Dr. Suzanne Tough
Dr. Suzanne Tough is a Professor with the Department of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary and a policy fellow with the Maxbell Foundation/Burns Memorial Fund. As the principal investigator of the All Our Families (formerly All Our Babies) cohort, the overall vision of her research program is to optimize birth and childhood outcomes by creating evidence that informs the development of community and clinical programs and influences policy. Suzanne has undertaken research in delayed childbearing, reproductive technology, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, preterm birth, prenatal care, maternal mental health and child development. Suzanne is a member of advisory boards and has held leadership roles related to the development of applied scientific agendas. She has been recognized for her efforts through national and international awards including the Geoffrey Robinson Canadian Pediatric Society and through the She Innovates United Nations program.
Nancy Reynolds is a Partner in Sterling Lifestyle Solutions, a management consultancy, where her work focuses on early brain/child development, child and youth mental health and well-being and public policy. Nancy also held senior executive leadership positions in the Ministries of Health and Children’s Services, most notably as Assistant Deputy Minister of Children’s Services. She is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Mental Health Commission of Canada and chaired the jury for the 2015 Consensus Conference on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults: Making Transitions a Priority in Canada. In addition, she is a Member of the National Advisory Committee of the McConnell Family Foundation WellAhead Project centred on school mental health and well-being.
Jessica Walsh is a Medical Sciences Master’s student studying at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Suzanne Tough of the All Our Families Research Study. She recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin Medical School in Ireland, and is working with Dr. Tough and Nancy Reynolds on the Max Bell Foundation and Burns Memorial Fund Natural Support Policy Fellowship to identify how communities can best support children, youth and families.
Mark Agius is a Project Manager with The Owerko Centre with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Resarch Institute (ACHRI) where his role is focused on strategic planning, community engagement, communications and knowledge translation. Mark also works with the Integrated Concussion Research Program within the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary where he leads funding proposal development and knowledge translation initiatives. Prior to working in Alberta, Mark was a Senior Policy Advisor with the Government of Ontario for over 10 years working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on e-Health and Community Health portfolios. He also worked extensively with the Ministry of Education on Special Education and high school graduation portfolios, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services where he was a member of the provincial System Transition Team tasked with developing a new service delivery framework for child and youth mental health services across Ontario.