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Dr. Claude Laflamme

Claude is the Chairperson of Enhanced Recovery Canada's Governance Committee and is a cardiac anesthesiologist at Sunnybrook HSC in Toronto. He has a great passion for patient safety and surgical quality improvement and has demonstrated that through his many and various contributions locally and beyond including as the physician lead for CPSI's Safer Healthcare Now! Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Prevention Getting Started Kit and former Chair of the Canadian Anesthesiologists' Society's (CAS) Patient Safety Committee.

Claude also holds a Masters Degree in Health Administration and is Assistant Professor, at the University of Toronto.

As the inaugural Canadian Ambassador for Fit for Life after organ transplant international program, Claude also inspires and influences healthy living after organ transplant by sharing his insights and experience with medical professionals, transplant recipients and the wider transplant and organ donation community.  

Emily Pearsall

Emily has spent the last 10+ years improving the quality of surgical care at the University of Toronto affiliated hospitals. She obtained her Masters in Health Sciences Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto with a specialization in Knowledge Translation. In her current role as Manager of Best Practice in Surgery at the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, she oversees several quality improvement projects including the development and implementation of locally tailored clinical practice guidelines.

Debbie Watson

Debbie has been the ERAS care pathway coordinator at the McGill University Health Centre-Montreal General Hospital site since 2008. Deborah completed a bachelor of science in Nursing from the University of Montreal and a Masters Degree in Nursing from Athabasca University.

Her understanding of the role, tasks and responsibilities of the nurse coordinator in the creation, implementation and sustainability of an Enhanced Recovery program can encourage and inspire those who want to expand on an existing program or for those who are new to the concept of Enhanced Recovery.

Erin Ballah

Erin Ballah graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Science, from Dalhousie University with a Master of Science (Physiotherapy), and returned to Memorial for a Master of Business Administration (MBA). Clinically, she worked as an inpatient physiotherapist in adult acute care. She is currently the Regional Program Coordinator of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS(R)) at Eastern Health in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Ms. Carla Williams

Carla Williams is a registered nurse and Senior Program Manager at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. Throughout her career, Carla has held various leadership and quality improvement patient safety roles in both the acute and long-term care sectors and is passionate about safety improvement and improved patient outcomes.

Carla leads the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery program and oversees the day-to-day activities of Enhanced Recovery Canada.​

Ms. Maryanne D'Arpino

In her senior executive role with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) she leads national and international initiatives with leaders, providers, patients and families to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. This includes leading the CPSI strategy for Safety Improvement, Knowledge Translation, Capability Building, Patient Safety Research, and Indigenous Health Priorities.

Maryanne will provide executive leadership on the Safety Improvement Projects.

Ms. Gina DeSouza

Gina is a Senior Program Manager on the Safety Improvement and Capability Building team.  Gina brings many years of experience as a Nurse and Process Improvement Practitioner who is passionate about evidence-based practice and an advocate for vulnerable populations. Gina has a Master's degree in Nursing (Education and Leadership Stream) and Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt.

Ms. Julia Moore

Dr. Julia E. Moore is Moore is the Senior Director for the Center for Implementation. Dr. Moore has a PhD from Penn State, where she was trained as an implementation scientist, researching the best ways to implement evidence-based programs. She worked at the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter), an intermediary organization that promotes the use of effective programs for communities. There, she supported more than 120 communities that had implemented 10 evidence-based programs over 200 times. While at the Knowledge Translation Program at St. Michael's Hospital, Dr. Moore grew the Team for Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability from 0 to 20 full-time employees managing over 50 knowledge translation projects. Dr. Moore is most passionate about supporting professionals how to use implementation science. She has delivered dozens workshops to over 1000 participants.

Alison NelsonAlison Nelson

Alison Nelson is a Registered Nurse with a Master of Nursing, University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alberta. She practiced for 10 years as a public health nurse in Alberta and British Columbia specializing in perinatal and adolescent health and taught for 5 years at the University of Calgary. Alison has extensive expertise in provincial programs, clinical care pathways, and quality management. She has been a manager within Alberta Health Services since 2006, and is currently the Provincial Manager, Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, Surgery Strategic Clinical Network. She is located in Calgary and Edmonton.

Jennifer CrookMs. Jennifer Crook

Jennifer is a Project Coordinator for the Safety Improvement and Capability Building (SCIB) team at the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) with areas of focus on the Canadian Patient Safety Officer Course (CPSOC), Enhanced Recovery Canada (ERC), and support to several evaluation projects within SCIB.

Jennifer is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) through the Canadian Society of Association Executives and, has her Project Management certificate from the University of Western Ontario, and is a firm believer in lifelong learning.

Jennifer works from her home office in London Ontario.