We promote improved understanding of pain, Saskatchewan-based pain research, and clinical practice improvements that impact people living with pain.
Join us on this mission to improve the lives of those living with pain in Saskatchewan.

SaskPain’s Governance & structure

Read about the governance, organizational structure, and funding of SaskPain.

SaskPain is governed and endeavors to fulfill its mission through the contributions of its volunteer Board of Directors. The board is led by two co-chairs, supported by a secretary and treasurer. There are a maximum of 15 board members. Board members play an active role in the activities of SaskPain. They are Saskatchewan residents and consist of members of the community, business owners, people with lived experience of chronic pain, healthcare providers, and researchers. As SaskPain grows and becomes further established, hired staff will carry out SaskPain’s mission and develop the organization. To apply to be a member of the board, email an application form to info@saskpain.ca and an updated resume or curriculum vitae. SaskPain has been incorporated as a Saskatchewan Non-profit – Charitable under the Non-profit Corporations Act, 1995 since April 30, 2018. Funding for the board is obtained through donations from private individuals, corporations, or publicly funded grants. SaskPain does not accept funding from pharmaceutical industries or corporations manufacturing medical devices.

History of SaskPain

Learn about the origins and development of SaskPain.

The development of the Saskatchewan Pain Society Incorporated (SaskPain) was nurtured by the vision of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) Pain Management Professional Practice Group (PPG).
One of the objectives of the PPG was to promote the creation of a provincial pain strategy. As a result of a resolution passed at the May 2014 SRNA Annual General Meeting, the SRNA assisted the PPG to partner with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan to host the first key stakeholder meeting for a provincial pain strategy. This event could be seen as the moment when SaskPain began to emerge. A second focused key stakeholder meeting was held in conjunction with the 2016 provincial pain conference. The Saskatchewan Pain Society was incorporated as a non-profit organization in May of 2018.

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Board of Directors

Meet the volunteer board members behind SaskPain.

Our Board of Directors is a committed group of individuals with various backgrounds related to health and pain. Read our stories below.
Dr. Susan Tupper, PT, PhD
Chair
Susan Tupper, PT, PhD, is the Strategy Consultant for Pain Quality Improvement and Research for the Saskatchewan Health Authority. She is a licensed physical therapist with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatrics. Susan holds adjunct faculty positions with the Department of Pediatrics and the Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Susan practiced clinically in both in-patient acute care and out-patient settings. Susan’s current role with the Saskatchewan Health Authority includes knowledge translation, program planning, policy writing, research, and education for healthcare providers, trainees, and the public. Susan is co-chair of the Board of Directors of SaskPain.
Dr. Krista Baerg, BSN, MD
Board Member
Krista Baerg, BSN, MD is a consultant pediatrician and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Baerg’s research focuses on complex regional pain syndrome, chronic pain, pediatric pain management, and interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Baerg is chair of the Research working group with SaskPain.
Ross McCreery
Board Member, Patient Partner
Ross McCreery is a patient and advocate fighting to raise awareness and create change for those living with chronic pain. In 2006 he was diagnosed with a rare disease called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) that has no cure and very few treatments for the debilitating chronic pain. Ross is the founder of CRPS Awareness Day in Saskatchewan, an initiative designed to educate and raise awareness for the disease. He is also involved with advocacy groups across Canada and the U.S. In his role with SaskPain, Ross contributes through sharing experiences of people living with pain and the creation of the newsletter. Ross is a patient partner.
Dr. Tim Bolton, BSc, BHS, MD
Board Member
Tim Bolton, BSc, BHS, MD, FRCPC is a consultant Anesthesiologist, Pain Physician and Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Bolton’s work focuses on the integration of Interventional Pain Medicine within Interdisciplinary Pain Clinics and Provincial Pathways. Dr. Bolton is the Interventional lead at the Regina Chronic Pain Clinic.
Diane Kotschorek
Board Member, Patient Partner
Diane is a proud mother of 5, grandmother of 7, and retired secretary. During the later part of life, Diane has battled severe degenerative back and hip pain. She stays active by regularly attending the gym and accessing care from many different healthcare providers. Diane continues to learn about pain and is excited by the work of SaskPain. She has been a patient family advisor for the Saskatchewan Health Authority for over 5 years with departments of General Medicine and the Community Health Centre initiative in Saskatoon’s Market mall. Diane is the Treasurer for SaskPain. Diane is a patient partner.
Glen-mary Christopher, RN
Chair
Glen-mary Christopher, RN, has been a Registered Nurse since 2003, with experience in emergency, critical care, clinical education, and management. She is interested in all areas of pain management, particularly acute and procedural pain. She has been privileged to work with interprofessional team members to improve pain management in the former Sunrise Health Region. Glen-mary loves coaching people about the ways pain can be eliminated or reduced. She is also passionate about reading research and writing policies and procedures to support best nursing practice. Glen-mary is co-chair of the Board of Directors of SaskPain.
Dr. Cathy Jeffery, RN, PhD
Board Member
Throughout a 35 year nursing career, Cathy Jeffery, RN, PhD, has worked in acute, community, palliative and long term care in addition to nursing and continuing education. Cathy also has experience in health care management, policy and procedure development and program planning and evaluation. Cathy is committed to interprofessional approaches and the incorporation of input from patients/clients/residents and their families to improve health system function and health care delivery that is linked to quality outcomes. Cathy is honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the development of a pain strategy that will benefit citizens of Saskatchewan. Cathy is chair of the Education working group with SaskPain.
Karen Juckes, RN, PhD (c)
Board Member
Karen Juckes, RN, PhD (Candidate) is an assistant professor with the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing, South SK Campus. Her teaching focus is in the area of pediatric and adolescent health. Karen’s research interests are pain management, simulation and interprofessional education (IPE). She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree on pediatric pain. Karen is the chair of an inter-university committee that implements yearly IPE sessions on pain management for undergraduate students across eight disciplines. Karen is an executive member of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) Professional Practice Group in Pain Management. Karen has received the SRNA Millennium Award for Innovation in Nursing and the Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Interprofessional Nursing Project Award.
Tracy Bertram, BComm
Board Member
Tracy Bertram is the Executive Director of the Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan. Previous roles have included Director, Fee for Service and Statistics with the Ministry of Health, and Director Physician Strategy and Quality with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region.Her twenty year career in health care/human services, has included 10 years with the Ministry of Social Services, and three years as an appointed Board member of the Five Hills Health Region. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Healthcare Administration from the U of S, and a Certificate in Quality Management from the Canadian Healthcare Association.

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