Panel Discussions

Over the course of the day, on the Grand Stage, we’ll be holding panel discussions with leading experts on important topics:

Wait Times & Unattached Patients

carlrichardsModerator: Carl Richards
Carl Richards is a broadcaster, Speech Coach and Professional Speaker.  He’s also the host of momondays in Kingston which brings real people and real stories to a LIVE show every month.  Through positive and effective coaching, Carl helps people find their voice and gain confidence to be stronger speakers and more effective leaders. He’s coached a diverse group of individuals with speaking, from students to business professionals.  His workshops and seminars are educational and informative…his messages of inspiration move audiences to action!

Meet the Panelists:

Karen Morrison
47 year old wife and mother to 2 teenagers
Breast Cancer Survivor
Suffering from severe chronic esophageal nerve pain
Recently referred to the pain management clinic, and told it is a minimum 12 month wait time

Dr Alan Drummond
Past president, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians; Former Section Chair, OMA Section on Emergency Medicine; Current Chair, Public Affairs, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Mary Fernando

Sometimes it starts with a story. For Mary it began when more of her patients had more difficulty getting safe and timely healthcare but solidified when one of her patients, an elderly man, found himself waiting for months for cancer treatment. He would stay awake at night and imagine where the cancer was spreading. He never had much money but he had always carefully paid his taxes, trusting that the Canadian health care system would always keep him safe. His lifelong confidence was shaken by the lack of resources and he asked a crucial question: what have they done with all the money I gave them?

This story of trust broken sent Mary on a journey of research and advocacy. She has written articles, worked with the Medical Post on physician retention, been on the executive of the Academy of Medicine of Ottawa and OMA council and has presented to the House of Commons Human Resource committee and taken issues of physician retention to the Senate of Canada.

Mary is now writing a book and no longer practicing medicine, but she remains an active advocate for improving health care in Canada.

Lisa Damiano
Graduate of the Collaborative St Lawrence College and Laurentian University Registered Nurse Degree Program. Active in ICU KGH and local Federal Penitentiaries. Personal experiences with healthcare system in Kingston as a GI patient. Experienced the difficulty in accessing care on a timely, reliable and consistent basis. Can attest to the quality of care once access achieved. Enjoys community sports.

Bill 41

leuprecht_christian-media3Moderator: Dr. Christian Leuprecht
Christian Leuprecht is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, and cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University where he is also a fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations and the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, Christian Leuprecht’s award-winning publications have appeared in English, German, French, and Spanish, and include a dozen books as well as over 60 scholarly articles and book chapters . He is a frequent commentator in national and international media.

Meet the Panelists:

Elizabeth Jones
A graduate of Shaw Business College, Ms. Jones has served as Vice President of the Energy and Power Worker Bargaining Committee. Having completed many WSIB workers advocate courses, she represented and advocated for disabled and injured workers as well as the mentally ill for some 25 years. In 1993 Ms. Jones established Disability Consultants Incorporated, from which she retired in 2013.
Ms Jones became acutely aware of the depressing frustration patients were subjected to
by a seemingly indifferent bureaucratic process. Patients waiting extremely long times to see a specialist, to have home care approved and initiated, to cover the cost of expensive drugs, and then experiencing the long wait for an appeal to cover costs incurred are all issues Ms. Jones is acutely aware of and strives to solve.

Karin Howard
Karin D. Howard, Hons. B.Sc. (Guelph), LL.B (Ottawa).
Karin is an advocate for better governance and politics at all levels. She has worked in government, private law practice, as a law professor and as a city councillor. Her ongoing LL.M. thesis research (at Queen’s) in public law centres on accountability of the executive branch. Karin has examined case studies of accountability initiatives at the city, federal, tribunal, US, and international levels.

Nadia Alam
Dr. Nadia Alam is, at heart, a small-town Family Doctor and Anesthesiologist. Over the past few years, she has seen more and more patients falling through more and more cracks in Ontario’s healthcare system. So she felt compelled to speak up. She became a prominent voice in medical politics and healthcare advocacy. She served for one year as co-leader of Concerned Ontario Doctors. She has and continues to publish articles in the Huffington Post Canada, The Toronto Sun, and The Medical Post, among others. She has interviewed on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, CBC MetroMorning with Matt Galloway, CTV with Paul Bliss, The John Oakley Show, the Kelly Cutrara show, CBC Ontario Morning and Saaz O’Awaaz with Arifa Muzaffar. She was a principal presenter at the OMA’s 2016 General Members Meeting and has spoken often to other medical interest groups about physician advocacy. She sees herself as one of many voices for the lived experience of thousands of frontline Ontario physicians who quietly serve their patients in a system that has become disjointed and dysfunctional.

Paul Huras
The founding Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), provides leadership for the LHIN’s responsibilities of local health system planning, community engagement, allotting funds, monitoring the performance of health services providers in the South East health system and in engaging the South East community and their health care stakeholders.  With over 30 years of leadership roles in health care.

Sophie Kiwala
Sophie Kiwala is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Kingston and the Islands. She currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, as well as to the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Sophie was previously Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

MPP Kiwala regrets that she is not able to attend the panel discussion in person as the Legislature is in session that day. A representative will read a statement from the MPP and the public is encouraged to write to the Clerk of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly, Trevor Day ( by the end of day November 23rd with any comments or concerns about Bill 41. Residents of Kingston and the Islands may also write directly to MPP Kiwala at

Presentation: Are We Beyond a Single Payer System?

Meet the speaker:

Dr. Alykhan Abdulla
BSc, MD, LMCC, CCFP, DipSportMed CASEM, FCFP, CTH (ISTM), CCPE, Master Cert Physician Leadership
Dr. Abdulla initially started in genetic and biochemical engineering then moved onto family and sports and travel medicine through the Universities of Calgary, Toronto, and Ottawa. Presently, he is a specialty consultant in sports medicine, family and community medicine, and medical management, assistant professor The University of Ottawa Department of Family Medicine, medical director, medical writer and lecturer, published poet and practicing physician. He is also well known in the areas of movie and television, dance, and modeling medicine. He frequently is called upon for radio and television interviews. He is past President of the Academy of Medicine Ottawa, Vice Chair of the Health Links in HLA 6 Champlain, Champlain Clinician Lead for cNEO, Chair of the OMA Audit committee. He is Winner of the Top 40 Under 40 2007 from The Ottawa Business Journal. Winner of The Outstanding Family Physician of the Year 2008 for Eastern Ontario by the Ontario College of Family Physicians, and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Service medal. He volunteers on the Rockcliffe Village Foundation, Champlain LHIN Health Professionals Advisory Board and the Manotick BIA.

Note: Select panelists from previous panels return to respond to questions from the Audience to follow this presentation.