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Plenary speakers

Plenary speakers

Confirmed plenary speakers for CCGH 2021 include:

Hélène Carabin
Université de Montréal

Dre. Hélène Carabin détient un Doctorat en Médecine Vétérinaire (1992) et une Maîtrise en Sciences cliniques vétérinaires (1994) de l’Université de Montréal, ainsi qu'un doctorat en épidémiologie de l’Université McGill (1998). Elle est Professeure titulaire au département de Pathologie et Microbiologie de la Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire et au Département de Médecine Sociale et Préventive à l’École de Santé Publique de l’Université de Montréal.

Détentrice de la Chaire de Recherche du Canada en épidémiologie et Une seule santé, son équipe de recherche se penche sur l’évaluation de la plus-value de l’approche Une seule santé pour non seulement contrôler les zoonoses, mais aussi pour améliorer la santé des humains et des animaux.

Timothy Caulfield
University of Alberta

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic, science communication, and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety  (Penguin Random House, 2020) (US Title: Your Day, Your Way). Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award-winning documentary TV show, A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America.

Tim Evans
McGill University

Tim joined McGill University in September 2019, as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation). He joins McGill after a 6 year tenure as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh. Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Catherine Kyobutungi
African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

Catherine holds a PhD (2006) in Epidemiology from the University of Heidelberg, and a Master of Science (2002) in Community Health and Health Management. She is the Executive Director at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She was formerly the Director of Research and has served APHRC in several leadership roles over the past decade, having joined as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in May, 2006.

Catherine is an Alumnus of the University of Heidelberg having completed her doctoral studies in Epidemiology in the then Department of Tropical Hygiene and Public Health, under the auspices of the Graduertienkolleg 793 in April 2006. She also obtained a Master of Science degree in Community Health and Health Management in 2002 from the same department. Prior to her graduate studies, Catherine studied Medicine at Makerere University, Kampala after which she worked as a medical officer at Rushere hospital, a rural health facility in Western Uganda for three years. Before and during her graduate studies, she was an Assistant Lecturer and later a Lecturer in the Department of Community Health at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, where she was part of the response team during the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Catherine has served on numerous boards, panels, and expert groups, including the INDEPTH Network Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of the Carnegie African Diaspora Program at the Institute of International Education. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the Kenya Epidemiological Association. Her research interests include migrant health, community participation in health, and the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases.
Catherine is driven by the belief that Africa has the potential to solve its own problems and she tries to make her own contribution, however small.

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe
SeeChange Initiative

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe is a lawyer, a humanitarian, and an advocate. As a thought leader on reimagining humanitarian health crisis response, Rachel promotes values of humanity, justice, and solidarity in all aspects of global health.  Unafraid to challenge the status quo, Rachel demonstrates how we can and must take a new approach in responding to health crises.  The decolonized approach to humanitarian action she proposes is inclusive, participative, co-created and, most importantly, inspired and led by communities to address their health crises, their way. 

To demonstrate a new way of doing, Rachel founded SeeChange Initiative in 2018. This Canadian charitable organization supports Indigenous and other vulnerabilized communities globally to co-create innovative CommunityFirst solutions, including the CommunityFirst COVID-19 Roadmap, to organize, prepare and respond to health crises.

This initiative builds on Rachel’s lifelong dedication to humanitarian work and speaking out against injustice. In 1989, she left her legal practice to work on Indigenous rights and East Timorese independence with grassroots organizations in Indonesia— a pivotal and formative experience. From there, Rachel joined Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and headed emergency humanitarian missions in Central and Eastern Africa as well as Latin America.

Witnessing the profound global inequity in access to medicines, Rachel became the founding President of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines. She recently served as a Director on MSF's highest governance platform supporting calls to reimagine humanitarian action through decentralizing governance. She continues to serve on MSF Spain’s board in particular advancing the anti-racist agenda and decolonisaiton discussions. As a Professor of Practice at McGill University, where she completed her LL.M in Bioethics, Rachel teaches annual courses on Decolonizing Humanitarian Action.

Pamela Roach
University of Calgary

Dr. Roach is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and is also the Director, Indigenous health education in the Office of Indigenous, Local and Global Health for the Cumming School of Medicine. She is a PhD health researcher and member of the Métis Nation of Alberta who has worked in a variety of academic and community health care settings, both in Canada and the UK, over the last 18 years. Her research focuses on Indigenous health; brain health and dementia in underserved populations; and developing anti-racism educational interventions.