SCPOR's Oversight Committee

The SCPOR Oversight Committee represents the SCPOR stakeholder organizations with the goal of bringing the best of what each has to offer the SCPOR organization, while upholding SCPOR Core Values. The Oversight Committee consists of patient/family advisors, with representation from rural and Indigenous communities; members from the Ministry of Health; Saskatchewan Health Authority; Ministry of Advanced Education; UofR; UofS; College of Medicine; Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation; eHealth Saskatchewan; HQC; IPHRC; and the SCPOR Executive Director (non-voting).

The Oversight Committee will function as a policy leadership board with primary responsibility for providing strategic oversight and direction to SCPOR in the best interests of POR in Saskatchewan. It acts as an advocate for SCPOR in the province.

Below are the members, current as of September 2018.

Shaylene Salazar
VP – Strategy, Quality & Risk Management, eHealth Saskatchewan
As the Vice President of Strategy, Quality and Risk Management for eHealth Saskatchewan, Shaylene oversees enterprise risk management (including privacy, security and patient safety), legal and policy, information governance, analytics, health registry services, and vital statistics.
Shaylene brings several years of experience in senior roles in the provincial government. She spent over a decade leading the planning, negotiation, implementation, and processing of insured health services at the Ministry of Health. She also led and directed the analysis, development and implementation of various policies and programs.

Sandra Blevins, RN, BScN, MBA, CHE
Dean, School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences
Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sandra, a passionate and authentic leader has looked upon her extensive career in health leadership to be a privilege to serve and a living lab for lifelong learning.  As a senior executive of the former Saskatoon Health Region the opportunities to work with many staff, physicians, educators, researchers and leaders to challenge the status quo, steward, innovate and coach to ultimately provide a high quality experience for the people who were served was a true privilege.  Recently joining Saskatchewan Polytech as the Dean of the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences, Sandra is delighted and thrilled to be leading a team of faculty and students who will influence and inspire the next generation of health care professionals to provide exceptional care and service.    Her participation in the Boards of the YWCA of Saskatoon and Sanctum aligns with the true privilege of serving and is personally very fulfilling.

Petrina McGrath RN PhD 
Executive Director, Quality and Safety.

Petrina served as the Vice President of People, Practice and Quality for the Saskatoon Health Region. Providing leadership in the areas of Strategy; Quality; Patient and Staff Safety; Professional Practice, Education and Research; Organizational Learning and Leadership; and Human Resources.
Throughout her career, Petrina has been a committed leader, educator and researcher in the areas Patient Family Centered Care, Quality, Safety, and Inter professional Practice. With experience in several Canadian academic healthcare organizations.
Dr. McGrath received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan and her Masters of Nursing at the University of Toronto and her PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. She is a certified Lean Leader and was the internal coach for the Kaizen Fellow Program.
She is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Nursing and core faculty in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Chief Quality Officer Program.
Petrina sits on the board of Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation and Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health and is the inaugural chairperson of the Oversight Committee for the Saskatchewan Center for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR).
Petrina is excited to be supporting individuals and teams across the Saskatchewan Health Authority in their continuous improvement journey to work safe and achieve excellence in care and service for the patients, families and communities we serve.

Derrick Larsen, Ph.D.
Executive Director Research and Health Information Services
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Derrick K. Larsen, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of Research and Performance Support for the Saskatchewan Health Authority – Regina site. He completed his doctorate in Psychology (Experimental Psychopathology) at the University of Manitoba in 2000. Dr. Larsen has worked in a variety of research settings over the past decade including the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Group (University of Manitoba), Centre for Clinical Cognitive Research (Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region), Clinical Research and Development Program (Regina Health District), and the Anxiety Disorders Research Program (Department of Psychiatry, St. Boniface General Hospital, Winnipeg). Dr. Larsen has been a sessional lecturer for the Departments of Psychology (University of Winnipeg and University of Regina) and Kinesiology and Health Studies (University of Regina). Currently he is an Adjunct Professor Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Regina.

Neal Kewistep MPA, BA
Interim Lead and Associate Director of IPHRC

Neal Kewistep has spent most of his career fostering relationships with government, community-based organizations, Indigenous organizations and educators. As the former Interim Director of the Population Public Health (PPH) in the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), he was responsible for 13 departments ranging from Sexual/Street Health, to Healthy Families, to Immunization, and to Inner-city Health Services. His leadership led to increasing the infant and childhood immunization rates to close the gap between the most affluent neighbourhoods and the inner city neighbourhoods, and to addressing safe housing issues in a new way within the scope of the Public Health Act. During the amalgamation of the health regions, Mr. Kewistep led the transition of the PPH portfolio from the Saskatoon Health Region to the provincial health authority. He was also the strategic lead for cultural competency and Truth and Reconciliation Commission activities for PPH, which was a role he was proud to take on.

In addition to his time with the provincial health authority, Mr. Kewistep has served as the Director of Operations for the Native Counselling Services of Alberta, as a Community Development Advisor with Yellow Quill First Nation, and has provided consulting services to the Saskatoon Tribal Council and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. He has also served as a board member on the Good Food Junction and the Speakerbox Aboriginal Advisory Group, as an advisory committee member for the Saskatoon Community Foundation and the Saskatoon Urban Aboriginal Strategy. In 2017, CBC awarded Mr. Kewistep as one of its “Future 40 under 40” for his work in leading change within the health care system.

Neal Kewistep holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School, and has a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies from First Nations University of Canada. In addition to his formal education, he counts his traditional training from elders as being as relevant in teaching him the role of a servant leader.

Dr. Darcy Marciniuk
Faculty, Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Darcy D. Marciniuk, MD, FRCPC, FCCP is a Professor of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, and. Associate Vice-President Research [Acting] at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Dr. Marciniuk was also recently appointed interim Director of the new Respiratory Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, and is the Medical Director of the LiveWell COPD Chronic Disease Management Program in the Saskatoon Health Region.

Dr. Marciniuk received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in 1984 and underwent specialty training in internal medicine and respiratory medicine at the University of Western Ontario and at the University of Manitoba. He undertook research training at the University of Manitoba under the mentorship of Drs. Magdy Younes and Steven Mink. Upon completing his research training, Dr. Marciniuk returned to Saskatoon where he assumed his current faculty position with the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Marek Radomski
Vice Dean of Research
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Radomski MD, PhD, DSc, was appointed as Vice-Dean Research in 2016. The Vice-Dean, Research is the senior leader in the college for all research-related matters and provides vision and leadership for the development and implementation of a comprehensive, integrated research plan for the College of Medicine. Dr Radomski is a highly-cited pharmacologist (>21,900 citations by Google Scholar to date) who worked both in academia and pharmaceutical industry in Poland, UK, Spain, Canada, USA and Ireland. He mentored many MSc, PhD and postdoctoral students. He is interested in platelet regulation, cancer, nitric oxide and MMP biology and pharmacology, as well as in nanomedicine, nanopharmacology and nanotoxicology.

Dr. Dennis Kendel
Interim Chief Executive Officer
Health Quality Council

Dr. Dennis Kendel completed his medical education at the University of Saskatchewan in 1971, and practised family medicine until 1986. He served as Registrar (CEO) of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS) from 1986 to 2011. Since then he has provided consulting on health policy, patient safety, quality improvement, and leadership development.

Dennis was the CEO of saskdocs from 2014 to 2016. He served on HQC’s Board of Directors from 2002 to 2017. Dr. Kendel has served as the President of the Saskatchewan Medical Association, the Federation of Medical Licensing Authorities of Canada, and the Medical Council of Canada. During 2016-2017, he served on the panel that advised the Government of Saskatchewan on health system restructuring. In 2017-2018 Dennis was part of the advisory panel that reviewed the eight federally-funded health agencies.

Dr. Kendel has received several awards for leadership, including the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. In recognition of his 25 years of service as the CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, that organization now presents an annual award to a physician who has contributed to health care quality improvement in Saskatchewan.

Tanya Verrall
Executive Director, Measurement and Knowledge Integration
Health Quality Council

Tanya joined HQC in May 2005. Since that time, she has worked on various projects in the areas of drug management and chronic disease care, in addition to the design and evaluation of quality improvement initiatives, including the co-investigation of the Releasing Time to Care initiative. As an executive director, Tanya’s current portfolio includes oversight of measurement and analysis activity at HQC, as well as the development of networks and other supportive tools to accelerate shared learning and the spread of improvement across our health system.

Prior to joining HQC, Tanya was a research associate with the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. Her doctoral research involved the implementation and evaluation of an infant nutrition intervention with a First Nations community in northern Quebec. Tanya has extensive research and work experience in planning and evaluating health promotion initiatives, and she has worked with a variety of population groups in both community and clinical settings.

Tanya obtained her PhD (nutrition) from McGill University and her Master’s of Science degree (nutrition) from the University of Saskatchewan. She also obtained her professional degree (Bachelor of Science in nutrition) from the University of Saskatchewan and the Kingston General Hospital (dietetic internship). She served as a member of the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes advisory board from 2008-2013. In 2009, Tanya completed the improvement advisor program and, in 2012, she completed the graduate advisor program from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in the U.S. She is also a certified Lean Leader.

Patrick Odnokon
Chief Executive Officer
Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation

Patrick joined SHRF in October 2007 and is responsible for the overall direction, development and management of programs and initiatives across the organization, leading the management team, and working collaboratively with the SHRF staff, Board of Directors, stakeholders, funders and external partners to advance SHRF’s best interests.

Dr. Preston Smith
Dean, College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Preston Smith is dean of the College of Medicine and vice-provost health at the University of Saskatchewan. Over three years, he has led the college’s extensive restructuring to improve all facets of medical education and research, and leads collaboration and innovation across the university’s health sciences. In both capacities, he has built effective relationships and partnerships across Saskatchewan’s health-care system.

Before coming to Saskatchewan he was the senior associate dean of education at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. He played a key leadership role in developing the new Dalhousie medical education program in New Brunswick, which required critical relationship-building with health system partners. As part of his commitment to rural health care, he was instrumental in starting four new family medicine residency programs in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

He served Moncton for 25 years as a family physician with a large community practice, where he also had extensive involvement in hospital administration. He has extensive experience in health system reform and administration, having served as vice-president of medicine in southeast New Brunswick when that province moved to eight regions.

Gabe Lafond
Executive Director, First Nations and Métis Health

Gabe Lafond is Métis and was born and raised in Green Lake, Saskatchewan. Gabe was recently appointed as the Executive Director, First Nations and Métis Health within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). Prior to his appointment, Gabe was Director for the Representative Workforce and First Nations and Métis Health for the former Saskatoon Health Region for eight years.

Gabe’s career spans diverse fields which include leadership positions in Métis Nation Governments, public and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining the SHA, Gabe began his career working for the Métis Nation- Saskatchewan (MN-S) as Director for Métis Employment and Training and elected as their Treasurer from 2007 to 2010. Gabe stepped down in 2010 to run as a Member of Parliament for the Federal Liberal Party. In 2004, Gabe worked for the Department of Canadian Heritage as a Program Officer under the Urban Multi-purpose Aboriginal Youth Program.

Gabe has several years of community involvement participating in various committees to improving the health and well-being of others by volunteering with organizations such as Saskatoon Aboriginal Employment Partnership and Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Opportunities committee.

Brandy Winquist
ED, Academics and Learning

As Executive Director of Academics and Learning, Dr. Brandy Winquist will provide leadership for the Saskatchewan Health Authority’s academic mandate, research and ethics. Brandy completed her doctorate in Community and Population Health Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, and now holds an adjunct faculty position within the College of Medicine. She has extensive experience in leading research in the areas of maternal and child health, health services and population health.

As the Director of Decision Support in the former Cypress Health Region, Brandy has cultivated expertise in applied research, medical ethics, analytics and health information systems. Collaborating with the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council and the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effects Studies, she has led the Saskatchewan component of four multi-province studies investigating prescription medication use during pregnancy. Much of her career has been dedicated to informing, evaluating and improving health service delivery in Saskatchewan. She currently serves as Chairperson for the Ethics Committee in Swift Current and for the Saskatchewan Epidemiology Association.

Brandy has worked closely with health system partners throughout her career, and is committed to continuing and building new relationships in her role as Executive Director of Academics and Learning.

Candace Skrapek
Patient and Family Advisor

Candace Skrapek is a retired nurse educator and started as a volunteer with SCOA in 2005. Currently Candace is Past President of the SCOA Board of Directors and is interested in governance and policy development of non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Communications Committee and the Older Adult Abuse Task Force. She also serves on the board of the Saskatoon Housing Authority.

Delores Pahtayken
Patient and Family Advisor

Dolores was first elected as a member of Council for the Onion Lake Cree Nation in 2010. She is an advocate for children with disabilities and an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. She was born and raised on the Onion Lake Cree Nation. She has studied education at the University of Saskatchewan and most recently studied Business Administration at Lakeland College in Lloydminster.

Dolores is currently a member of the Onion Lake Health Board Inc., she is also a former member of the Onion Lake Sports, Culture & Recreation board of directors. Dolores has been the founding force of organizing the Onion Lake Minor Ball Association. Dolores is a former youth care facility worker for Saskatchewan Corrections, Public Safety and Policing. She is dedicated to helping improve lives of under privileged children and their families.

Dolores and her husband Wayne have four children. Son Damian is a second year University of Saskatchewan student studying sciences to be a Doctor. Son Darian, daughters Destinee and Dallyne are currently living at home attending school. Dolores and her family are living life fully with their youngest daughter who was born with a disability. Spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing and travelling with Darian who is a product of the Lloydminster Minor Ball Association.

Brent Brownlee
Director, Universities
Universities and Private Vocational Schools
Ministry of Advanced Education

Brent Brownlee is Director of the Universities Branch in the Ministry of Advanced Education with the Government of Saskatchewan. Over the past 15 years in the post-secondary education ministry, he has worked with all of the publicly funded post-secondary institutions. Responsibilities include enhancing overall governance and accountability performance, financial analysis and budget development. Prior to working in the Ministry of Advanced Education, he worked for 12 years in the provincial ministry of Justice in the area of court services budgeting, audit and financial administration. He is a board member with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation.

Tami Denomie
Executive Director
Saskatchewan Health, Strategic Priorities Branch

Tami Denomie is an Executive Director with the Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Health providing leadership in the area of system wide priorities. Her leadership of strategic initiatives and projects with an emphasis on cross-ministry and –sector partnerships span across several sectors and strive to enhance the patient experience and overall quality of life through continuous quality improvement. Tami spent much of her early career working with stakeholders and other delivery and research partners around the healthy living and the physical activity movement. A member of the board for the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), she is known for her abilities in the area of community engagement and capacity building and her innovative approaches to addressing issues.

Sally GrayDirector, Research OfficeUniversity of Regina
(Biography pending)


Jackie Mann (non voting member)
Executive Director, SCPOR

Jackie Mann took on the role of Executive Director for the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR) in September 2018. She is a health system leader with over thirty years of healthcare experience. She has held a number of positions throughout acute care, including staff nurse, manager and director. Until recently she served as Vice President with accountabilities for acute care, laboratory services, pharmacy services and diagnostic imaging services across the Saskatoon Health Region. Jackie was also the executive lead for the planning and construction of the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, including the application of the 3P lean methodology. Jackie is a certified Lean Leader. She served on the Senior Leadership team in the Saskatoon Health Region for eleven years.

Patient and family centered care and patient safety have been two key focuses for Jackie throughout her career.

Jackie is a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Jackie has been surveying with Accreditation Canada since 2011.