Gayle Halas, Ph.D, Director, MPN
Phone: 204.977.5666   Fax: 204.594.5394

Bio coming soon



Shanel Deslauriers, Network Manager
Phone: 204 789 3244

 Shanel Deslauriers is the Network Manager for the Manitoba Primary and Integrated Healthcare innovation Network (MPN) Shanel completed MSc. In Physiology and Pathophysiology from University of Manitoba (2015), and was awarded as the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Masters student of the year for her work on calcium transport in the diabetic heart. Shanel has experience working in both basic and clinical research settings, and has a background in the non-profit health research foundation sector. Shanel has a passion for health research and is excited to be a part of MPN’s work to improve primary and integrated healthcare through research.  She aims to provide support to facilitate collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and policy makers to enhance their research projects. She will also work to support research teams in preparation for application to funding calls, and hopes to create new learning and knowledge translation opportunities for MPN members.



Anna Chudyk, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Patient Engagement

Dr. Anna Chudyk is a post doctoral fellow in the Department of Family Medicine, University of Manitoba. Anna obtained a MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario (2008) and a PhD in Experimental Medicine from the University of British Columbia (UBC, 2017). For her Master’s work, Anna was funded by a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship to investigate hip fracture rehabilitation practices in the elderly. SciVerse ScienceDirect awarded her resultant systematic review the distinction of “2012 Top 25 Hottest Article from the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.” Anna’s doctoral research investigated the association between the built environment, mobility and health of 161 financially-vulnerable older adults living in neighborhoods across Metro Vancouver. This work was supported by a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Thereafter, Anna worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC, where she had a lead role in the development of a project that evaluated the impact of the Arbutus Greenway on health and mobility. In her current role, Anna aims to support MPN’s commitment to nurturing patient engaged research by developing a program of research focused on patient engagement in health services and systems research.


Alexandra Enns, Communications Strategist

Alexandra has a B.A. in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and is currently enrolled in the Joint Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg. With experience executing social media and publishing strategy, volunteering in health research and facilitating mental health workshops for youth,  Enns enjoys how her work at MPN complements her passion for health policy collaboration. Alexandra’s role is to help the network achieve its mission to facilitate connections amongst its diverse membership through communication strategy, graphic and website design, and research support activities.




Tripartite Leadership

Policy Lead: Marcia Thomson
Assistant Deputy Minister of Manitoba Health,  Seniors and Active Living

Marcia Thomson has extensive background in leadership and management, institutional and community based policy, programs and service delivery in Health and Healthy Living, Justice and Family Services and Housing. She was the Homeless Project Site Coordinator in Winnipeg for  the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s mental health and Aboriginal homelessness research demonstration study (2008-2013). In addition, she is currently  the policy lead with the provincial leadership team of research, clinical and policy, supporting the Primary Care SPOR initiative in Manitoba. Marcia is a reviewer in Manitoba and with CIHR at the national level in the Rewarding Success Initiative. In her ADM role Marcia is responsible for the development of a mental health and addictions strategy, providing support to the consultants engaged in this process. As well she supports the Department’s involvement in the TREK,  multi-jurisdiction initiative and policy related research with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba.



Research Lead: Annette Schultz, Ph.D., RN
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences


As MPN’s research lead, Dr. Annette Schultz provides leadership provincially and nationally, along with mentorship for local researchers developing grants.  Her nursing career spans over three decades, and includes working in direct pediatric patient care positions, policy research with the BC College of Registered Nurses, and research focused on health services and policies. She completed her Masters’ of nursing education at the University of Victoria (1999) and PhD from the University of British Columbia (2005). For over 10 years, Dr. Schultz explored tobacco use issues, focused on the enactment of smoke-free hospital grounds policies, sustaining youth resolve to remain smoke-free, and social justice initiatives.

Dr. Schultz recently expanded her research focus to advancing our understanding of heart health among Indigenous peoples. In the spirit of collaboration and decolonization, Dr. Schultz is spearheading an innovative four year CIHR funded study governed by a two-eyed seeing approach, that aims to identify structural inequities influencing the burden of cardiovascular disease, and in collaboration with First Nations Elder is co-creating a documentary concerning First Nations people’s heart health. Culturally safe practice possibilities will be enhanced through evidence that respects and is informed by traditional Indigenous knowledge regarding the heart; in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Actions.


Practice/Clinical Lead: Dr. Tamara Buchel, Executive Director of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians

Dr. Tamara Buchel is a family physician working in Winnipeg and the Executive Director of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians.  She did both her medical school and Family Medicine training at the University of Manitoba.  She currently has a busy clinical practice in Northwest Winnipeg, including both outpatient and inpatient work.  She also attends at a Personal Care Home in Winnipeg.  Over the years, Dr. Buchel has had strong involvement with the medical school and Family Medicine residency program at the University of Manitoba and continues to enjoy teaching.  Dr. Buchel has been the Executive Director of the Manitoba College of Family Physicians since 2012 and through this role is involved in many advocacy efforts to ensure family physicians in Manitoba can deliver the highest quality care to their patients.