Policy & Advocacy Committee2022-04-14T17:28:02-04:00

Concerned Friends Policy and Advocacy Committee Members

Shelley R. Birenbaum
Shelley is President and Counsel at Shelley R. Birenbaum Professional Corporation, a firm dedicated exclusively to health and privacy law. She has worked with hospitals, community mental health centres, Government ministries and regulated health professionals. Shelley was formerly counsel to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and worked in the Health Law Department of two Bay Street firms.  Shelley has a Master of Social Work and practised as a social worker before attending law school.  She obtained her Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012.  She is an active volunteer with Dying with Dignity Canada and the Luke Sklar Mental Health Initiative of Holy Blossom Temple.

Sharon Filger
Sharon has a Master’s Degree in Social Work (Community Development) and more than 40 years’ experience working in the not- for- profit service sector. She held various direct service and senior management positions including, most recently, as the Executive Director of The Macaulay Child Development Centre, a multi-service child and family support charity in Toronto. She has led various inter-agency and community planning groups; served on the Board of Directors of local and provincial associations; and contributed to government policy through participation on various provincial and municipal Task Forces and Advisory Groups.  She has co-authored/edited several Professional Manuals.

Richard H. Irving
Rick recently retired after 35 years as a tenured Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Rick has published numerous articles and books. Don’t Leave I.T. to the Geeks addressed IT strategic Planning in Long Term care.  He also produced several reports on IT use in Canadian Hospitals and healthcare institutions.  Rick was a contributing Editor for Canadian Healthcare Technology and wrote a regular column on Healthcare and IT from 2000 to 2014 when he retired from that position. He is a past president and ex member of the board of HIMSS Ontario a non- profit Association for IT Healthcare Professionals.