Meet Our Hub Leads and Knowledge Brokers

Our Regional Hubs play a vital role in mobilizing research and evidence-based clinical practices, facilitating institutional change, increasing awareness, and fostering a sense of urgency. At each Hub, Hub Leads and Knowledge Brokers work together to advance children’s pain management in their own institutions and support SKIP Affiliates and other children’s healthcare institutions.

SKIP Eastern Canada Hub

Allen Finley

MD, FRCPC, FAAP

Allen Finley is a pediatric anesthesiologist and an internationally-recognized expert in pediatric pain research and culturally-diverse environments. Dr. Finley holds the Dr. Stewart Wenning Chair Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pain Management at the IWK Health Centre, is the Director of the IWK Complex Pain Clinic and is a Professor of Anesthesia and Psychology at Dalhousie University. His research interests are pain management and pain service delivery for children both nationally and internationally.

 

Knowledge Broker

Laura Gibson

MA

Laura Gibson joins the SKIP team with a background in health policy and has experience working in the areas of research, emergency response planning, long-term and continuing care, as well as in-patient acute care. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in Health Policy Administration and has led province-wide policy development in her previous role at Alberta Health Services. Laura’s passion is for finding practical solutions to complex problems, her goal is to facilitate meaningful and enduring change in the Canadian health care system.

SKIP Francophone Hub

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Evelyne D. Trottier

MD, FRCPC

Evelyne Trottier is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Université de Montréal. Her primary interests are procedural pain management and knowledge translation. She is currently working on different studies on pain and distress management. She is responsible for the development of clinical practice guidelines on urgencehsj website for the paediatric emergency departments and is a member of the CPS Acute Care Committee. Her main interest is improving the patient experience through its care.

Marie-Joëlle Doré-Bergeron

MD, FRCPC

Marie-Joëlle Doré-Bergeron is a paediatrician at CHU Sainte-Justine and an Assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the Université de Montréal. She is the co-director of the chronic pain clinic and the co-director of the complex care program at CHU Sainte-Justine. She is interested in the improvement of procedural pain management for children being treated in hospital and in increasing the availability of resources for children with chronic pain, paying a special attention to resources available for French-speaking Canadians. She also has a particular interest in increasing the recognition of pain in children with severe neurological disabilities in the medical community.

Knowledge Broker

Sarah Loemba

BA

Sarah Loemba joins the SKIP team with her extensive background in community outreach as well as her diverse experiences working with youth. Prior to working with SKIP, she worked at CHU Sainte-Justine in healthcare administration where she closely collaborated to facilitate effective clinical staff management alongside many healthcare coordinators. Sarah completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology at the University of Ottawa and has also earned a certificate in Public Health. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in International Development Management. Along with her passion for health and education, Sarah is devoted to advocating for the promotion of better access and care for all communities on a national and international scale.

SKIP Central Canada Hub

Fiona Campbell

BSc, MD, FRCA(UK)

Fiona Campbell is a Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Toronto, Director of the Chronic Pain Program in the Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, and co-director of the SickKids Pain Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children. Fiona is Past-President of the Canadian Pain Society and Co-chair of Health Canada’s Canadian Pain Task Force, through which she is an advocate for a Canadian National Pain Strategy. 

Jennifer Stinson

RN-EC, PhD, CPNP, FAAN

Jennifer Stinson is a Nurse Clinician-Scientist in Child Health Evaluative Sciences, a Nurse Practitioner in the Chronic Pain Program at the Hospital for Sick Children, Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Pain Management, Research and Education and Professor (Status-Only) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stinson’s clinical work focuses on working with children and youth with chronic pain and their families as part of an interdisciplinary pain team in the Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at SickKids.

Knowledge Broker

Chad Larabie

BHSc (Hons), MHSc

Chad Larabie joins SKIP and SickKids with a wealth of experience in program development, partnership creation and community outreach. Having developed provincial networks and programs for a variety of vulnerable populations in the past Chad is passionate about unifying the stakeholder voice and harmonizing evidence-based messaging. Chad completed a Master’s degree in Health Sciences with a specialization in Neuroscience and has taken the Knowledge Translation Certification Course at U of T. Most recently, Chad has partnered with healthcare associations in Ontario to develop brain injury resources for primary care providers.

SKIP Children's Healthcare Canada Hub

Knowledge User Director, Hub Lead

Emily Gruenwoldt

Emily Gruenwoldt is the President & CEO of Children’s Healthcare Canada and Executive Director of the Pediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC), positions she has held for four years. Previous to these roles, Emily spent over ten years with the Canadian Medical Association in various Director-level roles including Professional Affairs, Physician Leadership Development, and Strategy & Innovation. Emily has significant health care governance experience having served two terms as a board member for each of Carefor Home & Health Services and The Ottawa Hospital, and one term at Arnprior Regional Health. Emily is also co-founder of Emerging Health Leaders.

Knowledge Broker

Paula Robeson

RN, MScN

Paula Robeson is delighted to join Children’s Healthcare Canada as the Senior Advisor, Knowledge Mobilization (KMb), and the SKIP Team as a national knowledge broker. Prior to joining Children’s Healthcare Canada, Paula was Director of Operations with Frayme, an international network focused on improving access to, quality of, and outcomes associated with youth mental health and substance use services. Paula also draws on over 30 years of experience in public health, health promotion, and population health and more than a decade as a knowledge mobilization specialist. Paula began her career as a neonatal nurse in her hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

SKIP Western Canada Hub

Samina Ali

MCDM, FRCP (PEM)

Samina Ali is Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Alberta, as well as a practicing pediatric emergency physician. She holds provincial and national funding for the study of children’s acute care and emergencies. Her research program is focused on improving children’s pain and distress, mainly as it relates to emergency department visits and procedures. She focuses her efforts on improving the pain experience for children in both hospitals and the community by determining what works best, and how best to help the community adopt better pain management. 

Knowledge Broker

Elise Reiter

PhD

Elise Reiter is an experienced researcher and knowledge mobilization professional who has led educational and improvement initiatives in both Canada and Germany. Drawing on her background in health promotion and engagement of underrepresented groups, Elise is passionate about understanding and overcoming barriers to children’s pain management through the co-development of initiatives with patients, families, and healthcare professionals. She is particularly interested in helping to empower families to advocate for better pain care on behalf of their children. 

Knowledge Broker

Megan MacNeil

MPH

Megan MacNeil joins the SKIP team with a broad range of experience in health system transformation having led numerous local, provincial and national programs. Prior to joining the team, Megan managed a provincial family health program, creating a new model of health service delivery that supported preventive, personalise and community-relevant care to Albertan families. She brings with her over 15 years of experience structuring quality programs and partnerships in the public health and digital health innovation fields. Megan is passionate about children’s health and helping families and caregivers have access to quality, evidence-based care where and when they need it.