About the Patient Engagement Team

Joyce Dogba, Assistant Professor and Researcher
Lead, Patient Engagement

Dr. Dogba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine at University Laval in Quebec, and a research scientist at CERSSPL-UL. She has also trained as a physician in Togo. She holds a Master’s degree in health economics and a PhD in Public Health. Her research program comprises evaluation of collaborative practices with patients/service users in research and the education of health professionals.



Holly Witteman, Assistant Professor and Researcher
Co-Lead, Patient Engagement

Dr. Witteman is an Assistant Professor at University Laval in Quebec and a research scientist at CRCHU-UL and CERSSPL-UL. She holds a PhD in human factors engineering. Her research program is about adapting health technology to people rather than expecting people to adapt to health technology. Having lived with type 1 diabetes since childhood, Holly’s role in Diabetes Action Canada involves helping to build connections between people with diabetes and researchers.



Marie-Claude Tremblay
Co-Lead, Patient Engagement

Dr. Tremblay is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, University Laval in Quebec. She holds a PhD in public health from University of Montreal. Her research focuses on participatory program evaluation, patient engagement in research and pedagogical support to health professionals in the context of healthcare paradigmatic transitions.

Jon McGavock

Jon McGavock
Co-Lead, Patient Engagement

Dr. McGavock established his lab at the Children’s Hospital Institute of Manitoba in 2006 to study the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes in youth. He is a CIHR Applied Health Chair (2014-2019) and the lead for the DREAM and DEVOTION research teams to reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes in youth in Canada. He currently is the PI for a CIHR Pathways team grant that assembled Canada’s largest network of scientists and Indigenous communities focused on the prevention of type 2 diabetes among Indigenous youth.

France Légaré

France Légaré, Full Professor and Clinical researcher
Lead Knowledge Translation and Patient Engagement

B. Sc. Arch, MD, MSc, PhD, CCMF, FCMF,
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Shared Decision Making and Knowledge Translation,
Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Université Laval


Alex McComber

Co-Lead, Patient Engagement

Dr. McComber “has worked with a number of national diabetes organizations including Health Canada’s Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative. McComber is co-investigator of the five-year collaborative national research effort FORGE AHEAD and the training facilitator of Kahnawake Schools KSDPP Training Program in Diabetes Prevention.


Olivia Drescher

Coordinator, Patient Engagement

Olivia holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology. Before coordinating patient engagement activities for Diabetes Action Canada, she worked with remote populations in Northern Quebec (Cree and Inuit communities) and in the Caribbean on topics such as nutrition and fish in the diet.

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