MHA Bearpit Session 3: Interprofessional Collaboration in the Health Sector

Monday, November 28, 2016, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

MHA Bearpit Session 3: Interprofessional Collaboration in the Health Sector


Valerie Grdisa RN, NP, MS, PhD

Director of International Affairs and the Best Practice Guidelines Centre

Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario


Dr. Viren Naik MD, MEd, MBA, FRCPC

VP Medical Education

The Ottawa Hospital


Simone Thibault BA MSW OO

Executive Director

Centretown Community Health Centre



 Interprofessional collaboration is an increasingly significant component of healthcare delivery improvement, but there are lingering questions regarding best practices such as: "How can managers, healthcare providers, and patients promote interprofessional collaboration?" and "How do we develop and sustain high performing interprofessional teams?"

This Bear Pit brings together leaders from distinct practice settings to discuss the challenges they have faced at different levels of the healthcare system, and the strategies they have implemented to successful promote interprofessional care. This talk will cover recent innovations and approaches, the drive towards patient engagement and empowerment, and the implications on health care quality.

In the spirit of the theme, attendees from all healthcare backgrounds have been invited. This will be a great opportunity to meet and visit with peers.



Valerie Grdisa RN, NP, MS, PhD

Providing the practical solutions at the system-level

Dr. Valerie Grdisa brings more than twenty-five years of in-depth knowledge and experience from a vast array of public sector roles in leadership, change management, service delivery, research, policy, nursing education and management.  For more than a decade, she has been advising and leading organizations and governments in the development and execution of strategic planning, care system redesign, workforce planning, optimization and clinical services planning.  As Senior Nursing Advisor within Alberta Health (2014-2016), Valerie worked closely with the Ministers, Deputy Minister and her executive colleagues on a wide range of provincial health policy and program specific issues.  She led several ministerial priorities, including the development of a health human resources strategy and provincial nurse practitioner strategy -- to bend the cost curve on $19-billion in spend. Both strategies highlight the importance of interprofessional collaboration within innovative models of care.  Valerie's doctorate focused on comparing how interprofessional collaboration relates to health system integration and her thesis was funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (Ontario) to measure health and human services integration amongst 93 children and youth service providers.  Currently, Valerie is leading the Nursing Best Practice Research Centre at RNAO.  Valerie looks forward to sharing her insights on strategies for achieving the quadruple aims through interprofessional collaboration.

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Dr. Viren Naik MD, MEd, MBA, FRCPC

Clinician-Educator at the forefront of Interprofessional Care Promotion

Dr. Viren Naik is the Vice-President of Education at The Ottawa Hospital. He has been an advocate for interprofessional education throughout his career. As a physician manager and the inaugural director of the University of Ottawa Skills and Simulation Centre he brings unique insight into initiatives promoting interprofessionalism in hospital settings. Dr. Naik’s passion for unique initiatives which promote patient safety and quality of care will be apparent to all attendees.

To learn more about Viren (a Telfer management alumnus!) check out: or follow him on Twitter @

Serving the Needs of the Ottawa’s Diverse Community


Simone Thibault BA MSW OO

Executive Director of the Centretown CHC

Simone Thibault is passionate about serving the diverse communities of downtown Ottawa. As the Executive Director of Centretown CHC since 2007 and a board member of the Canadian Association of Community Health Services, she has been involved in a number of exciting initials. A major champion of interprofessional initiatives which help diverse groups such as the LGBTQ, francophone, refugee, immigrant, and senior communities of our region, she was awarded the Order of Ottawa in 2015. Currently she is involved in the potential initiation of a safe injection site at Centretown CHC.

To learn more about Simone check out:  or follow the Centretown CHC @


Monday, November 28, 2016
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Telfer School of Management
Desmarais Building
DMS 4101
55 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
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RSVP deadline:
Saturday, November 26, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

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