Two Steps Forward is all about connecting, communicating and collaborating with people. I love doing this through either the written word or through speaking

Please reach out to me if you can think of a good blog topic, would like a writer or a speaker for your event. I would love to connect. Contact me here or view my Speaker Kit.

You can also view all my media contributions here

Below is a list of all my upcoming or previous speaking events.

Conferences and Events 2022

December 2022

Canadian Medical Association (CMA): Bold Choices in Health Care, a panel discussing the issue at the heart of the an effective and effective health care system: How we deliver care to our patients



November 2022

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Twitters Spaces: Patients Before Politics



October 2022

Health eMatters Conference 2022

Presenter: You are our own brand

June 2022

Quality Forum 2022

Presenter: Supporting mental health challenges in individuals affected by brain tumours

May 2022

Technologies in Emergency Care (TEC Vancouver 2022)

Presenter & Panelist: Patient and Community Experience: Impact of Health Innovations

Feb 2022

University of Ottawa: Medical School Students

Speaker: Resiliency in Patients

Feb 2022

Providence Health

Speaker: My patient journey with Endometriosis

Conferences and Events 2020/2021

Oct 2021

Who Knows? Essential Care Partners do (Healthcare Excellence Canada)


May 2021

Technologies in Emergency Care (TEC Vancouver 2021)

Panelist: Department-level COVID-19 Innovations

April 2021

Globe & Mail: Virtual Health Care for the Long Term (Moderator André Picard)

Panelist: : Virtual Health Care: Where do we go from here?

March 2021

Canadian College of Health Leaders (Hamilton)

Presenter & Panelist: Evolving post pandemic virtual care to meet patient and system needs

Feb 2021

Quality Forum 2021

Co-presenter: Re-Integration of Family Caregivers as #EssentialCarePartners During the Pandemic & Beyond

Jan 2021

University of Ottawa: Medical School Students

Speaker: Resiliency in Patients

Dec 2020

SPORcast: Podcast

Participant: The Patient Story Experience: Cost or Benefit?

Dec 2020

Providence Health

Speaker: My patient journey with Endometriosis

May 2020

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI): Virtual

Co-Host: Maintaining & Strengthening Patient/Family/Caregiver Partnerships

February 2020

Canadian Critical Care Conference: Whistler, Canada

Co-Presenter: Experience Across the Continuum

February 2020

Quality Forum 2020: Vancouver, Canada

Co-Presenter: Debate: “be it resolved that… people should have full and real-time access to their electronic medical record.”

Conferences and Events 2019/2018

October 2019

Canadian Conference for Physician Health (CCPH): St Johns, Canada

Co-Presenter: The Other Side of the Gurney: Patient perspectives on physician wellness

September 2019

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Leaders Conference: Vancouver, Canada

Presenter: The patient’s perspective on the “Joy at work” in health care

September 2019

Surgical Patient Optimization Collaborative (SPOC): Vancouver, Canada

Presenter: Patients as Partners in Surgical Optimization

Working Group Contributor:  SPOC Change Package (Patient Activation section)

August 2019

CMA Health Summit 2019: Toronto, Canada

Presenter: The T.E.A.M. Approach © for Empowering Patients, Grand Central – CMA Health Summit

May 2019

The Patient Experience Symposium: Harvard Medical School, Boston

Presenter: Activating Patients for Better Outcomes: Using a T.E.A.M Approach to Engage and Empower Patients and their Health Care Providers.

Patient Experience Symposium Agenda 2019

February 2019

Surgical Quality Action Network: Advancing the Surgical Quality Agenda in BC

Presenter: Patients as Partners in Pre-Optimization (Discover methods that help activate patients improve their own outcomes)

SQAN Day 2019

November 2018:



November 2018:

Fraser Health Patient Experience Conference 2018

Topic: How to advocate for Oneself in Our Healthcare system

October 2018:

2018 Brain Tumour National Conference

Topic: Your Health Is in Your Hands (Watch here)

BTFC Interview: Watch here

October 2018: BC Patient Safety & Quality Council  Topic: Exploring Patient Activation, Engagement and Experience

September 2018: Health 2.0 12th Annual Fall Conference, California Topic: Innovations transforming the Patient Care (panelist)

September 2018:

North Shore Seniors Health Expo 2018

Topic: How to Advocate for Oneself in Our Healthcare System

August 2018:

CMA Health Summit 2018

Attending as Patient sponsored delegate 

May 2018: Women’s Preventative Health Conference 2018 Topic: How to advocate for Oneself in Our Healthcare system

May 2018: Telus Agency Summit 2018 Topic: Put Your Health in Your Own Hands

March 2018:  TEDxStanleyPark 2018 Topic: Put your health in your own hands (Watch here)

February 2018: Quality Forum 2018 Topic: Workshop participation: Activating patients to improve care

Previous Conferences and Events

October 2017:  Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada National Conference  Keynote Speaker, Topic: The Power of the Volunteer

June 2017:  Department of California Health Services Key speaker, Topic: Empowered patients

May 2017:  Vancouver Health Care Professional’s Symposium, Royal Columbian Hospital, Vancouver Topic: Personal Story

April 2017:  Medicine X – Stanford University, USA. Topic: Patient and health care professional collaborations – shaping the future Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBx-HMYV4Qw&list=PL5sJU6QTvAeG_JAmMBdOtyUj1Phu3hwtp&index=2

July 2016:  American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) National Patient & Family Conference Chicago 2016 Keynote Speaker, Topic: Stepping Forward: Embracing Life after a Brain Tumor Diagnosis