Practice Management Curriculum Speakers

Elise Sirois-Giguère

Elise Sirois-Giguère

Dr. Elise Sirois-Giguère is a specialist physician in general surgery. A graduate of Université Laval, she began practising in 2013 at the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean integrated university health and social services centre (CIUSSS). She implemented a fast-track recovery protocol for colorectal surgery to improve perioperative patient management.

Dr. Sirois-Giguère has been a member of the Clinical Excellence Committee on Health Services at the Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux (INESSS), Quebec’s institute for excellence in health and social work, since 2019. She leveraged her interest in a population-based approach to health in her capacity as a physician advisor for the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), Quebec’s ministry of health and social services.

In her role as assistant clinical professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Université de Sherbrooke, she teaches medical students and provides pedagogical training to professors. She performs management tasks for the Saguenay medical training program. She also teaches at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC). Dr. Sirois-Giguère promotes healthy lifestyle choices, driven by a deep belief that prevention is the key to health.

Ka-Ho Tong, MD CCMF

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Dr Tong completed his MD degree and training in family medicine at Université Laval. He then completed additional training in geriatrics.

He is currently an assistant professor with McGill University. He practices family medicine and geriatrics and provides teaching to clerkship students and residents at the GMF-U Jardins-Roussillon in Châteauguay, QC. He also serves as the chief of the geriatrics and in-hospital rehabilitation department and does hospitalization rotations at the CISSS Montérégie-Ouest. He is also actively involved in providing primary care to the growing Chinese community living in Montreal’s South Shore.

As a board member of the Association des Médecins Omnipraticiens du Sud-Ouest, he is also active in the representation of the interests and well-being of family physicians from his region of Quebec.

Jayson Stoffman, MD FRCPC

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Dr. Stoffman is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist at the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg and CancerCare Manitoba, and Associate Professor in the Department of Child Health, Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the current Program Director for their residency program in Pediatrics and was previously the Program Director for the subspecialty residency program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. His clinical interests are in coagulation disorders and hemoglobinopathies in children, and he remains heavily involved in international advocacy and medical education.

Dr. Stoffman is the Chair of the Provincial Transfusion Practice Advisory Committee, and also serves as the Child Health representative on the Health Sciences Centre Transfusion Practice Committee. He has been a co-director of the pediatric hemophilia program in Manitoba since 2005, and in 2013 became the first Medical Director of the Manitoba Bleeding Disorders Program. He has been an active member of the Association of Hemophilia Clinic Directors of Canada since 2006, serving on the Board of Directors and Executive, and in 2016, he was named Medical Liaison to the Canadian Hemophilia Society. He is an active member of the World Federation of Hemophilia and has been the Chair of the Hemophilia Treatment Center Twinning Committee since 2016. He also has an active interest in hemoglobinopathies and is a Board Member and Medical Advisor for Sickle Circle Manitoba, the provincial patient advocacy organization.

Mark Soth

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Dr. Mark Soth completed training in respirology and critical care medicine at McMaster University in 2006 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine there. He led the development of his hospital ICU service into a multi-service Department of Critical Care at St Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Currently, he serves as Department Chief and mentors other developing physician leaders. He has supported other physician and allied health leaders within his department to grow world class multi-disciplinary research and methodology programmes. Mark has a recognized passion for education and has won several clinical teaching awards. He is also a leader in curriculum development and was a founding co-chair of the Canadian Critical Care Review Course (CCCR) and the Mechanical Ventilation Workshop at CCCR. After a decade in these leadership roles, he has now shifted his focus to develop and deliver curriculum to improve physician financial health, career development, and well-being.

Yan Yu

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Yan Yu is a family physician based in Calgary, and a Rhodes Scholar with dual Masters degrees in Public Policy and Business Administration from Oxford University. Alongside caring for his patients, Yan is also passionate about medical education, advocating for primary care’s role in healthcare, and of course, helping new physicians improve their financial wellbeing. During his medical training, Yan founded the free online medical learning resource, The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease (www.thecalgaryguide.com), which has been accessed over 4 million times in over 150 countries. He currently also serves as a Director-at-Large on the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)’s Board of Directors. In his spare time, Yan enjoys cycling, mountain trail-running, and cooking.

Thierry Dubois

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Dr. Dubois graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Université Laval and worked as a pharmacist for nine years. During his career as a pharmacist, he engaged in his passion for management by overseeing several pharmacies and was the Quebec operations manager for CENTRESanté (Loblaws pharmacies). He obtained his MD from Université de Montréal and completed his residency in family medicine at McGill University.

Since graduating, he has been the lead physician at the medical clinic where he works and co-director of the family medicine group where he practices. He conveys the fundamentals of practice management to as many physicians as possible in order to improve patient care and the wellbeing of medical administrators.

Dr. Dubois also represents the Association des Médecins en CLSC du Québec (AMCLSCQ) to the Fédération des Médecins Omnipraticiens du Québec (FMOQ) in order to promote the medical profession to governmental bodies and the public.

Cathy Clelland, MD

Cathy Clelland

Dr. Clelland did her Family Medicine residency at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton and started practicing in BC in 1986. She joined the Board of the Society of General Practitioners of BC in 1997, was president in 2002/03 and subsequently was Executive Director from 2004 – 2013. Dr. Clelland currently works as a consultant to the GP Services Committee as well as billing sessions to practicing family physicians in BC. She maintains a focused practice in primary obstetrics and is Head of the Department of Family Practice at Royal Columbian Hospital.

Stephen Hawrylyshyn, MD

Stephen Hawrylyshyn

Dr. Stephen Hawrylyshyn received his medical degree from McMaster University and then completed his family medicine training at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He has served as Chair of the Section of Residents and Board Director for the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He currently chairs their First Five Years in Family Practice committee.

He has a strong interest in social media and leveraging technology to improve healthcare delivery, and has completed a MSc in eHealth.  He works as an ER physician in various community hospitals and also does some locum family medicine coverage.

Gaétan Tardif, MD FRCPC ICD.D

Dr. Gaetan Tardif

Dr. Gaétan Tardif is a consultant at the University Health Network and a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He recently retired from his role as Physiatrist in Chief and Medical Program Director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, a hospital of the University Health Network. Gaétan continues to be involved in leadership development. At Joule, he teaches strategic thinking and entry into practice workshops.

Gaétan is a Past-President of the Canadian Society of Physician Leaders and of the Canadian Association of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He was the President and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2013 to 2017. He first started his Paralympic journey as a member of the medical team for the Sydney and Athens Paralympic Games, as well as Chief Medical Officer for the Salt Lake City and Torino Paralympic Games. He served as Assistant Chef de Mission for the Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games and Chef de Mission for the Canadian Team at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. He was first elected to the board of the Canadian Paralympic Committee in 2008.

Gaétan obtained his medical degree at l'Université Laval and holds diplomas in sports medicine and electrodiagnostic medicine. He obtained the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2016.

Robert Tremblay, MDCM CFPC

Dr. Robert Tremblay

Dr. Tremblay graduated from medicine and family medicine residency at McGill University. He has been practicing in the Cree community of Chisasibi in northern Quebec since his graduation in 2013. 

Robert has a special interest in vulnerable populations and took a year off of northern practice to work in a community health centre in Guelph, ON, working primarily in the domain of addictions and mental health. 

He currently holds a faculty lecturer position with McGill University, and enjoys teaching students and residents at the Chisasibi Hospital. Since 2017 he has been Chief of Medicine for his hospital and has been on the board of directors for the Cree Health Board as clinical representative since 2019. 

Kevin Lee, MD FRCSC

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Dr. Kevin Lee has a passion for improving the transition into practice for residents and physician financial management. He works as a vascular surgeon and clinical instructor at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC.

Dr. Lee obtained his medical degree at the University of British Columbia. He completed his vascular surgery residency at Western University, and then went on to pursue advanced aortic and peripheral endovascular training in Germany.

Dr. Lee lives in Vancouver, and stays busy balancing work and family life with his wife, a rheumatologist, and their two young boys.

Scott Wilson, MD

Scott Wilson

Scott received his training in internal medicine from the University of Alberta and University of Calgary, completing neurology at McGill University at the Montréal Neurological Institute. He is currently involved in teaching and hospital responsibilities at the University of Calgary, in the neurology division in clinical neurosciences, through the Calgary Health Region. 

He was an early adopter of the electronic medical record (EMR), using EMRs and working paperless for the past decade. He is currently the president of the neurology section for the Alberta Medical Association, and is one of the AMA representatives overseeing the Physician Office Support Program coordinating the funding and implementation of EMR systems for physicians in his province. He has also been active in peer mentoring for EMR implementation.

Norman Yee, MD CCFP FCFP

Norman Yee

Norman opened a three-doctor practice in suburban Calgary that eventually grew from three to nine family doctors. He was the group's managing associate and IT leader in a fully electronic records practice environment. He now works as a family practice consultant and IT resource for a semi-private health care centre. Norman is a preceptor and lecturer in the undergraduate and postgraduate medical program at the University of Calgary's Department of Family Medicine.

In addition to being a consultant to the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Wellnet, Norman is a peer reviewer for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.