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2019 National Conference Speakers

Sarah C. Williams trained as an historian at the University of Oxford, where she subsequently taught British and European political and cultural history. After seventeen years at Oxford, in 2005 she moved with her family to Vancouver, Canada, where she taught history at Regent College. Today Williams lives with her husband Paul in the Cotswolds, close to the city of Oxford, where she continues her research, writing, and teaching. The daughter of popular British author Jennifer Rees Larcombe, Williams is the author of Perfectly Human, a spiritual autobiography in which she reflects on contemporary debates surrounding identity and personhood.


Santa J. Ono was installed as the 15th president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia on November 22, 2016. As a professor of medicine and biology, Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. He was also inducted by Johns Hopkins into its Society of Scholars, which honours former faculty who have gained distinction in their fields. Ono’s research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation and age-related macular degeneration – a leading cause of blindness. He is married to Wendy Yip, trained as an immunologist at McGill and as a lawyer at Boston University. They have two daughters, Juliana and Sarah.


Larry Worthen has been the Executive Director, Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada since 2012. Prior to that, Larry served in a variety of leadership roles in the not for profit sector and in the Nova Scotia provincial government. Larry has a BA and a law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He also has a MA in Theology as well as a Diploma in Adult Education. Larry has been married to Dr. Linda Gagnon since 1986. They have two children and five grandchildren. Larry has been an ordained Permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church since June 2012. He is assigned to St. John XXIII Parish in Dartmouth, NS. His ministry consists primarily of pastoral care but he also assists the pastor in preaching and conducting baptisms, weddings and funerals.


Karen Daniels is currently the program manager for the Samaritan’s Purse Cleft and Cataract Programs. A BC trained RN, her real-life adventure began when she figured “a change is as good as a rest” and signed up for a 6 month stint as an “ aid worker” in Sudan. 16 years later she’s still wondering how her adventure turned into a calling. Her assignments have taken her into the Ebola zone, war zones, deserts, jungles, earthquakes, refugee camps, and every bush hospital you can ever imagine. Her heart is to run hard after Jesus; and figure out how to keep up with her nephews on the ski hill!


Corina Gottschling and David Stevenson have practiced dentistry in Kitimat, BC for over 20 years. This husband and wife team have learned much about personal growth, human resource management, and how to run a health care practice with God’s principles as its foundation. They have a passion to share what God has given to them in order to help others live and practice in an authentic way.


T. K. Fenske is a Clinical Professor with the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta, Staff Cardiologist at the C.K. Hui Heart Centre, and Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation for the Northern Alberta Program. He has fellowship training in echocardiography and has been the Principal Teaching Physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Dr. Fenske is an executive member of the CMDS Edmonton Chapter is the proud father of three sons, Oliver, Cameron, and Joel. He and his wife Tanya are content to call Edmonton ‘home” where they are actively involved in the Christian community and Young Adult ministry.


Janet Greenman is a general pediatrician, medical educator and recovering perfectionist. She is married to Jeff and they have two grown children.


Jeffrey P. Greenman (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is President and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Regent College in Vancouver, BC. His teaching and writing has focused on moral formation, worship, leadership development, education, and global Christianity.


Sheila Rutledge Harding's career as a hematologist has focused on mentoring and service. She has found ways to build bridges while speaking important truths. She is currently the National President of CMDS Canada. She does all of this with the abundant support of her husband Terry Harding. 


Terence Harding has his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and his MBA. Sheila and Terry welcome CMDS students from Saskatoon into their home every Thursday for spiritual and physical nourishment. Terry is also a Field Official with the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association.


Bruce Hindmarsh took his D.Phil. degree in theology at Oxford University in 1993. From 1995 to 1997 he was also a research fellow at Christ Church, Oxford. He has since published and spoken widely to international audiences on the history of early British evangelicalism. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society, he is a past-president of the American Society of Church History. He teaches the history of Christian spirituality, and speaks often to lay audiences as well as preaching in his own church and elsewhere. A former staff worker for Youth for Christ and founding director of Camp Cedarwood, he is an active lay member of an Anglican Church. He is married to Carolyn, and they have three children: Bethany, Matthew and Sam.  


Carolyn Hindmarsh grew up under the wide-open skies of the prairies in Saskatchewan, and it was there she became a Christian and developed a lifelong love for the Bible. With her husband, Bruce, she worked in youth ministry before studying at Regent College. She has lived and worked in academic communities for more than two decades as a mother of three in Oxford, Saskatchewan, and Vancouver. She currently teaches New Testament Greek at Regent College. In her speaking, teaching, and personal ministry with students, she seeks to inspire others to follow Christ more closely through a life-changing and prayerful study of Scripture.

 

Andrew Lawe is a surgeon practicing in the Kootenay region of the British Columbia interior. He attended the University of British Columbia medical school and completed residency in Calgary. He is a clinical instructor and mentor with the University of British Columbia Southern Interior program.


John Patrick retired from the University of Ottawa in 2002. He now lectures throughout the world on moral issues in medicine and culture, and the integration of faith and science. John is the president of Augustine College in Ottawa. He is married to Sally, and resides part time in Ottawa, and part time on the farm. 


In 1975, Dr. John Scott assisted Dr. Balfour Mount in developing Canada’s first palliative care program at McGill University, Montreal. Trained in medicine, theology and clinical epidemiology, Dr. Scott was recruited to Ottawa in 1988 to establish Canada’s first university Division of Palliative Medicine. Presently, he is a staff physician in Palliative Care at The Ottawa Hospital and Associate Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, University of Ottawa. 


Isaac Tam is a board-certified pediatric dentist and orthodontist, has been creating children’s healthy smiles for more than a dozen years. Dr. Tam is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and serves on the staff at Vancouver General Hospital and British Columbia Children’s Hospital, where he mentors dental students and residents in both the hospital setting and in community clinics. In his spare time, you’ll find Dr. Tam enjoying family, fishing, cycling, playing the violin, and developing community projects through the Tam Foundation.


Tim Tam  is an expert dentist who has more than three decades of experience providing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Tam also volunteers with and co-founded the Downtown Eastside Dental Free Clinic in Vancouver, and generously gives back to the community through the Tam Foundation. In addition, he enjoys fishing and spending quality time with his wife Remy and his children Isaac, Esther, and Samuel.


Carolyn Watts trained as an Ob/gyn and worked in Afghanistan for four years before illness ended her obstetrical career and opened the opportunity for her to study theology and retrain as a writer and spiritual director. She blogs weekly at hearingtheheartbeat.com.

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