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Hamilton and Area Chapter’s Dinner with a Difference Maker

February 29, 2024 @ 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM EST / HNE

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Event Details:

Location: 115 Hamilton Street North, Waterdown Ontario Canada L8B1A8

Enjoy networking in a relaxed atmosphere at the Watermark Taphouse and Grill. Five influential difference makers in our Chapter will be on hand to discuss their contributions and impact to the healthcare sector.

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Featured Difference Makers:

Gloria Jordan, CHE - CEO, Hamilton Family Health Team

Gloria is a leader, coach, and mentor who aims to live with bravery, conviction and belief in the human spirit, people and communities.

Gloria has served as the CEO of the Hamilton Family Health Team for the past year.  The organization partners with over 165 physicians across Hamilton with over 260 staff ranging from nurses, pharmacists, psychiatrists, registered dieticians, mental health counsellors, community outreach workers, health informatic specialists and the many supports that allow for team based primary healthcare to be possible.

The organization serves nearly half of the population with a vision of a Healthier Hamilton, is building partnership in the community to address some of the most pressing health and social challenges seen in decades.

Gloria also serves as an Executive and Leadership Coach and Consultant with a part time business, whose aim is to inspire people and communities to live and lead courageously. The business launched in 2017 and she has coached and mentored senior based leaders committed to embrace their full power and potential to lead fully aligned to their purpose. When leaders are clear on their purpose and aligned to this purpose they live with clarity and lead with a lightness of heart.

Gloria started her career as a critical care nurse with a passion to serve others.  Early in her career she moved into leadership positions within hospital settings in organizational development, quality, risk management and patient relations, strategic and operational planning.  Gloria served as a health care executive and management consultant with Deloitte and Touché and worked at the Ontario Medical Association inspiring physicians’ to effectively influence health care decision makers to make necessary health system changes to meet patient needs.  Gloria was an executive team member of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre and most recently at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network as Senior Director for Health System Integration and Executive Primary Health Care Lead.  Gloria, along with 6 community agencies within waterloo region founded the Inner-City Health Alliance – a collaboration dedicated to build community capacity and respond rapidly and effectively to the needs of those who are resilient, living in vulnerable conditions in the community.

Gloria is passionate about helping build capacity in communities underserved.  She has worked in developing countries, working with a non-Government agency in Sierra Leone, Africa to build and sustain a skill trade centres and solar power generation.  Gloria is committed to support people locally living in vulnerable conditions. There is a resiliency and wisdom we can learn from each other.

She has a Bachelor of science in nursing, a Masters of Health Administration and is a Certified Health Care Executive.

Mike Heenan - CEO, St. Joe's Healthcare Hamilton

Appointed in November 2023, Dr. Michael Heenan is the President of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, one of Ontario’s largest academic health sciences centres.  Previous to St. Joe’s, Dr. Heenan held executive leadership roles in a variety of hospital settings as well as serving as the Assistant Deputy Minister, Hospitals and Capital in Ontario’s Ministry of Health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A visionary, service-based, transparent leader who values engagement and collaboration, Dr. Heenan is widely respected across the province as a knowledgeable, resourceful, and community-minded health leader focused on quality and patient experience, with a deep understanding of hospital operations, the continuum of care, the importance of evidence-based research, and government planning and decision-making processes.

Mike is also a life-long learner having recently completed a PhD, has served as an Assistant Professor at McMaster University, and has published his work in several peer-reviewed journals.

Sue Phipps - CEO, CMHA, Hamilton

Sue Phipps is Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Hamilton Branch (CMHA Hamilton). Sue has 19 years of clinical success as a Registered Nurse serving people experiencing serious mental illness, problematic substance use, and homelessness both in hospital and in community. Sue holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Health Management from McMaster University. She finds inspiration in innovative partnerships and evidence-informed systems redesign to improve equitable access to quality care. Sue is Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Addictions Adult Secretariat for the Greater Hamilton Health Network and holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster University. As a founding member of McMaster’s Faculty of Social Sciences Community Research Platform, Sue has facilitated community mental health research in the areas of grief and loss, housing with intensive supports, peer support services, emotional labour, Recovery College, and stepped care. Sue also provides Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with the Centre for Rehabilitation and Health in Toronto, and is Chair on the Board of Directors for PATH Employment Services Hamilton. Prior to working in healthcare, Sue was a scenic painter for 10 years, creating large-scale murals and props. Painting remains one of Sue’s most effective tools for mindfulness practice and reflection.

Mila Ray-Daniels - CEO of Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario

Mila Ray-Daniels is the CEO of Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario (HIRO), Ontario’s largest community-based, rehabilitation provider serving people with moderate to severe brain injuries. She is an experienced leader with a background in health care, nonprofit governance and stakeholder relations. Her strategic and collaborative approach helped the agency successfully navigate the pandemic and position HIRO as a leading organization for people whose lives have been impacted by brain injury.

Mila has a Masters in Leadership, a Bilingual BA and a number of certifications including Corporate Communications, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Good Governance. She has been involved in the governance of several national and local organizations in the education, health and human service sectors. She and her family call Hamilton home.

Carla Girolametto - Director of Research & Innovation of Grand River Hospital

Carla Girolametto is the Director of Innovation, Research and Clinical Trials at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. She joined Grand River Hospital in 2003 and is responsible for advancing all innovation and research activities. Carla serves as a key link to strengthen Grand River Hospital’s research and innovation agenda in the context of Waterloo Region’s rich academic and health-tech ecosystem, including partnerships with the University of Waterloo and a variety of accelerators and incubators. Carla’s research interests include Human Factors and Health Systems. Carla holds a Master of Arts from the University of Venice, Italy and a Master of Science with a specialty in Clinical Research Administration from the George Washington University in the United States.


*Please note that dinner and drinks are at your own expense*