Speakers Pegasus 2016

Naomi Klein

International Best Selling Author and Journalist

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the New York Times and #1 international bestseller, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Published worldwide in 2007, The Shock Doctrine is being published in 30 languages and has over a million copies in print. It appeared on multiple ‘best of year’ lists including as a New York Times Critics’ Pick of the Year. Naomi Klein’s first book No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies was also an international bestseller, translated into over 25 languages with more than a million copies in print. The New York Times called it “a movement bible.”

Naomi is a member of the board of directors for 350.org, a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis. She is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. In 2014 she received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award, and in 2015 she received The Izzy Award honouring outstanding achievement in independent journalism and media. She holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.

Her critically acclaimed new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, is the 2014 winner of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. An instant bestseller when published in September 2014, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times list and was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014. It was also shortlisted for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards in the nonfiction category. This Changes Everything is being translated into over 20 languages.

Anne Andermann

Founding Director of the CLEAR Collaboration

Anne Andermann is a family doctor, a public health physician and the founding director of the CLEAR Collaboration (www.mcgill.ca/clear) that aims to help frontline health workers address the underlying social causes of poor health through a combination of direct patient care, referral and advocacy for larger social change. Dr. Andermann has previously worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva where she was a main contributing author of the World Health Report 2008. Dr. Andermann has been a visiting lecturer at major universities in the USA, Brazil, Germany and the UK. Currently, she is a Public Health Physician at the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay Northern Quebec, Chair of the Community Oriented Primary Care Committee at St Mary’s Hospital (http://www.mcgill.ca/familymed/education/postgrad/curriculum/copc), and the focal point at the McGill Faculty of Medicine responsible for incorporating a greater emphasis on the social determinants of health and a population health approach into the new medical school curriculum. Dr. Andermann was recently awarded the Canadian Rising Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada. Her new book entitled Evidence for Health: From Patient Choice to Global Policy is now available from Cambridge University Press at www.cambridge.org/9781107648654.
Zulfiqar Bhutta

Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto

Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar (MBBS) and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh & London), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London), American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. A designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and he is also the Chairman of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan. Dr. Bhutta is one of the seven members of Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) set by the UN Secretary General in September 2011 for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs. Dr Bhutta has served as a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Health Research for the World Health Organization, the Board of Child & Health and Nutrition Initiative of Global Forum for Health Research, and the steering committees of the International Zinc and Vitamin A Nutrition Consultative Groups. He is an executive committee member of the International Paediatric Association and was a founding Board member of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). His large research team in Pakistan and growing team in Toronto are working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally. He is the President-elect of the International Paediatric Association, is a leading voice for integrated maternal, newborn and child health globally. For more information please visit www.sickkids.ca/globalchildhealth and on Twitter @SickKidsGlobal.
Jean Zigby

President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Dr. Jean Zigby is a family physician and palliative care specialist with a broad practice base including breastfeeding, perinatal and home care.  He was trained at McGill University and is currently teaching at the Jewish General Hospital and the CLSC Côte-des-Neiges in Montreal.  He has practiced in hospital, clinic, rural and home based environments for over 15 years in the province of Québec. He is the co-founder of the not-for-profit business Synergie Santé Environnement, an organization which works with healthcare institutions to improve their environmental impacts in Quebec.  He is the current president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.
Izzeldin Abuelaish

Palestinian Medical Doctor & Associate Professor, University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish – now known simply as “the Gaza doctor” captured hearts and headlines around the world in the aftermath of horrific tragedy: on January 16, 2009, Israeli shells hit his home in the Gaza Strip, killing three of his daughters and a niece. But it was Abuelaish’s response to the loss of his children that made news and won him humanitarian awards around the world. Instead of seeking revenge or sinking into hatred, in this personal account of his life, Izzeldin Abuelaish is calling for the people of the Middle East to start talking to each other. His deepest hope is that his daughters will be the last sacrifice on the road to peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
Ritika Goel

Family Physician, Inner City Health Associates & Health Justice Advocate

Dr. Ritika Goel is a family physician in Toronto at the Inner City Family Health Team and Sistering Drop-In. She completed medical school at McMaster University, family medicine residency at St. Michael’s Hospital at University of Toronto and a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Her clinical work focuses on people experiencing homelessness as well as migrants without health insurance. She is a volunteer physician and board member of the Scarborough Community Volunteer Clinic for the Uninsured, and co-chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Poverty and Health Committee.
Meb Rashid

Medical Director of the Crossroads Clinic

Dr. Rashid is the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic, a medical clinic that serves newly arrived refugees in Toronto. He is a co-founder of the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, an organizations founded to advocate for refugees to access health insurance. He was on the steering committee of the CCIRH, a group that developed evidence based guidelines for the assessment of newly arrived immigrants and refugees. He also co-founded the Christie Refugee Health Clinic, a health clinic located in a refugee shelter. He is on the steering committee of the Canadian Refugee Health Conference. He has brought together clinicians across Canada with an interest in refugee health through a web based project called the Canadian Refugee Health Network and through a group called the Refugee Health Network of Southern Ontario. He recently was awarded an Award of Excellence from the College of Family Physicians of Ontario. He is on staff at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and is affiliated with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Michael Clarke

Adjunct Professor, Interfaculty Program in Public Health, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University

Michael Clarke has worked as a senior executive within Canadian government and has held numerous university positions with over 20 years of progressively increasing responsibilities. He brings together a successful record of research productivity and academic achievements with experience in university administration and corporate management. Dr. Clarke has experience in leading complex interdisciplinary research teams, developing and implementing large and small scale research programs with a clear focus on policy influence. He has had extensive involvement with governance in both Canadian and global forums, within the public and private sector and has directly overseen and managed multi-million dollar research programs in Canada and internationally. Dr. Clarke is a focused and disciplined leader in academia and government with an international network of colleagues, collaborators and partners in global health research and education.  He currently is a contributor to a new Masters Program in African Health Systems at Western University.
Bob Huish

Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in International Development Studies

Dr. Robert Huish is Associate Professor at Dalhousie University in International Development Studies. His research encompasses approaches to comprehensive development strategies through social activism, notably in the areas of health care access and equity. He is the author of “Where No Doctor has Gone Before: Cuba’s place in the global health landscape” (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), and editor of “Globetrotting or Global Citizenship: practice, potential and perils of experiential learning in higher education” (University of Toronto Press). Dr. Huish teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Global Health, Experiential Learning, and Activism and Development. He was named one of Canada’s most innovative educators in the Globe and Mail’s Our Time to Lead series.
Dorothy Larkman

Anishnawbe-que from the Matachewan First Nation, Ontario, Canada

Within her “bundle” she carries an Honours Bachelor of Social Work in Native Human Services from Laurentian University and a Masters of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University following the Aboriginal Stream of study. She is currently a Social and Ecological Sustainability PhD candidate with the University of Waterloo in their School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Following her mothers lead, she continues to advocate for the need for peoples to come together to help the land sustain life. Following culturally relevant teachings, she continues to push for mutual understandings that may ensure inclusion. Complexity is the term that is relevant to the wholistic perspective she incorporates within her teachings.

Currently she is researching if and how cultural competency training can benefit the mining industry through one specific site case study. The cultural aspect of the competency training she provides focuses upon her Ojibwe culture and the land she grew up with.

Sherilee Harper

Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph

Sherilee Harper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph. Her research investigates associations between weather, seasonality, and Indigenous health in the context of climate change, and she collaborates with Indigenous partners to prioritise climate-related health actions, planning, interventions, and research. She is currently a collaborator in an international research initiative called the “Indigenous Health Adaptation to Climate Change” (IHACC) project, which works closely with Indigenous peoples and their organizations in the Canadian Arctic, Ugandan Impenetrable Forest, and the Peruvian Amazon. The project aims to combine science and traditional knowledge to strengthen health systems in light of a rapidly changing climate, within three areas of foci: food security, malaria, and waterborne disease. She currently sits on the Editorial Board of Epidemiology and Infection.
Ira Helfand

Co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

Ira Helfand, MD is co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, and he is co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate. He has published studies on the medical consequences of nuclear war in the New England Journal of Medicine, and the British Medical Journal, and has lectured widely in the United States, and in India, China, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Israel, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and throughout Europe on the health effects of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. He represented PSR and IPPNW at the Nobel ceremonies in Oslo in December2009, honoring President Obama, and presented their new report, Nuclear Famine: One Billion People at Risk, at the Nobel Peace Laureates Summit in Chicago in April of 2012. A second edition was released in December of 2013.

Dr. Helfand was educated at Harvard College and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a former chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and President of the Medical Staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and currently practices as an internist and urgent care physician at Family Care Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

He lives with his wife, Deborah Smith, a medical oncologist, in Leeds, Massachusetts.

Janet Smylie

Métis Family Physician and Researcher

Dr. Janet Smylie is a Métis family physician and researcher. Through her work with Well Living House, Dr. Smylie’s goal is to ensure that every child born in Canada has the opportunity to live a full and healthy life.

Dr. Smylie’s research bridges Indigenous knowledge systems and knowledge translation, public health knowledge, perinatal surveillance and Indigenous health information systems. She has forged and nurtured dozens of research partnerships with Indigenous communities and organizations around the world. Dr. Smylie holds a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In 2012, she was named a recipient of the prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award, which recognizes First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals across the country.

CP Shah

Canadian doctor, Researcher and Social Activist

CP Shah is a Canadian doctor, researcher and social activist. Dr. Shah is the clinical coordinator of Anishnawbe Health Toronto, where he has been a staff physician since 1996, providing primary health care to Toronto’s aboriginal community as well as people who have been marginalized, such as the homeless, the unemployed and children living in poverty. He is also a consultant with Peel Public Health, Honorary Staff of The Hospital for Sick Children, and Courtesy Staff at the St. Michael’s Hospital (Toronto). He is professor emeritus of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the School of Medicine, University of Toronto.

His textbook, Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, is widely used by Canadian undergraduate and graduate students from a range of health disciplines.  He is recipient of several awards including the Order of Ontario and the Outstanding Physicians of Ontario award (2007) by the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for excellence and coming closest to meeting society’s vision of an “ideal physician”.

Janet McLaughlin

Assistant Professor of Health Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus, & Research Associate with the International Migration Research Centre

Janet McLaughlin is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Brantford Campus, and is a Research Associate with the International Migration Research Centre. Her current research projects investigate access to health care and workers’ compensation for migrant farm workers; gender-based violence against immigrant and migrant women in Canada; sexual and reproductive health of migrant workers; social determinants of health of migrant workers; and the impacts of family separation on migrant workers. Her general research interests include issues of global and environmental health, health care access, human rights, food systems, labour, citizenship and transnational migration in the Americas. Dr. McLaughlin is also involved in several community groups. She is co-founder of the Migrant Worker Health Project <www.migrantworkerhealth.ca> and the Waterloo Region Migrant Workers Interest Group.
Mary Jane Patterson

Executive Director of REEP Green Solutions in Waterloo Region

Mary Jane Patterson is Executive Director of REEP Green Solutions in Waterloo Region. She left a career in television production to seek a Masters in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, focusing her research on green electricity. She helped the Faculty of Environment establish REEP in 1999 and became the manager in 2001. REEP has now evaluated 14,000 homes in Waterloo Region for energy efficiency, helped participants save over 23,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions, and branched out to offer urban rainwater management, rural well check-ups, and energy upgrades for households on limited incomes.

Mary Jane is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for Green Communities Canada, and is a Director on the Board of CTxGREEN, a non-profit organization working in India and Kenya to develop low-tech solutions for energy and food security.

Kim Perrotta

Executive Director of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)

Kim Perrotta has a masters degree in health science and 32 years of experience doing research, policy analysis, knowledge translation and advocacy on issues related to occupational health, environmental health, and the built environment. She has divided her time between the labour movement, the public health sector, and the non-profit sector. She has prepared over 20 health-based policy reports on issues related to coal plants, school buses, fuel standards, air quality, climate change, and the built environment for organizations such as Toronto Public Health, the OPHA and Halton Region Health Department. She is currently the Executive Director of CAPE, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment.
Ketan Shankardass

Assistant Professor; Associate Scientist, Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital

I received my PhD in epidemiology from the University of Southern California in 2008 and my MHSc in community health and epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 2001.

Prior to joining Laurier, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital (2008-2010).

In my research, I build on my training in epidemiology, public health, biology and geography to understand the drivers of population health inequity from “cell to society.” In particular, I use research as a way to support innovative solutions for more equitable health systems.

Current research projects include: a study of how governments around the world have used whole-of-government approaches (“intersectoral action”) to address health equity (e.g., Health in All Policies initiatives and the use of Health Impact Assessment tools); studies on the interactive role of chronic stress and neighbourhood environments as drivers of chronic disease co-morbidity; and analysis of public opinion in Ontario about health inequity and possible solutions.

Peter Donnelly

President and CEO of Public Health Ontario

MD MPH MBA FRCP FRCPE FFPH is based in Toronto where he is President and CEO of Public Health Ontario. He leads a staff of 1,000 individuals dedicated to improving Health and reducing Health inequalities and focused on keeping the provinces 13.5 million residents safe from Public Health threats. In over 25 years in Public Health Dr Donnelly has held a series of increasingly senior academic and leadership positions in Wales, Scotland and now Canada.

As Professor of Public Health Medicine at the University of St Andrews he established and led public health medicine research and teaching and as Deputy Chief Medical Officer to the Scottish Government, provided senior leadership and coordination at a national level. His experience includes national planning for communicable disease control and pandemic and emergency preparedness, as well as a range of public health promotion initiatives in areas such as tobacco control, alcohol policy and sexual health.

As the Director of Public Health in two jurisdictions, he was responsible for the delivery of local public health services and programs. A graduate of Edinburgh Medical School, Dr. Donnelly is an active researcher and lecturer in many areas of public health, with a focus on health systems governance and on violence reduction. He is involved with numerous national and international organizations, including the World Health Organization Violence Prevention Alliance and the New York-based Milbank Memorial Fund. He is a past vice President and policy lead for the UK Faculty of Public Health and a past president of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health. He is the coeditor of the recently published Oxford textbook of Violence Prevention and holds full Professorships at the University of Toronto Canada and at St Andrews University, Scotland.

Peter Victor

Professor in Environmental Studies at York University

Professor Peter Victor is an economist and have worked on environmental issues for 40 years as an academic, public servant and consultant. He first became interested in the links between the economy and the environment in the 1960s. His doctoral dissertation and first book Pollution: Economy and Environment focused on applying the physical law of the conservation of matter to the empirical analysis of a national economy (Canada) using an extended version of input-output analysis.

Currently a Professor in Environmental Studies at York University, he teaches an undergraduate course in environmental management and graduate and undergraduate courses in ecological and environmental economics. From 1996 to 2001 he was Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies. This followed several years as Assistant Deputy Minister of the Environmental Sciences and Standards Division in the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Prior to that he was a principal of VHB Consulting and Victor and Burrell Research and Consulting where he undertook numerous influential policy-related economic studies in Canada and abroad. He continues to provide technical advice to public, private and non-governmental organizations on areas such as air pollution and health, emissions trading, emerging issues, energy, and full cost accounting at the national and corporate levels.

Professor Victor have served on many boards and commissions. Currently he is the chair of the Ontario Greenbelt Advisory Council and a member of: the Board of the David Suzuki Foundation, the Advisory Committee on the National Accounts for Statistics Canada, the Board of the New Economy Institute, the Advisory Panel of TruCost. He was a past- President of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science and was the founding President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics.

These days he considers himself an ecological economist, identifying with many others who have come to understand economies as subsystems of the biosphere.

Gary Bloch

Family Physician with St. Michael’s Hospital, & Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto

Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He holds a BA (Honours) in History from McGill, a MD from UBC, and he completed his postgraduate training in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He has a large clinical practice, and focuses on the health of people who live in poverty and without adequate housing.

Dr. Bloch is an advocate, educator and researcher on issues related to poverty and health, and on health provider-based interventions into poverty as a health issue.  He regularly teaches health professionals and trainees, as well as community members about these issues.  His education program development work has included the design and implementation of a core curriculum on addressing poverty in the University of Toronto medical school training program.

He has been involved in raising public awareness on issues ranging from social assistance reform to housing supports to health benefits for refugees.  He has been interviewed extensively in print, radio, online and television media.

Dr. Bloch founded and chairs the Ontario College of Family Physicians’ Committee on Poverty and Health.  He is also a founding member of the advocacy group Health Providers Against Poverty.  He was instrumental in the establishment of Inner City Health Associates, a group of over 60 physicians working with the homeless in Toronto.

Muaz Nasir

Canadian Environmentalist & Editor and Publisher of the Muslim-Environmental Blog, Khaleafa.com

Muaz Nasir is a Canadian environmentalist living in Toronto. He has worked and volunteered in the private, non-profit, institutional and government sectors promoting environmental initiatives across the residential, commercial and industrial fields. He holds an Honours Degree from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University; specializing in business-environmental organization partnerships and organizational change.

Muaz is currently the editor and publisher of the Muslim-environmental blog, Khaleafa.com whose mandate is to reignite the discourse surrounding the Islamic approach to environmentalism; emphasizing the movement from a Canadian perspective. Their annual “Green Khutbah Campaign” encourages faith leaders in the Muslim community to become champions of the environment and has active congregations in over 20 countries.

As a lifelong environmentalist, Muaz is also active within the nonprofit community and sits on several committees including Greening Sacred Spaces, Earth Day Canada, TD Friends of the Environment and CivicMuslims. Currently he is employed with the City of Toronto, promoting water efficiency and conservation initiatives for Toronto Water.

Barry Lavallee

Family Physician in First Nation and Métis Communities

Dr. Barry Lavallee is a member of the Saulteaux and Métis communities of Manitoba. His territories of origin are St. Laurent, Duck Bay and Lake Manitoba First Nation although he was raised in Winnipeg for most of his life. Barry comes from a family of nine siblings, four of whom died as children from infectious diseases: a common occurrence for Indigenous communities in the sixties and earlier. He took a circuitous route and left high school mid grade eleven and worked at various jobs until he made a decision to go back to high school. That was the start of Barry’s academic journey. Barry says finishing both pre-medical and medical school at the University of Manitoba was only possible with the support of his wife, Debbie. She essentially raised our children through their formative years and says his success is equally hers. Barry finished medical school in 1988 and two years later received his qualifications in Family Medicine. He has practiced in First Nation and Métis communities his entire career and has dedicated his work to advancing the health and healing of our communities. Barry has mentored many students and physicians overtime and teaches at the medical school here in Manitoba. Barry has a small practice in Winnipeg and I fly up to remote communities.
Andrea Hunter

Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a Consultant Pediatrician at McMaster Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton

Dr. Andrea Hunter is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at McMaster University and a Consultant Pediatrician at McMaster Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s healthcare, Hamilton. She completed both medical school and pediatric residency training at McMaster University. She joined the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster in 2008. Dr. Hunter maintains a consulting pediatric practice in Hamilton, in addition to outreach clinics with newcomer children/youth and Hamilton Shelter Health Network.

Dr. Hunter is a recognized teacher, with significant involvement in medical education at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She is a co-chair of curriculum development for the Pediatric Postgraduate Training Committee.

Her clinical interests include pediatric refugee & immigrant health and global child health. She has completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in London, UK. Dr. Hunter has been involved in coordinating community-based pediatric refugee/immigrant health clinics in Hamilton since 2004. She has been involved in ongoing pediatric education programs in Uganda and as co-program director of a pediatric residency program in Guyana.

Mike MacIsaac

Staff Physician at the Stratford General Hospital and Medical Officer for Stratford and Sarnia Regional Jails.

Dr. Mike MacIsaac, MD CCFP-EM is a staff physician at the Stratford General Hospital where he works in the Emergency Department. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario and the Medical Officer for Stratford and Sarnia Regional Jails.
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physician, Family Physician, and Epidemiologis

Fiona Kouyoumdjian is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physician, Family Physician, and Epidemiologist. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Fiona’s research focuses on describing and improving the health of people who experience incarceration in Canada. Fiona also works as a Physician at the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre in Hamilton, Ontario.
Erika Richter

National Public Engagement Coordinator at RESULTS Canada

Erika holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science and Peace Studies from McMaster University, where she conducted research on engaging youth as agents of social change through dialogue. She also holds a certificate in Cross-Cultural Relations and Community Development, and a diploma in Humanitarian Diplomacy. She has spent the past four summers facilitating conflict transformation programs for youth from conflict-affected regions. Currently, she is the National Public Engagement Coordinator at RESULTS Canada, a non-profit that influences the government to support proven and cost-effective development solutions. At RESULTS she organizes and mobilizes grassroots around advocacy campaigns.
Paul Gully

Public Health Consultant and Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC

Dr. Gully is a public health consultant and Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. He is currently providing advice to the BC First Nations Health Authority and is on an expert panel advising Metro Vancouver on public health aspects of a planned waste to energy facility.

Dr. Gully was Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health Canada until the beginning of 2013, was the federal representative on the Public Health Network Council and was the Canadian representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Prior to September 2009 he was Deputy Coordinator for the United Nations System Influenza Coordination office and from 2006 until 2009 was Senior Advisor to the Assistant Director General, Health Security and Environment (HSE) at WHO.

From 2004 until 2006, Dr Gully was deputy chief public health officer for Canada in the Public Health Agency of Canada and had worked in Health Canada from 1990. Prior to 1990, Dr Gully worked in public health at the local and regional level in Canada and the UK.

Aditya Vyas

Lecturer in Public Health at Norwich Medical School, England

Adi Vyas MBBS MPH is a public health doctor from Australia with a strong interest in global health, social justice and medical education. He has a diverse background in clinical medicine, infectious disease control, environmental health, research and teaching. He has worked in various roles across different health systems, from clinical work to regional- and state-level roles. He has worked internationally for the World Health Organization (WHO), first at the Emergency and Humanitarian Action Unit in New Delhi, India with oversight of emergency assistance to eleven disaster-prone countries. More recently, Adi was a medical advisor to the WHO country office in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak where he was a strategic planning officer with a role in health system strengthening, working together with national Ministry of Health staff, United Nations agencies, non-government organisations, and development partners. Adi currently combines his global health experience with a passion for teaching in his role as Lecturer in Public Health at Norwich Medical School, England. He is also a member of Medical Peace Work, a European Union funded project which develops case studies and teaching material in violence prevention, the structural causes of poor health, and the broader determinants of health such as climate change.
Lyn Adamson

Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

I am a lifelong activist and Quaker, for peace, social justice and the environment.  As a mother of two and a concerned human being I really want to see our society respect and protect the earth so that future generations may enjoy their lives and experience the gifts of nature.

I fear that as a society we don’t understand our full reliance on the living systems of the planet. I’m not willing to stand by while we create conditions for mass genocide without making a public statement, and that’s why I’m involved with this fast.  My message is: we can make a difference. The future is calling us to speak up now, to stand up now, to call everyone we know to do the same – so we can change direction. I fully believe this is a life and death crisis and it is urgent that we act together.

I am a trainer in communication and conflict resolution and also involved as the Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, active in Citizens Climate Lobby, and in programs of education and outreach through PeaceWorks, an initiative of Toronto Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers). www.peaceworkstmm.org.

Cicely McWilliam

Director Policy and Government Relations - ‎Save the Children Canada

Cicely has over twenty years experience in the non-governmental sector.  Over the last five years with Save the Children, while she has been the primary point person for the EVERY ONE campaign, she has also worked across Save the Children’s policy landscape with colleagues from humanitarian, child protection and the Post 2015 working groups. Cicely also represents SC Canada on the Global Advocacy Group. She is the co-chair of the policy working groups for the Canadian Network on Maternal Newborn and Child Health as well as the International Child Protection Network of Canada. Cicely has recently taken up the role as the Senior Advocacy Manager for the new Child Poverty GI.

Her greatest challenge and accomplishment last year was to lead an amazing SC Canada team to organize and deliver (in less than three weeks) a successful outdoor rock concert for an audience 5000 people to mark the commitment of $3.5 Billion for maternal newborn and child health by the Canadian government.

Wendy Lai

Emergency Physician at Humber River Hospital in Toronto & Board Director - Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres

Dr. Wendy Lai is an emergency physician at Humber River Hospital in Toronto. She has worked with Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres since 2006, in a variety of settings including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti both before and after the earthquake, and Central African Republic. She is currently on the board of directors for MSF-Canada.

MSF is an international medical humanitarian organization that provides assistance to victims of natural or manmade disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation.

David Seljak

Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario

David Seljak is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, Ontario and former Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Waterloo. Former Director of the St. Jerome’s Centre for Catholic Experience, he is currently the editor of a theological journal, The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society, which is published by Novalis. Along with Paul Bramadat of the University of Victoria in British Columbia, he co-edited Religion and Ethnicity in Canada (2005) and Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada (2008).
Varsen Aghabekian

Commissioner General of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights

Varsen Aghabekian is a freelance management and policy consultant. Previously served as executive office director of the Jerusalem Capital of Arab Culture 2009, and was the manager of the capacity and institution building project for the Office of the President. Prior to that, Dr. Aghabekian was the director of research and planning at the Welfare Association and an associate professor at Al-Quds University, where she taught management and research.

Has over twenty five years of experience in research, technical assistance and consultancies in management and social sectors for both nongovernmental and governmental institutions with focus on human resource development, women, health, management and social issues. Lead and authored several studies, manuals and national reports on: Jerusalem, education, health, youth, women and management.

Active member of several NGOs and currently Commissioner General of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights. Also, consultant with the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Project..

Holds a doctoral degree in administrative and policy studies/education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master of science degree in nursing management from Indiana University-Purdue University.

Alfonso Morales

Advocate for the Rights of the Indigenous People in Ecuador

Alfonso Morales is recognized as a tireless leader of indigenous peoples. He has served in various international and national political roles advocating for the rights of the indigenous people in Ecuador. His successes are reflective of his warm character which resonates the generous yet resilient spirit of the Quechua people.

He has served as the Ecuadorian Ambassador at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York in 2008 and continues to be an ambassador to United Nations organizations such as the UNDP for whom he is the national indigenous representative for the GEF Small Grants Program.
He has served as a leader of a political organization called UNORCAC (Union of Peasant and Indigenous Organizations of Cotacachi). Through this organization he was instrumental in evaluating and implementing projects brought by international organizations such as CIDA, USAID, and OXFAM.

Locally, Mr. Morales safeguards all facets indigenous rights by continuing the work of his ancestors to protect the environment, agriculture, and indigenous culture. He is president of the Management Committee of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve (one of the largest and most diverse ecosystems in the world), served as an elected councilor in the Municipality of Cotacachi, is president of the Environment and Tourism Committee of Cotacachi, and works at various levels to protect the traditional Quechua agricultural methods. He has been instrumental in bringing clean running water to isolated communities as president of the local water and sanitation restructuring project to isolated indigenous communities.

He also founded a community tourism project which helps fund his community. Alfonso and his family live in his home community of Chilcapamba in the Andean mountains nestled between the volcanoes of Imbabura and Cotacachi.

We were privileged to have him speak in Toronto at PEGASUS 2014, and joining us again via Skype at PEGASUS 2016!

Bill Curran

Principal, TCA / Thier + Curran Architects

Bill Curran has practiced on a wide range of architecture, interiors and urban design projects across Canada, in the USA and internationally in his 30 years of professional experience. He also has taught architectural design studio and theory, acted as a design critic, and lectured with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Università IUAV di Venezia, Carnegie-Mellon University, South Dakota State University, Ryerson University and Mohawk College. He has volunteered as a board member with numerous social advocacy groups, including the Canadian Mental Health Association, Victoria Park Community Homes and Interval House of Hamilton, and was Chair of the Hamilton-Burlington Society of Architects. He is a LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

TCA’s buildings and interiors are thoughtful and engaging. They transcend the ordinary. They are understated, sophisticated, contemporary architecture that seeks to subvert accepted paradigms.

TCA’s projects include healthcare facilities, educational facilities, municipal and cultural facilities, public buildings, housing, interiors, commercial and mixed-use buildings and urban design studies. This diverse range of projects encourages creativity and freshness of approach to each new assignment.

Tim Leduc

Assistant Professor in environmental and Indigenous social work at Wilfrid Laurier University

Tim Leduc is an Assistant Professor in environmental and Indigenous social work at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is author of Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North (University of Ottawa Press) which was short-listed for the Canada Prize in the Social Sciences in 2012. His new book is A Canadian Climate of Mind: Passages from Fur to Energy and Beyond (McGill-Queens University Press, 2016). It brings into dialogue Indigenous Good Mind and Western ecology of mind traditions to consider stories that lay in the waters, lands, and climate of Canada – stories which have the potential to renew a compassionate energy for healing human relations with each other and the world.
After completing a MSW at the University of Toronto, Tim worked in the area of anti-violence and then in Indigenous communities on intergenerational issues related to colonialism, including youth solvent abuse, suicide, and family violence. A recurring experience that challenged him was the positive view Indigenous communities had on the relation of health to being on the land. There was little discussion of this in his social work education, and thus he undertook a PhD in Environmental Studies that allowed him to consider the relation of land and climate to colonial histories, justice, and Indigenous understandings of wholistic health. These concerns are represented in his books and his approach to land-based education for reconciliation across peoples and with the creation. He can be contacted at tleduc@wlu.ca.

Matthew DeCamp

Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine

Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and in the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine. A practicing internist, his current research focuses on ethical issues in health reform (focusing on accountable care organizations, ACOs). With K08 funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, he is presently investigating how ACOs nationwide are engaging patients in board-level decisions about ACO priorities and programs, with plans to design improved engagement strategies. Other interests include social media and medical professionalism, as well as ethics in global health (with special emphasis on short-term global health training). After graduating from Purdue University (2000) with a degree in biochemistry, he entered the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program at Duke University. His PhD (philosophy) thesis was entitled, “Global Health: A Normative Analysis of Intellectual Property Rights and Global Distributive Justice.” From 2008-2010 he was an internal medicine resident at the University of Michigan before completing a joint post-doctoral fellowship (2013) at Johns Hopkins in General Internal Medicine and Bioethics & Health Policy (through a Greenwall Fellowship). Dr. DeCamp’s research includes both conceptual and empirical methods. Additional relevant experience includes Institutional Review Board membership, as well as teaching and mentorship recognized with a 2013 Excellence in Global Health Advising Award by the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. He has also taught dual level philosophy courses, including “Global Health and Human Rights: Theoretical Foundations and Practical Implications.”

Miriam Anderson

Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University

Dr. Miriam Anderson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2010) in Politics and International Studies, an MA in Political Science (2004) from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Anderson researches peace processes, post-conflict reconstruction, and transnationalism in war and peace. She currently holds (as the principal investigator) a SSHRC Insight Development Grant entitled “Sustaining Women’s Gains Made During Peace Negotiations” (2014-2016) and a SSHRC Connection Grant (2014-2015), “Transnational Actors in War and Peace.”

Miriam Anderson teaches courses on women, war and peace; global governance; and women and politics.

From 1999-2002, Anderson served as a human rights monitor for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Croatia. During this period she also monitored elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Croatia for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). Anderson has also volunteered with grassroots organizations in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Emily Gilbert

Associate Professor cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies Program at University College and the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto

Emily Gilbert is an Associate Professor cross-appointed between the Canadian Studies Program at University College and the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto. Her current research deals with questions relating to citizenship, mobility, borders, security, and militaries. She is engaged in two primary research projects. The first is an examination of battlefield compensation that is being made in cases of inadvertent death, injury and property damage. These practices are interesting in and of themselves, but she also have a broader concern for how war restructures the ways that lives are valued (or not), from claims made in response to acts of terrorism, to compensation for military veterans. A second line of inquiry is on the changing politics of the Canada-US border. She examine the ways that border risks–economic and social–are being used to discipline behaviour and promote new forms of citizenship practice. The impact on migration and mobility is of particular concern. She also continues to think about the materiality of money, and about the politics of currency arrangements (eg transnational monetary union). Visual and literary representations–local, national and transnational–are another area of fascination and inspiration, and she continues to be fascinated with the design of money, and the rise of currency ‘hacking’ (from Occupy Georgeto the work of Greek artist Stefanos).

Theresa McClenaghan

Executive Director of Canadian Environmental Law Association

Appointed as Executive Director of CELA in November 2007, Theresa McClenaghan holds an LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario (1984), an LL.M. (constitutional law) from Osgoode Law School (York University, 1999) and a diploma in Environmental Health from McMaster University (1999). She is a member of the Bars of Manitoba and Ontario. Theresa has practised public interest environmental law, both in private practice since 1985 and at the Canadian Environmental Law Association as counsel from 1998 to 2006. From 2006 to 2007, Theresa was senior water policy advisor to the Ontario Minister of the Environment where she was responsible for overseeing the passage of the Clean Water Act, implementation of the remaining Walkerton Inquiry recommendations, establishment of water taking charges for commercial water takers, and passage of legislation to implement in law the provisions of the Great Lakes Charter Annex. Notable litigation has included representation of Intervenors at the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Ontario Court of Appeal on pesticide by-laws and the Oncomouse patent among others. Theresa’s expertise in environmental law includes environmental health, water law and policy, energy law and constitutional law. Theresa, along with other lawyers at CELA, represented the Concerned Walkerton Citizens in both parts of the Walkerton Inquiry. She was CELA’s representative to several of the province of Ontario`s advisory committees dealing with Source Protection and nutrient management after the Walkerton tragedy. Theresa also has been author or co-author of various environmental law book chapters dealing with water law, pesticides regulation and nuclear power regulation.

Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg

Educator, Film Consultant, and Speaker

Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (York University) and a PhD (University of Toronto). An education and film consultant, she researches, writes and speaks on environmental health, equality, social, economic and environmental justice, peace and energy issues. She has worked with the National Film Board, school boards, non- governmental organizations, health professional and policy groups on these issues. She was principle research consultant and associate producer of the documentary video, Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer and researcher/writer of the accompanying guidebook Taking Action for a Healthy Future. She has led numerous ‘training trainers’ workshops using these materials as educational tools. She recently researched and produced Toxic Trespass, a documentary on children’s health and the environment as a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada and has co-written the accompanying educational resource guide, TakingActiononChildren’sHealthandtheEnvironment. VolunteerEducationCoordinatorof the Women’s Healthy Environments Network (WHEN), she teaches Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education and Policy Change: Education for Social and Ecosystem Healing at OISE/UT. She is affiliated with Prevent Cancer Now; the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition Environmental and Occupational working group; Stakeholders’ Group of Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division), Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, the Cancer Prevention Group of the Centre for Health Promotion, University of Toronto; the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Physicians for Global Survival, and others. She is co-editor (with George Dei and Budd Hall) of Indigenous Knowledges: Multiple Readings of Our World, University of Toronto Press (2000).

Lynda Redwood - Campbell

Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Health Sciences, McMaster University

Dr. Redwood-Campbell has research and scholarly interests in the areas of global health, immigrant/refugee health and humanitarian response. After completing her medical degree (MD) and residency, she earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, (UK). She also completed her Masters in Public Health (International Health) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was elected into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in the USA.

Dr. Redwood-Campbell has worked in many resource-poor countries. Some examples include Indonesia, Pakistan, Rwanda, DRC (Congo), Kenya, Honduras, Bangladesh, Haiti, the Philippines and Nepal. She worked with the ICRC Red Cross field hospital in Banda Aceh, Indonesia after the December 2004 Tsunami. She responded to the Kashmir 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, the 2010 Haiti earthquake and cholera outbreak, the 2014 Philippines tyhoon and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. She is now working together with the University of Syiah Kuala and the Rotary Clubs to build capacity in Health Human resources and Family Medicine in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Her research has included immigrant woman’s barriers to cervical cancer screening, the health of the Kosovars and immigrants in Canada, HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, health issues of the post Tsunami survivors and the ethics of humanitarian health care work. She is past Chair of the Global Health Committee at the Canadian College of Family Physicians, and the past co-chair of the Global Health Group at the Association of Faculties of Medicine. She is on the international editorial board of the Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (PDM) Journal and a previous board member, International Women and Children’s Network, McMaster University, Canada.

Dr. Redwood-Campbell acted as a consultant to the WHO, Health Action in Crisis cluster during her sabbatical time 2008-09. Her interest is how to integrate Primary Health Care (including equity and social justice concepts) into disaster preparedness and response in policy and in reality, particularly in low income countries where the most vulnerable are most affected. She was part of the initial meeting team in Havana Cuba to develop the Foreign Medical Team (FMT) concept that lead to a more formal method of transparency for foreign medical teams when responding to international disasters.

Dr. Redwood-Campbell has a clinical medical practice at McMaster University (Canada) at the McMaster Family Practice in Hamilton, Canada where she teaches and provides a range of primary care Family Medicine services.  She is also an active member of the Canadian Red Cross International Emergency Response Unit  (ERU) team.

Wendy Cukier

Professor, Ryerson University and founder of the Diversity Institute

Wendy Cukier, Professor, Ryerson University and founder of the Diversity Institute has a long and celebrated career as a researcher and academic researcher – she has recently been named the incoming President and Vice Chancellor of Brock University in St. Catharines.

She is also the cofounder and President of Coalition for Gun Control, an alliance of more than 300 organizations committed to preventing gun death, injury and crime. She is co-author of a well-regarded book. The Global Gun Epidemic and more than 100 papers on the subject including several published in important journals on the public health aspects of gun violence as well as illegal trafficking of firearms. She is the cofounder of the International Action Network on Small Arms and has been active in the development of several international instruments aimed at combating the illegal gun trade. She has served as an advisor to the Government of Canada, Mexico, South Africa and France on firearms legislation and has been an expert witness and given testimony before more than 50 parliamentary and legislative committees. She was a member of the National Crime Prevention Council, the Canadian Firearms Advisory Council and the Canadian Council on Small Arms, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Quality Assurance in Law Enforcement Committee.

She also received, on behalf of the Coalition, the Award of Association des policières et policiers provinciaux du Québec (Prix Policiers du Québec, 2007), The Canadian Public Health Award of Merit, the Canadian Criminal Justice Public Education Award and was named one of Canada’s Transformational Canadians by the Globe and Mail, CTV and LaPresse. She is the Vice Chair of Women’s College Hospital, on the Board of Lifeline Syria,  and serves on many community organizations. She holds an MA, MBA, and PhD  in Management Science and has received honorary doctorates from Concordia University (LLD) and Laval (DU – Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry). She is the recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross. She is a YWCA Women of Distinction and one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence. She is the recipient of the City of Toronto’s Bob Marley Award and most recently the Harry Jerome Award for Diversity from the the Black Business and Professional Association of Canada for her community work.

Linda Solomon

Editor-in-Chief of the National Observer and CEO of Observer Media Group

Linda Solomon Wood is Editor-in-Chief of the National Observer and CEO of Observer Media Group. She began her career as a reporter for The Tennessean in Nashville, where she won awards for investigative reporting, economic reporting, and public service reporting.

She founded the Vancouver Observer in 2009 on a laptop in her living room and served as its editor-in-chief until April 2015 when she launched the National Observer.

As Vancouver Observer’s editor-in-chief, she crowdfunded The Tar Sands Reporting Project, and initiated two years of reporting on the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings. Kickstarter named the Tar Sands Reporting Project its ‘most socially conscious project’ in Canada in 2013.

Under her leadership, the Vancouver Observer received the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s 2012 and 2014 Awards for Excellence in Journalism, and was nominated again for the award in 2013.

Last April, she received The Wendy McDonald Award from The Vancouver Board of Trade for Entrepreneurial Innovation.

As the Vancouver Observer’s audience for articles on energy and the environment built worldwide, the subject and scope of the reporting outgrew the local brand.

Leveraging an expanding readership, the Vancouver Observer reporting team joined a new team of journalists based across Canada to form National Observer – just in time for the 2015 Canadian Federal Election.

To date, more than 3.5 M people have enjoyed National Observer’s coverage of the environment, climate and politics.

National Observer was recently featured in an AlJazeera documentary [cue to 13 minutes] about the influence of big oil’s advertising dollars on Canada’s journalism.

AlJazeera recommended National Observer as one of two media outlets in Canada publishing factual, critical reporting on the energy industry.

Linda grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

She’s lived in Paris and New York City, where she worked as a freelance journalist. She now resides in Vancouver with her husband and three children. She also has a son who is a student at the University of Victoria.

Janis Alton

Co-Chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Co-Chair, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, focused on the delegitimization of war, demilitarization and inclusion of women in all decision-making processes of peacebuilding.

Conducted 30 study tours for women to UN sites, initiated and coordinated national and international peace conferences and workshops.

Serves on related NGOs, including International Peace Bureau.  In May 2015, with 30 international feminist women crossed the Korean demilitarized zone linking with women in the North and South.

Joanna Patouris

Master's Student, Environmental Studies, York University

Joanna Patouris is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University. Her research focuses on climate resilience and development justice in Sub Saharan Africa. Her interests include climate change policy, gender equity and human rights in the context of the UNFCCC. She has served as an observer and civil society representative to the UNFCCC since Warsaw in 2013. Joanna attends COP21 as a member of the delegation for Swaziland.

Nancy J. Graham

Medecins Sans Frontieres, RN, BScN

Nancy Graham is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Ryerson University).   She has worked for 30 years in varied health services areas such as operating room, clinical, community and management. Since 1999 she has worked with the City of Toronto as a Public Health Nurse in the Healthy Communities Directorate.

Nancy has worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF) since 2005.  She has worked in Sierra Leone (three times!), Sri Lanka, South Sudan, and Jordan in various roles such as Hospital Nurse Manager, Operating Rooms Manager, Outreach Nurse, and Infection Prevention and Control specialist.  Nancy is grateful to the City of Toronto for the Earned Deferred Leave program that allows extensive time away for international work.

Nancy is the Regional Coordinator (South Ontario) with the MSF Canada Association and advocates about populations in distress through speaking and fundraising engagements. Recently Nancy was selected to participate on the Steering Committee of the recently formed Canada4Refugees, a citizen sponsorship advocacy group. She lectures at Schools of Nursing and has been published in professional nursing journals.  In 2011 Nancy was a recipient of a Toast Masters Club – Public Speakers Award. In 2015 Nancy received the Canadian Samaritans for Africa – Leadership Service Award.  She was a Keynote speaker for a recent annual meeting of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

Monica Abdelkader

Melanie Spence

Melanie Spence is a Toronto-based health and social justice activist. She is a Registered Nurse at Women’s College Hospital who recently completed her BScN at the University of Toronto. While at UofT, Melanie served as co-chair of the Advocacy committee at the student-run IMAGINE clinic serving people without health insurance. Prior to entering nursing, Melanie completed an HonBA at UofT in Health Studies and worked as a community-based health researcher and front-line community service provider in Vancouver. Melanie is currently an organizer with Health for All, a Toronto-based migrant justice organization, and is an organizer with the OHIP for All campaign.

Sandra Juutilainen

Karen Breeck

Dr. Karen Breeck is a retired preventive medicine physician from the Canadian Armed Forces. She served mostly on air force related missions for her 20 plus years of service. Her work in the military gave her the unique opportunity to work as a physician in every province of Canada and 26 countries around the world. She has completed humanitarian and disaster medical relief support from Quebec’s ice storm to hurricane response in Honduras. She has also worked as a peacekeeper in the Middle East (between Israel and Syria) and worked in Tanzania as a medical student (where incidentally she first met Dr. Neil Arya). Outside of the military she has worked with NGOs like WUSC (World University Service of Canada) and IPPNW (International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War) and also in Northern Canada in isolated and aboriginal communities. Karen remains committed to global health and the importance of thinking about global health systems and how to best strengthen them.

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