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Chris Rokosh, RN, PNC(C), President of Connect Medical Legal Experts

Chris Rokosh

Presenting Defensive Documentation

Chris Rokosh has reviewed thousands of medical malpractice cases in her successful career as a Legal Nurse Consultant. Her course ‘Legal Issues in Nursing’ is one of Canada’s highest-rated and most attended nursing education courses.

Chris is a warm engaging speaker who connects with audiences on a truly personal level. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in medical-legal issues and nursing education.

Chris’s company, Connect Medical Legal Experts Inc., is Canada’s premier provider of healthcare experts to Canada medical malpractice lawyers.

She is the author of “Shift. Change. Empowering Nurses with Medical Legal Knowledge” – offering insight to healthcare professionals on protecting themselves and patients by focusing on patient-centered care.


The Kennedy Sisters, Life is Worth Living Foundation Inc.

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Presenting Life is Worth Living

Jaclyn and Callie Kennedy are twin sisters who lost their older sister to suicide at the age of 13 years old. Since this time, they have dedicated their energy to sharing their story and spreading awareness on the topics of mental illness and suicide.

After the loss of their sister, they realized how important community and connection was, which is why they are so passionate about creating a community that can speak openly about mental health.

Along with running their non-profit, “Life is Worth Living Foundation Inc.” , Jaclyn works as a Registered Nurse at the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic in Calgary and Callie works as a Chemical Engineer for Delco Water in Saskatoon.

Although they love their careers and the work they do, they are most passionate about being mental health advocates and helping families or individuals know that they too can share their story and live a life worth living.


Michelle O’Rourke, RN MA, Author / Speaker

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Presenting Healthy Caring: Building Resilience into your Practice

Michelle O’Rourke has an extensive background including emergency nursing, parish nursing, hospice palliative care, and spirituality.

The author of ‘Befriending Death: Henri Nouwen and a Spirituality of Dying’ and ‘Embracing the End of Life: Help for Those Who Accompany the Dying’ enjoys speaking, teaching and inspiring others. Michelle helped to design, build and open the 10-bed Chatham-Kent Hospice in 2016.

Now residing in London, Ontario, she is a consultant with VON on their resilience initiative, and offers coverage for the Director of Care at St. Joseph’s Hospice, while supporting new hospice projects as a consultant with ROA Architects.

A sought-after speaker, Michelle has recently published ‘Healthy Caregiving: Perspectives for Caring Professionals’ and provides workshops and retreats for both family and professional caregivers.


Dr. Kim LeBlanc PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), Academic Chair of the Wound Ostomy Continence Institute

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Presenting Skin Tears, Pressure Injuries and Moisture Associated Skin Damage: Navigating Care Among the Aging Population

Kimberly is the Academic Chair of the Wound Ostomy Continence Institute and a certified Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOCC(C)) Nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. She is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program and an Affiliate Faculty at the McGill University School of Nursing.

She completed her BScN from McGill University, Masters of Nursing from Athabasca University and Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing from Queen’s University. Kimberly is also a graduate from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute.

She has more than 22 years of wound, ostomy and continence nursing experience. Kimberly is a sought after speaker and frequently lectures nationally and internationally on wound and ostomy care and is considered a global expert on wound care in the aging population.