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Dr. Sienna Casper, Assistant Professor, University of Lethbridge
Sienna Caspar received a B.Sc. in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of South Alabama in 1990. She has worked in long-term care facilities in both Canada and the United States for over 20 years as both a certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) and a consultant. She is the author of the MARRCC (Measurable Assessment in Recreation for Resident-Centred Care). From 2003 to 2007 she was a national trainer for the American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s Dementia Practice Guideline for the non-pharmacological treatment of disturbing behaviours.
In 2008, she received a MA in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University. Sienna’s thesis explored the relationship between care staff empowerment and the ability to provide person-centred care in long-term care settings. She continued to study this important topic at the University of British Columbia, where she completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program. As a postdoctoral fellow in a cross appointment at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/University Health Network and the University of Victoria, Sienna conducted an intervention study aimed at improving leadership and collaborative decision making in long-term care settings.
Currently, Sienna is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge in the Faculty of Health Sciences—Therapeutic Recreation program.
Matt Day, Professional Musician, Speaker, Musical Humourist
Matt Day is a professional musician, speaker and musical humourist who works with organizations to deliver exceptional, unique and engaging musical entertainment services. Matt believes that music can equally improve the quality of a corporate event as well as the quality of life of patients in health care settings.
Matt has worked with organizations such as The City of Edmonton, Epcor, Enbridge, Alberta Health Services, Global TV, Fairmont and more. In various bands Matt has performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II, former Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Barak, and even Sesame Street’s Big Bird. Matt’s CD’s have found their way into the hands of people like Alice Cooper and Stephen Harper and he has had radio play on CBC – most notably, the Vinyl Café.
He has emceed events such as The Canadian Home Builders Awards, The Edmonton Real Estate Board, Women of Distinction Awards, CARNA and for more than 25,000 at the City of Edmonton’s Canada 150 New Years extravaganza.
Matt holds degrees in music from Concordia University of Edmonton and MacEwan University. He also holds a coaching certification from the International Coaching Academy. Using current technologies, Matt has developed a unique music care program at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton called Audio Canvas. Matt was honoured with the 2012 Concordia University Alumnus award – which just means he finally paid his outstanding tuition fees and has no criminal record in Canada.
Matt rides a motorcycle, is known for hanging off high-rise buildings as a window cleaner and, on a more dangerous note, has successfully parented four teenagers.
Sandi Kossey, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Priorities, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
In her senior executive role with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI), Sandi Kossey leads national and international initiatives with governments, leaders, providers, patients and families to improve the quality and safety of healthcare. In November 2018, she was honored with a legislative appointment to the Board of Directors of the Health Quality Council of Alberta.
Sandi led the establishment of the National Patient Safety Consortium, an innovative large-scale transformational change initiative which resulted in unprecedented collaboration, policy and practice change, and improved outcomes and experiences for patients and providers across Canada. Drawing from her compassionate nature as a healthcare provider, she has championed partnering with patients and families for healthcare improvement and is honored to support Patients for Patient Safety Canada, CPSI’s patient-led program. Sandi is Director/Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Patient Safety and Patient Engagement. She also supports the CPSI Board’s Strategic Planning & Priorities Committee.
Sandi holds Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Master of Health Administration degrees and instructs at the University of Alberta. She currently serves on the Board of the Northern Alberta Chapter of the Canadian College of Health Leaders and has previously served on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Leadership Division.
Dr. Verna Yiu, President & CEO, Alberta Health Services
An accomplished leader in the academic and healthcare sectors, Dr. Verna Yiu has been involved in public sector governance for over two decades. She is currently President and CEO of Alberta Health Services (AHS), Canada’s first and largest province-wide health system that’s pioneering how care is provided to more than 4.2 million Albertans. AHS has been recognized as a national and international leader in many clinical and administrative areas, and was recently named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.
Dr. Yiu is guided by the principle that healthcare is a people business, built upon strong and collaborative relationships. Creating the stability and vision that people and organizations need to succeed, strengthened within the objectives of Quadruple Aim, have been hallmarks of her governance style – first in her role as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and now in her current role. Since taking the reins of AHS in January 2016, she has strengthened relationships with AHS’ many partners, including government; academic institutions; health foundations; the AHS workforce; patients, clients and families; and communities across Alberta. By doing so, AHS has bolstered community engagement, collaborated on world-class research, led the country in many health performance indicators and met budget targets – all with one of the leanest healthcare administrations in Canada.
Dr. Yiu previously served as Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer in AHS from 2012-2016. She has won numerous awards for teaching and clinical excellence. Dr. Yiu is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta and continues to practice as a pediatric nephrologist.
Marc Beaudoin, Professional Musician
Originally from Sept-Iles in Quebec, Marc Beaudin is a full-time professional musician. He has been part of Western Canada’s vibrant music scene for years. Marc received two Global Music Awards; in composition and recording category.
Early 2017 with ¡La Cueva!, Marc released a world music project of his compositions written while in Spain and South America. Subsequently, Marc also released “The Music of Eric Clapton”, an instrumental tribute to the great Eric Clapton. Previously, Marc Beaudin played with one of Canada’s best-known singers, Alfie Zappacosta. He also shared performances with Chucho Valdes, Maria Schneider, Hugh Fraser, Oscar Valdes – Diakara, the Canadian Chamber Orchestra, PJ Perry and Tommy Banks.
Compositions and musical arrangements of his have been recorded by Juno nominee Sandro Dominelli (Meet Me In The Alley, Alvo Sessions), WCMA nominee Don Berner (Fortress Of Solitude, Don Berner Sextet Live), The Canadian Tenors, Ronald Tremblay, Guy Hebert to name a few. As a former member of the Canadian Forces Music Branch, Marc had the opportunity and privilege to represent Canada with music all over the world (South Korea, Eastern Europe, Sweden, Holland, France, US). Marc is also involved in Alberta’s music community as leader of party band The Retrofitz (Entertainer of The Year Award).