Conference Speakers

Michelle Ferreri

MC and Keynote:
The Show Must Go On - Resilience and Pivoting with Change

Our MC and Keynote speaker is a Canadian vlogger, blogger, speaker, and marketing consultant who spent over 20 years working in television and media before reinventing herself as a digital storyteller.

A graduate of Trent University and Loyalist College, Michelle thought genetics would be her career path, but accidentally fell into the television industry. After volunteering for a lifestyle show on TVCogeco, Michelle accepted a part time job with CHEX Television in Peterborough. She quickly became the driving force behind CHEX DAILY, a live, daily show that became a great success against all odds.

Michelle went on to pursue work in business development but eventually decided digital storytelling was a career that could allow her to spend more time with her family. Combining her on-air skills with her production knowledge and editing experience, Michelle blends her passionate work ethic with family life as an entrepreneur. She now blogs, vlogs, speaks, and provides marketing consulting and training full time. She is a strong advocate for The James Fund, YMCA STRONG KIDS, mental health awareness, literacy, children’s mental health, and self regulation.

Michelle Ferreri has been featured on CTV National, CBC The Current, The Canadian Press, a viral video with Similac and Savvy Mom. Learn more about Michelle on her website,, watch her highlight reel, and follower her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Carlos Ealdama

Social Media for Physician Recruitment

As a Senior Marketing Consultant, Carlos Ealdama leads the marketing department of the Health Employers Association of British Columbia (HEABC), managing the advertising and communications for programs such as Health Match BC, Locums for Rural BC, Practice-Ready Assessment BC, and the annual BC Health Care Awards.

He is a high-performance professional with 17 years of experience in strategic media planning, customer engagement, and niche marketing.

Gary MacDonald

Thriving in a Multi-Generational Workplace

Gary brings 40 + years of experience in non-profit leadership and is known for his ability to inspire and motivate clients to achieve excellence in their own work and enhance the performance of their organizations.

Gary is an award-winning, dynamic facilitator with extensive proficiency in developing communication and leadership competency skills with individuals and groups. His clients include leaders in government, business and the non-profit sector. In the fundraising arena, he coaches non-profits and their leadership in achieving higher levels of quality connectedness with their partners (donors), generating real results.

In partnership with Loyalist College Training & Knowledge Centre, he co-designed and delivered training for 38 graduates of the "Non-Profit Leadership Certificate Program".

Gary is the Founder & CEO of Clearview Training & Consulting Inc. in Stirling, Ontario. Gary also serves as Allied Counsel with KMA Consultants in Toronto and is a Facilitator at Loyalist Training and Knowledge Centre in Belleville.

Dr. Michelle Cohen

Panelist, How COVID Has Changed the Practice of Medicine

Dr. Michelle Cohen is a family physician in rural southeastern Ontario. She has a comprehensive general practice at the Lakeview Family Health Team in Brighton and runs sexual health clinics in Brighton and Campbellford via the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen's University and works as a community preceptor for medical trainees to gain exposure to rural primary care. She has given talks on sexism in medicine, health care advocacy and caring for gender diverse patients, among other topics.

Outside of her clinical and academic work, Dr. Cohen is a freelance writer whose articles on health policy and health equity have been published in CBC, Maclean's, Toronto Star, Medical Post and other outlets. She also co-chairs the Advocacy Committee of Canadian Women in Medicine and sits on the General Assembly of the Ontario Medical Association.

Dr. Michelle Snarr

Panelist, How COVID Has Changed the Practice of Medicine

Dr. Snarr is a family physician in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, who has also practiced in rural and remote settings.

She has held leadership roles including Lead Physician of the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Organization and Medical Director at a Bobcageon nursing home.

Dr. Patricia Bryden

Panelist, How COVID Has Changed the Practice of Medicine

Dr. Patricia Bryden is a native New Brunswicker who returned to her roots to practice as a General Surgeon at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.

Dr. Bryden spent the bulk of her career specializing in breast cancer and adult critical care, but her true legacy is her 16-year stint as a ‘rock star’ Chief of Staff for the Hospital.

Dr. Daniel Edgcumbe

Panelist, How COVID Has Changed the Practice of Medicine

A leader in medicine, Dr. Edgcumbe is an experienced relationship builder, a strong advocate for patients and their families, and is focused on medical leadership development and contributing to the ongoing transformation of his organization, Halton Healthcare.

He has held executive-level roles in Alberta Health Services, academic appoints at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary, and is the 2016 recipient of the Early Educator Award from U Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine.

Laurie Smith

Retention Best Practices

Laurie Smith started her career in rural Campbellford, Ontario in 1996 with a group medical practice. She later moved to Trent Hills Physician Recruitment & Retention Committee in 2005, and then took on a broader role with Campellford Memorial Hospital in 2007, where she currently leads emergency room scheduling and physician recruitment for the hospital and community.

Laurie is the 2019 recipient of CASPR’s Recruiter Recognition Award and was named Education Co-ordinator of the Year by the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) in 2010.

Dr. Tehmina Ahmad

Residents and Career Planning: Results from the November 2020 National Resident Survey

Dr. Tehmina Ahmad is a PGY4 in endocrinology and metabolism and the incoming chief resident for her program at the University of Toronto.

She has been a leader on the board of Resident Doctors of Canada (RDoC) over the last four years, helping to chair the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and National Resident Survey Committees. She is currently the RDoC Corporate Chair and Board Secretary.

Sarah Hyett

M2 at University of Toronto
Engaging Medical Learners

Sarah is the outgoing co-lead of the Rural Medicine Interest Group and enjoys participating in other extracurricular activities related to Rural Medicine and Indigenous Health.

Prior to medical school she completed her BSc at University of Guelph in Biomedical Sciences and her MSc at McMaster University in Health Research Methodology. Sarah grew up in Brantford, ON and prior to attending medical school worked in health promotion and protection in northern Ontario. She is passionate about increasing opportunities for medical students to explore and pursue rural careers in medicine.

Emily Bryson

M2 at University of Toronto
Engaging Medical Learners

With a passion for rural medicine and improving medical students’ exposure to it, Emily is the outgoing Co-Lead of the Rural Medicine Interest Group at U of T.

Emily is also passionate about women’s health and long-term care and spends her summers working at a long-term care home in Orillia. Prior to medical school she completed a Master’s of Science in Global Health and Bachelor of Health Sciences at McMaster University.

Emily Evans

M3 at University of Toronto
Engaging Medical Learners

Emily is a former lead of the Rural Medicine Interest Group at U of T, where she worked to improve early exposure to rural medicine during medical school, and advocate for integration of rural medicine exploration into the U of T curriculum.

Prior to medical school, Emily completed a BMSc in biochemistry at Western University. She grew up in Thamesford, ON and looks forward to eventually practicing in a small community.

Dr. Stephen Cooper

OMA District Chair for Northeastern Ontario

Originally from Fort Langley, B.C., Dr. Stephen Cooper completed his MD in Calgary and residency in Montreal. He returned to his rural roots in 1992 when he joined the short-staffed Little Current Medical Associates on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Curious as to why it is so difficult to recruit doctors to rural settings, Dr. Cooper has taken leadership positions with his clinic, Manitoulin Health Centre, Ontario Medical Association, and Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Dr. Cooper was also a long-term member of the OMA’s Ontario Human Resource Committee and Ontario Hospital Committee, and multi-stakeholder on the Northern Ontario Physician Resource Task Force.

Lindsay Keefe

Day 1 Wellness Break: Chair Yoga

Lindsay Keefe is a certified international yoga therapist who is living proof of its health and healing benefits. After seven years of persistent back pain from a car accident, yoga therapy is where she finally found permanent relief. She has been teaching yoga therapeutically for five years, working with children, adults, and seniors of all ages.

Different from conventional yoga, personalized yoga therapy focuses on the client’s specific needs (conditions, pain expressions, mental health concerns in the context of their life), is trauma-informed, and customized to the individual.

Durgy Spade

Day 1 Entertainment: Virtual Magic Show

Family-friendly fun with Canada's top-rated magician!

This is NOT a pre-recorded show. Everyone gets a front row seat, and experiences the journey together. Ready for your highly interactive, magical experience?

Stephanie Webb, RMT

Day 2 Wellness Break: Massage

Stephanie Webb, RMT, CDT has been a Registered Massage Therapist since 2008 the owner of Trenton Massage and Lymphedema Clinic in the beautiful Bay of Quinte.

She believes in educating her clients about body awareness and injury prevention through stretching, strengthening and relaxation. With a nurturing and caring personality and ability to intuit the needs of her clients, her passion to help those battling cancer was what led her to becoming certified in Vodder-trained Manual Lymph Drainage & Combined Decongestive Therapy (Lymphedema therapy), as well as 15+ other areas of massage including Prenatal Massage, Infant Massage, and Thermal Palms.

MD Financial Management

CASPR Diamond Sponsor and Conference Presenter

Jackie Carriere is the Regional Vice-President for MD Management’s Prairie Region. She leads a team of advisors, specialists, and administrators who are committed solely to providing specialized advice to Canada’s physicians and their family members. Jackie resides in Winnipeg, MB with her family.

Nadia Di Felice is a Senior Healthcare Specialist dedicated to delivering customized advice and solutions to healthcare professionals, including physicians. Nadia has over 20 years banking experience focused on advice and solutions for healthcare professionals. Her deep knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry will provide tailored support with financial planning, practice financing as well as all other facets of a physician’s professional and personal finances, helping to meet their goals throughout every stage of their career.