UOHS 2020 Keynote Speakers
UOHS 2020 is going to be an amazing conference! Learn about our keynote speakers below
THE HONOURABLE JANE PHILPOTT
CANADIAN POLITICIAN AND PHYSICIAN
MD, CCFP, MPH, PC
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.
DR. BRAD BASS
MS, PhD; Associate Executive Director for the Foundation of Student Science and Technology
Dr. Bass is a researcher at the University of Toronto and Environment Canada and a member of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative team. In 2007 he co-received the Nobel Prize for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Bass is also the Associate Executive Director of the Foundation for Student Science and Technology, and Director of the University Research Experience in Complex Systems (URECS). The Foundation 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. Dr. Bass is well-known in the green roof and wall industry for his work on simulating building energy consumption, biodiversity on green roofs and workshops for elementary school students. He has also worked as a government in-house Green Roof expert and is often called upon to advise on green roof installations. Dr. Bass' research interests include effects of urbanization on environment, green infrastructure, modelling with fuzzy cognitive maps, ecological and socio-economic simulation with emergent computing, community energy systems planning, modelling complexity, and water quality policy. Dr. Bass plans to speak how artificial intelligence will influence the future of medical practice.