Committee Members and Volunteers

A special thank you and note of acknowledgment to all our dedicated committee members, volunteers and support staff who have worked tirelessly; benevolently devoting countless hours to organizing the conference.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Neil Arya

Dr. Neil Arya is a family physician in Kitchener Ontario and founding Director of the Global Health Office at Western University. He is former Vice-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize and of President of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) and has written and lectured around the world about Peace through Health.

Dr. Arya continues as founder Director of the Kitchener/Waterloo Refugee Health Clinic in collaboration with the Kitchener Waterloo Reception Centre where he provides case-specific care to newcomers and those in need of specialized care and was lead physician developing the Psychiatric Outreach Project, providing mental health for those homeless or at risk in St. John’s Kitchen in Kitchener, tasks which led to him receiving the 2009 College of Family Physicians of Canada Geeta Gupta Award for Equity and Diversity. He remains Assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine at McMaster University (part-time) and Adjunct Professor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.

In 2011 Dr. Arya has received an honorary doctor of letters D. Litt from Wilfrid Laurier University on their 100th anniversary, the Advocacy Award from KW Reception Centre celebrating 25 years of refugee health work and the mid career award in international health from the American Public Health Association.
www.neilarya.com

GLOBAL HEALTH – INTERNATIONAL

Gina Uppal

Gina Uppal is a senior at Western University in the Health Sciences with a focus on the relationship between health and development. She has conducted undergraduate research exploring the Ethnocultural Challenges of Managing Diabetes Faced by Sikh Immigrants in the Greater Toronto Area. She was also a Fulbright-Killam fellow in Washington DC this year working at the Results for Development think-tank and taking courses at American University. Gina helped organize the Advocacy and Activism subgroup at Transcending Borders last year.

Shawna O Hearn

Shawna O Hearn’s career has spanned a range of development, global health, policy and children’s rights positions in Canada and around the world, including Nunavut, India, The Gambia, Commonwealth of Dominica and Uganda with organizations including Save the Children, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Government of Nunavut and the Nova Scotia Gambia Association. Shawna holds a Masters in International Development from Saint Mary’s University and a Masters in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University. She has served on the board of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research(CCGHR) and currently chairs a Governance Committee for the Board of Health Promotion Clearinghouse as well as co-chairs the annual Canadian Conference for Global Health. She is part of research teams exploring the competencies required for global health education as well as the integration of social responsibility into higher education international strategic plans. As the Director of Global Health at Dalhousie University, Shawna has led the office to expand the global health framework to local partnerships focusing on social accountability, diversity and equity.

Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland‘s Malawi experience inspired him to apply for and receive a scholarship from IDRC to attend the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to obtain a Masters in Community Health. On his return to Canada, Don settled on Pender Island in BC, working as the sole GP and to apply what he had learned in Liverpool. The island provided him with the opportunity to develop a community clinic with the support and political involvement of the residents. In 1981, Dr. Sutherland was drawn back to international health by working as the medical officer for Oxfam in a refugee camp in North Somalia. Later, he chose to return to Somalia over a two year period, working as senior technical advisor on refugee health for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Don moved to Geneva in 1984, to work as the senior technical advisor to the International Red Cross Child Health Program, developing the Child Alive Program, to develop diarrhea prevention and treatment projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In 1988, he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) newly formed Global Program on AIDS. He worked in Uganda for 2 years as team leader/epidemiologist just when the enormity of epidemic was becoming apparent. He then went to study again, this time for an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He returned to Canada to live on a farm, raising chickens and 2 children and working as Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division and then Director of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD and TB at Health Canada’s Bureau of Communicable Disease. In these roles, he was responsible for planning, directing and managing epidemiology, laboratory research, and surveillance programs as part of the National AIDS, STD and TB Strategies throughout Canada and the world.

Dr. Sutherland then became Senior Advisor on Scientific Affairs in the Center for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. In 2003 Dr. Sutherland and his family returned to WHO in Geneva for four years, to coordinate the HIV Department’s Strategic Information including HIV/AIDS Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Operational Research and the WHO HIV Drug Resistance Global Strategy. In 2007 Dr. Sutherland returned to Canada to become Executive Director of International Public Health of the Public Health Agency of Canada based in Ottawa. Don continues to sit as a member of the Research Ethic Board for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada and to volunteer as Senior Advisor on Public Health to the Canadian Society for International Health.

Don continues to be involved and provide inspiration on issues around Global health in many capacities, as an independent consultant, speaker, volunteer and mentor. In addition he is an active father of four children, a loving husband, an enthusiastic trumpet player and a phenomenal potato farmer.

Carrie Bernard

Carrie Bernard is a family physician in Brampton who worked in Northern Uganda with Médcins Sans Frontières in 2004-2005. She completed her Master’s of Public Health in Community Health and Epidemiology with a focus in Global Health at the University of Toronto. Carrie has a strong interest in ethical issues as they relate to global health. She is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and has been functioning in the newly developed role of Community Scholar Lead http://fammedmcmaster.ca/faculty/faculty-directory/CarrieBernard

Navita Singh

Navita Singh is currently a Master of Public Health student at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), specializing in Health Promotion and Global Health. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from York University in 2014. Singh is passionate about the fields of global public health, pedagogy, and medicine. She has diverse academic and research interests, which include the political economy of global health, racial health inequities, advocacy, upstream factors impacting health, notions of power and privilege, neglected diseases, critical digital pedagogy, and migrant health. She is often found writing and talking about these issues, and most of all, figuring out what all the ‘buzzwords’ actually mean! She has extensive experience in student success programs and peer mentorship. At the DLSPH, Singh played an active role in the Ebola Working Group formed in 2014. She is co-editor of an undergraduate global health textbook that is in development. Singh is currently Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Alliance for Global Health at the University of Toronto, Co-President of the DLSPH Public Health Students’ Association, member of the newly formed Graduate Caucus of Digital Scholarship Ontario, and a Founding Executive Member of the University of Toronto Stem Cell Club. Follow her on Twitter @nav_ess!

Mona Negoita

Mona Negoita is a physiotherapist in Canada-having studied at Western. Prior to this she trained as a physician in Romania. She continues to volunteer time at Pina Palmera in Oaxaca, Mexico.
http://www.pinapalmera.org/pina-palmera.htm?lng=en

Jessica Evert

Dr. Jessica Evert is a Family Physician who straddles international education, global health ethics, clinical service, and academics. She is Executive Director of Child Family Health International (CFHI) a UN-affiliated non-profit organization with over 25 Global Health Education Programs for undergraduate and graduate students, presenting global health realities through the lens of local community members while elevating local healthcare workers and leaders as experts in global health through a strengths-based engagement model. CFHI challenges students to “Let the World Change You,” shifting the narrative and power dynamics of North-South relations. Dr. Evert is widely published in global health educational program development, ethics, and practices ‘toward health equity.’ Dr. Evert is Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Family and Community Medicine, where she instructs in Global Health and community-based underserved care and helped develop, as well as completed, the Global Health Clinical Scholars residency track. Dr. Evert serves at liaison to trainees for the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH), as well as on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Center for Global Health Initiatives. Dr. Evert is a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium’s prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad.

Arun Chockalingam

Dr. Arun Chockalingam received his Doctor of Philosophy in Cardiac Physiology and Pharmacology from Memorial University of Newfoundland (1982), after obtaining his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Electronics and Communications Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, respectively from the University of Madras and IIT-Madras in India. His experience spans an extensive career in global health research; epidemiology and prevention, global health policy, training, and administration in addition to international leadership within the global health community. Prior to joining the DLSPH, Dr. Chockalingam served as the Founding Director of the Office of Global Health at NHLBI, NIH in Washington DC (2010-2013); Professor and Director of Global Health (2005-2009) and Director of Continuing Public Health at the Simon Frasier University (2009 – 2010); Associate Director, CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health (2001-2005); Senior Policy Advisor , Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Health Canada (1991-2001); Associate Professor (1986-1991) in the Division of Community Medicine at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. He also served as the Secretary General of the World Hypertension League (2005-2013) and was responsible for raising global awareness of hypertension through the “World Hypertension Day” celebrated annually on May 17th. Dr. Chockalingam has published over 160 papers and 11 book chapters, served as an Editorial Board member and reviewer for numerous journals and was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hypertension Control (1994-1999) and Associate Editor of CVD Prevention (1992-1888). Dr. Chockalingam was a key contributor to the United Nation’s Resolution 66A “Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases” as the outcome of the UN High Level meeting on NCD, New York, September 19-20, 2011.

Janet Roberts

Co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Knowledge Translation, Technology Assessment for Health Equity with the Centre for Global Health, Bruyère Research Institute and Assistant Professor (adjunct) in the Faculty of Medicine , Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. She is also an Assistant Professor (adjunct) at Dalhousie University in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Office of Global Health.

From 1997 to 2013 she was the Executive Director of the Canadian Society for International Health, where she oversaw the design and implementation of global health systems strengthening projects.

Janet Hatcher Roberts has extensive experience in international public health policy, health systems capacity building, planning, strategic policy development and research. Over her career she has worked at the local, provincial and federal area in health planning and strategic policy development in Canada . Over the past three decades, she has been involved in global health and development and gender health projects at the International Development Research Centre, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada. She has also served as Director of the Migration Health Department with the International Organization for Migration in Geneva.
Currently, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), and a former member of the Board of Make Poverty History, Action Canada for Population and Development, where she also served as Treasurer and Chair and the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research where she served as Treasurer.

Lyndsey Brahm

Lyndsey Brahm is energized and optimistic about the prospects of global health​. ​A Program Coordinator for Child Family Health International (CFHI), ​Lyndsey first came to know CFHI in the summer of 2010 as a program participant in southern Mexico​ and ​​has since worn several hats for​ the organization.​ She traveled to southern India as a pilot participant for ​a​ newly launched Palliative Care​ ​​program ​and​ undertook a program development fellowship in southwestern Uganda for CFHI’s first programs in East Africa. She is excited to further her interests in global health and contribute in meaningful ways to the field. ​Plans are underway to complete a Masters of Public Health at The University of London International Programmes, a distance-learning program facilitated by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Carolyn Beukeboom

Carolyn Beukeboom is a primary health care nurse practitioner working in a Community Health Center in rural Ontario. She has worked overseas in various capacities including nine months with Médecins Sans Frontiéres as inpatient supervisor and overseeing the malnutrition clinic in a rural surgical hospital in South Sudan; five months as an NP in a HIV/AIDS clinic in Lesotho; three weeks in Pakistan post earthquake in 2005; three years in Ecuador as a health promoter and educator in primary health care and six months as a volunteer in India. She currently is part of a health education project in Ecuador. Her main areas of interest include health care for people living in poverty as well as new immigrants and refugees to Canada. Carolyn has recently completed a Master of Science in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

GLOBAL HEALTH – LOCAL

Daniel Rosenbaum

Daniel Rosenbaum is a first-year psychiatry resident at the University of Toronto. He previously attended medical school at McMaster’s Waterloo Regional Campus, where he led organizational efforts around the 2013 National Day of Action for refugee health. Daniel served as Stream Lead for the inaugural PEGASUS Conference’s Global Health – Local (Marginalized Communities) Stream. Daniel’s interests in the field of psychiatry are broad and include cultural psychiatry, mental health of marginalized communities, psychotherapy and the humanities, and psychosocial oncology and palliative care. Outside of medicine, Daniel enjoys reading novels and comics, attending concerts and films, and playing various sports.

Juan Chirgwin

Dr. Juan Carlos L. Chirgwin is a McGill graduate and has practised family medicine for 20 years. He currently works and teaches at the community health centre (CLSC) in the Montreal neighbourhood of Park Extension. Being from Chile and exiled to Canada in 1974, he is interested in immigrant and refugee health, as well as cultural competency. At the CLSC he has developed a pilot project with an on-site Urdu/Punjabi interpreter and worked with medical students to establish a network of phone interpreters for unilingual patients who do not speak the two official languages. He previously volunteered three times with a Canadian NGO Pueblo Partisans in Guatemala and assisted in medical-nursing clinics in Comitancillo and later near the border with Belize. He finishes his presidency of Physicians for Global Survival in 2016, and this organization promotes the abolition of nuclear weapons and the peaceful resolution of conflict with the slogan “peace through health”.

Benjamin Langer

Benjamin Langer ‎is a medical student at Western University. He holds a Master’s Environmental (Desert) Studies from Ben Gurion University. Ben has a great interest in Advocacy and has worked with refugees and migrants in different contexts and on Global Health with the CFMS. He has a passion for the arts, in particular theatre and music.

Bhooma Bhayana

Bhooma Bhayana is a family physician London,who has cared for marginalized populations in Toronto and London throughout her career, for which she received the Geeta Gupta Award for Equity and Diversity from the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2013. She has been passionate about teaching students and residents in particular about cross cultural care and as such is this year’s recipient of Martin Bass Award for teaching Family Medicine at Western. Bhooma founded the Newcomer Health Project for refugees and has coordinated the India Health Initiative for Western students.

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Kian Madjedi

Kian Madjedi is a joint medical and graduate student at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. He is particularly interested in mobile health technology, chronic disease epidemiology and Indigenous health. He is an avid hiker and has a passion for the arts and humanities, especially theatre and poetry.

Emily Madronich

Emily is a singer/song writer from Port Colborne, Ontario. She is working on her debut EP with IndieCan Records while also studying International Development at the University of Guelph. Her style gravitates to Folk Alternative with a Pop influence. Her song, “Where I Stand”, was selected as one of the 101 standouts as picked by CBC music staff in the 2015 Searchlight contest:  ‘”Where I Stand” is a catchy blend of folk, pop and jazz, and if you can’t get behind that, you probably can’t get behind much.’

Emily was a 2013 semi-finalist in the UK Song writing competition in the singer-songwriter category, nominated for “Rising Star” at the 2012 Niagara Music Awards and was selected to perform at Toronto Songstudio 2012 and 2013 showcases. She was also nominated for the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) in the young songwriter category and was a finalist in the Canadian Folk Music Awards. She has opened for Juno nominee “Hey Ocean” and has played at numerous venues in Toronto and Niagara. In July 2013, Emily was featured on the home page of Reverbnation as well as being featured on Women of Substance radio weekly acoustic set.

Diana Ahmed

Diana R Ahmed has worked as a family physician in the Hamilton and Brantford area as well as in Northern Ontario. She has an interest in refugee health and the effects of poverty on health and has worked at several Community Health Centres. She is currently the Population Health domain planner for the Undergraduate Medical Program at McMaster University.

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Robin Lennox

Robin Lennox is a medical student at McMaster University

Jennifer Kays Sommer

Jennifer Kays is a medical student at McMaster University at the Waterloo Regional Campus.  Having returned to school after over a decade of practicing veterinary medicine, Jennifer feels privileged every day to have the opportunity to learn from and walk the journey of the patients she encounters.    As a mother of three, she strives to help her children notice inequity, develop compassion and most importantly, to strive for solutions and put words into action. Jennifer has been active in her community with her local Lions service club, chairing the building of both a splashpark and an accessible playground to  promote childhood development and active recreation.  Since starting medical school, Jennifer has taken on a research project looking at the role of non-physician health professionals in the education of medical students.   Jennifer was thrilled to be asked to help with the Pegasus conference, as topics that will be addressed at the conference are some of the exact issues that inspired her to return to medical training.  She hopes that in her future career as a family physician she can work with others to effect change in health care that will solve some of these complex issues.

SUSTAINABILITY

Thomas Piggott

Thomas is completing medical specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, with Family Medicine, at McMaster University.  His research interests include global public health, disaster preparedness and response, climate change and health, and addressing health inequities of underserved populations through public health and primary care.  He has been involved in indigenous health research in northern Canada and Botswana.  He has worked clinically in Uganda and in Canada with inner city homeless and refugee populations.  In his spare time he enjoys rock and mountain climbing, swimming, running, reading, travelling, learning languages and philosophizing solutions to global issues.  Most of all he enjoys meeting new people.

Warren Bell

Warren Bell was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., he has been a family physician for 36 years, having graduated from McGill University in 1974, and completed a residency there in 1976. For over three decades he has been concerned about and involved in issues of social development and the environment, as well as the peace and anti-nuclear movement, global health and development (with an emphasis on the role of multinationals — especially drug companies — and patents), and the integration of healing modalities of all kinds. He has written and spoken in many settings on these and related issues, and participated in a number of projects both locally and nationally. For ten years he wrote a weekly newspaper column entitled “Global Health”.

He is a past president of Physicians for Global Survival, and past founding president of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He is a past president of the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians of B.C.. He lives in a small town in south-central B.C. running an active practice which integrates conventional and alternative or complementary remedies. He was for 5 years president of the medical staff of the Shuswap Lake General Hospital.

Richard Denton

Richard Denton was born in Northern Ontario, graduate from McMaster Medical School in 1974, worked as a family physician doing anesthesia for 10 years, obstetrics for 18 years, emergency for 28 years, hospitalist for 36 years and still involved in long term care and working with people with developmental disabilities. I am married to my beautiful wife of 39 years. We have four grown married working children and have 3 grandchildren and another on the way. I have been involved in my community and was Mayor and helped prevent Toronto’s garbage coming to the Adam’s open pit iron ore mine, now a lake. I have done volunteer medical work in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. I have travelled extensively around the world. I have been president of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and Physicians for Global Survival and Co-Chair Councillor for North America with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. I have been on the board of the Ontario College of Family Physicians and Chaired their Environmental Health Committee. I also have been on the Ontario Medical Association council and some of its committees. I am Associate Professor of Clinical Science of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.

Joanna Santa Barbara

Joanna Santa Barbara is a retired child psychiatrist and instructor in Peace Studies. She currently works on developing a sustainable and resilient ecovillage in New Zealand, as a way of trying to ‘walk the talk’. She was a longstanding member of the Centre for Peace Studies and taught in the areas of Conflict Resolution and in Peace through Health. She was involved in the Centre’s peace education projects in Croatia in the 1990s and in Afghanistan in the 2000s, and currently in the Swat Valley, Pakistan through Global Peace Council Canada.
More recently she has taught Peace through Health in the medical curriculum of Otago University, New Zealand.

Currently Joanna works with The Renewables, a small local climate change group, and with Ora Taiao, the Climate and Health Council of New Zealand. Development of the ecovillage has demanded much on-the-job learning about soil, growing food, Permaculture and the community functions of a village. She has authored Medicine and Peace (Medicinska Naklada, Croatia, 2007) , co-edited with Neil Arya Peace through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World (Kumarian Press, 2008) , co-authored with Johan Galtung and Diane Perlman Reconciliation: Clearing the Past, Building the Future (Transcend University Press, 2012).

Heather Morris

Heather Morris is a medical student at McMaster University in the class of 2017, where she is a member of the Environmental Health Interest Group. She attended the University of Guelph for her BSc degree, where she gained a personal interest in the environment. Now in medical school she is learning how important sustainability can be for human health and wants to extent her interest in sustainability to environmental health. Therefore, she is grateful to be part of the sustainability stream for the PEGASUS conference and hopes to learn from other healthcare workers who share a passion for the environment.

Blake Poland

Dr. Blake Poland is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Geography. A social geographer by training, his research focuses primarily on urban community development in North America, inter-sectoral collaboration, the role of place in intervention design and evaluation, social justice, and issues of theory and method in critical qualitative research. He has published 21 book chapters and 70 peer-reviewed articles in a wide range of journals. Since 1993 he has led 18 grants as principal investigator, and participated as co-investigator in 37 others. Since 2008 Dr. Poland has increasingly reoriented his work to issues of urban environmental justice, community resilience, and the role of social movements in the transition to a low-carbon future. This has included leading a SSHRC-funded study on the emergence of the Transition Town movement in Canada, multi-university research network in environmental justice, and participation several funded research projects looking the green energy and green job sectors.

Dr. Poland has been recognized with awards for excellence in graduate teaching (2001), interdisciplinary mentorship (2007), and “paper of the year” by the Society of Public Health Education (2010). Along with Dr. Patricia O’Campo, Dr. Poland is the co-lead of the Healthier Cities & Communities Hub at the Dalla Lana School of Public. The Hub encompasses education, research, knowledge translation, and service activities focused on informing, designing and evaluating solutions for complex urban problems impacting population health, and is currently focusing on resilient cities, the built environment and health, and place-based interventions.

Kelly Lau

Kelly Lau is a passionate climate health youth activist and is now in her third year studying medicine at McGill. After many years of student activism after completing a Bachelors in Arts and Science at McMaster, in 2014 she interned at the World Health Organization in the department of environment and health. During this time she organized a youth consultation through social media and helped to coordinate the first WHO Conference on Climate change and health. She has since started the national youth advocacy group the Climate Health Partnership and continues to be involved in environmental health advocacy.

Erin Budd

Erin Budd a second year medical student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She is a member of the class Environmental Health Interest Group, a student-led club whose mandate is to help provide opportunities for learning about the intersection of environment and health. She is also involved with the Health and Climate Partnership, a group based in social media composed of healthcare students and whose mandate is to advocate for change, collaborate with other professional organizations such as the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), and further others’ education regarding the intersection between health and the environment. She is also a fitness instructor, past member of the 2015 Mac Med Musical, and passionate about learning and discussing the aspects of life beyond strict biological pathology which significantly impact our health, including physical activity, the environment, and mindfulness and mental health. She is excited to get involved with the Sustainability Stream for the PEGASUS conference, to learn more about how our health is impacted by our surroundings, what we can do to change it, and to take this information and use it when working with others in her environmentally-inclined groups.

Petra Hroch

Petra Hroch is a medical student and Chair of the Environmental Health Interest Group at McMaster University (Class of 2017). Prior to beginning her medical degree, she completed an interdisciplinary M.A in Theory & Criticism at Western University focusing on art and social movements. More recently, she completed a PhD in Sociology (Theory & Cultural Studies) as a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholar and Killam Scholar at the University of Alberta and a MSFSS Visiting Fellowship in Environmental Humanities at the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. Her doctoral work on environmental ethics, politics and sustainable design has been presented at conferences across Canada, U.S. and Europe and published in numerous journal articles and book chapters. This past fall, she co-edited a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Sociology called on media and environmental issues in Canada. Petra has been involved in environmental advocacy work reviewing regional and municipal policy on active transportation and the built environment. As a medical student, she is interested in continuing research and advocacy work on the intersection of medicine and environmental health in Canada and abroad. Petra loves to spend time outdoors running, hiking, swimming, skiing, and — whenever she has the chance — surfing!

PEACE

Barbara Birkett

Barbara Birkett has been active with Physicians for Global Survival for many years and served as President and is now on our Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace (the main organizing body for the Conference) Board. http://cprep.ca/who/

Kathy Bergen

Kathy Bergen recently retired as Program Coordinator of the Friends International Center in Ramallah, Palestine. Previously she served as the national coordinator of the Middle East Program of the Peacebuilding Unit in the national office of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Philadelphia and director of the International Coordinating Committee for NGOs on the question of Palestine (ICCP) in Geneva. She is a co-founder of Friends of Sabeel—North America and has been involved in interfaith dialogue. Kathy is of Russian Mennonite heritage from Alberta but now lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Jahan Zeb

Jahan Zeb is founding director of the Global Peace Centre Canada housed in the Centre for Peace Advancement at Conrad Grebel University College, affiliated with the University of Waterloo, where he is facilitating the development of peace education curricula, resource guides, peace skills trainings, and students and educators exchange programs among universities, civil society organizations and governments in conflict-affected countries and Canada in addition to organization development. Jahan completed his M.Sc. at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan and his M.A. in peace and conflict studies at the University of Waterloo. His graduate work focused on peace and development issues in Pakistan. Jahan has been involved in and responsible for developing strategies for dealing with local and regional peacebuilding through peace education, conflict transformation, dialogue, Jirga, Sulha, empowerment of women and youth, policy development, partnership building, social enterprize, and the design and development of NGOs.

He has experience with a range of organizations: the Pakhtunkhwa government in Pakistan, the Gandhi Peace Festival at McMaster University, the City of Hamilton Canada, THRIVE Child and Youth Trauma Services Canada, and the Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo. He contributed to the I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators developed at the Global Women Institute of the George Washington University. Jahan is advising chair of the Malala Fund and is a member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding.

Sanket Ullal

Sanket Ullal is a peace through health enthusiast and has been since he was first introduced to it in Dr. Neil Arya’s Peace Through Health class in 2008. Sanket presented at the Pegasus conference in 2014 on the pedagogy of experiential learning in the field of Peace and Health. Sanket has a Master’s in Public Health from University of Saskatchewan. He also received a minor in Peace Studies along with his undergraduate degree in Biology from McMaster University. In the realm of peace through health, Sanket has been involved in many projects in Ontario, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and India. He recently worked with Health Canada – First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Saskatchewan on developing accessible and sustainable programs for Saskatchewan’s First Nations population living with Chronic Kidney Disease. He also completed an international Fellowship with the Centre for Public Health and Equity in India where he organized and conducted a healthy living program for individuals living with physical and mental disabilities in rural South India. Sanket now works in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he organizes and implements programs for individuals living with mental illness. He hopes to continue to work with and advocate for marginalized populations around Canada and internationally in the years to come.

Doug Alton

Doug has been involved with the Canadian Affiliates of IPPNW for 35 years. He was hooked by a presentation in the McLeod Auditorium which was filled with doctors on a December Saturday. The graphic presentation of the medical
effects of nuclear war was a clear call to action. As an International Councillor he attended IPPNW Congresses and is now
treasurer of C-PREP. He remains on Honorary Staff at SickKids after more than 40 year there as a staff radiologist.

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