Planning Committee

Karen Gripp, MD, FAAP, FRCPC

Dr. Karen Gripp is the course director of the Leadership Curriculum since September 2020, taking over the helm from Dr. Maury Pinsk who led the initial gap analysis and development of the course objectives. Dr. Gripp is a pediatric emergency physician and currently in a shared position as Section Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of the Children's Hospital Emergency Department, roles shared with Dr. Elisabete Doyle. Dr. Gripp received her medical degree from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1996 and completed her pediatric residency training at Johns Hopkins before obtaining additional training in pediatric critical care at the Children's Hospital Colorado. She has also worked as a military physician, pediatric hospitalist, primary care pediatrician and television medical consultant before marrying a Winnipegger and moving from the ski mountains of Park City to Canada in 2009.

Since coming to Winnipeg, Dr. Gripp has served as the co-director of Pediatric Postgraduate Medical Education and as chair of the national Canadian Pediatric Program Director group. She remains active with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as vice-chair of the Specialty Committee in Pediatrics and is a member of the RC Specialty Standards Review Committee and the RC Pediatrics Exam Committee. Provincially, Dr. Gripp has served as the chair of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Child Health Standards Committee and is the Manitoba course director for Trauma Resuscitation for Kids,a high-fidelity interprofessional simulation training event. | Twitter: @karengripp | LinkedIn: karen-gripp

Marcia Anderson, MD, MPH, BSc, FRCPC

Dr. Marcia Anderson is Cree-Anishinaabe and grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. She has family roots in the Norway House Cree Nation and Peguis First Nation in Manitoba.

She graduated with her MD from the University of Manitoba in 2002 and began her residency in internal medicine at the U of M and completed it at the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the departments of community health sciences and internal medicine at the University of Manitoba August 2007, and in September of 2011 became the head of the Section of First Nations, Métis and Inuit Health. She was recently appointed as vice-dean for Indigenous health, social justice, and anti-racism at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

She is a medical officer of health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, a past president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and past chair of the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors Congress and since 2017 has served as executive director, Indigenous academic affairs, Ongomiizwin-Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing.

In 2015, following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s final reports, Dr. Anderson led the faculty-wide workshop and the subsequent creation of five working groups to develop the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences’ Reconciliation Action Plan.

Her research interests in Indigenous health include urban Indigenous youth health, primary health care, and medical education.

Throughout her career, Dr. Anderson has advocated for a more robust curriculum in Indigenous health and changes in the admissions process that would support the successful recruitment of increased numbers of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. She was recognized for her efforts in 2011 with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now known as the Indspire Awards) and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2018 by Women’s Executive Network.

Dr. Anderson serves as chair of the Indigenous Health Network for the Association of Faculties of Medicine (AFMC) which prepared the Joint Commitment to Action on Indigenous Health report, approved by the AFMC board in May 2019.

Kevin Boreskie

Kevin Boreskie is a third-year medical student at the University of Manitoba and a PhD Candidate with Dr. Todd Duhamel. His pursuits into Medicine and research have been driven by his goal to support better integration of primary preventative measures into healthcare - namely, through physical activity. Focusing his research on frailty in older adults and women's heart health, Kevin's leadership in the field is reflected by his invitation to present at international conferences, acting as a reviewer for high impact academic journals and his development of collaborations internationally. This is also supported by his receipt of a CIHR Doctoral Award, the Henry Friesen Young Scientist Award, and a Graduate Student Achievement Award.

Taking his knowledge beyond academia and into the community, Kevin has collaborated with local healthcare stakeholders, volunteered in local programs such as cardiac rehabilitation, and often disseminates his research to the public. He has also worked to support future healthcare leaders by teaching at the U of M, leading seminars at events like the Undergraduate Health Symposium; volunteering at CanU Reach, a program aimed at introducing youth to healthcare fields; and acting as a trainee lead for the CIHR Institute of Gender & Health Network. Kevin represents his peers as an elected member of student government for both Medicine and Graduate Studies. His contributions to the U of M and broader community led to his receipt of a 2020 Emerging Leader Award. | Twitter: @kboreskie | LinkedIn: Kevin Boreskie

Ming-Ka Chan, MD, MHPE, FRCPC

Dr. Ming-Ka Chan (pronouns she/her) is a Chinese settler working and living in Treaty 1 territory and Homeland of the Metis Nation (Winnipeg). She is a Pediatrics Clinician Educator who focuses on leadership development for healthcare learners and faculty locally, nationally and internationally. Currently she is the Co-Director, Office of Leadership Education, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Chair, Governance and Leadership Team, Sanokondu – a multinational community of practice committed to healthcare leadership education. | Twitter: @MKChan_RCPSC

Joanne Hamilton, RD, BHEc, MEd, EdD

Dr. Joanne Hamilton joined the Max Rady College of Medicine in 1999 in the Department of Family Medicine as their Education Dietitian/Education Director. Prior to this she held many leadership positions, including Executive Director of the Northern Diabetes Health Network, Chair of the Diabetes Educator Section for the Canadian Diabetes Association and Chair of the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board.

In 2006, she joined the Department of Medical Education as the Director of Faculty Development. In 2013, as the department grew, she was promoted into the position of Director of Educational Development. In 2016, she was made Director of the newly created Office of Educational and Faculty Development. Joanne is a registered dietitian, a graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Misericordia Hospital Dietetic Internship program. She recently completed her doctorate in education at Northeastern University in Boston, focusing on curriculum change leadership in medical schools.

Joanne’s interests include behaviour change, organizational change, and organizational learning, and how educators can facilitate change through their practice. Other interests include critical theory and the challenges faced by women in academia. In her role, she works to assist faculty members and Rady Faculty of Health Sciences programs in their pursuit of excellence in education.

Chris Moskal

Chris Moskal

Shaundra Popowich, MD, MBA, FRCPC

Dr. Shaundra Popowich completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology and Palliative Care at the University of Manitoba, and has been in clinical practice since 2005. She is an education administrator in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Manitoba, as program director of the Gynecologic Oncology subspecialty residency program since 2016. After completing an MBA at Rotman School of Management|University of Toronto, she has focused on work that supports leadership education for healthcare professionals and is Co-Director of the Office of Leadership Education (OLE), Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, along with Dr. Ming-Ka Chan. She is a consultant for the Royal College, with a focus on PGME accreditation. Her vision for culture shift in medicine lie at the intersection between leadership education and wellness, and this passion has become her professional focus.