PETER OXLAND

Peter Oxland is a Family Advisor with Alberta Health Services (AHS), Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network; a Patient and Community Engagement Researcher (PaCER); a volunteer with AHS Grief Support Program’s spousal loss groups; a volunteer in Foothills Medical Centre’s ICU; a Distress Centre Calgary crisis line worker; and a host for weekly community drums circles at Wellspring Calgary. He got involved with Critical Care in early 2013 after the tragic death of his wife who had a nasty cancerous nasal cavity tumour which masqueraded as chronic sinusitis, leading to a very late diagnosis and her dying in ICU. Pete is sincerely fascinated in the topic of grief/bereavement/loss which everyone experiences in different ways during their life. He is inspired by the opportunity to understand the collective voice of former ICU patients and family members through research, and have this complement (and balance) traditional scientific medical research, to help inform change in the very challenging ‘world of Intensive Care’. His professional career was 33+ years with IBM Canada, the last 10 years as a senior managing consultant working exclusively with clients. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo. 

Position: Family Advisor

Institution: Alberta Health Services

SCN: Critical Care SCN

Email: peter.oxland@ahs.ca

Engagement Activities/Advisor Activities: Research - Café Scientifique June 2015 panel member; Reviewer & collaborator for multiple grants (current & past); Member of Patient & Community Engagement (PaCER) led project as part of the Evidence Care Gaps project; Critical Care SCN - member of core committee; Co-chair of Patient & Family Centred Care Collaborative Committee