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Joyce Kaplan
Kaplan Coaching

Joyce Kaplan, a Business & Career Coach, specializes in accelerating business results for professionals, executives, and teams; and career design/job transitions. Focusing on clients' goals, performance, and soft skills, Joyce won an International Coach Federation Prism Award for Coaching Excellence.

A lawyer and former Director, Legal Affairs in a public company, Joyce also offers legal and project management services.

Sample volunteering: pet therapy visits with her dog; advisor, Ontario Self-Employment Benefit Program; networking workshop for the Canadian Tamil Alumni Association.

Morning Sector Hub Panelists

Beatrice Traub-Werner
Dean, Applied Learning and Continuing Education
Adler Graduate Professional School

Beatrice Traub-Werner is a social worker with 30 years’ experience as a clinician, an administrator, and an educator. She has served on and chaired several Boards of Directors and is currently President of the Council of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

In 2009, Beatrice became the Academic Director of the Bridge Training Program for Internationally Educated Psychologists and Allied Mental Health Professionals and recently retired from teaching in this program. She is currently Dean, Applied Learning and Continuing Education at Adler Graduate Professional Schools in Toronto.

Dr. Danny Li
Director of Research and Clinical,TCM Program
Humber College

Dr. Li is a licensed TCM practitioner. He is the director of research and clinical for the government funded TCM program at Humber College, and the president of Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (ATCMPAO).

Danny obtained his Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees in Chinese medicine from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. He immigrated to Canada in 1989, and has been practicing Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Toronto since 1993.

Dr. Nick De Groot, ND

Dr. Nick De Groot, ND is the Dean of the Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). As Dean, he is responsible for overseeing the naturopathic medical program and for ensuring that the teaching clinics at CCNM meet the highest standards of clinical education and patient care.

Nick holds a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Toronto and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from CCNM. He sits on a number of international working groups including the AANMC (Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges), the World Naturopathic Federation and the ACCAHC Institute of Medicine Task Force.

Marie Rocchi, B.Sc.Phm., M.Ed.
Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Toronto

Marie is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto. She was responsible for the development of the International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) Program from 1999-2006. In 2007, she developed an interprofessional pan-Canadian course, "Orientation to the Canadian Healthcare System, Culture and Context" for internationally educated health care professionals.

She served as Director of Education of the International Medical Graduate program from 2011 to 2014. In 2015, she returned to the IPG Program as Academic Director. She is the Director of HIRE IEHPs, a suite of open-access online educational resources for IEHPs and employers to support the successful integration of IEHPs into the Canadian workplace.

Caroline Morris
Director of Professional Practice
College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO)

Caroline Morris is the Director of Professional Practice at the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario (CMRTO) where she is responsible for registration and professional practice. Caroline started her career in medical radiation technology in South Africa where she completed her National Diploma in Radiography and her Higher National Diploma in Post School Education at the Port Elizabeth Technikon.

Caroline has also completed the Canadian Health Association Health Services Administration Diploma and her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Irina Edilova
IEHP Advisor Health Workforce Integration Department
HealthForceOntario MRA

Irina provides information, advice and support to International Medical Graduates and Internationally Educated Nurses related to their path to professional practice.

Irina's career has spanned work in education, consular services, international development and most recently, in health workforce advisory services. Currently, she works predominantly with internationally trained doctors and is very passionate about helping them to obtain a medical license or choose a meaningful and rewarding alternative career in Canada.

Florent Villeneuve, RMT
Director of Admissions
Sutherland-Chan School

As part of the admissions journey, Florent frequently meets with internationally trained professionals looking for educational opportunities in health care. For over 18 years, he has worked in adult education, both as a school administrator and instructor in Ontario and in the Maritime Provinces.

Florent has been a board member with associations including the Canadian Council of Massage Therapy Schools, the Ontario Council of Private Massage Therapy Colleges, the Private Career Colleges Association of Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia representative to the National Association of Career Colleges.

Afternoon Sector Hub Panelists

Vuk Stambolic
Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and
Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics University of Toronto.

A BSc (Hons) graduate from the University of Belgrade (former Yugoslavia, now Serbia), Dr. Stambolic completed his PhD and post-doctoral training at University of Toronto, and has led his own cancer research laboratory at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre since 2002.

Dr. Stambolic is a global opinion leader in the areas of genetics of cancer and the relationship between obesity and cancer. He is the author of numerous research papers and book chapters and editor in several scientific journals and periodicals. He is a member of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Executive Committee and the Research Council on Oncology.

Vija Mallia
Director Long-Term Care Homes
City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes & Services (LTCHS)

Vija Mallia is the Director Long-Term Care Homes with the City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes & Services (LTCHS) division. Vija's previous positions include Acting Director, Administration & Support Services (LTCHS) and Administrator of Castleview Wychwood Towers, a 456-bed municipal Long-Term Care Home in Toronto.

Vija has served as a board member and director of a number of organizations such as the Gerontological Nursing Association of Ontario, Bellwoods Independent Living Centres, Momiji Health Care Society, Canadian National Exhibition, and Kristus Darzs Latvian Home. She is a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Vija has participated in a variety of health care committees such as the Toronto Central LHIN Seniors Council, Mental Health Council, Toronto Emergency Networks Mental Health Liaison Task Force, Psychogeriatric Resource Consultant Program, Community Advisory Committee, and the West Emergency Network Pre- and Post-Hospital Care Group, Toronto Dementia Network. Vija received the OANHSS Leadership Award in 2014.

Waheeda Rahman
Director of Organizational Development and Chief Diversity Advisor
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

Waheeda is nationally recognized and award winning for her leadership in diversity and inclusion and was recently awarded by the International Coaching Federation – Toronto Chapter, the Prism Award of Excellence for creating a coaching culture at the hospital.

Waheeda has over a decade of management expertise in both the public and private sectors, in the areas of change management, leadership, stakeholder engagement, customer experience and marketing. Waheeda is a sought after guest speaker, business coach and mentor. She holds a Masters degree from Ryerson University.

Michelle Theroux
Manager, Canada's Health Transformation Practice

Michelle has over 8 years of consulting experience, working in the Canadian and Asian health markets where she has led strategic/advisory engagements with government agencies and private sector clients to successful completion. She has helped clients, in particular, across areas of strategic planning and operations excellence, and has worked with senior government executives to drive consensus on key decisions.

Michelle holds a Masters of Management degree from McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Renée Schumann
Director of Human Resources

Renée Schumann is a senior Human Resources professional with over 20 years experience working in private and public sectors as a strategic business partner. Most recently, Renée worked as the Director of Human Resources for Ontario’s first fully digital urban hospital in Toronto where she helped to accelerate transformation through leadership, strategic planning, attracting and developing the best talent. She also instituted innovative solutions for optimizing workforce outcomes through HR analytics and data, with special emphasis on predictive analytics as a cornerstone of how to better manage human resources.

Renée has a passion for bringing out the best in people and has extensive experience developing high functioning teams, leading labour relations and organizational transformations. She has success in integrating talent functions to deliver faster end-to-end solutions in the areas of skills, careers, succession, performance management, attraction and retention.

Donna Pascal
Vice-President, Human Resources and Talent Management

Donna Pascal has 20 years of experience in Human Resources, including as Senior HR Executive for fortune 500 companies. Currently Vice President Human Resources at Dynacare, a health and wellness solutions provider and “Top 100 Employer, Donna leads a team of 25 and oversees organizational effectiveness, learning and development, talent acquisition and management, and wellness, health and safety. Previously she was Vice President HR for Acklands-Grainger and Staples North American Delivery.

Donna's credentials include: Bachelor of Arts Degree, Professional Certifications in Advanced Human Resource Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution, training in Executive Coaching, and the Certified Human Resources Leader designation.

Bill Meredith
Associate Vice President
Healthtech Consultants

Bill works with leaders in the Canadian Healthcare sector to develop organizational, regional, and jurisdictional information management and information technology strategies and to create new ways of working together and sharing information.

Bill has had various roles in healthcare information systems over the last 20 years, and is currently Associate Vice President of Healthtech Consultants, where he leads the Planning and Governance Practice.