National Team

Jennifer Pougnet – Co-Chair


Jennifer PougnetJennifer works for Hoffman La-Roche as the Strategic Account Manager for British Columbia. Previously she served as Chief of Staff for the Minister of Health in Alberta and as the Executive Associate to the EVP & CMO Quality and Medical Affairs for Alberta Health Services. She has an eclectic background in healthcare ranging from clinical operations to health informatics to administration. She has a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Public Health with a specialization in Policy. She is also a Certified Healthcare Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. Jennifer has been a member of EHL since 2008, serving previously as the Co-Chair and Social Media coordinator on the Edmonton EHL Executive. Currently she is one of the National Co-Chairs and feels very privileged to work with the amazing people that make up the EHL across Canada.

Lindsay Burke – Co-Chair


LIndsay BurkeLindsay is a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Nursing and holds a Masters of Nursing Degree from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. She is currently working in the Continuing Care sector as Coordinator of Professional Development & Quality for Windsor Elms Village, a NFP Long Term Care Facility within the province of Nova Scotia. She has formerly worked for Nova Scotia Health Authority as the Geriatric Assessor for the Dartmouth General Hospital, Geriatric Restorative Care, Burns & Plastic Surgery, and as a Registered Nurse for Victorian Order of Nurses. She frequently instructs for Dalhousie University School of Nursing. Lindsay believes that when individuals have the opportunity to learn about, with, and from each other, effective collaborative practice takes place and the result is improved client outcomes. She is excited about the opportunity to engage with EHL in strategic partnerships with key external health sector representatives to promote knowledge exchange networks in all facets of the health care industry including government, public, private and not-for-profit sector. Lindsay believes supporting mentoring relationships between Emerging Health Leaders and current health system leaders will foster collaborative practice and produce the next generation of quality health system leaders.

Melinda Snyder – Special Projects: Strategic Planning

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Melinda Snyder is an emerging health leader who works as an Engagement and Patient Experience consultant at Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the Quality and Healthcare Improvement portfolio. Melinda has worked in health care in various capacities, developing her ability to understand the complexities on the front line as well as at the systems-level. Melinda’s background in healthcare stems from an Undergraduate degree in genetics and a Master’s degree in Management of Innovation (MMI). She is also certified in public participation and change management. Melinda has been a member of EHL since 2011; she began as a member of the Toronto node and transitioned her membership to the Edmonton node after she attained employment in Alberta. Melinda plans to return to Ontario and continue promoting patient-and-family centered care through authentic engagement of the public, patients, and health care providers in health care service planning.

Caroline Marshall – Membership and Finance

Caroline has been involved with EHL for several years, beginning with a Communications position for EHL Toronto. She has worked in public health policy and research at many levels of the healthcare system, from a performance measurement and evaluation role at Ottawa Public Health to her current role as a Senior Policy and Program Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Along the way, she has worked for the Australian federal and state governments in mental health policy and research; interned at the World Health Organization in immunization policy; and tutored biostatistics and epidemiology for the University of Queensland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Hons), a Master of Public Health, and a Graduate Certificate in Health Economics.




Rob Fraser – Past-Chair


Fraser_Robert +02Rob is an Registered Nurse, Author and Digital Tool Strategist. In 2011 he was asked to join the Canadian Nurses’ Association’s first ever Expert Commission. His book The Nurse’s Social Media Advantage won an American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award. His website Nursing Ideas shares video interviews with leaders, researchers and innovators in healthcare. His passion is working on projects focused on improving the utilization of digital tools to engage providers and improve patient care.

One Response to “National Team”

  1. Garth WaiteDecember 8, 2015 at 7:58 pm #

    Hi there

    My name is Garth Waite and I am with Health PEI. A little over a year ago I spoke with Bobbie Jo a number of times to learn more about Emerging Health Leaders and to explore the potential of establishing a node on PEI. It was determined that the timing was not quite right for a PEI chapter at that time. However, since then, a small group of people have had conversations concerning opportunities to support aspiring leaders, and naturally our thoughts turned again to your organization. This group is very interested in learning more about the process of establishing a node. I am reaching out today to renew contact and to renew exploration with you to see if the time has come for us to set up a Node on PEI.


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