CNIS has a twelve-member board from across Canada which functions through 3 committees: Executive, Program, and Finance.
Dr. Samuel Bugis
Dr. Bugis is a General Surgeon with subspecialty training and expertise in Head and Neck and Endocrine Surgery. After General Surgery residency, he did a Clinical Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery as a Clinical Scholar at MacMaster University in Hamilton and a research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. He has been a recipient of the General Surgery Teacher of the Year award and was a Fellowship Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in General Surgery.In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Bugis has held numerous leadership positions including Medical Staff President at Royal Columbian Hospital and Chief of Surgery at Royal Columbian Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital. He has been Head, Section of General Surgery and Specialist representative on the BCMA Statutory Negotiating Committee. He is now the Executive Director, of the Physician and External Affairs, Doctors of BC, the BCMA.
Wylam Faught, MD
Wylam Faught is currently the Medical Head of The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer program, a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and a Clinical Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. An active member in the medical field, his leadership roles have included chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa; Residency Program Director ,Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Ottawa ; Coordinator ,Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trials,Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre ; Chief of Women’s Health, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Chief of Obstetrics/Gynecology/Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital; Regional Obstetrics & Gynecology , medical lead for the Champlain Maternal-Newborn program; Past-President of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada; a Past Board member of Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Wylam is also actively involved in Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Care, research and education, along with surgical skills teaching in Tanzania with the Canadian Network for International SurgeryIn October 2012 Wylam was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award.
Dr. Heather Scott
Obstetrical Co-Director, Reproductive Care Program of Nova ScotiaDr. Heather Scott is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dalhousie University. She is primarily a High-Risk Obstetrician (Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist) but is also the Obstetrical Director of the Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia. Recently she has become the Medical Director of the Global Health Unit in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dalhousie.Dr. Scott has worked in a number of African countries including South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ghana teaching and providing clinical care. She is an ALARM International instructor and is a member of the ALARM International Committee at the SOGC. She is also an instructor of the “Essential Surgical Skills” course developed by the CNIS. While on sabbatical in 2011, she worked for six months at the WHO in Geneva in the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Division developing a course entitled Essential Care During Labour and Childbirth and has continued to work intermittently as a consultant for the WHO. She was on sabbatical in South Africa from July to December 2014 where she worked as a consultant for the National Department of Health RSA and the UNFPA, evaluating the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in South Africa.
Dr. Ivar Mendez
Dr. Ivar Mendez is the Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Chairman of Surgery at
the University of Saskatchewan and the Unified Head of Surgery for the Province
As a Clinician/Scientist, Dr. Mendez is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in cell restoration procedures for brain repair and the use of remote presence robots for health care. He has pioneered the use of Remote Presence Robotic devices. In 2010, he established the first remote presence robotic program in the Canadian North to provide access to primary and specialized medical care to underserviced First Nations communities. Dr. Mendez has taken an active role in humanitarian and global health issues. He has been instrumental in establishing and equipping neurosurgical units in several developing countries. Through the Ivar Mendez
International Foundation, he has instituted programs for school breakfast, dental care and computer education in his native Bolivia. For his pioneering work in the use of remote presence devices to deliver health care to underserviced populations, Dr. Mendez received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 2010 and in 2011 the Health Canada Award for Contribution to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians. In 2016, he received the Government of Canada Public Service Award of Excellence for the use of remote presence robotic technology to improve healthcare in the North.
Kathy O'Donoghue is an experienced software development leader, with a background in Computer Science and over 20 years of shipping commercial technology products. Kathy has been working with CNIS since 2016 on the Digital MOST and TBSI projects. Kathy is the Chair of the CNIS Digital Advisory Committee.
Kathy helps companies bring digital products to market. Whether it's a new idea, a pivot or an existing product that needs traction, Kathy works across organizations and disciplines to plan Digital RoadMaps and get teams on the path to building and deploying technology products and solutions.
Kathy's background spans gaming, mobile apps, big data and consumer packaged goods. Working with industry leaders such as Electronic Arts, Crystal Decisions, Pfizer, Conquer Mobile and Digital Payment Technologies. Kathy has managed teams of 100+, managed an $80M annual revenue product and has been involved in 7 acquisitions. Her specialty is taking on products with potential to scale. Having recently led the development of a successful research app for Parkinson's patients, Kathy is always on the lookout for opportunities to develop apps with impact and is inspired by the potential for CNIS to impact global health.
Dr. Hassan Shenassa
Dr. Shenassa graduated from the University of Ottawa Obstetrics and Gynecology program and then spent two years in Fellowship training in Advanced Pelvic Floor and uro-gynecology surgery and minimally-invasive gynecology in Canada, United States and France. His main areas of interest are pelvic floor and minimally-invasive surgeries and cervical pathology. His research and education interests are focused on patient safety and surgical education as well as capacity building and knowledge-transfer within the international medical community. Dr. Shenassa is the director of International Women’s Health at the Ottawa Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology department, is the Co-Chair of the International Women’s Health (IWH) at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and is a CNIS board member. Dr. Shenassa’s areas of expertise involve program development in the developing world with emphasis on sexual health, labor management and operative delivery. Dr. Shenassa is the medical team leader for the Surgical Obstetrical Team (S.O.T), a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to helping moms and babies through complex operative deliveries. He is the founder and Executive Director of Oister Global, an organization dedicated to work with professional associations, NGO’s and health practitioners in developing nations to improve the quality of women’s health care through transfer of obstetrical, surgical and perioperative care skills. He is the Medical Director of Gynecology program as well as the Colposcopy program at the Harmony Health Centre in Ottawa. Dr. Shenassa brings his advocacy for women’s health into all aspects of his work to improve maternal and newborn health.
Dr. Andrew Howard
Dr. Howard is a paediatricorthopaedic surgeon who has a large and diverse clinical practice. His clinical interests include complex orthopaedic trauma and surgery for spinal and lower extremity deformities. In addition to his surgical training, he holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology (1998) from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Howard sits on the executive committee of Safekids Canada.Dr. Howard's research focuses on prevention of road traffic injuries to children, which are overwhelmingly the leading cause of death for children in developed countries. Dr. Howard studies the biomechanics and epidemiology of child motor vehicle occupant injuries. This work is done in close cooperation with the Road Safety branch of Transport Canada and is unique in Canada. He is a member of the Auto21 Network of centers of excellence, leading a project on computer simulation of children's crash injuries.Dr. Howard also studies the epidemiology of other major categories of unintentional childhood injury, including pedestrian and cyclist injuries, falls, and sports injuries. He has worked with the Toronto District School Board to study the relationship between playground equipment and injury risk, and is carrying out a randomized trial in this area.Dr. Howard also does research on the prevention and treatment of unintentional injury to children in low-income countries, and is the Director of the Office of International Surgery and of the Canadian Network for International Surgery.Dr. Howard's recent publications can be found here.
Dr. Rebeca Rivera
Dr. Rebeca Rivera works as a General Obstetrician Gynecologist at Richmond Hospital, BritishColumbia, and is a Clinical Faculty Instructor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC. She attended medical school and residency at the University of British Columbia, which is where she first became a member of CNIS. Rebeca became a certified FIRST instructor and volunteered with CNIS in Tanzania in 2014. She is also an ALARM/AIP instructor with the SOGCmost recently in El Salvador, her country of origin.
Dr. William (Bill) Pollett
Dr. William (Bill) Pollett is currently a professor of surgery at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a consultant surgeon at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, a teaching Hospital under the direction of Eastern Health, the largest health care organization in Newfoundland and Labrador.
He has served as the Chairman of the Discipline of Surgery at Memorial University of Newfoundland and as Clinical Chief of Surgery for Eastern Health. He has been an active member of a number of local, national and international organizations. Past positions have included the Presidencies of Medical Staff, General Hospital, St. John’s Newfoundland; Newfoundland Surgical Society, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, The Canadian Association of University Surgeons and the Surgeons Travel Club. He has served on a number of committees of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada including multiple Accreditation Teams.
He has been actively involved with the Canadian Network for International Surgery since 2009 and has served as an Instructor at ESS, FIRST and Hernia Repair Courses. He has taught CNIS Courses in Mekele, Ethiopia and Mwanza in Tanzania.
Dr. Lauren Zolpys is a staff anesthesiologist with the Vancouver Island Health Authority in Victoria, and a clinical instructor in UBC’s Department of Anesthesiology. She earned her medical doctorate from UBC in 2009, and completed her residency in anesthesiology at Dalhousie University in 2014. She is serving on the CNIS board as the representative from the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF).