SCPOR Staff

Helen Kenyon : Executive Director

Helen Kenyon

Executive Director

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Helen Kenyon comes to us originally from England. She graduated with a BSc in Applied Chemistry from the University of Greenwich and worked for several pharmaceutical companies, progressing her career from sales representative via international projects to healthcare management in areas of post-trial/pre-licensing and government affairs. Along the way, she attained a Master’s in Education from Liverpool and several management qualifications from Harvard. For the last 11 years, Helen has worked in a variety of leadership positions in Alberta health care, including Zone Clinical Department Manager of Internal Medicine for Alberta Health Services and in two Primary Care Networks, one in rural and one in urban Alberta as Executive Director.

Helen is a culture junkie and loves music, the arts, and travel. She enjoys hiking with her husband and her two Barbets (French water dogs).

Tina Murdock : Executive Assistant

Tina Murdock

Executive Assistant

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Tina Murdock has a Medical Secretarial Diploma from Saskatoon Business College. She began her career at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan before moving on to manage a highly diverse surgical practice where she worked closely with clinicians and patients for 17 years. Tina took great pride in having the opportunity to work with patients and their families and to this day cherishes many of the success stories and connections made over the years.

In 2011, Tina joined the University of Saskatchewan as Executive Assistant to the AVP Communications, where she worked closely with senior administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as numerous other stakeholders of the institution. In July, 2016 Tina joined SCPOR as the Executive Assistant and is very pleased to be working in the area of health care once again.

Charlene Haver : Methods Platform Lead (currently on mat leave)

Charlene Haver

Methods Platform Lead (currently on mat leave)

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Dr. Charlene Haver has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to her current role as the Methods Lead in SCPOR , Charlene has four years of experience as a Health Research Facilitator and Innovation Analyst in the Office of the Associate Vice-President Research-Health, University of Saskatchewan/Office of the Vice-President Research and Innovation, Saskatoon Health Region and an additional five years of experience working in the health sciences from her graduate degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Charlene’s education background is in clinical science, experimental designs, and randomized control trials. Her doctoral research focused on clinical work in Orthopedics, working with clinicians and patients to improve rehabilitation after injury. Charlene has a wealth of knowledge in various research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative research design and data analysis; program evaluation; survey design; realist evaluation and synthesis; and systematic literature reviews. Charlene has experience in quality improvement, specifically focusing on improvement initiatives with the First Nations and Metis Health Service, Saskatoon Health Region. Charlene facilitated a project on data governance for Metis people funded by the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, with the background work for this project recently published in the Journal of Evaluation Clinical Practice. Charlene also has a Project Management Certificate from York University and is published in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals.

Malori Keller : Patient Engagement Platform Lead

Malori Keller

Patient Engagement Platform Lead

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Barb Colvin : Support Unit Specialist

Barb Colvin

Support Unit Specialist

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Barb Colvin attended the University of Saskatchewan where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Following this she worked as a clinical dietitian for 8 years, then completed a Master of Arts degree at Carleton University in Ottawa. She worked in various positions in research and evaluation subsequent to this, and also worked for SEARCH Canada facilitating practice-based research for health professionals. On her return to Saskatchewan, she came back to the University of Saskatchewan to work in Research Ethics before moving to the SCPOR office.

Cassandra Wajuntah : Indigenous Research & Engagement Expertise Platform Lead

Cassandra Wajuntah

Indigenous Research & Engagement Expertise Platform Lead

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Cassandra J. Opikokew Wajuntah is from Canoe Lake Cree First Nation and was raised in Meadow Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. She graduated at the top of her class in 2009 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BAJ) and a Certificate in Indigenous Communication Arts (INCA). Upon completion of her journalism degree, she started law school but decided to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) to follow her research interests in Indigenous post-secondary education. In 2012, she finished her MPA after completing a social impact assessment of the federal funding program for First Nations post-secondary students where she advocated for maximum funding for student recipients of the program. Now, as a PhD candidate in her final year studying Indigenous health and education policy, she has been the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award worth $108,000 over three years for her dissertation entitled "The Indian Solution to the Policy Problem: Developing an Indigenous Policymaking Model to Address First Nations Health Disparities." Cassandra is working with Indigenous health organizations in Saskatchewan and Hawai’i to examine how self-determined Indigenous health policymaking models are more effective at improving the health of Indigenous people than Western colonial models. She was most recently a Visiting Scholar at the U of Hawai’i's John A. Burns School of Medicine in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health while she worked with her community partners throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

Cassandra served in various roles at the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC) from 2010-16 under the late Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew, whom she credits as a pivotal mentor and influence in her work. During her time at IPHRC, Cassandra assisted Dr. Episkenew with the creation of the Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform (IREP) and the transition of IPHRC to the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. As the newly appointed Associate Director of IPHRC, she will also serve as the Platform Lead for the IREP where she will lead a team of Indigenous researchers tasked with providing support and expertise to SCPOR projects seeking to engage in meaningful and impactful research with Indigenous communities. As Indigenous Research and Engagement Platform Lead, Cassandra brings years of experience building research relationships with Indigenous communities and government, advocating for improved Indigenous health policies and building capacity in Indigenous health research in Canada. She currently resides in Regina, SK with her husband Justin, a member of Standing Buffalo Dakota First Nation, and their two sons, Wakinyan and Mahihkan.

Kirstin Scansen-Isbister : Indigenous Research & Engagement Platform Specialist

Kirstin Scansen-Isbister

Indigenous Research & Engagement Platform Specialist

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Kirstin Scansen-Isbister is a nehithaw (Woods Cree) woman from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in northern Saskatchewan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria.

Kirstin specializes in relationship building and collaboration with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and throughout Canada. She recently travelled to Iqaluit, Nunavut to conduct research on environmental sustainability and the incorporation of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in K-12 and post-secondary education on behalf of the Sustainability and Education Policy Network within the College of Education.

Tracey Sherin : Co-lead, Data and Data Services Platform

Tracey Sherin

Co-lead, Data and Data Services Platform

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Kim Hill : Co-lead, Data and Data Services Platform

Kim Hill

Co-lead, Data and Data Services Platform

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Kimberley holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy – Health Systems Research from the University of Regina.  Prior to undertaking her graduate studies, Kim served as a member of a multidisciplinary breast cancer research team at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre in Toronto.  She has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at various international conferences. Since completing her master's degree, she has been responsible for Information Governance and Analytics at eHealth Saskatchewan. As part of her portfolio, she is responsible for the Enterprise Data Warehouse, Information Services and Analytics and Data Quality units within eHealth Saskatchewan. Currently, she is a member of COACH and is the Saskatchewan representative on several pan-Canadian data analytics committees and working groups.

Shane Keepness : Indigenous Research & Engagement Platform Specialist

Shane Keepness

Indigenous Research & Engagement Platform Specialist

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I am from the Muscowpetung First Nation, where I grew up on reserve. I have a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Health and Science, a certificate in Indian health studies, as well as a Masters in Indigenous Governance. I am currently a PhD student in Indigenous Governance and teach an Indigenous Political Systems in North America course.

Janice Hobbs : Manager, Finance and Administration

Janice Hobbs

Manager, Finance and Administration

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Janice Hobbs has a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Chartered Professional Accountant (previously CMA) designation. Janice has over 20 years of experience in a broad range of industries from provincial government to mining and manufacturing in both private and publicly owned enterprises. Janice has gained a wealth of knowledge in her roles ranging from Manager to Controller, in addition to being a self-employed contractor.  In February 2017, Janice joined SCPOR as the Manager, Finance and Administration and is very excited to be working in the area of health research.

Kate Dunn : Program Facilitator

Kate Dunn

Program Facilitator

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Kate is the Program Facilitator at the Saskatchewan Center for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR). This position works closely with the SCPOR Platform Leads to provide support to patient-oriented research programs. Kate studied at McMaster University where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Sociology and Health Studies. She then moved to Saskatoon to complete her Masters of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan. Kate has also completed a Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC) from the University of Toronto. Before coming to SCPOR, Kate worked at the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute as a Child Injury Prevention Program Coordinator for 2 1/2 years. In her spare time, Kate loves to dance and has studied ballet since she was 4. She also likes to cook.

Jocelyn Ulvick : Knowledge Translation, Training and Capacity Building Platform Lead

Jocelyn Ulvick

Knowledge Translation, Training and Capacity Building Platform Lead

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Dr. Jocelyn Ulvick holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Kinesiology) and Master of Science (Kinesiology) from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. She has conducted research spanning a number of clinical and non-clinical populations, knowledge user groups, and research methodologies. Prior to joining SCPOR, Jocelyn worked as a Provincial Improvement Consultant at the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC). In that role, she supported the design and development of provincial learning programs for healthcare quality improvement and engaged health system stakeholders who were involved in leading quality improvement efforts.
Jocelyn is also a professional teacher. Since receiving her Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary, Jocelyn has worked as a secondary school teacher, undergraduate teaching assistant, and sessional instructor in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Sarah Bocking : Patient Engagement Specialist

Sarah Bocking

Patient Engagement Specialist

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Sarah Bocking is a Patient Engagement Specialist with SCPOR. Her work focuses on facilitating meaningful engagement in research between patients and families, decision makers, and researchers.

Sarah has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan. She also has a Master of Science from McGill University. Throughout her career she has worked to coordinate and assist with research projects using many different approaches including: basic research, clinical trials, investigator-initiated studies and more recently qualitative research studies.

Sarah’s background in both science and nursing has led to her keen interest in patients and families engaging in research. Her work with HQC will support the SCPOR vision for Patient-Oriented Research in Saskatchewan.