UOHS 2020 Speakers
UOHS 2020 will feature many speakers who will speak to the truth about many topics that impact our world today. Learn more below!
DR. KAREN LAWFORD
PROFESSOR AND RESEARCHER
BS, BHSc, MA, PhD; Assistant Professor at Queen's University and Aboriginal Midwife
Dr. Lawford is an Aboriginal midwife (Namegosibiing (Lac Seul First Nation, Treaty 3) and a Registered midwife (Ontario). Dr. Lawford is also an Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on the provision of maternity care for those who live on reserve and understanding the barriers to equitable reproductive health services. Currently, she is a Co-Investigator on a Status of Women Canada research project, entitled Empowering women leaders in health: Health care, health sciences, & Indigenous health. Dr. Lawford is the lead on Indigenous health and purposefully draws attention to Indigenous women and Two Spirit leaders in health.
MIDIA SHIKH HASSAN
RECIPIENT OF THE CBC TRAILBLAZER AWARD
BHSc, BASc; uOttawa Graduate Student
Midia Shikh Hassan is a uOttawa double alumna. She is the manager of the technology accelerator program called MakerLaunch in the faculty of engineering. She is the winner of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders Award, 2019 CBC Trailblazer Award, and 2019 Facebook Social Entrepreneurship Award. Midia has been recognized for her outstanding work with 3D printing of prosthetics for refugees and people living in poverty and continues to be a role model for women in STEM. Her passions include technology innovation and social impact. Midia was one of 145 youth globally selected to participate in a prestigious graduate fellowship program, the Schwarzman Scholars that will begin in summer 2020 in China.
DR. HOSSAM ELSHARKAWI
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS AT THE CANADIAN RED CROSS
Dr. Elsharkawi oversees the Red Cross global emergency response to disasters and conflict, as well as recovery and longer-term development. He has led numerous operations in this capacity. For over 30 years, Dr. Elsharkawi has been involved in the humanitarian emergencies field with a focus on preparedness, response and health in emergencies. His extensive experience includes assignments to more than thirty countries with a wide spectrum of disaster complexities.
DR. AHMED HAIDAR
TYPE 1 DIABETES EXPERT
BSc, MScA, PhD
Canada’s Opioid Crisis: Advocating for Different Approaches
Canada is facing a national opioid crisis. The increase in overdoses and deaths caused by opioids and fentanyl, is a public health emergency. UOHS 2020’s interactive seminar hopes to gather a group of professionals in order to open the discussion on this complex health issue.