Plenary speakers

Plenary speakers

Subject to change

Monday, November 19

Fragile Environments and Global Health

Chair: 

Valerie Percival

Assistant Professor of International Affairs - Health and Conflict, Post Conflict Health Reconstruction, Health Systems, HIV/AIDS and Conflict Analysis

Valerie Percival is an Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University.  Her current research focuses on three areas:  the measurement and meaning of the suffering of civilians in violent conflict and humanitarian emergencies; the complexity of engagement in health systems; and the promise and perils of policy networks.  Prior to joining NPSIA, she held senior positions at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as well as the International Crisis Group, where she headed their Kosovo Office.  She holds a Doctorate in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Masters degree from NPSIA and an honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto. 

 

 

Keynotes:

Bob Rae
University of Toronto, Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, Special Envoy to Myanmar

Born in Ottawa and a graduate of both the University of Toronto and Oxford, Bob Rae was first elected to the Parliament of Canada as the Member of Parliament for Broadview in a by-election in October, 1978. He was re-elected in 1979 and 1980, and resigned his seat in 1982 when elected Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly for the riding of York South in 1982, and re-elected in 1985,1987, 1990, and 1995. After more than a decade as a partner at Goodmans LLP Bob returned to federal politics as the MP for Toronto Centre in 2008, first in a by-election and then in general elections in that year and 2011. Bob resigned his seat in 2013 to become senior partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, where he works with First Nations as legal counsel, advisor, and negotiator.
Bob served as Ontario's 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995 and Interim Federal Leader of the Liberal Party in 2011- 2013. He was named Queen's Counsel in 1984, appointed to the Privy Council of Canada in 1998, named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, received the Order of Ontario in 2004 and Companion of the Order of Canada in 2015. In October, 2017 Bob was appointed as Special Envoy to Myanmar by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In addition to his legal practice, Bob teaches at the University of Toronto as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), and as Distinguished Professor at Victoria College. He is a Fellow at the Forum of Federations, and consults internationally on governance issues. He has also written five books and two major reports, on the Air India bombing and higher education in Ontario. He writes and speaks regularly on public issues and also does ADR work with ADR Chambers.

Patricia Garcia
School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University, Peru

Dr. Patty J. García, is a Professor at the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH)  in Lima-Peru.  She is the former Minister of Health of Peru, Dean of the School of Public Health at UPCH, and former Chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health (INS). She is recognized as a leader in Global Health. Has been member of the PAHO Foundation Technical Advisory Group (FTAG), board member of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health and President of the Latin American Association Against STDs (ALACITS).  She is affiliate Professor of the Department of Global Health, at University of Washington and of the School of Public Health at Tulane University.  She is actively involved in research and training in Global health, Reproductive health, STI/HIV, HPV and medical informatics. She has been recently appointed member of the United States National Academy of Medicine, becoming the first Peruvian professional with such a distinction.    

 

 

Wednesday, November 21

Fragile Environments and Global Health

Chair: Zulfiqar A. Bhutta
The Hospital for Sick Children

Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), Tufts University (Boston), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. Dr. Bhutta was a member of the Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) appointed by the UN Secretary General for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs (2011-2015). He represented the global academic and research organizations on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (Gavi) Board and was the Co-Chair of the Global Countdown for 2015 Initiative from 2006-2016. Dr. Bhutta is the Co-Chair of the Maternal and Child Health oversight committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) and the Chairman of The Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health with its secretariat based at SickKids.

Paul Spiegel
Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

Paul Spiegel, MD, MPH, a Canadian physician, is internationally recognized for his research on preventing and responding to complex humanitarian emergencies. Before becoming Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, Paul was the Deputy Director of the Division of Programme Support and Management at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Prior to joining the UN in 2002, Paul worked as a medical epidemiologist in the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He also worked as a medical coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières and Médecins du Monde in refugee emergencies, as well as a consultant for numerous organizations.