Keynote Speakers for RTi3 Conference 2021
Innovate Keynote: Elizabeth Knowles
Elizabeth Knowles joins us as our Innovate Keynote Speaker at the 2021 Virtual RTi3. Her presentation, "Transforming Radiotherapy – Did you know that you all play a role?" will provide an overview of the innovations in radiotherapy over the last 20 years and the roles RTTs have played in those technological advances.
Elizabeth graduated in 2000 from Kingston University/Royal Marsden Hospital, Surrey, UK with a degree in Therapeutic Radiography. After working as a Radiographer at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London for 2 years, she moved to Canada to work at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto. After initially furthering the clinical evidence for fiducial marker-guided Radiotherapy for prostate, she gained one of the first research roles for RTTs working for David Jaffray specializing in image guidance. This role involved the establishment of protocols to aid the translation of cone-beam CT technology from a research device to a practical clinical tool and included the presentation and publication of multiple papers on the subject of IGRT. In 2006 Elizabeth moved back to the UK where she continues for Elekta Ltd. as a Product Manager for Unity (MR-linac) maintaining a focus on the innovation of image guidance products and, more recently, developing a special interest and certification in the field of Human Factors and Usability in Medical Devices.
Inquire Keynote: Natalie Rozanec
Natalie Rozanec joins us as our Inquire Keynote Speaker at the 2021 Virtual RTi3. Her presentation, "From Da Vinci to Dose Painting: The Art of Inquiry-Based Travels in Radiotherapy," will guide you through the process of inquiry-based learning. You will walk away with the knowledge of how inquiry can be used to guide your career and role in the field of radiation therapy.
Natalie Rozanec is an Advanced Practice Radiation Therapist at the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre in Newmarket, Ontario. Her key responsibilities include clinical care of patients seen through the Rapid Response Program, teaching family medicine residents and community care providers about palliative radiotherapy, conducting research aimed at improving the patient experience throughout the radiotherapy journey, and she is also involved in several leadership initiatives locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Natalie graduated from the Medical Radiation Sciences Program at the University of Toronto/Michener Institute in 2009. She has been working at the Southlake Regional Health Centre since 2010, where she has worked both as a radiation therapist and clinical trials coordinator. In 2012, Natalie began working as an Advanced Practice Radiation Therapist. She went on to complete her MSc. Advanced Practice (Radiotherapy and Oncology) from Sheffield Hallam University in 2018 and APRT(T) certification through the CAMRT in 2019.
Inspire Keynote: Lee Fairclough
Lee Fairclough joins us as our Inspire Keynote Speaker at the 2021 Virtual RTi3. Her presentation, "Putting the pieces together: Delivering quality care now and in the future", will review various facets of health care leadership.
Fairclough started as President St. Mary’s General Hospital in January 2020, During the pandemic, she was also a the Hospital Lead for the Waterloo Wellington COVID 19 Triad response, supporting the coordination of efforts in the region in response to COVID19. In the years prior, she championed a focus on quality in Ontario, as the VP of Quality Improvement at Health Quality Ontario (2014-2020). Her first exposures to the health system providing cancer care as a Radiation Therapist at Princess Margaret Hospital were the most influential, particularly for what matters most to patients and families. Since completing a Masters in Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in 2002, she has held a variety of leadership roles at Princess Margaret Hospital/University Health Network, Cancer Care Ontario and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. She is an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and has served on several provincial committees and not for profit boards. She is proud mom to two boys, Justin and Oliver. As an alumni of the Canadian Women’s Rugby Team, she is also a strong supporter and promoter of sport.
Inter-professional Keynote: Dr. David Palma
Dr. David Palma joins us as our Inter-professional Keynote at the 2021 Virtual RTi3. His presentation, "Improving Quality of Care in Radiation Oncology: Top-Down, or Bottom-Up?" will fosus on improving quality of care in radiation oncology and empowering our patients.
Dr. David Palma is a Radiation Oncologist at the London Health Sciences Centre and a Clinician-Scientist with the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He holds an MD from the University of Western Ontario, a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam. He completed his residency in Radiation Oncology in Vancouver, Canada. He is the chair of the Canadian Pulmonary Radiotherapy Investigators (CAPRI) group, and the author of the bestselling book, Taking Charge of Cancer: What You Need to Know to Get the Best Treatment.