Andrew Taylor is currently Acting Director of the Canadian Pain Task Force Secretariat, which is a part of the Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch at Health Canada. The Task Force has a three year mandate to provide advice to Health Canada regarding evidence and best practices for the prevention and management of chronic pain. Prior to this role, Andrew led horizon scanning and foresight activities for the Health Canada’s Health Products and Food Branch.
Prior to government, Andrew focused extensively on knowledge synthesis and translation as well as stakeholder engagement across a wide range of health policy topics, serving in several positions at institutions such as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Council of Canadian Academies, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian Healthcare Association, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and AIDS Committee of Toronto.
Jaris Swidrovich, BSP, PharmD, PhD(c)
Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a Two Spirit Saulteaux First Nations and Ukrainian man and pharmacist from Yellow Quill First Nation. Dr. Swidrovich is the first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy in Canada and the first and only self-identified Indigenous faculty member across all ten faculties of pharmacy in Canada.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) from the University of Saskatchewan, a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Toronto, and is currently a PhD Candidate in Education at the University of Saskatchewan. His areas of research and practice include HIV/AIDS, pain, substance use disorders, 2SLGBTQ+ health, Indigenous health, social determinants of health, pharmacy practice, and pharmacy / health professions education.
Linda Wilhelm is the President of The Canadian Arthritis Patient Alliance, a national, volunteer, patient driven organization that has worked to improve the lives of people living with arthritis since 2002. She is co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Chronic Pain Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Network, as well as a member of the networks patient advisory committee. She is also a member of The Evidence Alliance (SPOR) Network. Linda has participated in past Health Canada expert advisory panels and numerous conferences concerning treatment access and drug safety issues. She is a former member of both the Expert Advisory Committee for Vigilance of Health Products and the Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network's steering committee and a current member of The National Pain Taskforce.
Ms. Wilhelm has been an active advocate for treatment access and quality of care for all patients both regionally and nationally for over twenty years and is a past board chair for the New Brunswick Division of the Arthritis Society. Ms. Wilhelm has been living with Rheumatoid Arthritis for over thirty five years, many of those years unresponsive to the medications used to treat the disease which resulted in significant and irreversible damage to most of the joints in her body leaving her to manage chronic pain on a daily basis and throughout her recovery from fourteen major joint reconstructive surgeries.
Ms. Wilhelm is a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Golden and Diamond Medals of honour and the 2015 Arthritis Alliance of Canada Qualman/Davies Patient and Consumer Leadership Award.
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