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University Advisory Council

University Advisory Council

The University Advisory Council (UAC) was launched in 2010 to foster greater collaboration and coordination among Canadian universities that are CAGH institutional members, serving as a platform to move the global health research agenda forward nationally. Representatives from our 25 member institutions meet in person every year, they connect virtually on a quarterly basis and participate in issue-based working groups to discuss common interests, challenges, and future goals.

Current Activities

  • Collaborating with other CCGHR committees to organize regional Coalition Institutes focused on capacity-building and networking.
  • Encouraging curriculum sharing and preparing lists of courses with materials relevant to global health research that could be shared among colleagues in UAC member universities and institutes.
  • Fostering a transdisciplinary research approach to the deeply complex problems in global health and supporting the growth of such research teams.
  • Exchanging on internationalization policies and strategies, within the broader framework of “social accountability”.
  • Promoting research harmonization in Canada through information sharing about projects where there is potential for value-added coordination and collaboration.

Round Table Series 

The UAC is hosting a series of round table discussions in which leaders in the global health research community will engage in a 90-minute dialogue with participants about a core global health issue from an equity perspective. Stay tuned for information about upcoming sessions.

December 8, 2021: Transitioning to Scale Promising Innovations: Taking a Promise – Making it a Reality

June 16, 2021: One Planet Living @ Universities: Recognizing Health Equity, and Climate Change in Sustainability Plans 

May 12, 2021: Promoting equity in global health teaching and learning: Leveraging insights from the COVID-19 pandemic interruption 

February 17, 2021: Trade, Vaccine Nationalism and Global Health Governance 


Dr. Katrina Plamondon  PhD RN 

Assistant Professor & Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Faculty of Health & Social Development | School of Nursing, The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus | Syilx Okanagan Nation Territory

Integrated Knowledge Translation (IKT) Research Network


Twitter: @KMPlamondon

Susan J. Elliott, PhD

Professor & University Research Chair Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

Fellow, Balsillie School of International Affairs Professor, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (Adjunct)

Editor in Chief Wellbeing, Space & Society

Senior Editor, Medical Geography Social Science & Medicine

Section Editor Health & Sanitation Water Security

Senior Editor, Global Health Canadian Journal of Public Health 


Twitter: @Geohealthe