Speakers

We are thrilled to have two great Keynote speakers for this year’s conference.

Keynote speaker

Laila Alshafai – Dr. Laila Alshafai is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She is an Undergraduate Education Faculty and is primarily a head and neck radiologist. She is a neuroradiology staff in the head and neck division of the Joint Department of Medical Imaging (JDMI), Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Alshafai completed her residency training in medical imaging at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and her post-residency fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology at the University of Toronto.


Keynote speaker

Rebecca Hibbert – Dr. Rebecca Hibbert is an abdominal radiologist at The Ottawa Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Ottawa. She completed a fellowship in Cross-sectional Imaging at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Her areas of clinical expertise include non-vascular interventions and non-invasive treatment of liver and kidney tumours with thermal ablation. Dr. Hibbert is passionate about teaching & education. She was Program Director of the University of Ottawa’s Diagnostic Radiology Residency Residency Program and co-directed the National Radiology Residency Review course held annually in Ottawa for many years. She developed Canada’s first comprehensive simulationtraining curriculum in radiology. Dr. Hibbert is a mentor to many budding radiologists. She strives to increase mentorship and sponsorship opportunities for women in radiology. She strongly believes in and supports actionable change towards improving diversity and inclusion. She is inspired daily by her talented trainees and by her cheerful husband/partner of 25 years and three radiant children, ages 3, 5, and 7.


International guest speaker

Harry Bardgett – Dr. Harry Bardgett is lead radiologist for the Western West Yorkshire Uro-oncology Centre, where he helps treat patients with cancers of the kidney, bladder, and prostate including new advances in prostate MRI and biopsies. After medical training in Liverpool, England, Dr. Bardgett worked and travelled in New Zealand and Zimbabwe. He completed his training in radiology within West Yorkshire and gained specialist training in radiology of the kidneys, bladder, and prostate in Oxford, and Wake Forrest Medical Centre, North Carolina. He has also spent a year in Auckland, New Zealand as a consultant. He recently joined a charity that visits the developing world to promote and train medical staff on the removal of stones from the kidney via keyhole techniques.

Local speakers


Sharon Clarke – Dr. Sharon Clarke is the Section Head for Abdominal Imaging. She completed the combined MD/PhD program at the University of Western Ontario, obtaining her PhD in Medical Biophysics in 2004 and her MD in 2005. She attended Dalhousie University for her residency in Diagnostic Radiology, and then completed a one-year fellowship at Stanford University in Body MRI. Dr. Clarke is now an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Dalhousie University. As a clinician-scientist, she works closely with the BIOTIC team. Her research interests include the translation of novel MR pulse sequences to clinical practice.

Andreu Costa – Dr. Andreu Costa is an academic radiologist at the QEII HSC. He completed his undergraduate and graduate education in Engineering Physics (Queen’s University) and MRI physics (University of Western Ontario), respectively. He completed his medical doctorate and radiology residency training at the University of Ottawa, followed by a fellowship in abdominal imaging at the University Health Network in Toronto.


Mike Rivers-Bowerman – Dr. Mike Rivers-Bowerman is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University. He completed an honours undergraduate degree in biophysics at the University of British Columbia in 2005, receiving a Rhodes Scholarship in his final year. As a graduate student at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford from 2005-2007, Mike obtained Master’s degrees in diagnostic imaging and surgery from the Nuffield Department of Surgery. He subsequently returned to Vancouver for medical training where he received an MD from the University of British Columbia in 2011. Mike lives in Halifax, N.S. with his wife and their two young children.


Matthias Schmidt – Following completion of his training in pediatric radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Dr. Schmidt started to work at the IWK Health Centre in 2000. He served as Chief of Diagnostic Imaging between 2002 and 2007. After a second fellowship in diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology, Dr. Schmidt accepted a position as staff neuroradiologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. He is currently a full professor in Diagnostic Radiology at Dalhousie University. Dr. Schmidt’s research and clinical interests are innovative imaging techniques, neuroimaging ethics and epilepsy.