Dementia Care Matters Catarina Versaevel | Catarina Versaevel

Catarina Versaevel

Catarina Versaevel, has an extensive background as a health care and management consultant, and lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Catarina has worked with Dementia Care Matters in the establishment of one of the 3 existing Butterfly Household Model homes in Alberta. Catarina’s passion, knowledge and understanding of the Butterfly Household Model combined with her change management and organizational design expertise highly qualifies Catarina to represent DCM as the inaugural National Director DCM Canada.

As a consultant, Catarina was most recently engaged with Choices in Community Living Inc. (CICL-a private supportive living organization for older Albertans) and provided management support, operational assistance and guidance on governance policies and practices. Catarina was also an interim Site Director at Copper Sky Lodge, Spruce Grove, one of CICL’s supportive living facility sites and was the project consultant for the establishment of the Butterfly Household Model implementation.

Ms. Versaevel has senior strategic experience in the health care and social services fields at the local, provincial and national levels as well as executive level experience in the Alberta government departments of Community Development and Social Services. Catarina has developed numerous background and policy papers and managed major high level policy initiatives for the Government of Alberta, including a proposed strategy for primary health care reform; a coordinated provincial policy and approach for services to seniors; the development and review of health information protection legislation; the development of an accountability framework for Alberta’s health system, and the development of an international health approach, including trade in health services and products.

At the national level Ms. Versaevel worked with Canada Health Infoway responsible for the clinician engagement strategy in the adoption and use of the electronic health record. Ms. Versaevel co-led the development of pan-Canadian health information protection guidelines with Health Canada on behalf of Alberta. Catarina held the role of Health Innovator with the former International Centre on Health Innovation located at the Richard Ivey School of Business of the University of Western Ontario.

As a management and health care consultant Ms. Versaevel provided management consulting support to a knowledge management organization and has extensive experience in research, and in conducting complex strategic planning and organizational and operational reviews. Catarina‘s consulting practice is focused on policy, privacy, strategic and implementation planning and stakeholder engagement and facilitation.


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