Emergency Preparedness Speakers 2018 – Spark Conferences

Emergency Preparedness Speakers 2018


Lili Brylowski Nestor 
Specialist, Emergency and Disaster Management
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS)

Lili Brylowski Nestor is the Emergency & Disaster Management Specialist for Hamilton Health Sciences(HHS), an academic teaching facility of 7 hospitals and numerous satellite centers. HHS serves as the regional centre for several services including burns trauma, cardiac, neurosurgery & pediatrics. It has more than 1,100 beds and 12,000 staff and physicians.

Lili has been with HHS since 1985 and coordinating the emergency & disaster management activities, planning and training staff since 2003. She chairs the Hamilton Halton Niagara Brant LHIN Emergency Preparedness Committee and manages a national website network for Hospital Emergency Managers. She is both a certified Emergency Manager and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Manager, and holds an Amateur Radio Operator license. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers, International Association of Emergency Management and Center for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness.

Stephanie Trowbridge 
Manager and Corporate Lead for Emergency Preparedness 
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH)

Stephanie has over 25 years of experience in healthcare, including leadership roles areas in, Emergency Preparedness, Infection Prevention and Control, project management, risk management and leading complex change initiatives.  Through her role in Emergency Preparedness she frequently consults and provides leadership to a number of corporate initiatives while working collaboratively with colleagues from Occupational Health and Safety, Nursing Practice, Security Services, and Risk/Legal & Medical Affairs.  Community partnerships include Hamilton Health Sciences, City of Hamilton, Hamilton Paramedic Services, and Hamilton Fire Department.  Collaborative partnerships have been the cornerstone to the success of the SJHH Emergency Preparedness Program.  Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and a Masters in Nursing-Advance Practice Leadership, from the University of Victoria.

Dr. Michael Cheatham
Trauma Surgeon and Chief Surgical Quality Officer
Orlando (Florida) Regional Medical Center

Dr. Michael L. Cheatham is the Chairman of the Orlando Health Surgical Group, Chief Surgical Quality Officer for Orlando Regional Medical Center, and the Academic Chair of the Department of Surgical Education. He is also a practicing acute care / trauma and burn surgeon at the Level I Trauma Center at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Cheatham graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science with Departmental Honors in 1985. He completed medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1989 and completed his General Surgery Residency training as well as a two-year Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in 1996. Dr. Cheatham has been on the faculty of the Department of Surgical Education at Orlando Health since 1996 and holds faculty appointments at the University of Florida, Florida State University, and University of Central Florida. He is board-certified in both general surgery (with added qualifications in surgical critical care) and neurologic critical care.

Dr. Cheatham has published over 200 abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters. His research interests include the cardiopulmonary effects of increased intra-abdominal and intrathoracic pressure, the use of advanced hemodynamic monitoring in critical illness, management and closure of the open abdomen, and the long-term health effects of abdominal decompression. Dr. Cheatham is Past-President of the World Society of the Abdominal Compartment Syndrome (WSACS).

For over 30 years, he has been active in medical missions and international disaster relief through Samaritan’s Purse / World Medical Mission and has worked in Africa, Asia, and South America. He serves on the Board of Directors for both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Dr. Cheatham and his fellow trauma surgeons were actively involved in the response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy on June 12, 2016.

Dr. Jay Coates
Medical Director
University Medical Center: Lions Burn Center

Dr.Coates is an Associate Professor with the UNLV School of Medicine in the Department of Surgery.

He is board certified as a general surgeon and in surgical critical care. Dr. Coates graduated as a DO from Des Moines University in 1995 and completed general surgery residency thru Michigan State University at Garden City Osteopathic hospital. He served as the inaugural trauma fellow at the University of Nevada School of Medicine at University Medical Center in Las Vegas and went on to complete a surgical critical care fellowship at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He joined as faculty with University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2002.

He also served as Program Director for the Surgical Critical Care fellowship for 10 years and helped in creating the nations’ first Acute Care Surgical fellowship. He served as Vice Chairman for the Trauma Department at UMC’s level 1 trauma center for 10 years until taking over as Medical Director for the Lion’s Regional Burn Center. He is an ATLS program director and has also served as a ringside physician for the Nevada Athletic Commission since 2008.

Elizabeth Vosburgh
VP, Human Resources and Quality
Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH)

Simon Bridgland
Emergency Management Specialist
Trillium Health Partners (THP)

Simon Bridgland is an Emergency Management Specialist at Trillium Health Partners, Canada’s largest community-based, academically affiliated hospital.

He has been a Registered Nurse since 1995 and has been actively involved in adult education since 1990.

Simon has been a provider of emergency care in both the hospital and pre-hospital settings.  He has an Honours Diploma in Nursing form Seneca College and a Diploma in Occupational Health Nursing from Mohawk College.  Simon was nominated for the 2004 Toronto Star Nightingale Nursing Awards in recognition of his work in nursing education and promoting staff safety.

Simon is passionate about health safety and believes that every employee deserves to go home to their family at the end of their shift.  He currently serves as a Senior Consultant with Enterprise Risk Management at Trillium Health Partners.  When not working, Simon spends his time with his beautiful wife, three children and his dog in Burlington, Ontario.

Andrew Moull
Emergency Preparedness Specialist
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital

Andrew Moull is the Emergency Preparedness Specialist for the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital. He has received a Master of Arts in History from the University of Waterloo and in 2014 completed his Masters of Disaster and Emergency Management at York University.

Andrew has been in Scarborough ever since. Andrew is a firm believer in empowering frontline staff, creating realistic and engaging exercises, and working with the hospital’s emergency service partners whenever possible. He has coordinated 2 successful functional active shooter exercises and several seminars with Toronto Police Services and aims to continue the tradition of holding them annually.

He is currently working on developing an in-depth training program for frontline leaders incorporating ongoing workshops, virtual simulations, and practical exercises.

Ruth Lichti
Registered Nurse
Northern Lights Regional Health Centre

Ruth has more than twenty seven years of healthcare experience including five years as an emergency medical technician (ambulance). She has spent more than twenty years working in the ER in Fort McMurray and more than fifteen years in labour/delivery. She is ACCN certified with extensive training in disaster preparedness.

She is a strong leader and is a wealth of knowledge and expertise in her areas of work. She is a well-respected mentor to junior staff. She holds a Master of Nursing from the University of Southern Queensland.

Ruth was the Charge Nurse in the ER on May 3, 2016, the day a hospital with over 100 patients was evacuated due to the wildfire that was threatening the city.

Kevin Magee
Former Member of the Board of Directors
Brant Community Healthcare System

Kevin Magee is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Brant Community Healthcare System.  Kevin Magee is also the National Director of Intelligent Cloud Emerging Technologies at Microsoft. Kevin has held previous positions leading the Public Sector vertical team at Palo Alto Networks and Healthcare teams at Oracle Canada and Hewlett Packard Canada.

Before changing careers to join the ranks of major corporations, Kevin held CTO and Vice President level positions with several technology startups focusing on healthcare and security solutions. A very active and enthusiastic participant in the Canadian startup community, he has served as a Mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence at Laurier University’s Launch Pad program, as an Advisor in the Life Sciences and Healthcare practice at MaRS, as an advisor to Hacking Health Canada, as well as guest lecturing and advising on curriculum development for cyber security, cybercrime and security awareness programs for several Canadian colleges, universities and industry associations.

Dr. Jeff Curtis
Chief Privacy Officer
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Jeff Curtis is the Chief Privacy Officer for Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, one of Canada’s preeminent acute care, research and teaching hospitals located in Toronto.

Jeff is a Director in the Hospital’s Information Services Group, responsible for information privacy assurance, freedom of information compliance, IT governance and risk management, and corporate strategic planning activities. Jeff was also seconded as the Privacy and Security Officer for the Hospital Diagnostic Imaging Repository Services (HDIRS) in Ontario, a diagnostic imaging repository for 35 hospitals across four local health regions.

Jeff was the Privacy and Security Lead for eHealth Ontario’s Diagnostic Imaging Common Services project, was a member of eHealth’s Identity, Access and Privacy Advisory Panel and has consulted to Canada Health Infoway on its Consent Management Advisory Panel and on its recent Blueprint Refresh Committee. Jeff is currently a member of eHealth Ontario’s Connecting Ontario privacy Committee.

Jeff has been a member of the Advisory Panel and a guest lecturer for the Osgoode Hall Law Society’s Certificate in Health Law, and regularly presents in public forums on IT governance, information technology risk, and the privacy and security implications for health care providers and patients. Jeff is currently a member of the Steering Committee to establish the Health Sector Critical Infrastructure and Cyber Security Network in conjunction with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Office of Emergency Response Services.

Jeff has worked in the information technology sector for the past 25 years and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), is Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and is Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC). In 2013 Jeff was recognized as a “Privacy by Design Ambassador” by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

Dr. Curtis has an undergraduate degree in Economics and an MBA from the University of Toronto, a MSc. in Business Management Research and a DBA from the University of Reading, U.K. Jeff’s research focus is on decision-making under uncertainty applied to information privacy and security control design and selection.

Gordon McBean
President, International Council for Science
, Governing Council, Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability
Chair, Policy, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography, Social Sciences Centre
Adjunct Research Professor, Departments of Geography and
Physics and Astronomy at Western University

Professor Gordon McBean is President of the International Council for Science (ICSU), Co-Chair of the Governing Council for Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability, Policy Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Professor Emeritus of Geography at Western University, London, Canada.

He was: Professor of Geography, Political Science and Physics at Western (2000-2015); Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment Canada (1994-2000) responsible for weather, climate and air quality sciences and services; Professor, Atmospheric-Oceanic Sciences, University of British Columbia (1988-94); and Senior Scientist in Environment Canada.  He has been very active internationally: Chair (1988-94), World Climate Research Programme; Lead author, IPCC Assessments 1990, 1995, 2007, 2012; Chair, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Program (2005-11); President, Global Environmental Change START International (capacity enhancement in Africa and Asia)(2009-15); and national scientific programs, including MEOPAR (2011- ) and member of Board of Directors, International Institute for Sustainable Development; Ontario Climate Consortium, Chair, Advisory Board (2011-16); Premier of Ontario’s Climate Change Advisory Panel, member (2007-12).  He is a Member of the Orders of Canada and of Ontario; Fellow: Royal Society of Canada; American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and Royal Canadian Geographical Society; and awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, shared for his contributions to the IPCC;  and awarded, in 2015: University of British Columbia Alumni Award of Distinction; American Geophysical Union Ambassador Award; and American Meteorological Society Cleveland Abbe Prize; and in 2017, 62nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize for outstanding contributions to meteorology, hydrology and geophysical sciences.

Among the many recent conference presentations:

  1. Addressing Disaster Resilience in the Global 2030 Agenda. Global Forum on Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience 2017, November 2017, Tokyo
  2. A Changing Climate: Increased Stresses on Human Health. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Sept 2017
  3. Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines: Investing in Climate and Disaster Resilience. Manila, January 2018.

Join the 2019 Speaker Roster!

Email Oana Matei at oana@sparkconferences.com with the proposed title and description of your presentation.

This is an opportunity to boost your own or your organization’s profile as a leader in the field and share your knowledge and experience with your colleagues from other health care organizations.

Sessions Format

The conference sessions are 45 minutes each.

Topics of Interest

We are always looking for new and innovative subject matter. Below is a sample list of potential sessions.

  • Case Studies: Lessons Learned from Organizations Who Have Been Through Natural and Human-Caused Disasters
  • Emergency Planning and Preparedness in Your Organization (Plan and Implementation)
  • Administration of Emergency Rooms in High-Casualty Events
  • Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing of Staff After Disasters

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