Our team

Executive Committee (2020-2021)


Janna Radi is a third-year Honours BSc. Translational and Molecular Medicine student at uOttawa. During her spare time, you can find her either outdoors or in a cafe, sipping coffee either ways. She loves to cook, expand her knowledge through podcasts/discussions and spend quality time with people.

I believe that increasing awareness about interprofessionalism in the field of healthcare at a student level will aid in people’s abilities to provide more effective and compassionate care in a collaborative manner. My goal for this year is to expose students to the different fields/perspectives in healthcare and various skills that are beneficial to integrate collaboration and compassion early on students’ academic experiences. I look forward to accomplishing the latter with my incredible team through our new magazine (Hands on Health), Interview Series and future events.

Vice President

Harneet Cheema is a second-year Honours BSc. Health Sciences student at uOttawa. She is obsessed with all things music and fitness. She also loves baking, exploring new places with my friends, and educating herself on issues going on around the world.

To me, interprofessionalism is about health care providers and patients coming together to develop quality care for all. My goal for IPHA is to raise awareness about the inner workings of the health care system, as well as involve students of different faculties across campus because health care is an important subject that affects our lives on a daily basis.

Hands on Health Magazine Coordinator

Arvin Zaker is a second-year Honours BSc. Biomedical Sciences student at uOttawa.

The most important element in the world of medicine is lacking to be described and worked with, which is Inter-professionalism. A lot of people think that being a doctor only means to treat patients from their symptoms and move on without giving the importance of communication and awareness of their situation. A doctor should always show the full, complete interest in the patient and apply top communication skills. Also, one of the main things to do to bring complete success in the healing process is communication with the team around. Being a team player helps you lead a successful career, not only for yourself but also for the wellness of your patients. Therefore, inter-professionalism is one of the key factors in the health care professional’s life.”

Outreach Coordinator

Dina Babiker is a third-year Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (Integrative Bioscience option) student at uOttawa. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, catching up with friends and watching docuseries!

Inter-professionalism is the collaboration between different jobs and positions that independently act to achieve certain objectives yet all come together to achieve a common goal. I believe inter-professionalism is like having different parts of an automobile that all serve a different purpose yet act together to maintain a smoothly running machine. My goal for this year is to help increase awareness about the importance of interprofessionalism in healthcare through IPHA!

Outreach Coordinator

Safa Iran-Manesh is a fourth-year Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (Population and Public Health option) student at uOttawa.

Interprofessionalism to me is collaboration from all levels of the healthcare system for the main goal of providing the best care possible for the patient. It is the collaboration within a group of specialized medical professionals to provide a more holistic approach to patient care as to improve their overall experience.”

Events Coordinator

Taylor Hume is a third year Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences student at uOttawa. She spends her time outside or with friends and works as a PSW to help during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also loves to help people, spend time with her loved ones and be outdoors!

To me, interprofessionalism is the integration of different professionals to collaborate their knowledge to ensure the best possible outcomes. I feel it’s essential for healthcare workers as it not only creates a foundation, but also a tiered system that allows for patients to receive the best care. My goal is to spread awareness of the importance of interprofessionalism both through my own experiences and different healthcare professionals.”

Events Coordinator

Rielle Gobbett is a third-year Honours BA in History student at uOttawa.

Although there is considerable variety with in the healthcare field, I believe each profession is vital to the upkeep and general wellbeing of the human body. Each profession must collaborate to effectively treat an individual patient, and I believe that this collaboration should begin at a student level! It is my upmost belief that, as aspiring health care professionals, we need to work together to better learn effective patient care.


Gobikaa Venugoban is a second-year Honours BSc. in Psychology student at uOttawa. She enjoys travelling, listening to music, extreme sports, and dancing. Her goal for IPHA is to encourage the involvement of different fields and aspects of health care.

Interprofessionalism to me means an opportunity to gain and share more knowledge and skills. It is a way to interact with members from different fields of health who want to encourage and deliver accessible and great healthcare.  To me, interprofessionalism’s main goal is to provide those surrounding us with the best healthcare as possible and to achieve that we need to have a basic understanding of all factors that impact our health. We cannot provide quality health care by only knowing one aspect of health.  Interprofessionalism is essential to have a happy and healthy society. I believe interprofessionalism offers healthcare professionals a way to communicate and conquer problems together which has developed effective solutions. Ultimately, interprofessionalism to me is a method used to help improve healthcare.”

Sponsorship Coordinator

Casey Cassan is a third-year Honours BSc. in Biomedical Sciences student at uOttawa.

The IPHA is uOttawa’s gateway to becoming more aware about interprofessionalism within the healthcare system. Interprofessionalism to me is like a puzzle. Each healthcare profession has a few of the pieces of the puzzle of knowledge, but only when all professions come together can the puzzle of healthcare be complete.

Media Coordinator

Osama Mahdi is a second-year Honours BSc. in Biomedical Sciences student at uOttawa.

To me it is the collective collaboration that people will use to share their experiences together and reach a shared goal. Like when a group works on a lab report or a research project together, where they pool their knowledge to gain the best results. Each member of the group will contribute differently in their points of view so they support each other. Interprofessionalism increases a group’s productivity and boosts morale as each individual is contributing to the result in their own way, and because of this collaboration, new ideas form and a better result is produced.


Shafik Algharbi is a second-year Honours BSc. in Biomedical Sciences student at uOttawa. He enjoys traveling and seeking new adventures, biking, going to the gym in his free time, and mainly focuses on medical researches and latest inventions.

If we are to have a stable, socially based, efficient, and safe health system, it will be necessary for all of us, as health care workers, policymakers, and educators, to implement interprofessional learning and collaboration at all levels of our health care system.

Past executive committees

IPHA 2019-2020
IPHA 2018-2019
IPHA 2017-2018
IPHA 2016 – 2017
IPHA 2015 – 2016
IPHA 2014 – 2015