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Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice President, Research, Innovation & Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive of Nova Scotia Health, is an internationally recognized expert in population needs-based approaches to health systems strengthening and workforce planning, evaluation, capacity-building, and research.

Gail is a champion of innovation in healthcare, leading teams, and partners to seek creative solutions to provide high quality and timely access to care for Nova Scotians. Gail has been an Expert Advisor on health workforce planning to the World and Pan American Health Organization since 2005 and is Director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research at Dalhousie University.

Her research involves leading/co-leading multidisciplinary teams and working with national and international partners. Her work has been widely funded and published; garnering extensive interest from governments and other stakeholders because of its significant impact on health policy and practice worldwide.