and Care Delivery organization. Her team is responsible for realizing the strategic value and maximizing opportunities for Kaiser Permanente's pioneering electronic medical record. Ms. Garrido holds an Operations Research degree in Engineering from Princeton and a Masters in Public Health in Biostatistics from University of California at Berkeley. She is has published on this area and lends her expertise to various organizations within the health care industry.

Dr. Martin McKee
Professor, European Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Martin McKee profile pictureMartin McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. As Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine he co-directs the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre that comprises the largest team of researchers working on health and health policy in central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

Professor McKee has published over 550 scientific papers and 38 books. He was an editor of the European Journal of Public Health for 15 years and is a member of numerous editorial boards, as well as being an editorial consultant to The Lancet. He has been invited to give many endowed lectures, including the Milroy (Royal College of Physicians), Cochrane (UK Society for Social Medicine), Ference Bojan (EUPHA), Davidson (Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh), Salvador Lucia (UCSF), Population Health Sciences (McMaster University) and Victor Horsley (British Medical Association). Professor McKee sits on a number of advisory boards in Europe and North America, in both the public and private sectors. His responsibilities include serving as:

  • A trustee of the UK Public Health Association;
  • Chair of both the WHO's European Advisory Committee on Health Research and the Global Health Advisory Committee of George Soros' Open Society Foundations; and,
  • A Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London, Edinburgh, and Ireland and the UK Faculty of Public Health

He is also former chair of the UK Society for Social Medicine.

Professor McKee's numerous honours include having been:

  • Elected to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the US Institute of Medicine;
  • Awarded honorary doctorates from Hungary, The Netherlands, and Sweden;
  • Granted visiting professorships at the universities of Zagreb and Belgrade, the London School of Economics, and Taipei Medical University.
  • Named recipient of the Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health
  • Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II.


Dr. Chip Doig
Head, Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary

Chip Doig profile pictureChristopher (Chip) Doig is an intensive care unit specialist at the Foothills Medical Centre, as well as head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. He also teaches at U of C's departments of Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine. He has been at the University since 1995, and a full professor since 2009.In addition to helping shape the physicians of the future, Dr. Doig is a researcher of considerable note, having supervised many graduate students. He is the co-principal investigator of the Alberta Sepsis Network, which was awarded an interdisciplinary team grant from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (now Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions) in November 2008. The team's work in creating a province-wide database will make it possible to identify common features and patterns among groups of sepsis patients. Past president of the Alberta Medical Association, the first full-time U of C faculty member to hold the post, Dr. Doig is also involved with three healthcare working groups for the Alberta Minister of Health. His Board of Director duties include serving with the IHE and the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society of Alberta (STARS).

Honourable Fred Horne
Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness

Fred Horne profile pictureMr. Horne was elected to his first term as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Rutherford on March 3, 2008, and served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Seniors and Community Supports, and Health and Wellness. On October 12, 2011, he was appointed Minister of Health and Wellness.

Previous committee involvement includes membership on the Select Special Chief Electoral Officer Search Committee and the Standing Committee on Legislative Offices and chair of the Standing Committee on Health, and the Minister's Advisory Committee on Health.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Mr. Horne worked as a health policy consultant for over 25 years, serving various government bodies and regional health authorities in addition to the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Throughout his career Mr. Horne led initiatives to improve access and quality in Canadian public health care and has worked extensively with the Conference Board of Canada, the Alberta government and the Mayo Clinic.

Mr. Horne holds a master of business administration degree from Royal Roads University and a postgraduate certification in dispute resolution from York University.

An avid volunteer, Mr. Horne has served on numerous boards including:

  • Alberta Mental Health Board
  • Athabasca University
  • Mediation and Restorative Justice Centre of Edmonton
  • Canadian Student Debating Federation

Additionally, Mr. Horne is a former debater and coached Team Canada at the World Schools Debating Championships. For his continued contributions to the development of debate and speech programs Mr. Horne received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Mr. Horne and his wife, Jennifer, have lived in Edmonton since 1992.

Ms. Anne McFarlane
Vice President, Western Canada and Development Initiatives, Canadian Institute of Health Information

Anne McFarlane profile picturePrior to being appointed to her current position, Anne McFarlane served as CIHI's Executive Director, Western Canada, for more than five years. During that time, she established the Western office-the organization's first regional bureau-and built a team focused on ensuring that the organization's products and services meet the needs of the health systems in Western Canada and the territories. Along with an MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology, Ms. McFarlane has more than 20 years of experience in the health and social service sectors. She has held senior management roles with both the British Columbia Ministry of Health Services and the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission of Saskatchewan, and advisory roles with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Health Services and Policy Research and the Canadian Cochrane Centre.

Ms. Marcia Nelson
Deputy Minister of Health and Wellness

Marcia Nelson profile pictureMarcia Nelson began her career in public services working for the Government of Ontario for 14 years in a variety of policy, planning, and research positions in several ministries. Her last position was Director of Corporate Policy and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Ministry of Community and Social Services. In 2002, she joined the Alberta public service as Assistant Deputy Minister of Strategic Services for Alberta Human Resources and Employment. She served as head of the Policy Coordination Office of Executive Council, before being appointed Deputy Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs. She was named Deputy Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness on October 13, 2011. Ms. Nelson holds an MA in Public Policy and Administration and a BA in Canadian Studies and Sociology, both obtained from McMaster University.

Ms. Mary-Anne Robinson
CEO, College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Mary-Anne Robinson profile pictureMary-Anne Robinson is CEO of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA), the regulatory body and professional association for the province's 33,000-plus registered nurses (RN). She is herself an RN, with a master's degree in Health Care Administration, and a strong background in strategic planning and building effective relationships with physicians, administrators, and other nurses, within and between health care organizations. Ms. Robinson represents CARNA on regulatory issues at regional, provincial and national levels. She is a member of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Health Technologies and the Primary Health Care Review Project Advisory Committee, as well as being a jurisdictional advisor to the Canadian Nurses Association Board of Directors, an executive officer with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in the United States, and a founding member of the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators. Prior to joining CARNA, she held several senior leadership positions with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and Manitoba Health.