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Health Talks Presenter Profiles


Cathy Ulrich
President & CEO of Northern Health

Cathy Ulrich became president and chief executive officer of Northern Health on June 15 2007. Ms. Ulrich brings a wide range of experience and strong academic qualifications to the CEO’s position. She has spent the majority of her career in rural and northern locations where she gained a solid understanding of the nature of rural and northern communities, their health needs and concerns, and the unique approaches required to meet these needs. As Northern Health’s vice-president of clinical services and chief nursing officer from 2002 until her appointment as CEO in 2007, Ms. Ulrich successfully garnered and engaged resources for rural and northern health initiatives. She’s been actively engaged in health services research, teaching and graduate student support.


David Ng
Faculty Member at the Michael Smith Laboratories

David Ng is a geneticist, science literacy academic, writer, and faculty based at the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. You can find out more about his dabblings at and you can follow him on twitter @ng_dave. Of note: (1) he is partly responsible for the massive DNA helix emblazoned on his building’s facade; (2) his Dad beat up Bruce Lee; (3) his first foray into general publishing featured a unicorn on the front cover; and (4) his wife and kids are all exemplary.


Judy Graves

Homeless advocate for the City of Vancouver

As the City of Vancouver’s Homeless Advocate, Judy Graves has helped thousands of homeless people and brought about meaningful change in the delivery of social welfare in this province. She designed the city’s housing outreach program and has helped the homeless navigate bureaucracy and find affordable long-term accommodations for over 30 years. In 2009 she received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.


Judy Pryce

Member of the Patient Voices Network

Passionate about accessible, sustainable and affordable health care, Judy Pryce is an “activated member” of the Patient Voices Network. She lives with chronic pain and has direct personal experience with children’s mental health and care of frail elderly people. Judy’s work is leading large, transformational projects. She is a Principal with the Deetken Group, Managing Director of the myo Clinic, and serves as board director for the Victoria Foundation and Pain BC. Past positions include: Principal Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Associate Partner at IBM, Executive Director with the Province of BC and Auxiliary Constable with the RCMP.




Major General (Ret’d) Lise Mathieu
Former Commander of the Canadian Forces Health System

Lise is a fluently bilingual Certified Executive Coach whose professional life spans 35 years of leadership experience at all organizational levels – Commander of the Canadian Forces Health System, Executive Coach to numerous leaders in various industries, facilitator and coach at the governance level in health care organizations, coach/consultant in strategic leadership and planning, and teaching at the graduate studies level. Lise brings creativity and determination to the issues and  challenges facing her clients. She has the ability to be frank without being judgmental, and to give guidance without undermining accountability. She believes in people – this is why she coaches.




Naheed Dosani & Stephen Pomedli
Medical residents at the University of Toronto

Naheed Dosani is a second-year Family Medicine Resident with the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and serves as Co-Chief Resident of St. Michael’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. He teaches undergraduate medical students, represents his peers with the Family Medicine Residents Association of Toronto and is active with Students for Medicare. Naheed is passionate about the social determinants of health, inner city health, global health and social media.

Steve Pomedli is a second-year Family Medicine Resident with the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is particularly interested in health systems, policies and processes, and is engaged in health care innovation through technology and social media. He is excited to be undertaking a fellowship in Global Health & Vulnerable Populations through the University of Toronto during the upcoming year.




Steven Lewis
President of Access Consulting Ltd.

Steven Lewis is a health policy and research consultant based in Saskatoon and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at Simon Fraser University. Prior to resuming a full-time consulting practice he headed a health research granting agency and spent 7 years as CEO of the Health Services Utilization and Research Commission in Saskatchewan. He has served on various boards and committees, including the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council, the Health Council of Canada, and the editorial boards of several journals, including Open Medicine. He writes frequently on improving quality, equity, and performance in health care, and is the moderator of M.A.S.H. blog – Meaningful Analogies in Sports and Health.




Vincent Lam
Emergency physician and award-winning author of Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures

Dr. Vincent Lam is from the expatriate Chinese community of Vietnam and was born in Canada. Dr. Lam did his medical training in Toronto, and is an emergency physician in Toronto. He is a Lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He has also worked in international air evacuation and expedition medicine on Arctic and Antarctic ships.

Dr. Lam’s first book, Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures, won the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and has recently been adapted for television and broadcast on HBO Canada. Dr. Lam co-authored The Flu Pandemic and You, a non-fiction guide to influenza pandemics. The Headmaster’s Wager, Dr. Lam’s first novel, about a Chinese compulsive gambler and headmaster of an English school in Saigon during the Vietnam War, is published by Doubleday Canada. Dr. Lam’s biography of Tommy Douglas is published by Penguin Canada as part of the Extraordinary Canadians series.