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UOHS 2020 Keynote Speakers

UOHS 2020 is going to be an amazing conference! Learn about our keynote speakers below





Jane Philpott is a medical doctor and former Member of Parliament. She served in numerous cabinet positions from 2015 to 2019, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. Jane played a lead role in policies that have shaped Canada: bringing Syrian refugees to Canada; legislating a balanced approach to Medical Assistance in Dying; negotiating a health accord with new resources for mental health and home care; improving infrastructure for First Nations to provide clean water on reserve; and reforming child welfare to reduce the over-apprehension of Indigenous children. Prior to politics, Jane worked as a family doctor for 30 years, with the first decade of her career as a doctor in Niger, West Africa. In 1998, she and her family moved to Stouffville, Ontario, where she served for 17 years as a family physician. Jane was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital. In 2004 Jane founded Give a Day to World AIDS, which has raised over $4 million to help people affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. Jane also helped Addis Ababa University develop Ethiopia’s first training program for Family medicine. Jane is an Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She is currently serving as a Special Adviser on Health for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, an organization representing 49 First Nation communities across Treaty 9 and Treaty 5 in northern Ontario. 



MS, PhD; Associate Executive Director for the Foundation of Student Science and Technology 

Dr. Bass is a Status Professor at the University of Toronto, the Founder of the University Research Experience with Complex Systems and the Associate Executive Director of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology. The University Research Experience with Complex Systems brings secondary school and university students together to explore the interaction between environmental change and health and offers workshops on the simulation of environmental change and health, green infrastructure, networking and the Prisoner’s Dilemma. In 2007, Dr. Bass was a member of a task force on climate data with the Intergovernmental  Panel on Climate Change Change (IPCC), when the IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President, Al Gore. In 2012, Dr Bass' peers selected him to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Green Roof research. Dr. Bass' research interests include  ecological, physical and socio-economic simulation with emergent computing, the economic basis for innovation and the use of green infrastructure to address environmental issues and food security. Dr. Bass plans to speak on how artificial intelligence, big data and computer simulation may herald the next wave of innovation in public health. 

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