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Getting to Uptake : Speaker’s Biographies


Melanie Barwick
Dr. Barwick, Ph.D., C.Psych., is a Registered Psychologist with a primary role as a Health Systems Scientist in the Community Health Systems Resource Group at SickKids.  She is Associate Scientist and inaugural Director of Knowledge Translation in the Child Health Evaluative Sciences program of SickKids’ Research Institute, and holds appointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Since joining SickKids in 2001 she has led Ontario’s outcome measurement initiative to implement an outcome measure in 117 children’s mental health service provider organizations across the province, requiring the reliability and clinical training of over 5,000 practitioners.  Her team supports training, implementation, and data analysis for the province and service providers. In this practice context she studies innovative health knowledge translation strategies and has developed the Scientist Knowledge Translation Training program. She is now funded to lead a 5-year CIHR Emerging Team in Knowledge Translation for Child and Youth Mental Health that will develop and evaluate an innovative implementation model to bring evidence based practices into both the children's mental health and education sectors.  Her program of research is in the areas of knowledge transfer, implementation science, and organizational change, with a particular focus on the transfer of evidence-based interventions and research to mental health practice and the development of innovative knowledge translation approaches.


Bruce Ferguson
Dr. Bruce Ferguson, Ph.D., C.Psych., is the Director of the Community Health Services Resource Group at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is also a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Dalla Lana School of Public Health Science at the University of Toronto. Dr. Ferguson taught psychology at Carleton University and then moved to the health care system at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry. In 1997, Dr. Ferguson moved to The Hospital for Sick Children where he founded the Community Health Systems Resource Group (CHSRG). The purpose of the CHSRG is to create and implement systemic models for children’s success by transferring knowledge to all who can influence healthy outcomes for children. Our goals are to: improve services for children and youth at the community level; build community commitment to children and youth; and advocate for strong policies at all levels of government that support children, youth and their families.


Dean Fixsen
Dr. Dean L. Fixsen, Ph.D., is co-director, along with Karen Blase, of the National Implementation Research Network and of the State Implementation and Scaling up Evidence-based Practices Center. He has spent his career developing and implementing evidence-based programs, initiating and managing change processes, and working with others to improve the lives of children, families, and adults. In addition to co-authoring over 100 publications, he has advised federal, state, and local governments. Dean is a Senior Scientist at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.


Alejandro (Alex) Jadad
Dr. Jadad, MD, DPhil, FRCPC, FCAHS, holds the Canada Research Chair in eHealth Innovation and the Rose Family Chair in Supportive Care at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network, where he is the Chief Innovator and Founder of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation. He is also a Professor in the Department of Anesthesia, in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, and in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Dr. Jadad’s mission is to help improve health and wellness for all, thorough information and communication technologies (ICTs).His research and innovation work focuses on virtual tools to support the encounter between the public and the health system (with emphasis on self-management of chronic conditions); interactive tools to promote knowledge translation and mentorship of health professionals and the public; and online resources to support social networks, to respond to major public health threats (e.g., chronic conditions, pandemics), to support international collaboration, and to enable the public (particularly young people) to shape the health system and society. 


Alan Lepofsky
Alan Lepofsky is the Director of Marketing at Socialtext, one of the industry's leading vendors of Enterprise 2.0 collaboration and social networking software. As a frequent conference speaker, and active web 2.0 participant, Alan shares advice on both the technology and cultural aspects of working together online for creating and sharing content, discovering people, and keeping up to date with information important to your job and/or personal interests. Before joining Socialtext, Alan was a senior member of the IBM Software Group's Strategy and Research team, helping provide product direction for future software projects. Alan holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.


Ben Levin
Dr. Ben Levin, Ph.D., is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He had previously served as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education from 2004 to 2007. He has held leadership positions in a wide variety of organizations in the public and non-profit sectors and his career includes distinguished service in government and academia. From 1999 until September 2002, he was Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Deputy Minister of Education, Training and Youth for Manitoba, with responsibility for public policy in all areas of education and training. Dr. Levin is widely known for his work in educational reform, educational change, educational policy and politics. His work has been international in scope. His writings examine broad areas of education policy. Dr. Levin holds a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Manitoba, an Ed. M. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from OISE.


Alexandra Samuel
Dr. Alexandra Samuel, Ph.D., is CEO of Social Signal, a Vancouver-based company that builds online communities for nonprofit, government and business clients, Alex has guided the online strategy for some of the web's most ambitious community ecosystems, including Change Everything and NetSquared. This work builds on her years of consulting, research and writing on online community and civic participation by harnessing the latest generation of web tools - tools like blogging, social bookmarking, and RSS - to the challenge of community engagement. Alex has a history of leadership in envisioning the Internet's potential as a tool for community-building. She is a member of the advisory board for DotOrganize, a project that has mapped the non-profit sector's technology needs. In 2001 she co-founded DO-Consult, the world's leading forum for researchers and practitioners in online consultation and public engagement. As the Research Director for Digital 4Sight’s Governance in the Digital Economy, Alexandra created and guided an investigation into the future of government and democracy for a consortium of twenty governments and businesses from around the world. Previously, she researched online social capital for Robert Putnam's Bowling Alone, and co-founded one of Canada's first online political forums. Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College.


Neil Seeman
Neil Seeman, JD, MPH, is Director and Primary Investigator of the Health Strategy Innovation Cell, based at Massey College, University of Toronto. He is a Senior Resident at Massey College, an adjunct professor of health management at Ryerson, and writes on innovation for Longwoods Publishing and the National Post. He is a former Canada research lead in health 2.0 at IBM, Research Associate at the University of Toronto Medical Faculty, and Research Fellow at the Fraser Institute. Neil has written widely on health innovation in journals, books and newspapers, and was a founding editorial board member of the National Post. He holds a JD from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard.


Facilitator - Graham Clyne
Graham Clyne has a MA in Public Policy and over 20 years of non-profit sector leadership including work as a funder, community developer, senior director and researcher. A published authour and frequent speaker with a special interest in children and youth, Graham is a past recipient of Peter Drucker Award for Innovation in the Non-Profit Sector. Most recently the Director of Canadian Institute for Economic Evaluation, Graham has worked with organizations throughout North America as a Strategic Planner, Evaluation and Research Consultant. Graham joined the Calgary Children’s Initiative - now UpStart - as Director in June of 2007.