Practice and Education Committee

The CAHO Practice and Education Committee provides strategic advice to CAHO Council on patient care, clinical practice and education matters stemming from and impacting CAHO’s mission. The Committee is responsible for operationalizing and implementing CAHO’s strategic focus of enabling the rapid and responsible movement of research evidence into practice to improve quality, in collaboration with other partners. The Committee is comprised of 25 multidisciplinary executives from medicine, nursing, interprofessional care and education from across CAHO hospitals.

Current Committee foci include: developing long-term strategies to build capacity within the health care system to systematically move research evidence into practice to drive quality and sustainability; assessing developments related to the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 to from the perspective of research hospitals; and oversight of the implementation of current ARTIC projects.


Dr. Richard McLean (Co-Chair)
EVP Interprofessional Practice & CME
Hamilton Health Sciences

Ru Taggar (Co-Chair)
Chief Nursing Executive and Health Professions & Director, Quality and Patient Safety
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Chris Bourdon
VP Medical and Academic Affairs & Chief of Staff
Health Sciences North

Dr. Charles Chan
VP Medical Affairs and Quality
University Health Network

Christine Clement
VP Quality, Professional Practice & CNE
Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

David K. Conn
VP Education & Director, Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange in Aging
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care

Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott
VP Patient Services & CNE
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Winnie Doyle
VP Acute Services & CNE
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Ella Ferris
EVP Programs & CNE
St. Michael’s Hospital

John Leverette
Interim Chief of Staff
Hotel Dieu Hospital Kingston

Heather McPherson
VP Patient Care and Ambulatory Innovation
Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Golda Milo-Manson
VP Medicine and Academic Affairs
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Dr. Guy Moreau
Chief of Staff
Hôpital Montfort

Karen Perkin
VP Acute & Ambulatory Professional Practice & CNE
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London

Dr. Carrol Pitters
Chief of Staff
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

Karyn Popovich
VP & Chief Nursing and Health Professions Executive
North York General Hospital 

Eleanor Rivoire
Kingston General Hospital

Maurio Ruffolo
VP Patient and Client Care & CNE
Providence Care

Dr. Maureen Shandling
Senior VP Medical Affairs
Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Rani Srivastava
Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Dr. Robin Walker
Integrated VP Medical Affairs and Medical Education
London Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Jim Worthington
Senior VP Medical Affairs, Quality & Performance
The Ottawa Hospital

Bruyère Continuing Care

The Hospital for Sick Children

CAHO Secretariat

Karen Michell
Executive Director