The Cancer System Quality Index (CSQI) which is an interactive web-based public reporting tool that tracks Ontario’s progress towards better outcomes in cancer care and highlights where cancer service providers can advance the quality and performance of care.
Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Location: Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1
8:30AM - 9:00AM 9:00AM - 9:15AM 9:15AM - 10:00AM 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Ruthe Anne Conyngham, Cancer Quality Council of Ontario Member
Camille Gray, Patient and Family Member Representative
Virginia McLaughlin, Chair, Cancer Quality Council of Ontario
Dr. Robin McLeod, Vice-President, Clinical Programs & Quality Initiatives, Cancer Care Ontario
Dr. Calvin Law, Regional Vice President, Odette Cancer Centre
Ruthe Anne Conyngham
Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO) Member
A dedicated volunteer, Ruthe Anne’s passion for healthcare began with her appointment to the St Joseph’s Healthcare London Board in 1999, completing her
term as Chair in 2005. Ruthe Anne also completed terms Chairing the Ontario Hospital Association and the Canadian Healthcare Association.
Locally, in addition to serving on the boards of Children’s Health Foundation and the London and Middlesex United Way,
Ruthe Anne has served two terms as Chair of Lawson Research Institute. Currently, Ruthe Anne is immediate past Chair, London Health Sciences Centre, a
member of the Cancer Quality Council of Ontario and serves a faculty member with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute’s national governance program.
Through these volunteer roles; Ruthe Anne has gained a reputation as a tireless healthcare advocate demonstrating leadership in advocacy and policy development both provincially and nationally. Ruthe Anne was recognized in 2008 as a Leading Woman in her community by the Province of Ontario, honoured as a 2011 YMCA Woman of Excellence and most recently was a 2012 recipient of a Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Professionally, Ruthe Anne worked for three decades in the aviation industry for Air Canada culminating in her appointed as Air Ontario's Chief Operating Officer in 1999. In addition to Air Ontario's COO role, Ruthe Anne assumed the senior human resource role during the process of creating Air Canada Jazz through the merger of Air Canada's 5 Regional Airlines. Post retirement, Ruthe Anne lectured at the University of Western Ontario.
Chair, Cancer Quality Council of Ontario (CQCO)
Virginia McLaughlin has been a member of CQCO since 2011 and has been serving as the Council Chair since 2013. She currently serves as a volunteer
trustee on the Boards of trustees of the University of Guelph and the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology Corporation. In addition she is
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the 25 (Toronto) Field Ambulance. She is a past Chair of the Board of Directors, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and a past
chair of the Governance Leadership Council of the Ontario Hospital Association.
Prior to becoming a member of the Sunnybrook & Women's Board of Directors, Ms. McLaughlin was a member of the Board of Trustees, York Central Hospital (1985-1997) and Chair of the Board from 1995-97. She chaired the GTA/905 Healthcare Alliance from 1995-1998 and the York Region Tri-Hospital group from 1995-97. Ms. McLaughlin has also participated in governance for the Ontario Hospital Association as a member of the Regional Council Executive Committee for Region 3 (Toronto, York, Peel and Durham) 1998-2008, as chair of the RCEC 2000-2002, member of the OHA board of Directors 2000-2002 and chair of the OHA Advocacy Committee (2001-2002) and from 2004 until November 2007 was the Chair of the Ontario Hospital Association Governance Leadership Council. Other recent volunteer commitments include Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Trinity College (2003-2005; member since 1999), Chair of Finance Committee (2000-2003) and member of Nominating Committee for the Provost (2001). During the 1980's and early 1990's Ms. McLaughlin served as a volunteer member of the Toronto Symphony Board, Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee and Junior Women's Committee and as a member of the Country Day School Board and Chair of the Junior School Curriculum Committee.
In private life, Ms. McLaughlin is President of Helmhorst Investments Limited. She is married and has two adult children and three grandchildren.
Dr. Robin McLeod
Vice-President, Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives, Cancer Care Ontario
Dr. Robin McLeod received a B.Sc. and MD from the University of Alberta. Following this, she completed training in General Surgery at the University of
Toronto, Colorectal Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as training in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University before joining the faculty at the
University of Toronto. She currently is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
and a fellow ad hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of
Dr. McLeod holds the Angelo and Alfredo De Gasperis Families Chair in Colorectal Cancer and IBD Research at Mount Sinai Hospital. She is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation and Vice Chair, Quality and Performance, in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. As well, Dr. McLeod is currently the Vice President of Clinical Programs and Quality Initiatives at Cancer Care Ontario, the provincial agency which oversees all cancer services in Ontario.
Dr. Calvin Law
Regional Vice President, Odette Cancer Centre
Dr. Calvin Law is the Chief, Edmond Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario. He is
also a cancer surgeon specializing in hepatobiliary, pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgical oncology.
As a leader, Dr. Law has held several leadership positions prior to his current role including being the Cancer Care Ontario Head and Regional Lead of Surgical Oncology for Toronto Central North and the Chair for Gastrointestinal Oncology Site Group at the Edmond Odette Cancer Centre. He was also the co-founder of the Susan Leslie Clinic for Neuroendocrine Tumours.
From an academic point of view, Dr. Law holds the rank of Full Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department Surgery and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He also serves as an Affiliate Scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute and has served as an Adjunct Scientist for the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Dr. Law was the inaugural holder of the Sherif and Mary-Lou Hanna Research Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Toronto. He has also completed a term as a Career Scientist for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario. His research focuses on health services research and population outcomes, where he has published over 120 peer reviewed publications.
As an educator, Dr. Law has been recognized with teaching awards at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels, including the Canadian Association of General Surgery Resident Teaching Award, the Bruce Tovee Surgical Teaching Award and the Robert Mustard Mentorship Award. He has also served a term as an Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Dr. Law completed his medical school training at the University of Toronto, after which time he travelled to McMaster University to complete his General Surgery training. He returned to the University of Toronto to complete his Surgical Oncology Fellowship training and went on to Cambridge, Massachusetts to complete his Masters of Public Health at Harvard University. He then returned to Canada, and settled at the University of Toronto, and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
Patient and Family Member Representative
Camille is a recent graduate from Nipissing University, with a BA in Psychology and will soon be pursuing her Masters of Social Work.
Her personal experience with cancer at a young age has shaped her desire to become involved with organizations and programs aimed at improving the cancer
care system and the experience of patients and their families. Camille is a member of both CCO’s Patient and Family Advisory community and the Patient and
Family Advisory Council.
Camille was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 19 and was forced to withdraw from post-secondary education in order to receive treatment. Cancer did not only affect her physically, but it also impacted her independence, education and career, relationships, and psychological well-being. Exposure to a variety of medical settings has shown her the strengths and areas of improvements within the health care system.