Summary of Affiliations and Interests: External Advisory Panel

In accordance with the Health Canada Policy on External Advisory Bodies (2011), all members were asked to disclose affiliations and interests relevant to the Canadian Pain Task Force mandate.

Before every meeting, the Co-Chairs and Executive Secretary will review each member’s declarations in light of the various items on the agenda. Based on this review, they will decide, if necessary, to limit a member’s participation in all or part of the meeting agenda. They will inform the member of this decision.

As well, upon receipt of the meeting agenda, members are expected to review their own affiliations and interests against agenda items and advise the Co-Chairs and Secretariat if they see a potential cause for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of their participation.

Summaries are provided for each of the External Advisory Panel members based on the following questions.

  1. Direct financial interests

    Do you, your spouse/partner, or dependent minor child have any current direct financial interests (i.e., current employment, investments in companies, partnerships, equity, royalties, joint ventures, trusts, real property, stocks, shares or bonds) in the regulated cannabis, therapeutic product, and/or medical device industries, or any other private sector industry with interests in pain management?

  2. Indirect financial interests
    1. Within the past five years, have you or your spouse/partner received payment for work done or being done, or financial support, from a private sector organization that has an interest in the mandate of the advisory body? Include past employment, contracts or consulting, research support, personal education grants, contributions, fellowships, sponsorships, and honoraria for teaching, speaking, or writing engagements.
    2. Within the past five years, have you or your spouse/partner received materials, discounted products, gifts, or other benefits, or attended conferences or meetings where all or part of the travel and accommodation costs were provided by a private sector organization that has an interest in the mandate of the advisory body?
    3. Within the past five years, have any of the organizations where you or your spouse/partner are currently employed or where you or your spouse/partner participate in internal decision making (that is, as a board member or as an executive or non-executive director), received grants or other funding from a private sector organization that has an interest in the mandate of the advisory body?
  3. Intellectual interests
    1. Within the past five years, provided any formal advice or opinion to industry; a Canadian federal, provincial, or municipal government; a foreign government; or a non-government organization on a matter of relevance to the mandate of the advisory body. Include expert testimony or acting as witness (full or part-time), participation on an advisory body, etc.
    2. Made public a statement (speeches, lobbying, etc.) or publicly stated a point of view (including in scientific papers, articles, journals, or other publications, or on websites) on issues of relevance to the advisory body’s mandate.
    3. Current professional or volunteer affiliations (such as membership in professional/scientific societies, trade associations, and lobbying, public interest, or advocacy groups) that may have an interest in the mandate and work of this advisory body.
  4. Other

    Additional affiliations and interests, or potential circumstances that might give a well-informed member of the public reasonable apprehension or grounds for concern regarding the integrity and objectivity of participation in this advisory body.

Summary of Affiliations and Interests
Name/
Location
Indicated Sector and Expertise/Experience Summary of Responses
Direct financial interests Indirect financial interests Intellectual interests Others

Friederike Ballantyne

Member

Manitoba

Community nursing, Indigenous health

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. No

3c. No

4. No

Comments:

No affiliations and interests to declare.

Dr. Norm Buckley

Member

Ontario

Anesthesiology, pain-focused research

1. No

2a. Yes

2b. No

2c. Yes

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Principal Investigator for a research study in 2014-15 funded by the pharmaceutical industry
  • Nominated Principal Investigator for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Chronic Pain Network (CPN). This is a federal funding program where CIHR funding is matched with funding from external sources including some funding from the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Public statements on pain assessment and pain management approaches, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions
  • Member, Canadian Pain Society (CPS), International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Chair, Canadian Pain Society Special Interest Group on Interventional Pain
  • Co-Founder, Canadian Pain Care Forum, Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, McMaster University

Christine Chambers

Member

Nova Scotia

Psychology, pediatric pain research, knowledge mobilization

1. No

2a. Yes

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Consultant, e-claims company, 2018 to present
  • Paid consultant to a pharmaceutical company in 2013-14
  • Public statements and published works on pediatric pain
  • Member, Institute Advisory Board, CIHR’s Institute for Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis
  • Member, Selection and Advisory Committee, Mayday Fellowship, 2017-2019
  • Member, Meg Foundation Advisory Board
  • Member, ChildKind International Advisory Board
  • Advisor, Pain Research Forum, International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Neurology Central
  • Secretary (elected), Board of Directors, Society of Pediatric Pain (Division 54), American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member (elected), Council, Special Interest Group on Pain in Childhood, IASP
  • Member, American Pain Society; APA; Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies; CPS; IASP; Canadian Psychological Association; Division 53, APA, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Division 54 APA, Society of Pediatric Psychology

Anshu Gupta

Member

Saskatchewan

Occupational therapy

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. No

4. No

Comments:

  • Panellist, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ (CAOT) Profession Issue Forum: Pain Management and Occupational Therapy, CAOT National Conference

Dr. Jennifer Harris

Member

Northwest Territories

Family medicine, pain and substance use disorder focus

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. Yes

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Assisted and advised on the development of a Take Home Naloxone Program, an Opioid Maintenance Therapy Program, and a Self-Management Pain Program (2013)
  • Associate Clinical Lead of Addictions, Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority
  • Public statements on substance use including opioid overdose prevention and management
  • Former Board Member, Yellowknife Women’s Society, and YWCA of the Northwest Territories
  • Member, Canadian Academy of Pain Management, International Society of Addiction Medicine, Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Addiction Working Group, Opioid Maintenance Therapy Working Group, Cannabis Implementation Committee, and Prescription Monitoring Program Working Group

Dr. Gilles Lavigne

Member

Quebec

Dentistry, neurophysiology, sleep and pain management

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. Yes

3a. No

3b. No

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Member, Executive Committee, Quebec Pain Research Network and President elect (2012-2016) and past president (2016-2018) of the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) which receives some funding the pharmaceutical industry for its awards and annual scientific meeting program.
  • Member, Order of Dentists of Quebec, CPS, American Pain Society, IASP and the Canadian Sleep Society and World Sleep Society

Dr. David Lussier

Member

Quebec

Geriatrics, pain in older persons

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Member, Working Group, Chronic Pain Action Plan, Ministry of Health and Social Services, Quebec
  • Member, Quebec Commission on End of Life
  • Member, Undergraduate Curriculum Expert Committee (Pain), Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Justina Marianayagam

Member

Ontario/Northwest Territories

Chronic pain advocacy and awareness, lived/living experience, medical student/researcher

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. Yes

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Volunteer patient advisor, Patient and Family Advisory Council, Health Quality Ontario (2018-2021)
  • Public statements on living with pain, impacts of pain, and barriers of transitional pain care (pediatric to adult)
  • Public presentations on pain research, transitional pain care, pediatric pain, and patient-centered care
  • Student trainee member, CPS
  • Medical Student Representative, Undergraduate Curriculum Expert Committee (Pain), Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada

Laura Murphy

Member

Ontario

Pharmacy

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Publications on pain management including pharmacological interventions
  • Member, National Faculty, Safe and Effective Use of Opioids for Chronic Non Cancer Pain

Steven Passmore

Member

Manitoba

Chiropractor, researcher

1. Yes

2a. Yes

2b. No

2c. Yes

3a. Yes

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Maintains active licensure and hands on experience to contextualize research through private practice (82hrs/year)
  • Received honoraria from the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Manitoba Chiropractic Association for attending meetings
  • Received grant funding from the Canadian Chiropractic Association and the Manitoba Chiropractic Association
  • Spoke at the Saskatchewan Provincial Legislature to Ministers and Members of the Legislative Assembly on the integration of chiropractors in a publicly funded health care model in November 2018
  • Public statements on the role of chiropractors in pain management, the role of chiropractors in a publicly funded health care model, and the impact of pain on people’s functioning and lives.
  • Member, The North American Spine Society, the World Federation of Chiropractic, Manitoba Chiropractor’s Association, Canadian Chiropractic Association, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, and the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology
  • Volunteer member, Research Committee, World Spine Care
  • Member, Canadian Chiropractic Clinical Practice Guideline Development Group
  • Committee member, Manitoba Health billing code ad hoc, Research Committee, and Government Relations Committee, Manitoba Chiropractor’s Association
  • Committee member, Practice Based Research Network and Liaison to Canadian Chiropractic Association
  • Scientific Officer, Research Manitoba, Social/Population Health Grant Review Committee

Dean Penney

Member

Newfoundland and Labrador

Social work

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. No

3c. No

4. No

Comments:

No affiliations and interests to declare

Dr. John Pereira

Member

Alberta

Family medicine, pain specialist

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. Yes

3a. Yes

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • President, Pain Society of Alberta (PSA), October 2017 – October 2019. The PSA receives funding from multiple sources including arms-length funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Funding comes to PSA as part of conference or continuing medical education activities.
  • A founding Co-Chair, Alberta Pain Strategy. Role included consulting with Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, Government of Alberta
  • Called publicly for both a provincial and national pain strategy
  • Public statements on multi-disciplinary pain management approaches
  • Member, PSA and CPS

Patricia Poulin

Member

Ontario

Psychology, pain focused research

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. Yes

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Co-Principal Investigator for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Strategy for Patient Oriented Research Chronic Pain Network (CPN). This is a federal funding program where CIHR funding is matched with funding from external sources including some funding from the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Advisor, Chronic Pain Quality Standard Advisory Committee, Health Quality Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Pain Society
  • Authored numerous scientific papers and other publications on chronic pain and pain management approaches with an emphasis on psychological interventions.

Kathleen Reid

Member

Alberta

Nursing, pediatric pain

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Public statements on pediatric chronic pain
  • Member, Pain Society of Alberta
  • Member, Alberta Health Services Pain Research Group

Michael Sangster

Member

Nova Scotia

Physiotherapy, pediatric pain

1. No

2a. Yes

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. No

3c. No

4. No

Comments:

  • Received an honorarium, as well as reimbursement of travel and accommodations expenses from an orthotics company for speaking at their national conference.

Pamela Schacht

Member

Manitoba

Community nursing, Indigenous health

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. No

3c. No

4. No

Comments:

No affiliations and interests to declare.

Colleen Varcoe

Member

British Columbia

Nursing, research related to violence and trauma, Indigenous health, health equity

1. No

2a. No

2b. No

2c. No

3a. No

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Public statements on pain management and assessment, including priority populations
  • Member, Aboriginal Engagement Committee, University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Member, College of Reviewers, CIHR; Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International; Canadian Association for Nursing Research
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative
  • Co-Chair, Trauma and Violence-Informed Care Leader Table; Violence Evidence Guidance Action Project, National Guidance and Implementation Committee
  • Member, Indigenous Advisory, West Coast Legal Education and Action Fund

Gerald Zamponi

Member

Alberta

Researcher, physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology

1. No

2a. Yes

2b. No

2c. No

3a. Yes

3b. Yes

3c. Yes

4. No

Comments:

  • Received consulting fees for activities related to membership on pharmaceutical company scientific advisory bodies (2016-present).
  • Participated in a single-day European Commission Panel concerning transatlantic cooperation in the area of pain.
  • Public statements on pain mechanisms and public speeches at symposiums on research findings.
  • Member, CPS, Faculty of 1000, Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Canadian Physiological Society, Gairdner Medical Review panel (2015 - present), and Standing Committee on Annual Meeting Planning Canadian Academy Health Sciences
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