Stephen Butz

President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Greater Vancouver

Stephen Butz leads one of the largest and diverse charities in the Lower Mainland. Stephen moved into his first association leadership role as the CEO of the YMCA of Cambridge, Ontario in the mid 1980’s.  From there, senior leadership opportunities in St. Catharines and Hamilton led him to serve as Chief Executive Officer YMCA Niagara from 2000 to 2011. Stephen brings extensive background in large-scale capital development, strategic planning and not-for-profit mergers. With undergraduate degrees in physical education and business, Stephen holds a master degree in Management Sciences from Springfield College in the USA. Among his many community affiliations, Stephen has served as the Vice Chair of the Board for the Niagara Health System, Member of the Board of the Niagara Community Foundation, and the Board of Meridian Credit Union. Currently he serves on the Cabinet of the United Way of the Lower Mainland and is an Advisor with Business Council of BC.

Vickie Cammack

Founder, Tyze Personal Networks

Vickie Cammack is a recognized Canadian source of inspiration and demonstrable solutions related to social networks, social innovation and care networking. She created Tyze, a pioneering international social enterprise, to deliver online, care networks to people facing life challenges.  She is the co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), where she created PLAN’s Personal Network program, a unique response to the isolation and loneliness experienced by people with disabilities.  Vickie is also the Founding Director of both PLAN Institute and the Family Support Institute of British Columbia. Vickie is the recipient of the 2012 BC Community Achievement Award, the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the Canadian Psychological Association’s Humanitarian Award, and Simon Fraser University President’s Club Distinguished Community Leadership Award.

Monique Gignac

Associate Scientific Director & Senior Scientist, Institute for Work and Health, Toronto
Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Monique Gignac’s research expertise is in the areas of health and social psychology, including health models of disability. Her research examines psychosocial factors like stress, coping, and adaptation and their importance in understanding the impact of chronic conditions (e.g., arthritis, stroke, osteoporosis, lupus, diabetes) on the lives of adults across the life course. Of particular interest is research on facilitators and barriers faced by people with chronic diseases in maintaining their involvement in employment and other valued roles and activities.

Bev Holmes

Vice President, Research Impact, MSFHR 

As Vice-President of Research Impact at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Bev Holmes' portfolio includes projects, impact analysis, and knowledge translation (KT). Prior to joining MSFHR in 2010, Bev spent 13 years as a health communications and KT consultant and researcher, and before that, held communications management positions in several not-for-profit organizations including The Arthritis Society and United Way of the Lower Mainland. Bev holds two adjunct professor positions: at UBC’s School of Population & Public Health, and at SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences. She received her PhD in health communication from Simon Fraser University.

Robert Sindelar

Vice President, Research and Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
President, Providence Health Care Research Institute
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Medicine, UBCs

Dr. Robert Sindelar was appointed Vice President of Research & Academic Affairs at Providence Health Care, President of the Providence Health Care Research Institute and Associate Dean Research in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine in 2013. He is also Professor and Former Dean, the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.   In these roles, Dr. Sindelar oversees the research enterprise at Providence as well as strategic and operational collaborations with the universities. Dr. Sindelar completed a MS degree in 1975 and a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products in 1980 at the University of Iowa. His research expertise is in medicinal chemistry, computer-aided drug discovery, and pharmaceutical biotechnology. Dr. Sindelar is the recipient of several School and University-wide teaching honors and is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In addition, he is a founder of the Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD), a national not-for-profit drug development and commercialization centre that provides expertise and infrastructure to enable researchers to advance promising early-stage drug candidates.

Sonia Singh

Program Medical Director, Research and Development,
Fraser Health Authority

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, UBC

Sonia Singh is an emergency physician and osteoporosis consultant based at Peace Arch Hospital since 1991. In 2011 she took on a new position as Program Medical Director for Research and Development in Fraser Health. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Practice, UBC, and her clinical research revolves around osteoporosis, falls and fracture prevention in seniors. She has been successful with a number of research grant awards from both national and provincial research granting agencies and is the team leader for the Fraser Health Falls and Fracture Prevention Research team.

Robyn Sussel

Principal, Health & Academic Communications, Signals

Through her branding and communications practice, Robyn has helped many health, research and science organizations clarify their messages and connect with their audiences. Her clients include UNAIDS, The Open Society Foundations, Providence Health Care, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Genome BC, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and the Canadian Palliative Care Association. Before becoming a consultant, Robyn worked for 10 years as an in-house communicator for a national HIV clinical trials network where she helped connect activists and advocates with the HIV research community. Robyn received an honours BA in communications from Simon Fraser University and a Masters degree in communications from Concordia University in Montreal. Robyn works at and and speaks regularly on the subjects of branding in health and science, knowledge translation, and digital strategies in health care.

Andrew Wister

Professor, Department of Gerontology, SFU

Andrew Wister received his doctorate in Social Demography from the University of Western Ontario in 1985. After serving four years as an Assistant Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Waterloo, he came to the Gerontology Program and Research Centre at Simon Fraser University in 1991. Andrew’s research encompasses several interlocking areas. He has conducted extensive research and written numerous publications on: baby boomer health dynamics; environmental adaptation among older adults; patterns of family and social support; aging, health promotion and population health; statistical methods; and life-course trends and transitions.