Catherine Yu is a Staff Endocrinologist at St. Michaels Hospital, Associate Professor of Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and Associate Scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. After completing her undergraduate and postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Toronto, she then completed a MHSc in Public Health. Her research focus is on the care of the patient with diabetes in the context of a health care team, revolving around the role of integrative health informatics tools, patient and clinician education and behaviour change, shared decision-making and medical humanities in improving quality of care. She has been Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several CIHR-funded projects. In addition, she is the past co-Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Dissemination and Implementation Committee of Diabetes Canada, where-in she has developed evidence-based and innovative strategies to put guidelines into practice across Canada.
Graham Macdonald is a PhD candidate in UBC Medicine’s Rehabilitation Science program, co-supervised by Drs. Linda Li and Laura Nimmon. Graham is a qualitative researcher, trained in social science theory and methodology. Formerly, Graham was employed as a research assistant at Arthritis Research Canada, and a research coordinator at UBC’s department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Graham’s interests include patient and public engagement in research and healthcare, medical anthropology and sociology, political economy of health, chronic illness, and disability.
Ms. Elliot PausJenssen is an older adult who feels fortunate to be able to work in retirement on issues she cared about during her years as social worker in geriatric assessment. These include senior-friendly health care and housing, age-friendly community development, human rights of older adults, elder abuse and senior-to-senior bullying. She has recently served on the Boards of the Saskatoon Council on Aging, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (external member) and continues to be an active volunteer with SCOA. She is a member of the newly formed SK Human Rights Commission Advisory Committee. She has engaged in participatory research on age-friendly Saskatoon (a citizen led initiative), promoting aging in place, peer bullying in seniors subsidized housing, and an intervention program to influence residents interactions. She values involvement in the SPOR Evidence Alliance and its Knowledge Translation Committee. Ms. PausJenssen has been married over 50 years, and has 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.