Rick Riopelle

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Riopelle is immediate past Chair, Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University. He has been stably peer system-funded, and has licensed a large body of intellectual property to the private sector resulting in involvement in two Small and Medium Enterprise start-ups.

Riopelle has long been engaged in backbone/intermediary support for collective impact through demonstrations of innovations in practice - previously the Queen’s University Care Delivery Network Regional Acute Stroke Protocol (Canada’s first regional program; Riopelle, R.J. et al (2001) Stroke 32: 652-655) that informed the Ontario Stroke Strategy; currently the Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge Mobilization Network (SCI KMN) where as Chief Research Officer he oversees ONF’s research and knowledge mobilization portfolio, which in partnership with RHI, acts as the backbone/intermediary structure for SCI KMN. These initiatives and Riopelle’s roles as a member of the CIHR Peer Review Committees (2014-2016), and surveyor for Accreditation Canada’s Stroke Distinction program (national, international) are providing unique learnings now being applied to collective impact activities to address the shift of Canadian jurisdictional funding of health services from provider-based to population-based. To this end, Riopelle accepted an invitation to co-chair (with a TBI survivor) the Board of Directors of Brain Injury Canada in 2013 for the express purpose of engagement of jurisdictional brain injury associations and linked provincial chapters in the interests of fulsome end-user (patient/family) engagement and empowerment in regional population needs-based funding directions by jurisdictions, mapping to a similar initiative in spinal cord injury via the ONF-Spinal Cord Injury Ontario alliance.

Riopelle joined the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research directions towards a Canadian Health Systems and Policy Research Alliance (CHSPRA) in 2015 representing Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Brain Injury Canada, and Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation, and serves on the Impact Measures Working Group and the Training and Education Working Group.

Riopelle was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in 2007, and currently serves CAHS on its Fellowship Committee. He was co-lead of the 2014 CAHS Forum; “Commercialization of Health Research for Health, Social and Economic Benefit: Towards and Evidence-Informed Approach”. It is anticipated that Forum learnings will identify priority directions for a future Full Assessment directed to development of Innovation Ecosystems for Health Social, and Economic impact consistent with CIHR SPOR directions.

Relevant to the CIHR Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) initiative for Chronic Conditions, Riopelle has long been engaged in backbone/intermediary support for collective impact through demonstrations of innovations in practice - previously the Queen’s University Care Delivery Network Regional Acute Stroke Protocol (Canada’s first regional program; Riopelle, R.J. et al (2001) Stroke 32: 652-655) that informed the Ontario Stroke Strategy; currently the Spinal Cord Injury Knowledge Mobilization Network (SCI KMN) where as Chief Research Officer he oversees ONF’s research and knowledge mobilization portfolio, which in partnership with RHI, acts as the backbone/intermediary structure for SCI KMN. These initiatives and Riopelle’s roles as a member of the CIHR KAL Peer Review Committee (2014 -), and surveyor for Accreditation Canada’s Stroke Distinction program (national, international) are providing unique learnings now being applied to collective impact activities to address the shift of Canadian jurisdictional funding of health services from provider-based to population-based. To this end, Riopelle accepted an invitation to co-chair (with a TBI survivor) the Board of Directors of Brain Injury Canada in 2013 for the express purpose of engagement of jurisdictional brain injury associations and linked provincial chapters in the interests of fulsome and disruptive end-user (patient/family) engagement and empowerment in regional population needs-based funding directions by jurisdictions, mapping to a similar initiative in spinal cord injury via the ONF-Spinal Cord Injury Ontario alliance.

In summary, Riopelle brings to the contemporary patient-centered outcomes research domain exemplified by CIHR SPOR initiative a rich body of collective experiential knowledge that is synergizing the generic, and therefore transferable, evidenced social theory-based processes of collective impact, implementation science, cause management, and constellation governance (Duda, M., Riopelle, R., Brown, J.; (2014) Evidence and Policy 10; Number 4: 565-577) for an innovative  transformative value proposition of better health, better care, better lived experience, and better value. Such directions represent value add for a Neurological Health Charities Canada action plan emerging from its Mapping Connections report www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cd-mc/mc-ec/index-eng.php emerging from the 4 year (2009-2013), $15M National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions.

Riopelle confines his clinical professional activities to ambulatory services:

  • Triage Neurology at the community-academic/demand-supply interface; and
  • Independent Medical Examination – Neurology largely focused on the spectrum of traumatic brain injury.