Who We Are


Our leadership team and board of directors guide ABJHI core responsibilities through policy and strategic planning.

Our Leaders


Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell
Executive Director
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Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell
Executive Director

Martin is responsible for setting strategic objectives, securing the resources ABJHI requires to meet its long-term priorities, and building productive, mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders in bone and joint health care. These stakeholders are diverse and numerous, and include surgeons, physicians and other health care providers, patients, researchers, educators, Alberta’s Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services, and Alberta Health.

He works with ABJHI’s Board of Directors to set business priorities that are aligned with our mission and mandate. He also ensures ABJHI has effective financial controls and meets all regulatory requirements related to our work and to our status as a charitable organization.

Martin is a biomedical engineer and credentialed clinical scientist. In addition to his role with ABJHI, he holds senior administrative and academic positions at University of Alberta, including Vice-principal, Peter Lougheed Leadership College, Vice-provost (Strategic Initiatives), and Professor in Rehabilitation Medicine. His academic career has centred on studying secondary complications of physical disability and their causes to reduce their incidence.

Martin holds a BSc in physics from Exeter University and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Strathclyde in the United Kingdom.



Christopher Smith
Director of Operations (Technical)
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Christopher Smith
Director of Operations (Technical)

Christopher’s responsibilities include leading ABJHI’s technical work to support the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services’ primary vehicle for promoting bone and joint health across the province.

Important aspects of his role are managing the processes and sophisticated information systems that support innovative change in health care service delivery, and guiding ABJHI’s efforts to support service providers and administrators in implementing change.

Christopher oversees all technical aspects of ABJHI’s operations, including its information systems, measurement and analysis functions, data security and governance, as well as internal and external reporting.

ABJHI’s dyad leadership structure comprising a Director of Operations for each of the Technical and Administrative areas recognizes that one major driver for the Institute’s success to date has been its ability to leverage the synergy of integrating sophisticated data analyses with change management expertise. Christopher is charged with ensuring continued operational excellence in the technical components of the Institute’s functions.

He holds an MBA from the University of Calgary and has spent more than a decade driving quality improvement in bone and joint health care in Alberta.



Liz Evens
Director of Operations (Administrative)
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Liz Evens
Director of Operations (Administrative)

Liz leads ABJHI’s project management and administrative teams. She is responsible for providing critical project support to the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network (BJH SCN), Alberta Health Services’ primary vehicle for promoting bone and joint health across the province.

An important part of Liz’s role is to develop with the BJH SCN optimal strategies for encouraging innovation in health care service delivery, and to guide ABJHI’s teams in helping service providers and administrators to implement change.

She works with Christopher Smith, Director of Operations (Technical), to ensure ABJHI and its stakeholders continue to benefit from synergies produced by integrating sophisticated data analytics with experienced change management expertise.

Prior to joining ABJHI in 2010, Liz coordinated the deployment of electronic medical records in clinics across Alberta. She has experience in managing client relations, implementing business solutions, and fostering customer loyalty.



Dr. David Sheps
Medical Director
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Dr. David Sheps
Medical Director

Dr. Sheps is responsible for ensuring ABJHI has appropriate structures and processes to access medical opinions and advice, and of developing strategic partnerships in medical settings in promotion of ABJHI and its services. Dr. Sheps provides clinical support for the scope of the ABJHI Alberta Bone and Joint Health Registry, with particular emphasis on the use of ABJHI repository data to improve quality of patient care.

Dr. Sheps is a founding member of the Shoulder and Upper Extremity Research Group of Edmonton (SURGE), secretary for the Canadian Shoulder and Elbow Society and plays a key role in upper extremity research at the University of Alberta.

He received his medical degree in 1997 and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery in 2002. Following residency, he completed a shoulder surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2003 and an elbow and wrist surgery fellowship at the University of Calgary in 2006. Concurrent with his elbow and wrist fellowship, Dr. Sheps fulfilled the requirements of a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of Calgary. In 2011, Dr. Sheps attended the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver where he completed a Master of Business in Health Care Administration. He is presently undertaking a Master of Science in Medical Leadership at Birkbeck, University of London.


Our Board


Ann McCaig
Honorary Chair
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Ann McCaig
Honorary Chair

As the Honorary Chair of Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, Ann is committed to continuing the work of her late husband, J.R. (Bud) McCaig, who founded ABJHI in 2004 with a donation of $10 million. Ann and Bud were married for 21 years and shared a vision to build a world-class health and medical system in Calgary.

Ann is well-known for her commitment to the not-for-profit sector and, in particular, her passion for youth, education and health. She serves as Chair Emeritus of the Calgary Health Trust and the Calgary Stampede Foundation and as Chair of the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre (AARC). She is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary, a Director of the Gairdner Foundation, and a former Trustee of the $400-million Killam Estate.

Over the past two decades, Ann has led several large capital campaigns for major institutions in Calgary. She was Co-chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital campaign, helping to raise more than $52 million to build a state-of-the-art pediatric facility in Calgary, and chaired a campaign that raised $9.6 million for AARC.

Ann is a Member of the Order of Canada and has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta. She is one of the inaugural recipients of the University of Calgary Education Partnership Award and was recognized by the University of Saskatchewan with an Alumni Humanitarian Award. She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Award, the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Award, the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Alberta Centennial Award, the Rotary Integrity Award, the Paul Harris Fellowship Rotary International Award, the YWCA Woman of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Award of Exceptional Recognition from Calgary’s Chief of Police. In June 2012, Ann received the Grant MacEwan Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of Calgary in honour of her contributions to the community.



Ian Robinson
Chair
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Ian Robinson
Chair

Ian has been Chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors since its inception in 2004. He assumed this position after serving as Treasurer and a Director of the Western Orthopaedic and Arthritis Research Foundation, the predecessor to the Institute, for 15 years.

Ian is Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Bow City Power Ltd. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and the Canadian Tax Foundation.

He has served on various committees of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Independent Petroleum Association, and Social Venture Partners, which applies a venture capital model to philanthropy.



Dr. Don Dick
Vice Chair
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Dr. Don Dick
Vice Chair

As a founding member of ABJHI, Don has played a significant role in establishing the institute as a catalyst for better ways to deliver public health care to Albertans suffering from bone and joint disorders.

An orthopaedic surgeon, Don is active in medical practice, teaching and professional service.

He specializes in adult joint arthroplasty (repair and replacement of joints) and in general paediatric orthopaedics (treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in children). Located in Edmonton, he is Alberta Health Services’ Senior Medical Director, Health Outcomes, and prior to that was the Senior Medical Director for AHS’s Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network.

Don is also Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, He served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, and is Past-President of the Alberta Orthopaedic Society.



Dr. Roger Palmer
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Dr. Roger Palmer

Roger has had a distinguished career in education and in the Alberta public service, serving in the position of Deputy Minister in four departments, including Health and Wellness. He now provides management consulting services in health care, education and information technology.

Roger was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Education in 1998 following a career as a teacher and school administrator. The next year, he was named Deputy Minister of the new Department of Innovation and Science where he created a broadband Internet protocol network. In 2001, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Environment where he put in place the process that led to the province’s water strategy, Water for Life, and was a strong advocate for air quality standards.

Appointed Deputy Minister of Alberta Health and Wellness in 2002, Roger focused his efforts on improving health information and health care delivery and creating the provincial on-line Waitlist Registry and the first provincial electronic health record in Canada. He also negotiated the agreement with physicians and health authorities that created Primary Care Networks to modernize family medicine.

In 2005, Roger was appointed Interim Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. In 2009, he joined the university’s School of Business as Director of the MBA Public Policy and Management Specialization and Director of the Centre for Effective Business Management of Addiction Treatment.

He is Chair of the Alberta Centre for Child Family and Community Research, a director of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, and Chair of the General Insurance OmbudService of Canada.

Roger’s awards include the Institute of Public Administration of Canada 2004 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Alberta Centennial Medal.


Dr. Steven Boyd
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Dr. Steven Boyd

Steven is Director of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health (MIBJH), a Cumming School of Medicine institute of research to discover breakthrough methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal injury and disease. His participation in ABJHI’s board ensures the two institutes share knowledge and take advantage of opportunities to work collaboratively in improving treatment and care of people with bone and joint injury and disease.

Steven is also the Scientific Director of the MIBJH’s new Centre for Mobility and Joint Health at the University of Calgary, the only facility in the world that can integrate mobility, biomarker and imaging data to assess an individual’s bone and joint health. A professor in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology, Steven has cross appointments in the university’s Faculty of Kinesiology and the Schulich School of Engineering.

His research is in orthopaedic biomechanics focusing on the adaptive changes to tissues that occur following joint injury or disease with particular interest in bone. He has authored more than 100 papers, and is the Bob and Nola Rintoul Chair in Bone and Joint Research, the McCaig Professor in Joint Injury and Arthritis, and an Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions Senior Scholar.


Dr. Tony Fields
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Dr. Tony Fields

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Fields, Professor Emeritus, Department of Oncology, University of Alberta, is a retired academic medical oncologist and health administrator. Prior to his retirement, he held successive senior administrative appointments in Alberta’s cancer system, the most recent being Vice President, Cancer Care, of Alberta Health Services (AHS), with responsibility for AHS’ tertiary and regional cancer centres, community cancer programs and cancer research activities.

Dr. Fields is Chair of the Provincial Advisory Council on Cancer of AHS. He also sits on the board of advisors of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College and the board of directors of MagnetTx Oncology Solutions. He is the immediate past Chair of the Health Quality Council of Alberta. On the inter-provincial scene, he is the Chair of the Strategic Executive Advisory Council of the Canadian Cancer Trials Group. He was the inaugural Chair (2011-2016) of the Expert Review Committee of the pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, and a past board member of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies. He was also previously involved at the governance level of several voluntary and professional organizations, including the former National Cancer Institute of Canada (board member, President), the Canadian Cancer Society (national board member), the Canadian Association of Medical Oncologists (President) and the American College of Physicians (Governor, Alberta Region).

Dr. Fields has been recognized for his work by several awards, including honorary degrees from Athabasca University and the University of Alberta, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Alberta, the R.M. Taylor Medal and Award of the Canadian Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and the Jill M. Sanders Award of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health. In Alberta’s centennial year he was named one of Alberta’s 100 Physicians of the Century. In 2012, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.


 
 

Our Special Advisors


Dick Haskayne
Advisor
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Dick Haskayne
Advisor

Dick has been a director of 20 public companies, serving as chairman of six of them, and is noted for his philanthropic support and volunteer commitment to the community.

In 2001, the University of Calgary honoured Dick with The Richard F. Haskayne Chair in Accounting, and in 2002 the university’s Faculty of Management was renamed the Haskayne School of Business. He is University of Calgary Board Chair Emeritus.

In 2002, Dick and his wife, Lois, received the Generosity of Spirit Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for their philanthropy.

Dick is an Officer of the Order of Canada and is a recipient of the Canadian Business Leader Award. He is a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He was a trustee of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, and served on the board of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and on the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada. He is a life member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Dick served as board chairman for TransCanada Corporation, Fording Inc., NOVA Corporation, TransAlta Corporation, and MacMillan Bloedel, and was chairman, president and CEO of Interhome Energy Inc. (IPL and Home Oil).



John Ferguson
Advisor
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John Ferguson
Advisor

John’s contributions to the community and the province were recognized in 2005 when he was awarded the Alberta Centennial medal.

He is founder and Chairman of the Board of Princeton Developments Ltd., and a member of the Advisory Council for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, which creates and maintains global research networks supporting the work of more than 400 researchers in multiple disciplines. He serves as a director with Fountain Tire Ltd. and Strategy Summit Ltd.

In the community, John serves as Chancellor Emeritus and Chairman Emeritus of the University of Alberta. He also served on the Business Advisory Council of the School of Business, University of Alberta, and as a board member of the Conference Board of Canada.

He is also a member of the World Presidents’ Organization, and a fellow of the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

John was awarded the commemorative Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, and in 1992 received the commemorative medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada.





Our Vision


Better Bones, Better Joints, Better Being.


Our Mission


Be a source of truth for improving bone and joint health of Albertans through collaboration with patients, clinical professionals, researchers, healthcare professionals and government.