Advisors

A former clinical psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Hatfield is currently the Associate Dean, Global Health and International Partnerships at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine.  She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, as well as the Director of both the Health and Society Program and the Global Health Program at the O’Brien Centre for the Bachelor of Health Sciences.  

In 2008, Jennifer was named one of the 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network, a list that is published annually in the Globe and Mail.

Dr. Rod Crutcher is an academic family physician who has worked in the Calgary community for 30 years. Rod acts as a preceptor for family medicine residents, medical students and clinical clerks, and relates to a broad range of allied health professionals in his clinic and primary care network.  Rod is the co-author of a recent book – At the Interface of Culture and Medicine – which is a reflection on global health themes.

Rod has been active in international medical education and global health for the past 10 years.  Travel and work abroad created the passion for this. His work in rural Nigeria laid the foundations for both the Sudanese Physician Reintegration Program (SPRP) and our currently CIDA funded development program Southern Sudan Healthcare Accessibility, Rehabilitation and Education Project (SSHARE).  Research from the Sudanese work has been published in both the Lancet and the Journal of Refugee Studies.

murrayDr. Murray Lee is a general physician who teaches extensively at the medical school and runs a Public Health consulting company.  Each month, Murray works as a fly-in physician in rural Nunavut, working with Inuit populations.  With expertise in cross-cultural activity, epidemiology, and rural health; Murray contributes an important framework to our thought process at GGF.

A family physician for over 35 years, Dr. Dennis Kreptul has been, for the most part, in Edmonton and Calgary.  From 1996 to 2003, Dennis was Chairman of Family and Community Medicine of the National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where he helped organize a four year Family Medicine residency program and transformed the National Guard primary care system in the Kingdom from a polyclinic approach to a Family Medicine led system.

Dennis returned to Calgary in 2004 to work first as the Department of Family Medicine’s Medical Director and later as Residency Program Director. Dennis is currently Deputy Department Head of the University of Calgary’s Family Medicine Program.

Laurel Benson was President and CEO of Volunteer Calgary for over two years,Laurel and now works as a consultant in Change Management and Organizational Effectiveness.  With a background that includes leading and supporting organizations through transformational change; leading the corporate communications and stakeholder relations functions as well as leading the human resources, organizational effectiveness and leadership development functions, Laurel has worked with companies in a number of industries including Oil and Gas, Education, Culture and Community and Healthcare.

Christine Hardy is the Manager of Major Gifts at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.  Prior to moving to Calgary 3 years ago, she was the Director of Annual Support at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  Christine’s interest in the not-for-profit sector started with some volunteer work with the Children’s Wish Foundation. Christine has a background in environmental geography and public relations, the latter of which has been key to her success as a fundraiser.  Christine will be helping in the areas of fundraising and event planning.

Jeff Aplin  is the Owner and President of David Aplin Recruiting, with offices across Canada.  In the past, he has been on the Board of Directors at Volunteer Calgary.  With an MBA and well over ten years of experience in the human resources industry, Jeff will help us coordinate and organize our list of volunteers both here and abroad.  Our goal is to make GGF the most exciting and inspiring place to work!

Dr. Maeve O’Beirne is a physician researcher with extensive experience in ethics, research, and the academic environment.  She also has participated in overseas projects in tMaevehese fields and presented her own ideas at national and international conferences.  She will be helping GGF conduct ethically sound and well-organized research that collaborates with international and Canadian partners.  With a PhD and an interest in patient safety and quality improvement, she is an ideal Advisor to keep us on track.

Dr. Richard Scott is Director, Office of Global e-Health Strategy, and an Associate Professor in the Global e-Health Research and Training Program, University of Calgary.

He focuses his interests on examining the role of e-health in the globalisation of healthcare, including aspects impacting the implementation and integration of e-health globally and locally (‘glocal’ e-health). He promotes the application of ‘culturally sensitive and technologically appropriate’ e-health solutions, and is pursuing collaborative research, capacity building, and implementation activities with colleagues in European, Asian, Australasian, African, and Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries.

Farees Kara is the Chief Technology Officer of Okaki Health Intelligence, a company that analyzes national health information.  He has experience consulting in East Africa in the technology sector, and has agreed to assist us in developing resource-appropriate technologies for sharing information in the region.