Vinita is a Canadian health sector leader with 15 years of experience in research operations, stakeholder relations, and knowledge exchange. Vinita is particularly interested in applied research, with a focus on health services, public policy and patient engagement.
Vinita currently holds the position of Director, Research and Knowledge Translation for the Ontario Long Term Care Association. In this role, Vinita is responsible for driving a culture of learning and innovation, supporting long-term care operators to provide safe, quality care and excellent quality of life for their residents. She leads the program development for This is Long Term Care, the largest research and innovation conference for long term care leadership in Canada.
Prior to joining the Association, Vinita held positions at several Ontario academic institutions including Public Health Ontario, the University of Toronto, Women’s College Research Institute, and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.
Vinita obtained a Master’s of Science, Health Administration and Health Services Research with a specialization in Knowledge Translation from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Science, Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo.
Vinita was diagnosed with SLE in 2010. In 2014, she joined the volunteer Board of Directors for Lupus Canada in hopes to help others who are struggling with this condition. As Chair of the Lupus Canada Research Committee for the last three years, she has launched Lupus Canada’s Catalyst Grant program, the organizations first annual peer-reviewed funding competition, that aims to support high calibre start-up projects that have the potential to significantly advance the field of lupus research, or to impact the lives of persons living with lupus and their families. She also works closely with the research community, participating as a knowledge user, to leverage Lupus Canada’s national voice, to raise awareness and disseminate research to patients and their families.
Friday, April 5
5:55 PM – 6:10 PM