Committee

Thank you to everyone involved in helping to plan this conference! And a special recognition for our youth advocates (Lucy, Shennel, and Thalia) for sharing your time and expertise with us!

Ann Yi
Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg

Annie Kim (she/her)
Medical Student
University of British Columbia

Beverly Guttman MSW RSW (retired)
Health Policy/System Planning/Health Equity Expert
Maternal-Child Health

Christine Kouri BScN MHA
Director
National Newcomer Navigation Network

Christopher Chipman BA BEd
Business Development Officer, Continuing Professional Development
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Dianne Fierheller MSW RSW PhD (she/her)
Assistant Scientist & Co-lead Family & Child Health Initiative
Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners

Erica Koopmans MPH (she/her)
Child Health BC Regional Coordinator – Northern Health
Provincial Health Services Authority

Fernanda Andre PhD (C)
Graduate Student
University of Saskatchewan

Jenna Ramji BSc (she/her)
Researcher; Advocate

Kavya Anchuri MD MHS (she/her)
PGY-1 Resident in Family Medicine and Public Health/Preventative Medicine
University of Toronto, Temerty Faculty of Medicine & St. Michael’s Hospital

Lauri Green MD CCFP-EM (she/her) (Co-Chair)
Family Physician
St. Michael’s Hospital, Academic Family Health Team

Lucy Diaz
Youth Advocate

Mandeep Mahal MD FRCPC (she/her)
Developmental Pediatrician
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Childrens’ Hospital

Megan Clark MA (she/her)
Research & Evaluation Lead
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute

Megan Primeau MSc (she/her) (Co-Chair)
Academic Program Director, Continuing Professional Development
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Natasha Bruno MSc (she/her)
Clinical Research Project Manager
The Hospital for Sick Children

Nikhita Singhal MD (she/her)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident
University of Toronto

Rémi Castonguay MLIS MA
Information Resource Manager
ACT – Autism Community Training

Ripudaman Singh Minhas MD MPH FRCPC FAAP (he/him) (Co-Chair, Conference Director)
Director of Pediatrics Research, Developmental Pediatrician
St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto

Rislaine Benkelfat MD MBA (she/her)
Pediatrician, Montreal Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, McGill University

Robert Simpson RN
Nurse Consultant
Support for First Nations Children through Jordan’s Principle, St. Amant

Sarah Gander MD FRCPC MEd (she/her)
Pediatrician
Horizon Health Network; New Brunswick Social Pediatrics

Sheila Chatyrbok RN BN CAE (she/her)
Nurse Consultant
Support for First Nations Children through Jordan’s Principle, St. Amant

Shennel Simpson (she/her)
Youth Advocate

Sinaa Dabbagh (she/her)
Program Manager, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health

Sloane Freeman MSc MD FRCPC
Pediatrician
St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto

Supraja Rengan
Fellow

Thalia Bueno
Youth Advocate

Thivia Jegathesan MPH PhD (she/her) (Co-Chair, Conference Director)
Research Manager, Pediatric Research
St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto

Trevor Cuddy BCom BA MEd DBA(c)
Director, Continuing Professional Development Portfolio
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

We are currently recruiting for our 2025 committee – if you are interested in joining, please contact Megan Primeau at megan.primeau@utoronto.ca