Authentic Conversations

Due to extreme weather conditions and work/families being impacted, we will be canceling this event tomorrow and will look to reschedule in the future.

Join IPAC Toronto Region for a panel discussion.

Date: Tuesday, January 18th, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST



Anne O’Riordan
Patient Advisor, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

After a career in healthcare spanning 4 decades, as an occupational therapist and an educator at Queen’s University, Anne’s personal experiences as a patient and
caregiver led her to become a Patient Advisor at the Kingston Health Sciences
Centre in 2017.

A current member of its Patient Family Advisory Council, Anne also sits on the hospital’s Virtual Health Steering Committee, Accreditation Task Force, and Mental Health Program Council.

Anne is a Patient Partner in the Virtual Health Research Group based at Kingston General Hospital. At the community level, she sits on the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Roadmap to Wellness Task Force and co-chairs its Family Engagement Working Group and is part of the Community Council for the FLA-Ontario Health Team. Anne is pleased to be a Patient Partner with Canada Health Infoway and contributed to Digital Health Canada’s Virtual Care Maturity Model and Virtual Care Certificate Program. She is a member of the Virtual Care Expert Advisory Group on Patient-Reported Experience Measures with the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Anne strives to be a positive agent of change within the healthcare system,
encouraging healthcare providers to offer compassionate, responsive, accessible
care and caring in partnership with patients, caregivers, and families.

Haley Armstrong
Lead, Digital Health Literacy, Canada Health Infoway

Haley Armstrong is a Senior Specialist of Stakeholder Engagement at Canada Health Infoway, most recently leading the National Patient Digital Health Literacy Project, one of many initiatives led by Infoway after receiving the mandate from Health Canada in 2020. Prior to joining Infoway, Haley worked as a Senior Account Executive in Edelman Canada’s Health and Pharmaceutical Practice, as well as a range of different tech start-ups based in Toronto.

Dr. Adam Kassam
President, Ontario Medical Association

Dr. Adam Kassam is president of the OMA and a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician dedicated to sharing his knowledge with the medical community and the public.

Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Adam Kassam is passionate about improving his patients’ quality of life by helping them functionally recover from injuries affecting muscles, bones and nerves. Dr. Kassam is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation and a clinical associate at Sinai Health and Runnymede Healthcare Centre. Dr. Kassam has an undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University, an MD from Dartmouth Medical School, and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University.

Dr. Adam Kassam is president of the OMA and is dedicated to sharing his knowledge about public health, diversity and equity, and research and education with the medical community and the public. Dr. Kassam has written for CNN, The Atlantic, CBC and The Globe and Mail and has appeared on CTV, TVO, CPAC and Global News.

Dr. Kassam lives in Toronto with his wife, family physician Dr. Naila Kassam, and their blind rescue dog Freddy. He also enjoys playing golf and spending time with family.

Follow Dr. Kassam on Twitter @AdamKassamMD.

Parisa Mehrfar
Project Director, Women’s College Hospital (WCH)

Parisa Mehrfar is a Project Director at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), leading the expansion of Seamless Care Optimizing the Patient Experience (SCOPE Program) provincially. Prior to joining WCH, Parisa worked as an Integration and Planning Manager at Markham Stouffville Hospital, where she led the development of the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team. During this time, Parisa launched Ontario’s first Integrated Primary Care Program for Homebound Seniors in the Markham and Stouffville areas.

In addition, Parisa worked as an Integration Lead at Ontario Health-Central East Region and supported the development of a Health Equity Framework at OH. Parisa is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University. Parisa is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME).


Contact IPAC Toronto Region at [email protected] for any questions.

1/18/2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Eastern Standard Time