Heidi Sveistrup, PhD, is the CEO and Chief Scientific Officer of the Bruyère Research Institute and VP, Research and Academic Affairs at Bruyère Continuing Care, a multi-site academic health care organization. As a full professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, at the University of Ottawa, her research focuses on rehabilitation and the use of technologies to support wellness, engagement, and long life. She is the academic lead for the Ontario Centres Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care at Bruyère, and a project lead and scientist with AGE-WELL and the CAN Health Network. Heidi contributes to the advisory and scientific councils of the University of Ottawa's Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Canadian Accessibility Network, and the Canadian Standards Association work on long-term care standards.
Under her leadership, Bruyère has doubled its research intensity, added a leading innovation program embedding Canadian technology into health, and increased the impact of Bruyère research and innovation across the health sector. Her work has fostered meaningful ways to support people as they age and her role at Bruyère has augmented both new and existing collaborations among researchers, policymakers, practitioners, civil society, and industry partners.