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Meet the Health First Advisory Board

Dale Booth

Dale C. Booth specializes in the fields of major infrastructure and economic development having more than 20 years experience working with all levels of government and First Nations. Dale has held senior positions within AANDC and the Assembly of First Nations; as the AFN Chief Executive Officer he demonstrated keen abilities in the areas of effective strategic planning, operational management, and financial management. Dale received a federal appointment to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board in 2008. In the private sector, Dale joined P3 Advisors for three years and he gained considerable experience in P3 project development, procurement and First Nation’s economic development. Dale continued his development as an infrastructure and P3 specialist with PPP Canada Inc. Dale held positions as Principal in Business Development and in the Investment unit. Dale has had the opportunity to develop knowledge in P3 best practices domestically and internationally.

Dale is now president of Tiree Innovation, Inc. A First Nations company located in Mohawk community of Akwesasne.

Ernie Dal Grande headshotErnie Dal Grande has over 32 years of experience with the Federal Government of Canada, working exclusively with First Nations and Inuit programming.

In 2014 Mr. Dal Grande retired as National Manager of the e-Health Info-structure Program (eHIP), Health Infrastructure Division of the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) Health Canada, in Ottawa, Ontario.

For more than ten years, Mr. Dal Grande worked at setting strategic directions and developing national policy for the First Nations eHealth Info-structure Program. He managed a number of program elements, for example Telehealth and Broadband connectivity, by working in partnerships directly with First Nations communities, non- government organizations, academia, other federal departments, provincial governments and the private sector.

Over the years, Mr. Dal Grande was recognized by Health Canada with two Deputy Minister Awards of Excellence. He also received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for contributions to Canada.

john ataguba_0.jpgDr John Ele-Ojo Ataguba is a Commonwealth scholar and an elected member of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). He is currently holding a full-time position as a Senior Lecturer in the Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town (UCT). John has research experience in many African countries. This is because of his very strong passion for developmental issues that pertain to Africa. His current research interests include poverty, inequality, equity in health and health care, social determinants of health, and health financing.

John holds a PhD in economics from the UCT. He is the recipient of several competitive awards including the Claude Leon Merit Award for Young Lecturers, and the UCT Merit Award for exceptional contributions to teaching, service leadership, and social responsiveness. John serves as a Member of the Board of Trustees for the African Health Economics and Policy Association and he is also an editorial board member of the journal Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, and BMC Health Services Research. He has a great interest in academic writing and has published widely in his areas of interest.

John MacBeth-HFJohn MacBeth is the Founder and CEO of Mobileyes Consulting Inc. and Northern Apps Inc., companies focused on strategy and solutions for mobile technologies.

Originally from Ennismore, Ontario, John Graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa and decided to make the Nation’s Capital his home.

For 18 years John has been actively involved in the IT space, and has dedicated the last eight years exclusively to Mobility-based solutions.

In 2012, John began the Master of Arts, Organization and Leadership Studies program in Bethany, Connecticut, graduating in August 2015. In September 2015, John was invited to pursue his graduate studies as a PhD candidate at Carleton University and Trent University in a joint Canadian Studies program. The focus of John’s research will evaluate the impact of mobile computing platforms on health outcomes for indigenous communities in Canada.

Mobileyes Consulting Inc. (MCI) and Northern Apps Inc. (NAI) are dynamic mobile digital solutions providers that are Ottawa-based, 100% Canadian-owned private corporations. These companies have been providing innovative mobile solutions and digital content since 1997, and have had their Apps downloaded over two million times.

The MCI-NAI client base is largely made up of federal and provincial government units, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In fact, at least 50% of the physicians in Canada are using one or more of their solutions.

The work that MCI-NAI has done with organizations of various sizes and across industries has made one thing abundantly clear: few of them are equipped to handle the speed at which business is moving off of the desktop/laptop and onto mobile devices.

MCI-NAI helps them adapt to the changing paradigm by providing the ability to:

  • Establish a strategy for mobile,
  • Develop functional mobile applications for Apple, Android, and/or BlackBerry smartphones and tablets,
  • Secure personal mobile devices in the workplace,
  • Understand, quantify, and mitigate mobile risk,
  • Manage the mobile application lifecycle,
  • Train and communicate with mobile stakeholders,
  • Communicate emergency updates, policies, procedures or training to the mobile workforce – and ensure delivery and compliance.
Carolyn PullenAs director of Policy, Advocacy and Strategy, Dr. Carolyn Pullen is responsible for advancing the nursing profession and Canada’s publicly-funded health care system through a range of strategic initiatives. Achieving this requires working with stakeholders to foster multidisciplinary team work, public engagement, primary care and chronic disease management, and technology adoption within nursing and health systems.

Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience in the national not-for-profit sector. Before joining CNA, she directed the research enterprise for Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation, developing strategic research programs and overseeing cardiovascular and stroke research funding for over 1,200 investigators. Carolyn has also served as director of knowledge translation for the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and has held health policy and research roles for the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Accreditation Canada. In addition, she has led national initiatives to develop and disseminate continuing professional development programs, clinical practice guidelines, resuscitation training programs, and indicators for mental health and addiction services.

Carolyn received her bachelor of science in nursing from Queen’s University. Her master’s and doctorate degrees, both from the University of Ottawa, are in education with a specialization in knowledge translation and mechanisms to mobilize health research evidence into practice.

Tyson RoffeyAs the Head of Canadian Healthcare Solutions and Social Innovation, Tyson leads Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Canada’s vision, strategy and business development efforts in healthcare practice. In addition, he works closely with many Hitachi brands that contribute significantly to a global healthcare ecosystem. Tyson’s mandate is to help advance the Canadian healthcare agenda by providing industry expertise, technology best practices, and through the intersection of the two, driving innovation in healthcare.

Tyson believes that Hitachi will continue playing an increasingly valuable role within Canadian healthcare by enabling new research, building collaborations, and creating partnerships that will result in greater social innovation and quality of care for our country.

Tyson joined HDS in 2015 bringing with him over 20 years of experience in healthcare, technology, consumer product, high-tech manufacturing and management consulting. Prior to HDS, Tyson served as an Interim VP & CIO at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) where he has established an enterprise governance model in preparation for a new integrated Hospital Information System (HIS), along with a focus on the procurement of the new HIS. In this and many other career-making roles as a CIO and Chief Privacy Officer in the healthcare industry, Tyson has not only implemented technology and compliance-based best practices, but also nurtured a strong and collaborative leadership style that is focused on consistently delivering value through developing an organization’s most important asset – its people.

Tyson remains a member in good standing with his CIPT certification by the International Association of Privacy Professional. He is an instructor at York University’s Schulich School of Business within the Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management Program. Tyson participates at the Mobile Health Advisory Board of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA). He’s also the Chair of the Health Program Advisory Committee at Algonquin College, designed to grow the required capacity of Health IT professionals.

Tyson can be found on LinkedIn.

Terry StPierre HeadshotTerry St. Pierre is an experienced organizational, leadership and team development consultant, having engaged for 20+ years with Fortune 500 Companies globally. Terry brings significant insight, compassion and wisdom to her work with clients whether at the senior executive level or to millennials just beginning to define their career paths. She brings a special combination of humor, tenacity and sensitivity to her work, which allows for breakthrough results, sustainable learning and growth.

The Heath First Advisory Board (HFAB) is a directorless assembly of industry specialists whose members provide guidance and advice to the initiative, but do not necessarily endorse or share the stated observations or intentions of the Health First initiative.

HFAB members are not compensated for their participation.