Speakers


Torben Rolfsen
Writer and Stand-Up Comedian

Torben is a Vancouver writer and stand-up comedian. He writes the award-winning daily humour column LIVE AT 5 at TheProvince.com/LiveAt5 and can be heard weekly on TEAM 1040 in Vancouver and TSN 690 in Montreal. He was a co-creator and producer of the long-running TV series The Electric Playground as well as a former marketing consultant to Silicon Valley, the video game industry and various dot-com companies he helped go bankrupt in the early 2000s.


Sarah Chapdelaine
Occupational Therapy Student, UBC

Sarah won the Health Talks Student Contest (view her essay here), in which students from across BC submitted their hope(s) for health care. A second year Masters of Occupational Therapy student, Sarah hopes for us to evolve the language used around suicide as it relates to mental illness so we can remove stigma, facilitate recovery for those at risk and help heal those left behind. Read Sarah’s full biography.


Lisa Sam
Community Health Nurse – Nak’azdli and Tl’azt’en Health Centres

Lisa is a member of the Lusilyoo (Frog) Clan from the community of Nak’azdli, which is located in Fort Saint James, and she loves her work. She does all the normal tasks of a CHN working to prevent illness but she likes to do things with a spin. Lisa loves educating people about health, not only about their physical bodies but also about how everything is inter-related. How we need a balance between all aspects of health in order to be truly healthy, and how this applies not only to the individual but also to the family and the community as a whole. Read Lisa’s full biography.


Ron Burnett
President + Vice-Chancellor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Ron has been President + Vice-Chancellor of Emily Carr University of Art + Design since 1996. In 2010, Dr. Burnett was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government and received the International Digital Media and Arts Association Outstanding Leadership Award. He received his BA, MA and PhD from McGill University in the areas of media arts, communications and cultural studies. He received the Order of Canada in December of 2013. Read Dr. Burnett’s full biography.


Jean Hamilton
Actress

Jean was born in Victoria BC in 1922. A true Canadian with Scottish heritage might just explain why this mother of 2, grandmother of 3 and great-grandmother of 1 has the face of an angel with the humour of a highlander. Currently on her 5th career, Jean was discovered at the ripe young age of 86 by Franks Red Hot Sauce and she’s been putting that “shit on everything” ever since. It’s hard to believe she has time to do anything outside of her new career as she’s done 5 commercials for Franks + many other iconic Canadian brands. Read Jean’s full biography.


Michael Park
Composer and Pianist

Michael’s compositions have been performed in Vancouver at the Sonic Boom Music Festival and the Songfire Festival of Song, as well as concerts presented by Music on Main, the Erato Ensemble, and pianist, Corey Hamm. His music has been presented in Winnipeg by Flipside Opera and the Contemporary Opera Lab, and in New York by Opera On Tap. Awarded the Gold Medal and BMO Advocacy Award, his opera, Diagnosis: Diabetes will be premiered during the Boston Metro Opera’s 2013-14 season. Read Michael’s full biography.


David Ostrow
President and Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health

David has been the President & Chief Executive Officer of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority since 2009. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and continues to conduct an outpatient practice in Pulmonary Diseases at the Vancouver General Hospital’s Lung Center. He is also Chair of the Western Healthcare CEO Forum. Read Dr. Ostrow’s full biography.


Audra Leopold
Licensed Practical Nurse

Audra has been a Licensed Practical Nurse for 25 years with experience in home care, long term care and, for the last 20 years, in acute care at Richmond Hospital. Audra has been involved with the Releasing Time to Care program (RT2C) at Richmond Hospital since it was first introduced in January 2012, and had the opportunity to participate in the presentation of RT2C at the 2013 Quality Forum. She is currently taking the LPN–RN bridging program through Athabasca University.