Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Makoki

Dr. James Makokis is a proud Cree from the Saddle Lake First Nation in Northern Alberta. James received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Nutrition and Food Sciences from University of Alberta and holds a Masters of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) in Community Nutrition from the University of Toronto. Dr. James Makokis also holds Doctorate in Medicine (M.D) from the University of Ottawa. Dr. James Makokis received certification from the Aboriginal Family Medicine Training Program, University of British Columbia.

It was through his connection to Cree ceremonies and the support of the Indigenous community that helped him overcome these adversities and reclaim his space as a member of the Two-spirit Q-mmunity.  Two-spirit is a contemporary term describing gender and sexual diversity in Indigenous Communities. Dr. Makokis has a strong interest in addressing the inequities within the LGBTQ2S space. His clinical practice focuses on serving the needs of Transgender peoples. Dr. James Makokis is an active volunteer and currently serves on several boards including the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto, and McEwan University’s Indigenous Advisory Council.  He was formerly the co-chair of the inaugural Indigenous Wisdom Council of Alberta Health Services, board member of Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), revived and led the Two Spirit Circle of Edmonton Society, and served in the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. James is also the recipient of the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Special Youth Award. This is the highest formal recognition bestowed upon individual from Indigenous communities.


Dr. Allison Crawford

Dr. Allison Crawford is co-Chair of ECHO Ontario Mental Health.  She is a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, where she is the Director of the Northern Psychiatric Outreach Program and Telepsychiatry at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She has worked as a psychiatrist in Nunavut for 10 years.  Her research focus is on outreach and transcultural psychiatry, including: issues related to access and equity; cultural safety; collaborative and community-based care; and technology. Current projects include: consulting to Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, with the Mental Health Commission of Canada, to create a Canadian National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy; and developing online educational resources on Inuit cultural safety and trauma-informed care ( She is on the Scientific Advisory Group to the Arctic Council, and consults to the Inuit Circumpolar Council.


Kahontakwas Diane Longboat

Diane is a member of the Turtle Clan and Mohawk Nation. She is a ceremonial leader, traditional teacher and healer. She has served as Elder for CAMH since January of 2014.  Diane is founder of Soul of the Mother. She is a professional educator with a Master’s degree in education and has taught at universities nationally and internationally on the topic of traditional Indigenous knowledge systems and spirituality as the fuel for innovation. She possesses an in-depth understanding of Indigenous history, loss and trauma, as well as the resiliency factors that are embedded in culture and knowledge systems. She has published extensively and written numerous reports on Indigenous education and law for the Assembly of First Nations and the Chiefs of Ontario.


Renee Linklater

Renee Linklater, PhD., is the Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Linklater is a member of Rainy River First Nations in northwestern Ontario. She has 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal healing agencies and First Nation communities. She has worked across the health and education sectors as a frontline worker, program evaluator, curriculum developer, educator/trainer and researcher. She is an international speaker on trauma and healing, and is author of Decolonizing Trauma Work: Indigenous Stories and Strategies. She is Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach for the Provincial System Support Program at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.


Community Participant Panelist:

Virginia Bateman

Virginia Bateman works for the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN and MHAN as a Mental Health and Addiction Nurse. Ginny has been a registered nurse for over thirty years both in the pediatric hospital setting at MUMC in Hamilton as well as in community setting in the Waterloo Region. Her nursing education includes a Parish Nursing certificate which enhances a holistic nursing approach for mental health and wellbeing. Ginny is a wife and mother of four adult children and Enjoys her time reading, travelling  and walking her dog Lucy.



Dr. Alicia (Lee) Donohue

Dr. Lee Donohue has been a family doctor in Ottawa for more than 25 years. She is also a Champlain Regional Primary Care Cancer Lead and an OntarioMD Peer Leader and is an active leader in local, provincial and national medical associations. To support her keen interest in population health, Dr. Donohue completed her Master of Health Science (MHSc) in health promotion at the University of Toronto, and additional training in leadership, quality, and patient safety from York University’s Schulich School of Business and University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. Dr. Donohue is also interested in learning collaboratives as a way to share knowledge and tools in clinical practice. She advocates to reduce inequity and improve patient care. Dr. Donohue assists in health-system policy development with a focus on quality improvement, privacy and data sharing.


Lily Spanjevic

Lily has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatric-Medicine at Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington for the past 11 years. She is part of their Geriatric Consultation team and Clinical Lead for two Hospital to Home Programs called the Integrated Comprehensive Care for  patients with Heart Failure and COPD, and INSPIRED program for patients with advanced COPD, as well an outpatient pulmonary rehab program called Breathe Easy COPD Program at Wellness House.  Her and her team are currently part of CFHI’s pan Canadian collaborative on spreading and scaling the INSPIRED Program with a focus on implementing the program across three Family Health Teams in Halton.  She is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences, School of Nursing at McMaster University. She has presented at national and provincial conferences on her work implementing quality improvement programs and chronic disease management.  She is a mentor with the Canadian Nurses Association to support nurses in obtaining certification within their nursing specialty.


Ravinder Banait

Ravinder Banait is a registered pharmacist currently working with the Dufferin Area Family Health Team in Orangeville.  She has worked in hospital and retail setting as well. She is involved with continuing education for Pharmacists and Pharmacy students both at UofT Pharmacy and thru Ontario Pharmacists Association. Currently she is involved in the chronic pain program, primary memory clinic, smoking cessation and is quite passionate about de-prescribing.




Using ECHO in the Education system:

Canyon Hardesty

Canyon Hardesty, M.S., CHES, is the Director of Community Education at the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND). She holds an M.S. in Health Care Ethics from Creighton University and an M.S. in Health Education from the University of Wyoming.  Ms. Hardesty is also adjunct faculty at the University of Utah, Department of Pediatrics.  Canyon has worked at the WIND since 2013 and has been involved in the translation of ECHO from health to education.

Canyon oversees programs, training and technical assistance related to health, education, early intervention and assistive technology.  She is exploring new delivery platforms and audience-targeted trainings to provide continuing education for educators and health professionals.  Her background in health and health care ethics provides a rich and welcome perspective to the Wyoming Vision Collaborative, Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center, Wyoming Act Early, Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, and related programs, as well as health-related program development.


Sandra Root-Elledge

Sandy Root-Elledge, M.A. is the Executive Director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and Director of University of Wyoming ECHO, University of Wyoming.  Originally hired in 2004 as the coordinator of community education, Sandy has also served as the associate and interim director of WIND.  Her most recent work includes the translation of the Project ECHO model for building professional capacity in health care for use in education, which earned the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities’ designation as an ECHO Institute™ superhub.

Sandy also directs Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, the state’s Assistive Technology Act program, UW ECHO, the Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center, and the Wyoming Accessibility Center – which provides services designed to increase access to information and community for individuals with disabilities.

As the parent of two adult-age children with disabilities, she provides that perspective to her work and partnerships with state agencies and organizations, including the Wyoming Departments of Health, Workforce Services, Education and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.


Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam

Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto the Vice President, Education at CAMH in July 2018. He is currently the co-lead for the ECHO Ontario Mental Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental and Health and the University of Toronto. He is the Director of Curriculum Renewal for the Medical Psychiatry Alliance, systems and education initiative building capacity in integrated physical and mental health care.

Dr. Sockalingam has >125 peer-reviewed publications and is a lead investigator on several peer-reviewed clinical and medical education grants. His clinical research interests are focused on C-L Psychiatry, specifically obesity and mental health. His education research is focused on training for managing complexity, alignment of quality improvement and continuing professional development, and understanding factors influencing lifelong learning in practice. He has been the recipient of several national and international education awards including the 2018 Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry (ACLP) Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in C-L Psychiatry Education and the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry of Canada Award for Excellence in Education.


Dr. Maria Mylopoulous

Dr. Maria Mylopoulos is a Scientist and Associate Director of Training Programs at the Wilson Centre, Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at UofT, and a Curriculum Scientist for the Undergraduate Medical Education & Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA). Maria’s research program explores the development and maintenance of expertise, with a particular focus on how health professionals deal with uncertainty, novelty and complexity in their daily clinical problem solving. The aim of her research is to evolve understanding of the knowledge and capabilities that underpin this facet of expertise as it occurs in real-world contexts using theoretical frameworks of clinical reasoning and adaptive expertise. The ultimate goal of her research is to translate this understanding to educational design that promotes the development of exceptional clinicians who are able to handle the complexities and challenges of the healthcare workplace.


Dr. John Flannery

Dr. John Flannery is the Medical Director of the Musculoskeletal (MSK) Rehabilitation Program at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2014, he was awarded the title of best Physical Medicine and Rehab doctor in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine. His wide range of expertise focuses mainly on complex rehabilitation (amputee, SCI, ABI, burn, polytrauma and peripheral nerve injury) with particular focus in complex musculoskeletal disease and chronic pain during the past 16 years. Dr. Flannery is Co-Director of the Comprehensive Integrated Pain Program at University Health Network, as well the Operations Committee Lead and Executive Committee Member of Project ECHO Ontario Pain Program, which help chronic pain patients across Ontario. He is Co-Chair of the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain Education Sub Committee and sits on numerous other committees, including the Toronto Academic Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI) and the Committee for Provincial Low Back Pain: Interprofessional Spine Assessment and Education Centres.

Eva Serhal

Eva Serhal, MBA, Manager, Telepsychiatry and ECHO Ontario Mental Health at CAMH and University of Toronto. In her role as the manager of ECHO Ontario Mental Health, Eva has helped plan and implement the project and liaise with the MOHLTC to ensure successful execution and expansion. In addition, Eva has helped establish a global collaborative to support the growth and alignment of mental health and addiction ECHOs throughout the world. Eva has an MBA and is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research at U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.



Saad Rais

Saad Rais is the inaugural data scientist for the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, he has been entrusted with the ambitious task of establishing a data science capacity in the Ministry. His vision of this capacity is to transform Ontario’s healthcare system through smarter use of resources, smarter processes, and smarter healthcare. Currently, he is also an instructor at the University of Toronto for their Data Science certificate program. In his previous role at the Ministry as a senior methodologist, he specialized in the development of forecasting models and visual analytics products to support evidence-based decision making in the Ministry. He has also worked at Statistics Canada as a survey methodologist, playing a key role in the development of the Services Producer Price Index. Saad Rais has been invited to participate at several forums including Big Data & Analytics Summit, McKinsey’s Hackathon, International Conference on Establishment Surveys, and the Ontario Regional Trauma Networks Forum. He has also presented my work and research at several conferences including the Statistical Society of Canada Annual Meeting, Health Data Users Conference, Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research Conference, and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences Rounds.

Dr. Nicole Kozloff

Dr. Nicole Kozloff, MD, SM, FRCPC is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Clinician-Scientist in the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She also consults to community agencies providing mental health services to youth. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (IC/ES). Dr. Kozloff studies mental health services for transition-age youth with serious mental illness. She has a particular interest in vulnerable populations, including homeless youth. She uses a variety of methods in her research, including analysis of health administrative databases and large surveys, pragmatic clinical trials and qualitative analysis. Her work aims to improve access to and delivery of effective and appropriate services for young people with serious mental illness.


Lisa Sokoloff

Lisa is the Manager, Training & Simulation at Baycrest’s Centre for Education and Knowledge Exchange in Aging. She received her undergraduate degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Western Ontario (1987) and her Master of Science (Speech Pathology) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1989). She is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. Lisa has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist with adults and geriatrics since 1989. She has published and presented internationally in the areas of speech pathology, swallowing disorders and education. Lisa has Lecturer status in the Department of Speech Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and also teaches at Humber College in the OTA/PTA program. Prior to this role, Lisa held a dual role as Manager & Professional Practice Chief, Speech Pathology and Specialist, International Relations and Interprofessional Education at Baycrest.


Vanessa Mooney

Continuing Education Manager at Nurse Practitioners’ Association of Ontario (NPAO).

Thiyake Rajaratnam

Thiyake Rajaratnam is a Research Analyst at CAMH.