Our Committee & Speakers

Dr. Patrick X Smith

Dr. Smith has been a Windsor family physician since 1987. He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1983. He was a part time emergency room physician at Windsor Regional, Collingwood General and Leamington General for seventeen years. He also worked for Windsor Regional Cancer Centre before starting his family practice.

He was born into a large family of eleven children and grew up in Windsor, Ontario. He is married to his wife Shannon of twenty-six years, and together they have two children, Patrick and Taylor, now 26 and 24.

Actively involved in the community, Dr. Smith has coached for many years in travel sports with Tecumseh baseball, hockey and Windsor Core City Hoops. He is proud to have coached his son to an OBA Provincial title in Little League baseball, and his daughter to an Ontario basketball AAA Provincial title with Core City Hoops.

He coordinated the Mark Hunt Melanoma Awareness Fund-Raising Walk, which has helped to heighten awareness of skin cancer, and in particular malignant melanoma in the City of Windsor.

In his youth, Dr. Smith was an All-City basketball and football player for Riverside High School. He won numerous athletic and academic scholarships coming out of high school, and was honoured with the “Bruno Bitkowski” award for the most gentlemanly athlete in the City of Windsor. He chose to turn down athletic scholarship opportunities to pursue a career in medicine.

Very physically active and a sports enthusiast, Dr. Smith commutes daily to and from work on his road bike. He also counts hockey as one of his passions, playing pickup two or three times a week. He loves to read, listen to Motown, and dining out locally and in Detroit. Living on Lake St. Clair gives him the opportunity to enjoy many hours of power boating, kayaking, and jet skiing. He is a member of Beach Grove Golf and Country Club.

Dr. Smith is a member in good standing of the Ontario Medical Association, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Essex County Medical Society, Canadian Association Emergency Physicians and the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine.

Jordan Smith

From London Ontario, Son of Mark and Cathie Smith. Brother to Geoff, Luke and Sophie. Graduate of Western University, were he studied Business and Psychology, while playing Varsity Basketball. He is currently working as a Sales Executive at the Kohler Company, managing the construction market in the GTA. He is passionate about sports, music, food and travel.

Aisha Alfa
Aisha Alfa

Born in Nigeria, raised in Winterpeg, now making her home in Toronto, Aisha Alfa is making a name for herself in the Canadian comedy, hosting and acting scenes. She is the previous winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job, has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and was a finalist in this year’s Toronto Comedy Brawl. She’s on MTV Canada and Much Music and was featured in the comedy documentary Sign Up & Stand Up. Aisha loves laughing and hates bananas.

Ted Ball
Ted Ball

TED BALL is a partner in Quantum Transformation Technologies a consulting firm specializing in building the internal capacity of healthcare organizations to redesign and transform themselves using the systems-thinking-based tools and processes.

Ted has worked as a speech-writer and policy advisor to Ontario Ministers of Health from all three political parties. He has operated as a transformation coach to CEOs of hospitals, CCAC’s, community services and Think Tanks as well as a facilitator for high performance teams developing strategy, creating knowledge products, shifting corporate culture designing new governance processes and reconfiguring whole service delivery systems.

He is well-known in the Canadian healthcare system for his thought-provoking essays on health system reform, organizational transformation, leadership, governance, balanced scorecarding and the design of complex adaptive systems. Today his thought-provoking blogs @ TedBall.com attract 1,500 to 2,500 healthcare leaders each week.

For the past twenty years Ted has worked on leading-edge knowledge product development teams to create tools and processes that liberate the knowledge & wisdom of frontline healthcare workers to redesign their systems, structures and processes to improve quality, efficiency and to enhance the patient experience. These tools combine the art and science of organizational alignment, leveraged strategic thinking and Story-Boarding.

Dennis D. Pointer, co-author of Board Work: Governing Health Care Organizations says that “one of Quantum’s great strengths is that they get people to see the ‘whole system’ and the ‘big picture’ so we can better integrate the component parts of governance, management, and our service delivery systems. They have raised the bar on both the science and art of systems thinking.”

In the mental health sector, Ted was awarded the CMHA’s Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of his contribution to mental health in the Bill Davis Government; as a member of the Ontario Board of the Canadian Mental Health Association; and, as healthcare reform policy advocate.

Toronto Star columnist and editorial writer Carol Goar says that: “Ted Ball is one of the best informed health policy analysts in the province.” She says that “Ted has excellent connections at Queen’s Park, and an encyclopedic knowledge of the healthcare system.”