IHE Innovation Forum XI - Dementia and Continuing Care

Meeting the Challenge: Key People

Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sube Banerjee MB BS, MSc, MBA, MD, FRC Psych, MBE
Professor & Associate Dean, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Sube Banerjee profile pictureSube Banerjee is Professor of Dementia and Associate Dean for Strategy at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, directing its Centre for Dementia Studies. Clinically he works as an old age psychiatrist in Sussex. He was the Department of Health for England’s senior professional advisor on dementia and led the development of its National Dementia Strategy. He also conducted the national enquiry into the use of antipsychotics in dementia for the UK government. He developed the Croydon Memory Service Model and works with industry and governments on health systems, policy and strategies to improve health for older and those with complex needs in general and those with dementia and in long term care in particular. An active researcher, he focusses on measurement of quality of life in dementia, evaluation of new treatments and services, and the interface between policy, research and practice. He has published broadly and has been awarded national and international awards for his work in policy and research.

Dr. David C. Grabowski, PhD
Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School

David Grabowski profile pictureDavid C. Grabowski, PhD, is a professor of health care policy in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the economics of aging with a particular interest in the area of long-term care. His research has considered issues related to long-term care financing, organization and delivery of services. Dr. Grabowski was the principal investigator on recent grants from the National Institute on Aging examining Medicare payment incentives and the implications for nursing home volume, patient acuity and quality of care; selection and the impact of ownership on nursing home quality; and, public policy and the demand for long-term care insurance. Other ongoing projects include an examination of the economic incentives associated with hospitalizations from the nursing home setting, research on post-acute care payment and delivery, work analyzing the relationship between Medicare and Medicaid in long-term care, and an analysis of the growth in potential substitutes for nursing home care, such as assisted living. Dr. Grabowski also led a team at Harvard in the evaluation of the CMS Nursing Home Value-Based Purchasing Demonstration.

Dr. Grabowski is a coeditor of the journals Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology and the Forum for Health Economics & Policy and he is a member of several journal editorial boards. He was the 2004 recipient of the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.


Janet M. Davidson, O.C., BScN, MHSA, LLD (HON)
Deputy Minister, Alberta Health

Janet Davidson profile pictureJanet Davidson was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Health on September 10, 2013. She comes to this role with over 30 years of experience in healthcare in the government, voluntary and hospital/community sectors in a number of Canadian jurisdictions. She has also worked internationally in humanitarian relief and development. Until recently, she was the Official Administrator of Alberta Health Services. Prior to that, she was the Canadian Executive and Industry Specialist with KPMG’s Global Healthcare Practice. From 2007 to 2011, Davidson was President and Chief Executive of Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, where she led them through to the successful merger with the Credit Valley Hospital creating the largest community academic hospital in the country.

Janet has a wealth of experience in all aspects of health care policy and planning, management and operations. She has also been extensively involved in global humanitarian work and served for 10 years in a senior governance capacity with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in Geneva, first as a Vice President (Americas) and then as Vice Chair of the Standing Commission, its highest deliberative body.

Janet trained as a nurse at Toronto East General Hospital. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Windsor and a Master’s in Health Services Administration from the University of Alberta.

She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors’ Education program, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health’s Global Health Leadership program and has an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Windsor. She has received alumnae recognition awards from Branksome Hall School and the universities of Windsor and Alberta. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been named twice to the list of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women. In 2011 and 2012, Janet was also named as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women. She sits on the board of the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and chairs their Governance Committee. Other board experience includes service on the board of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and the immediate past chair of the Ontario Hospital Association.

Dr. Carole Estabrooks, RN, PhD, FCAHS, FAAN
Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation; Professor, University of Alberta

Carole Estabrooks profile pictureCarole Estabrooks has been a member of the Faculty of Nursing and Director of the Knowledge Utilization Studies Program since 1997; she is cross appointed in the School of Public Health. She holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Translation. Dr. Estabrooks is the Scientific Director of the Translating Research in Elder Care Program (TREC), a multi-province applied health services program in residential long term care. She has been the recipient of several awards and achievements among them, the CAFA Distinguished Academic Award (2010), the Alumni Award of Distinction, University of New Brunswick (2007), the Alumni Horizon Award (2002), and career scientist awards from CIHR/MRC and AHFMR. In 2007 Dr. Estabrooks was elected to Fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2011 she was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nurses. She teaches in the graduate program and supervises undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Honourable Fred Horne
Minister of Health

Fred Horne profile pictureThe Honourable Fred Horne is serving his second term as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Rutherford, and on May 8, 2012 he was appointed Minister of Health. He had previously served as Minister of Health and Wellness since October 2011. Previous appointments include serving as member of the Cabinet Policy Committee on Public Health & Safety, Treasury Board, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Health and Wellness, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Seniors and Community Supports, Chair of the Standing Committee on Health, and Deputy Chair of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Horne worked as a health policy consultant for over 25 years. Mr. Horne holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University and post-graduate certification in Dispute Resolution from York University.

Dr. Duncan Robertson, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCPC, FACP
Seniors Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services

Duncan Robertson profile pictureDuncan Robertson is a practicing geriatrician and Senior Medical Director of the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network. He has a keen interest in policy and program development, having participated in development of Specialized Geriatric services in 11 cities in 4 Provinces. In 1981 he was one of the first physicians in Canada recognized as a specialist in geriatric medicine and formerly held professorial appointments in Ontario and in three western provinces. As a clinician he continues to support specialized geriatric services in AHS Central Zone, in person and by video consultation. Duncan also has a long history of leadership positions in professional organizations including the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Canadian Geriatrics Society and the British Columbia Medical Association Geriatrics and Palliative Care Committee. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Canadian Geriatrics Society and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for services to Gerontology.

Corinne Schalm, MSc, MPA, FCCHSE
Access & Innovation, Continuing Care, Alberta Health

Corinne Schalm profile pictureCorinne Schalm is the Acting Executive Director of Continuing Care with Alberta Health. She has a Master of Science in Gerontology degree and a Masters in Public Administration, and in 2008 was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian College of Health Services Executives (FCCHSE). Corinne is passionate about improving the quality of life for seniors. She has over twenty five years of experience working in senior leadership roles in the field of gerontology in Alberta at the provincial policy level and with seniors service provider organizations. She has a strong interest in evidence informed practice in creating organizations of excellence, and is a frequent participant on research teams. Corinne is currently involved in research projects on improving quality in long term care facilities, workforce utilization in continuing care, knowledge translation interventions to support the implementation and sustainability of care innovations in assisted living and long term care, and improving care for long term care residents who are transferred to and from emergency departments and avoiding inappropriate transfers.

Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, OC, AOE, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRSC
Chair, Institute of Health Economics; Professor and CIHR/ GSK Chair in Virology, University of Alberta

Lorne Tyrrell profile pictureThe former Dean of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Dr. Tyrrell is the Board Chair of the Institute of Health Economics. He is the CIHR/GlaxoSmithKline Chair in Virology at the University of Alberta. He is also Chair of the Gairdner Foundation and a member of the Research Council of the Canadian Institute of Academic Research. Dr. Tyrrell is a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He received the F.N.G. Starr Award from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) in 2004, and the Principal Award of the Manning Foundation in 2005 for his work on the development of oral antivirals for the treatment of HBV. He was inducted into the CMA Hall of Fame in 2011.