Healthcare Mentors


dr ronald lett

Founder of CNIS (Canadian Network for International Surgery)

Founder of the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS), Dr. Ronald Lett did his undergraduate medical training and post-graduate surgical training at the University of Alberta. He completed his Masters in Injury Epidemiology at McGill University. In 1996, Dr. Lett co-founded the Injury Control Centre – Uganda, the first lead-agency for injury control in sub-Saharan Africa and the Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa (IPIFA), a 10-country network. He is currently the International Director of the CNIS, residing in Ethiopia. Dr. Lett is co-chair of the African Canadian Committee for Essential Surgical Skills (ACC-ESS), Scientific Associate of the Injury Control Centre-Uganda (ICC-U) and ICC-Tanzania, honorary member of the IPIFA steering Committee and Adjunct Professor of Surgery at McGill University and at the University of British Columbia.


Stewart wong

Occupational Therapist


Dr. Heather Lindsay

Acting Department Head and Medical Director, VGH Emergency

Dr. Heather Lindsay is an Emergency Physician and the Department Head at Vancouver General Hospital, as well as the informal IT coordinator. She received her medical training at Queen’s, and completed her Royal College residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. She has an MPH from UBC with a focus in injury prevention and disaster management, and is a graduate of the BC Clinician Quality Academy and acted as the CQI Director for the VGH Emergency Department for 3 years. Her focus is quality and process improvement, and she has an interest in technology and innovation in healthcare and medical education.


Dr. york hsiang

York N. Hsiang, MB. ChB., MHSc., FRCSC., is Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of British Columbia and Consultant Surgeon at the Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. Born in Taiwan, educated in the United States, New Zealand, and Canada, Dr. Hsiang has diverse interests in vascular engineering, vascular biology, lasers, and clinical epidemiology. Dr. Hsiang was the former Director of Surgical Research in the UBC Department of Surgery. He also has a special clinical interest in wounds and served on the Board of the Canadian Association of Wound Care.


Miranda Lee

Occupational Therapist


Dr. Leslie Grad

MSFHR’s program designer, responsible for the Foundation’s Innovation to Commercialization Award Development -- Manager, Research Programs (Design & Development) at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)

Dr. Leslie Grad is the Manager, Research Programs (Design & Development) at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), BC’s health research funder. Les earned his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Alberta and held a senior Research Associate position at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, developing therapeutics against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Les transitioned from academia to stakeholder engagement and program management at PrioNet Canada, a national Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) for prion and neurodegenerative disease research and awareness. He now uses his research experience and knowledge of the health funding landscape to design new funding program models and serve as a resource on trends in health funding, research and innovation at MSFHR. Les recently designed MSFHR’s new Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) program, which provides funding support for researchers to advance their products or technologies towards practical application to improve health outcomes.


SUkhbinder dhiman

ER Physician

I’m an emergency physician at Surrey Memorial Hospital.  I’ve been in clinic clinical practice for 10 years.  My interests include innovation in healthcare delivery.  I am interested in mindfulness in medicine, flow states, and bringing an urgent care centre to surrey and to scale that solution province wide.  I want to develop a way to etriage patients from home and link it into emr systems.