Conference Committee

Planning Committee

Elena Lopez | Conference Co-chair, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FCCMG, Clinical Geneticist, Developmental Pediatrician, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Bruce Pipher | Conference Co-chair, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Director, Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Support team/Interior Health Children’s Assessment Network; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Katrina Carlucci, Self-Advocate; Student, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Marta Carlucci, BCR, Parent of a Daughter with Diverse Abilities; Partner, Hive & House Consulting, North Vancouver

Angela Clancy, Executive Director, Family Support Institute

Leanne Dospital, MA, Advocate for Service Quality, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Robin Friedlander, MD, FRCPC, Head, Neuropsychiatry Clinic, BC Children’s Hospital; Psychiatrist, Vancouver and Fraser Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

Theresa M. Grech, MC, CCC, CPRP, Canadian Certified Counsellor and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner, TMG Counselling Group; Clinical Faculty, Developmental Disorders Program, University of British Columbia

Kristina Hiemstra, BSocSc, Director, UBC Interprofessional Continuing Education

Nancy Jokinen, MSW, PhD, Adjunct Professor, University of Northern British Columbia; Co-lead, NTG Canadian Consortium on Dementia & Intellectual Disabilities

Rod Macdonald, MSW, Regional Manager – Community Resource Team, Health Services for Community Living and Choice in Supports for Independent Living, Home Health Portfolio, Fraser Health Authority, New Westminster

Charmaine Miranda, Registered Psychologist, Compass Clinic, British Columbia

Kelli Paddon, BA, CCDP, Manager of Policy, Community Living BC, Vancouver, BC

Vikram Palanisamy, MD, MRC Psych, DCP, FRCPC, Psychiatrist, Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services, Fraser Health; Psychiatrist, Provincial Assessment Centre, Community Living BC

L. Michelle Ross, MD, CCFP, Vancouver, BC

Michelle Schmidt, PhD, Director of Instruction, Student Support, School District No. 36, Surrey, BC

Nancy Warkentin, RN, BScN, Interior Health Authority; Nursing Consultant, Health Services for Community Living, Cranbrook