As of February 2012, the CIHC incorporated as a not for profit society. Leading up to the transition, the CIHC formed a Board of Directors. Below are the CIHC Directors as of April 2014.
Dr. John Gilbert is founding Principal & Professor Emeritus, College of Health Disciplines, University of British Columbia where he was also founding Director of the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, and Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences.
John has served on many provincial, national and international boards and currently is appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on British Columbia’s Patient Care Quality Review Board. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Interprofessional Care, and the Journal of Research in Interprofessional Education. He is Senior Scholar, WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Dalhousie University. He was Co-Chair of the WHO Study Group on Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice and currently serves on the WHO Steering Group on the Social Determinants of Health. He founded the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative and currently serves as its Co-Chair. John was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2009 and appointed a Member of the Order of Canada, (Canada’s highest civilian award) in July 2011 for his leadership in the development of interprofessional education as a central tenet in team-based collaborative patient-centered practice and care, nationally and globally.
He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in April 2012, and will receive an honourary Doctor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University in May 2016.
Dr. Lesley Bainbridge holds a master’s degree in education and an interdisciplinary doctoral degree with a focus on interprofessional health education. She is the Director, Interprofessional Education in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Principal, College of Health Disciplines at the University of British Columbia and has held these positions since 2005. She acted as Head of the Physical Therapy program and interim Director of the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, both at UBC, prior to her current positions and prior to that worked for 5 years as a clinical physical therapist and for 15 years in senior administrative positions in the health system.
Dr. Bainbridge’s areas of special interest are interprofessional health education (IPE), collaborative practice, leadership, evaluation of IPE, curriculum development related to IPE, interprofessional practice education and other areas related to IPE such as rural health, geriatrics and underserved populations.
Dr. Bainbridge has been, and is currently, principal or co-investigator on several Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund grants, Health Canada’s “Interprofessional Education for Collaborative Patient Centred Practice” project in BC, and several other research grants related to IPE, community teachers and shared decision making. She is involved with the Future of Medical Education in Canada and its recommendation related to inter and intraprofessional education and co-chaired the Standards Development Working Group for a national Accreditation for Inter-professional Health Education project. She has published in peer reviewed journals on IPE and informed shared decision making and has presented on IPE related topics at several national and international conferences.
Ivy Oandasan is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a part-time academic family physician practicing within the Toronto Western Family health Team. She has been involved in teaching and research since 1997.
Passionate about enhancing the education provided to health professional learners, Dr. Oandasan’s main scholarly area has been in curriculum development and research related to community oriented primary care, health advocacy and interprofessional education. In January of 2006, Dr. Oandasan was named the inaugural Director of the Office of Interprofessional Education at the University of Toronto (U of T). She held this leadership position for three years successfully fulfilling her mandate to develop the organizational structures and strategies to implement a mandatory IPE curriculum for the ten U of T health care discipline programs beginning in the Fall of 2009. In her role as Director she was able to catalyze relationships within and across hospitals and the university health science faculties to advance interprofessional education and interprofessional care.
Now as the Director of Education for the Division of Academic Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Dr Oandasan is responsible for supporting the implementation of family medicine education across the continuum of learning for family physicians (Undergraduate exposure to Family medicine, the delivery of Post-graduate Education and influencing learning in the early years of practice. The CFPC is the national certifying and accrediting body for family medicine in Canada. Her role at the College in leading and advancing change builds upon her work at the University of Toronto.
Dr.Oandasan has a solid academic track record publishing, presenting and acquiring research grants particularly focusing on educational scholarship within interprofessional education and family medicine education. Interested in the pursuit of educational policy at a systems level, Dr. Oandasan has been involved in a number of initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. She was the project lead for the Health Canada report describing the environmental scan and literature review to advance interprofessional education for collaborative patient centred practice in Canada. In October 2007 she was named the provincial co-lead for the Ontario Ministry of Health’s HealthForceOntario Interprofessional Care Project - Advancing a Blueprint for Action for Interprofessional Care. She continues to work at a provincial and national level to influence system change.
Her burning educational platform remains to foster a generation of competent and caring healthcare professionals who believe in the practice of interprofessional patient-centred care. Considered an expert in the field of Interprofessional Education, she grounds her knowledge and practice through her work as a clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator.
Dr. Ruby Grymonpre is a professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy. Ruby’s interest in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice (IPE&CP) stemmed from 25 years of experience in ‘Geriatric Pharmacy’ where her scholarly work involved an exploration of medication management issues in older adults and provided evidence to support the important role of the pharmacist on interprofessional geriatric teams.
The receipt of a $1.3 million dollar Health Canada grant for the project entitled: “Interprofessional Education in Geriatric Care” in 2005 marked a turning point in Dr. Grymonpre’s career. Between 2008-2015 Dr. Grymonpre was the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Coordinator for the University of Manitoba. Between 2007-2011 she was actively involved in the Health Canada funded Accreditation of Interprofessional Health Education (AIPHE) project, serving as the educator consultant and co-chair. Ruby has been a Steering Committee member of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) since its inception in 2005, a co-chair to the CIHC Evaluation subcommittee, and most recently appointed to the Board of the CIHC. She continues to publish and present her scholarly work in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, with a particular interest in program evaluation, IP clinical placements, bridging partnerships between academia and practice, and health human resource outcomes.