MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Sarah Stone has been an active member of ONE, a global anti-poverty organization, from its inception and has participated extensively in various ONE Canada initiatives including social media campaigns, petition deliveries, tabling at music events and conferences and recruiting and training new ONE members. Sarah works as a Nurse in maternal/infant care as a local hospital and also holds a BA in Religious Education. Sarah is passionate about advocacy and engaging new ONE members to become active and use their voice in the fight against global extreme poverty and preventable diseases. She has a particular interest in HIV/AIDS and global maternal health. Sarah lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband who is a pastor of a local church and their three daughters.
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DR. CHANDRAKANT SHAH
Dr. Chandrakant Shah, Professor Emeritus at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto is a practising physician, a public health practioner and an advocate for improving the health and well-being of marginalized groups in the Canadian society. He was a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto from 1972 –2001. After his retirement from the University, he worked at the Anishnawbe Health Centre Toronto from 2001 - 2016, where he provided primary healthcare to aboriginal people in Toronto; and also conducted research in the urban Aboriginal health issues.
At present, he is Honorary Consultant to the health center. He was Diversity Consultant, Peel Public Health advising how to make public health program more culturally sensitive (2008 – 09). He was a Special Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister on Public Health to the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada, Government of Canada (2006 – 07); Member, Special Diets Expert Review Committee, Ministry of Community and Social Services, Government of Ontario (2006 – 07); Member of the Mental Health and Addictions Council of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network and was a Board Member of the Canadian Blood Services (2003- 05). In June 2007, he was invited to Senate Committee on the Determinants of Health on “Round Table for Aboriginal Health.”
Throughout his career, Dr. Shah has addressed those issues that are hardest to confront. His career and commitment served groups of people whose lives and health are on society’s margins: Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples, the homeless, the jobless and children living in poverty.
DR. MICHAELA HYNIE
Dr. Hynie is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, the Centre for Refugee Studies and the York Institute for Health Research at York University, where she leads the Program Evaluation Unit. She is also President of the Canadian Association of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (CARFMS). Dr. Hynie’s research focuses the development and evaluation of interventions that can strengthen social and institutional relationships to improve health and well-being in different cultural, political and physical environments. She is particularly interested in social integration and inclusion in situations of social conflict or forced migration.
Her work in Canada, Rwanda, Kenya, India and Nepal has been funded by Grand Challenges Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Dr. Hynie is currently leading a CIHR funded longitudinal study comparing support needs and integration pathways for Privately Sponsored and Government Assisted Refugees in B.C., Ontario and Quebec, and exploring how integration outcomes impact their long-term health.
DR. ALAN WHITESIDE
Alan Whiteside is CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to this he was Director and Professor, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) which he established in 1998, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, where is now a Professor Emeritus. He worked for the British Department for International Development as a Senior Research Fellow from 2009 to 2012.
He has been involved in researching HIV/AIDS for over twenty years. He is the author and co-author of books on HIV/AIDS. These are HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), 2008, and with Tony Barnett, AIDS in the twenty-first century: disease and globalization (Palgrave), 2006 2nd ed. He is the author of numerous book chapters and academic papers.
He has held fellowships internationally (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Southampton (2004-2006); Visiting Professor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and in 2009, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Carleton University). He was appointed a Commissioner on the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa between 2003 and 2006.
He is a member of the editorial boards of African Journal of AIDS Research; Development Policy Review; Globalisation and Health and Journal of the International AIDS Society.
He has an ongoing commitment to development, with Swaziland and Southern Africa as a central concern. He is a member of the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College Governing Council; and from 2000 to 2012 was an elected member of Governing Council International AIDS Society and was treasurer from 2008 to 2012. In 2015 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
DR. SUSAN ELLIOTT
Professor of Geography and Public Health, Elliott completed her PhD (1992) and has worked as a faculty member at 3 Canadian research intensive universities. She has had a very active research career, with over 150 peer reviewed publications related to environment and (public) health, focused on Canada and the developing world. She has also supervised 30+ graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to completion. She has undertaken a range of administrative and research leadership roles including Director of the Institute of Environment and Health (McMaster), Senior Research Fellow in the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Dean of Social Sciences (McMaster) and Dean of Health Sciences (Waterloo). She is PI for the development of a National Food Allergy Strategy for Canada and the PI of GLOWING – the development of a Global Index of Wellbeing, based upon the successful Canadian Index of Wellbeing. She is also a Senior Editor for Social Science and Medicine.
DR. JASON NICKERSON
Dr. Jason Nickerson is a humanitarian affairs advisor with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) based in Ottawa, Canada. Jason advises MSF on various humanitarian affairs dossiers including humanitarian operations and access to medicines. Jason has over 10 years’ experience as a clinician in respiratory therapy and anesthesia, and has worked extensively in global public health response and policy development in Canada, Afghanistan, Sudan, Haiti, and Ghana. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s respiratory therapy program specializing in anesthesia, and completed a master’s degree at the University of British Columbia examining community-based HIV care in Vancouver’s downtown eastside, and a PhD in population health at the University of Ottawa where he focused on the methodologies for conducting assessments of health facilities in severely disrupted health systems during acute and protracted emergencies. In addition to his work with MSF, Jason is a Clinical Scientist at the Bruyère Research Institute in Ottawa, where he focuses on addictions and drug policy issues impacting older adults in Canada.
DR. VLADIMIR SMAKHTIN
Vladimir Smakhtin is the Director of the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. He holds a PhD from the Russian Academy of Sciences, worked in Rhodes University and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa in the 1990s, and, more recently, was research program director at the International Water Management Institute, the major international R4D Center headquartered in Sri Lanka. His experience spreads across agricultural and environmental water management, climate change impacts on water resources, hydrological predictions in data-poor regions, water storage and water-related disaster risk management. Vladimir worked in over 20 countries worldwide, authored over 200 publications and consulted for a number of national governments and international organisations, including Department of Water Affairs of South Africa, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, World Commission on Dams, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Union for Conservation of Nature, United Nations Environment Program.
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