Speakers

Keynote Speaker: GLOBAL HEALTH: NEGLECTED CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

Dr. Keith Martin grew up in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto with a Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.). In 2006, he was appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. He has Top Secret security clearance.

From 1987 to 2006, he practiced emergency medicine and general practice in British Columbia. Keith also provided medical care in a rural hospital on the South Africa/Mozambique border during the Mozambiquan civil war. He has also been a medical researcher and a correctional officer.

In Parliament, Keith developed and led many important initiatives in health care, foreign policy, international development, the environment, social program renewal, poverty reduction, democratic reform, economics, human rights, and much more. He has held many posts, primarily in international affairs, including Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence, and Shadow Ministerial portfolios in Foreign Affairs, International Development, and Health.

He has been the guest speaker at many international meetings, including chairing the drafting committee at the pre-G8 International Parliamentarian’s Conferences on global health in Tokyo and Rome. Most recently, he has spoken at conferences on international health in Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa.

A passionate humanitarian, Keith has participated in numerous diplomatic missions to some of the most troubled areas of the world, including Sierra Leone, the Middle East, Colombia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. He has successfully organized multi-million dollar shipments of medical supplies to areas in crisis, e.g. South East Asia after the tsunami (a $16 million shipment, which was the largest private donation to the WHO), Zimbabwe, Ghana, Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Pakistan.

Three years ago, he created the website canadaaid.ca, which is an online portal that links NGOs and organizations that help those in low-income settings with people interested in supporting these groups.

Using his professional background as a physician, Keith developed the Centers for International Health and Development Initiative (CIHD), which uses universities in North America to help build capabilities in institutions in developing countries. He also created the Canadian Physicians Overseas Programme (CPOP), which mobilizes Canadian medical expertise to build health care capacity in low-income countries.

Keith is also the Founder and Chair of Canada’s first Parliamentary International Conservation Caucus. He created the Caucus to connect top environmental scientists with MPs, diplomats, bureaucrats, and NGOs so that they can work together to address the critical environmental challenges of our time. In particular he is showing how sustainable conservation projects can enhance environmental security and human security.

Since Sept. 2012, he has served as the Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. The Consortium is a rapidly growing organization of over 120 academic institutions from around the world that harnesses a broad range of disciplines across institutions to address global health challenges. It is focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor.

He has published more than 150 OP-ED articles in leading Canadian newspapers and has written a local bi-monthly column for 15 years.  For three years, he hosted his own nationally syndicated television show, Beyond Politics, and was selected by Maclean’s magazine as one of Canada’s Top 100 Leaders of Tomorrow.  CBC’s National News show twice named him Canada’s most underrated politician, in 2009 and 2010.


zardasht-jaffConcurrent Session A: REAL CHALLENGES & POTENTIALS FOR REFUGEES IN CANADA

Dr. Zardasht Jaff is an internist and cardiologist currently completing an Echo fellowship at Queen’s University. Dr. Jaff arrived in Canada 13 years ago as a refugee, leaving his home in Kurdistan, a Northern part of Iraq which was at the time under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. He has experienced first-hand, many challenges as a refugee but has also realized the potentials that this new country has to offer.   

Over the last 13 years, he had to learn to speak English, to survive with minimal wages working at restaurants and pubs and to pursue his dream to become a cardiologist. But his most profound experience was to realize the compassion Canadians have for him – that when he was initially faced with the potential of deportation, many Canadians came forward to help, to open the door and to accept him.  It was through humanitarian and compassionate ground that he was allowed to have a new life in Canada and he is forever grateful.  He wants to spread his story to as many people as possible so they all know how proud Canadians should be and hope this compassionate spirit will continue to resonate to help current refugees – to help them realize their dreams in this wonderful place called Canada.

Dr. Jaff is now married with his wife, Cynthia and two girls Glenna and Cheyanne.


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Concurrent Sessions A & B: ADVOCACY THROUGH ART

Craig Berggold is a media artist who strives to combine social justice activism with a contemporary art practice. His award-winning films including: Pocket Desert: confessions of a snakekiller; Educate Your Attitude; Fresh Talk: Youth & Sexuality; Up To Scratch were broadcasted on television and screened at film festivals and art galleries around the world. Currently, Craig is studying his PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. He is also a Teaching Fellow in the Film and Media Studies Department where he has taught several courses including: Film and Politics; Science Fictions Films and Alternative Social Models; Media & Cultural Studies.  For more information please see the following links:  www.mediaculturestudies.com ; www.nfb.ca/film/pocket_desert_confessions_of_a_snake_killer/


Concurrent Sessions A: PEACE & PESTILENCE: LESSONS FOR PEACEKEEPING FROM THE HAITIAN CHOLERA EPIDEMIC

Adam Houston’s academic and professional interests lie at the intersection of health, human rights, and globalization. He has lived and worked in Southern Africa, the South Pacific, and across Canada, with organizations such as Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF), and Avocats sans frontières Canada (ASFC). He holds a JD from the University of Victoria, an MA in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University, and won the Outstanding Student Award in his LL.M (Health Law) from the University of Washington. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Law at the University of Ottawa, while also continuing his involvement with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) in their litigation against the United Nations over the Haitian cholera epidemic.


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Concurrent Session A: EEYOU ITSCHEE: ACTION & ADVOCACY FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH

Dr. Darlene Kitty is a Cree woman and family physician practicing since 2006 in Chisasibi, the largest of 9 Cree communities in northern Quebec. She enjoys practicing in a rural and remote setting, appreciating this challenging yet rewarding experience. Dr. Kitty advocates for the health and well-being of the Crees in northern Quebec to receive the services and resources needed to improve their medical condition(s) and quality of life. She is currently serving as President of the Council of Physicians, Dentists and Pharmacists of Region 18, being the Cree Territory and Clinical Representative on the Board of Directors for the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay. She highly values these roles that are important avenues of support, collaboration, advocacy and commitment to addressing and improving Indigenous health and social issues.

She also works as Director of the Indigenous Program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, where she is committed to recruiting, admitting and supporting Indigenous students to become physicians. She is involved in Indigenous health curriculum development. Her passions include teaching medical learners and staff about the historical, political and social context of Indigenous peoples and their communities, the resultant effects on their health status, and promoting reconciliation. Dr. Kitty presently sits on the Boards of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada, which provide her with additional opportunities for teaching others and encouraging advocacy for improved health services and resources for Indigenous, rural and remote communities.


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Concurrent Session B: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE LAW, PUNISHMENT & HUMAN RIGHTS

Mr. Raeesi practiced law in Shiraz, Iran for 20 years and served as a two-term board member of the Fars Province Bar Association and was the founder and former head of the Human Rights Committee of the Far Province Bar Association for eight years. He is also the founder of Neday-e Edalat (The Voice of Justice) Legal Association in Shiraz. In his professional practice, Mr. Raeesi has defended as a pro bono attorney political prisoners, journalists, women and children who were sentenced to the death penalty.

In 2012, Mr. Raeesi relocated to Canada to escape undue pressure from the Iranian Government. Since 2012, he has been collaborating with human rights organizations regarding various issues, including: Sharia law and human rights; the death penalty in Islamic legal systems; domestic violence; and global networks dedicated to protecting children. His publications include a manual on “Children’s Rights” and a chapter on “the Death Penalty in Iran” in a book published by Ensemble contre la peine de mort – ECPM. In addition, Mr. Raeesi participated in research projects at the State University of New York at Albany and at Northwestern University School of Law on issues of the death penalty around the world.

In August 2015, he was selected by a joint committee of University of Ottawa and Carleton University to be their In-House Scholar and visiting professor for a one-year term. In this role, he taught a class on human rights, Sharia law and the Islamic legal systems. He did several speaking engagements and panels every week.


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Dutt Debate: INTRODUCTION

Dr. Monika Dutt has been the Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare since June 2013. She is currently a Medical Officer of Health in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and practices family medicine in Wagmatcook First Nation. She is an adjunct professor at Cape Breton University and holds a Master of Public Health and Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Monika is also completing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.

Monika has worked as a public health and family physician in Northern Canada and inner-city Toronto, as well as in India. She is on the Board of the YMCA of Cape Breton and Springtide Collective. Her interest in policy areas include health care, income inequality, poverty, and climate change.


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Dutt Debate: MODERATOR

Dr. Heather Murray will moderate the  2016 Dutt Debate on Friday Oct. 21st, 2016. Dr. Murray is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is a practicing emergency physician, has authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific papers and commentaries, and focuses on research for teaching and evidence-based knowledge translation. She is a Director for the Queen’s School of Medicine, and the Evidence-Based Medicine Lead for the School of Medicine. Nationally, she is an editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, and has served as an Emergency Medicine examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Murray is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the 2013 CAME (Canadian Association of Medical Education) Certificate of Merit, the inaugural 2015 Queen’s University Principal’s Award in Curriculum Development, and the 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences Top Educator Award.


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Dutt Debate: PANELIST

Dr. Vanig Garabedian is a guest speaker who has more than sixteen years of experience as a Gynecologist and Obstetrician, was the Managing Medical Director for the Women’s and Community Health Center at Aleppo Maternity Hospital, and is a member of the Syrian Medical Association. His area of research has focused on Women’s Health including the effects of hormonal medications, contraception, and low-birth weight pregnancies. We are thrilled to have Dr. Garabedian speak this year given the recent attention on the health implications related to the Syrian refugee crisis.

To read more about Dr. Garabedian’s personal experience as one of the first Syrian refugees to arrive to Canada please follow this link from the National Post:
http://news.nationalpost.com/…/in-his-own-words-a-syrian-re…


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Dutt Debate: PANELIST

Dr. Leuprecht is Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada, cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies and the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He is a fellow of the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada and holds a Governor-in-Council appointment to the governing Council of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. An expert on security and defence, political demography, and comparative federalism and multilevel governance, he is regularly called as an expert witness to testify before committees of Parliament.

For more information on Dr. Leupreht’s areas of expertise please visit http://www.christianleuprecht.com


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Dutt Debate: PANELIST

Carol Devine is the Humanitarian Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada. Carol focusses particularly on refugee and migrant issues and health care in conflict zones. She was former Access to Essential Medicines Campaigner as part of an international MSF initiative urging for more affordable, effective, and accessible medicine. She has worked in Rwanda, South Sudan, East Timor, and Peru for MSF and has conducted research on refugee health, sexual gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. Carol has also represented MSF before Canadian Parliamentary Committees and WTO ministerial meetings. Lastly, she is a member of Human Rights Watch Committee Friends and is on the Board of Directors of Dignitas International.

For more information take a look at Carol’s website: http://www.caroldevine.info


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Dutt Debate: PANELIST

Capt (Dr.) Meghan Wilson will be joining the panel of speakers for Friday’s Dutt Debate.

Capt Wilson is a General Duty Medical Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). She is stationed at CFB Kingston. Her work in the CAF includes clinical medicine, occupational medicine, aerospace medicine, emergency medicine, population health education and advocacy, research, instructing, and maintaining military skills. From Dec 2015-Feb 2016 she was deployed to Beirut, Lebanon as part of Op Provision, the CAF contribution to the Canadian government’s commitment to bring 25 000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Feb 29, 2016. Capt Wilson personally screened over 800 Syrian refugees, as part of a larger CAF clinic in Beirut that ultimately saw over 9000 refugees in approximately two months.

In addition to her CAF duties, Capt Wilson holds an adjunct academic staff (community preceptor) appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at Queens. She was the recipient of the 33 CF Health Services Center Clinical Excellence Award in 2015 and a Surgeon General’s Coin for Clinical Excellence in 2016.


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Global Health Career Panel: PANELIST

Nadha Hassen is a health researcher, city-builder and writer. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto, where she was a CIHR Fellow in Public Health Policy and also completed the Community Development Collaborative Program. For over six years, Nadha has worked in research at policy and community levels, including roles at Wellesley Institute, Public Health Ontario, Jane’s Walk and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). She is passionate about health equity, advocating with populations that are marginalized and is constantly (un)learning. Connect with her on Twitter@nadhassen


Global Health Career Panel: PANELIST

dr-samantha-buttemerDr. Samantha Buttemer holds an MD from Queen’s University and a BHSc from McMaster University. She has fostered an interest in public health throughout her years of schooling and is looking forward to applying her medical training to the bigger picture of population level health. She is particularly interested in bridging the gap between primary care and public health, and is currently working on starting a fluoride varnish program at the Queen’s FHT. She also loves teaching and is helping with the UGME population health course here at Queen’s. When not at work, she loves to experiment in the kitchen, and plan her next trip.


Global Health Career Panel: PANELIST

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Sujitha Ratnasingham is currently the Director of Data Partnerships & Development at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Her focus is to build data partnerships that support the acquisition of both health and non-health data to create opportunities for innovative scientific research that will contribute to improvements in healthcare planning and policy evaluation.

Sujitha has a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. Her thesis was completed with Dr. Elizabeth Badley at the Toronto Western Research Institute on Body Mass Index and progression of osteoarthritis. After completing her Master’s, Sujitha worked at the SARS Epi-centre at the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care where she worked on the SARS outbreak in Ontario. She spent the next few years with Toronto Public Health (TPH) working in the West Nile Virus surveillance program. During her time with TPH, she took a sabbatical to work with the World Health Organization regional office in the Philippines. At WHO, she led a pilot project to assess the burden of Malaria in the region. With a new found interest in burden of disease methodology, she went to work with ICES on the burden of infectious diseases report (a collaboration between Public Health Ontario (PHO)and ICES) followed by her leading the Burden of Mental Health and Addictions in Ontario report.

Sujitha moved to a management role in 2011 with ICES. In 2015, she took on the role of Manager of Epidemiology and Evaluation Services with PHO where she oversaw both research projects and large provincial evaluations of health interventions. In September of 2016, she returned to ICES to take on her current role.


Speakers Archive from Previous Years


Heather Aldersey

Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University

Dr. Aldersey’s research program focuses on the social construction of disability across cultures, support for people with disabilities and their families, public policy, family innovation, and family quality of life. Within this program, she has particularly focused on experiences of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in African contexts. The ultimate goal of Dr. Aldersey’s scholarship is to draw upon local strengths and capabilities to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities and their families globally.


 

Dr. Philip Berger

Dr. Philip Berger is the Medical Director of the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and the former Chief of its Department of Family and Community Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Berger has published and lectured widely on critical health issues including drug addiction, the physical and psychological effects of torture, and HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Dr. Berger co-founded Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, a group of physicians and residents who have participated in protests and other activities to oppose cuts to refugee health care in Canada.  In 2013 he was inducted as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Most recently, Dr. Philip Berger has joined the Undergraduate Medical Education office as the University of Toronto’s Faculty Lead for the Health Advocate Role.


 

 Geneviève Bois

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Geneviève is a medical doctor in Montréal, Canada, where she is currently completing her GP training. She recently finished working in tobacco control, as the spokesperson for the Québec Coalition for Tobacco Control, an organization that successfully advocated a 3rd tobacco control law in Québec. She is also the past Vice-President of Internal Affairs of the world’s largest medical student body, the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA)
She spent a one-year with the Copenhagen School of Global Health working on projects for the NCDs unit, but also involved curriculum development for pre-departure training and global health ethics. Geneviève is passionate about NCDs, tobacco control and building healthy cities via urban designs.

 


 

Y.Y. Brandon Chen

Y.Y. Brandon Chen, a lawyer and a social worker by training, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. He is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law where he is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. His current research explores theoretical and policy issues relating to health care equity, particularly questions arising at the intersection between health care and international migration. In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Chen is actively involved in the HIV/AIDS community. He was appointed to the Ontario Ministerial Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS between 2009 and 2011. He is now the co-chair of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment, an Ontario-based coalition seeking to advance the health of racialized migrants living with HIV/AIDS.


Catherine Latimer

Catherine Latimer has been the Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Canada since 2011.  Previously, Ms. Latimer was a policy lawyer for the federal government providing analysis and policy advice for the Departments of the Solicitor General, the Privy Council Office, and Justice and had a lead responsibility in the development of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Her law degree is from Queen’s University, Kingston and her Masters in Criminology is from Cambridge University. She is a Broadbent Fellow.


 

Carrie Marshall
Carrie Marshall is a Ph.D. Candidate in Rehabilitation Science in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen’s University. Her clinical background is in mental health. Her research interests centre around the activities in which chronically homeless persons spend their time participating in, the meaning of those activities, and the ways in which time use of this population intersects with their health and well-being.

 


 

Heather Murray

Dr. Heather Murray is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Queen’s and holds a cross-appointment in the Department of Public Health Sciences. She is a practicing emergency physician at both the Kingston General and Hotel Dieu Hospitals. She has authored a number of peer-reviewed scientific papers, book chapters, editorials and commentaries in several areas of research including skin and soft tissue infections, procedural sedation and the development of ED-based clinical decision rules. Recent research activities have focused on identifying effective methods for teaching research, and the role of social media in evidence-based knowledge translation.

She is a director at the Queen’s School of Medicine, overseeing the 2nd year curriculum. She is also the scholar competency lead for the School of Medicine. In this role she developed and implemented two new courses and an embedded curricular thread for the medical school, teaching skills in research and evidence-based medicine. Nationally, she is an editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, and served a term as an Emergency Medicine examiner with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is the recipient of numerous School of Medicine teaching awards and in 2013 she received the CAME (Canadian Association of Medical Education) Certificate of Merit.


Samantha Nutt
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Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker.  A medical doctor and a founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child, Dr. Nutt has worked with children and their families at the frontline of many of the world’s major crises – from Iraq to Afghanistan, Somalia to the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Sierra Leone to Darfur, Sudan.  A leading authority on current affairs, war, international aid and foreign policy, Dr Nutt is one of the most intrepid and recognized voices in the humanitarian arena and is amongst the most sought-after public speakers in North America.  With a career that has spanned more than two decades and dozens of conflict zones, her international work has benefited hundreds of thousands of war-affected children globally.

Dr. Nutt is a respected authority for many of North America’s leading media outlets.  She is a regular foreign affairs panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC TV NEWS “The National” with Peter Mansbridge.   Nutt’s written work has been published by The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Maclean’s Magazine, Reuters, The Ottawa Citizen and The Huffington Post, among many others, and she has appeared in Time Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine , More Magazine and on CTV National News, Global TV News,  NBC Nightly News and BBC World News Service, to name just a few.

Dr. Nutt’s critically-acclaimed debut book, entitled Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid, was released by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. (a division of Random House) in October 2011 and was a #1 national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.  Lewis Lapham declared it a “brave and necessary book”, while the Literary Review of Canada called it a “brilliant polemic.”  Damned Nations is a bracing and uncompromising account of Dr. Nutt’s work in some of the most devastated regions of the world.

Dr. Nutt was named one of Canada’s 25 Transformational Canadians by The Globe and Mail, and has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  Time Magazine has featured her as one of Canada’s Five Leading Activists.   In July 2011, Dr. Nutt was appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, for her contributions to improving the plight of young people in the world’s worst conflict zones.

Samantha Nutt graduated summa cum laude from McMaster University, earned an M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from the University of London and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  She is further certified by the College of Family Practice and completed a sub specialization in women’s health through the University of Toronto as a Women’s Health Scholar.  Dr. Nutt is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the U.S.A.



DR. ANDREW PINTO

Andrew Pinto is a family physician and Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a member of the new Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His clinical work has a focus on people living with HIV, people with mental illness and people with addictions. He is a scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. His research is mainly focused on interventions that “go upstream” to address social determinants of health. He also works on the health economics of primary care and on HIV prevention.



Eva Purkey

MD, Director of Global Health at the Department of Family Medicine, Queen’s University

Dr Eva Purkey, MD, MPH, CCFP, graduated from Universite de Montreal medical school in 2002.  She then spent a year working with Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border, before doing a residency in Family Medicine at Queen’s.  Dr Purkey practiced primary care in the CHC sector and in northern Ontario for 8 years, and during that time returned to the Thai-Burma border on several occasions.  While working in the CHC sector, Dr Purkey focused her practice on the needs of immigrants and refugees, women, and persons living in poverty.  Concurrently, she developed the Global Health curriculum for Queen’s Department of Family Medicine, which is a core curriculum for all family medicine residents.  She completed an MPH at Johns Hopkins with a certificate in Global Health, an experience she would recommend to all.  Following return from a second maternity leave, she is now Assistant Professor and Global Health Director in the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s where she focuses research, curriculum and policy work on populations facing health inequities in Canada and abroad.  She continues to provide primary care and low risk obstetrical care with an emphasis on providing best possible services for those facing structural barriers to health.


 C. Tess Sheldon

MSc  (University of Alberta), 1998,  JD (University of Toronto) 2004, LLM (University of Toronto) 2008,  PhD (University of Toronto)  2015

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005, staff lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre. Her practice is primarily devoted to disability, constitutional and human rights law.  She has appeared before Courts and administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. She recently completed her doctorate at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, exploring the legal issues raised by medication administration practices in psychiatric settings.  She was co-counsel to the Empowerment Council at the Inquest into the Death of Ashley Smith. She is a member of the HIV Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto. She completed her articles of clerkship with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. She is vice-president of the Board of Directors for the Central Toronto Community Health Centres. She writes, presents and teaches extensively on a variety of mental health, access to justice, disability and human rights issues.