• Tim Huff
  • Carol Todd
  • Naheed Dosani
  • Harry James
  • Debbie Field
  • 2016 Speakers

    Tim Huff
    Creative and Development Lead of Youth Unlimited’s Compassion Series

    The Only To-Do List That Matters

    Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tim Huff has stitched together a radical life of service among children, youth, and adults facing profound physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual challenges. His journey of fulltime service, learning and advocacy for poor, oppressed, misunderstood and marginalized people has taken him across Canada, the United States and around the world, as both an avid learner and highly sought after speaker and teacher regarding pro-active community building and compassionate responses to domestic poverty, homelessness, marginalization and poverty of spirit.

    Tim’s impressive resume of direct service and leadership includes: Staff Director of the Ontario Camp of the Deaf, founding Director of Frontlines Youth Centre, founding Director of the Light Patrol street outreach, co-founder of The Hope Exchange StreetLevel Network, member of the boards of directors for The Daily Bread Food Bank and Hockey Helps the Homeless, and chairperson for several national social-justice conferences and campaigns. Tim currently serves as the "Creative and Development Lead" of Youth Unlimited’s Compassion Series.

    Tim is the author of the award-winning best-sellers Bent Hope; A Street Journal, and Dancing with Dynamite; Celebrating Against the Odds, with a third book in this series for teenagers and adults just released in the autumn of 2015, titled The Yuletide Factor; Cause for Perpetual Comfort and Joy. He is also the author/illustrator of the award-winning best-selling children’s books The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge; Helping Children Understand Homelessness and It’s hard Not to Stare: Helping Children Understand Disabilities, with a third book in this series scheduled for release in 2016 called The Honour Drum; Sharing The Truth and Beauty of Canada’s Indigenous People with Children (co-written with acclaimed First Nations teacher Cheryl Bear).

    For more information on the interactive Compassion Series program, and/or for more information on Tim’s books, visit www.compassionseries.com

    Tim, married to Diane, is the father of two beloved young adult children – Sarah Jane and Jake.

    Carol Todd
    Mother of Amanda Todd

    Beyond the four walls: Discovering our inner strength.

    Carol Todd is a mother of two, and an advocate for many. She was a typical hard working mom, whose days were filled with regular activities until, on October 10, 2012, Carol’s world tragically changed when her beloved daughter Amanda took her own life, after her never ending struggle as a victim of cyberbullying, exploitation and relentless bullying in her everyday life.

    Through the pain of losing her daughter, Carol courageously took a stand and shared Amanda’s story with her community and the world. Known as a global advocate she is sharing the voice of her daughter and increasing awareness of bullying in all forms and mental health issues in our youth. Amanda started a conversation that brought to the world’s attention the serious issues regarding social media safety, cyber abuse and mental health. Carol continues sharing this message and followed Amanda’s dream of wanting to help kids Stay Strong and reach out for help.

    Amanda Todd Legacy was created to help bring global awareness to cyberbullying and online safety to families and their children. The goal has been to encourage others to be empowered to shift their thinking about bullying type behaviours to those of KINDNESS. Carol has had the opportunity to share her vision and discuss cyber bullying and mental health issues during many interviews with leading media professionals around the globe. She has formed strong alliances with world leaders and organizations such as Kids Help Phone and Telus Wise. As a result of her courage, determination and ultimately the love of her daughter, Carol has become an innovative leader in the fight for online safety for children. She believes in working hard for change, and has become a true example of the unwavering human spirit through her fight to end bullying and the stigma regarding mental health in youth.

    Naheed Dosani
    Palliative Care Physician & Assistant Clinical Professor
    Project Lead for PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless), a program of the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA)

    What’s a life worth? Providing dignity at end-of-life for the homeless

    Being sick, of course, is very hard, but being sick and living on the street, is even harder. Dr Naheed Dosani is a passionate and respected advocate for marginalized & vulnerable populations with palliative needs. He serves as a Palliative Care Physician at the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and William Osler Health System (WOHS). He recently completed the Conjoint Palliative Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and prior to that, a residency in inner-city Family Medicine, where he was elected by his peers as Chief Resident of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. After completing his training, Dr Dosani founded PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless), a mobile, street & shelter-based service aimed at providing palliative care for the homeless & vulnerably housed. Through PEACH, he provides Toronto’s most marginalized populations with compassionate care and a dignified approach to their end-of-life journeys.

    More recently, he was awarded the 2015 Early Career Development Award by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. In addition, Dr Dosani is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC). He serves as Palliative Care Regional Medical Lead for Central West LHIN & Central West CCAC and as Section Editor for the peer-reviewed, Canadian based and internationally distributed academic journal, Current Oncology.

    Committed to addressing the social determinants of health, Dr Dosani sits on the Board of Directors of the Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) and on the Steering Committee for Health Providers Against Poverty (HPAP). He is an educator, researcher and advocate, focused on innovative and evidence-based solutions to reducing health disparities.

    Harry James
    The Guy, The Harry James Group

    Vital Signs… Balancing Real Life

    An entrepreneur for over 30 years, Harry James is a businessman, a strategic consultant and a motivator. He built one of Canada’s premier independent financial planning boutiques and sold it for an unprecedented price. Along with his primary business – an extensive net worth building practice with a robust employee benefits division, Harry’s portfolio includes three restaurants, a natural stone quarry, and over the past 20 years, orchestrating in excess of $100 million worth of real estate deals. He has earned his black belt in successes and failures and that experience resonates with people. Many entrepreneurs that he has spoken to across Canada have adopted his "Vital Signs" philosophy of "building a business and a life" which is more than a personal philosophy, it’s what he lives every day.

    Debbie Field
    Executive Director, FoodShare Toronto

    Putting Food First in our daily lives

    Debbie Field is the executive director of FoodShare Toronto, an award-winning organization that works to improve access, knowledge and consumption of vegetables and fruits through community led projects. Last year FoodShare supported more than 263,060 adults and children through its many programs.

    Believing passionately in the healing nature of food and its ability to strengthen communities and bring people together, Field has helped FoodShare expand its work in the area of active nutrition education and broaden its scope from direct service to increased advocacy and entrepreneurial activity. She has travelled throughout Canada and to the United States to speak about FoodShare’s innovative programs.

    A long standing activist in a variety of social movements, Debbie began her work life in 1976 as a teacher at Brampton's Sheridan College. Next she was Canada's first Equal Opportunities Coordinator, working for OPSEU (the Ontario Public Service Employees Union). In 1979, along with four other women, Debbie was successful in her Human Rights' complaint against Stelco in Hamilton for their no-women hiring policy. She was then hired and worked in the coke ovens until the strike in 1981. In the 1980's she was the Coordinator of the Development Education Centre, a non-profit resource centre specialising in third world issues, and prior to coming to FoodShare in 1992, Executive Assistant to Metro Councillor's Dale Martin and Olivia Chow.

    Debbie has an honour's B.A. in Sociology from Trent University and a Masters in Adult Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

    Debbie has been credited with numerous awards recognizing her commitment to social justice, food security and student nutrition including the Toronto Board of Trade’s Sustainability Award (2015), Ophea Award for Outstanding Contribution (2012), Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal (2012), OPSEU Bread and Roses Award (2012), Congregation Darchei Noam Social Justice Scholar in Residence (2011), Vital People Award (Toronto Community Foundation 2005), Toronto Green Leader (Toronto Life 2007), and was one of Toronto’s Ten Best Organizers (Now Magazine 1996).

    Debbie’s leadership, energy and passion have helped FoodShare make the food system better for individuals, schools, communities and society at large. Debbie believes passionately in the power and healing nature of food, and works to change the way our society sees food. Rather than fast food, FoodShare promotes home-cooking. Rather than eating on the run, FoodShare promotes meals as opportunities for families, friends and communities for sharing and community building. Rather than any food at all, FoodShare encourages healthy food. Debbie and FoodShare think it is time for Canadian society to “Put Food First” in our daily lives, in our communities and in social policy.

    2014 Speakers

    Isaac Bogoch
    Physician, University Health Network, Toronto, Canada

    Building simple diagnostic tests to improve healthcare in resource-limited settings

    Isaac Bogoch is an Internist and Infectious Diseases specialist with a focus on Tropical Medicine and HIV at the University Health Network in Toronto.

    Isaac’s Global Health work concentrates on the development and implementation of innovative, simple diagnostic tests that can help improve the quality of care delivered by health professionals of all backgrounds in rural, remote, and resource-limited settings. His work evaluates improving existing tools, like the use of the medical history and physical examination, and more technical tools such as microscopic devices. One area of focus is the use of portable microscopes to aid in the diagnosis of common parasitic infections, including the use of mobile phones converted into microscopes. Isaac collaborates with an international, interdisciplinary team with the ultimate aim of improving healthcare delivery in low-income countries.

    Susan V. Bosak
    Author, co-founder of the Legacy Project

    Building a 7-Generation World

    Susan Bosak co-founded the Legacy Project, an international research, education, and social innovation group dedicated to inspired lives, stronger communities, and a more sustainable world.

    She works with children, adults, and elders across the US and Canada. With an eye to the big picture, her research work brings together human development, communication, literacy, intergenerational, aging, life course, psychosocial dynamics, community building, science and the environment. Featured in publications from The Toronto Star to The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, her work emphasizes strategic generational collaborations for profound social change.

    The author of several books, including Dream and A Little Something, her work has received many honours, including Parents' Choice, Teachers' Choice, Children's Choice, two Benjamin Franklin Awards, and a Visionary Award.

    She enjoys collecting optical illusions because “nothing is ever as it seems.” One of her most rewarding roles is as caregiver for her mother, who has severe dementia and is her Time Teacher. She lives in the country surrounded by trees that carry timeless stories, more books than fit on her shelves, and an ever-expanding list of questions.

    Samir Sinha
    Physician and Assistant Professor

    Building Age-Friendly Communities: Pipe Dreams or Possibilities

    Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults.Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and in 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario government to serve as the expert lead of the Ontario's Seniors Strategy. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Chair of the Health Professionals Advisory Committee of the Toronto Central LHIN, is a Medical Advisor to the Toronto Central CCAC and an Associate Fellow with interRAI.

    A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. After returning to pursue postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinha went to the United States where he served as the inaugural Erickson/Reynolds Fellow in Clinical Geriatrics, Education and Leadership at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. He has consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, the United States and China on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

    Gavin Armstrong
    President & CEO at Lucky Iron Fish Project

    Building a Simple Solution to a Global Problem

    Gavin Armstrong is a PhD candidate at the University of Guelph and the President and CEO of the Lucky Iron Fish™ Project, a social enterprise attempting to alleviate iron deficiency using a simple health innovation in Cambodia and beyond. A long term advocate and activist against hunger and malnutrition, Gavin is the first Canadian to receive the William J. Clinton Award for international work against hunger and is the inaugural recipient of the international Michaelle Jean Emergency Hunger Relief Award. As an undergraduate student, Gavin signed the University of Guelph up to be first Canadian University to become members of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH), an organization of universities worldwide dedicated to promote awareness of, and take action against, hunger and malnutrition. Gavin is also a strong supporter for increasing educational opportunities for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, developing new opportunities to fund a solar lights that will power the schools and raising money to build a new school in the camps. He has also developed links between the University of Guelph and Universite de Nouakchott (Mauritania) to boost food production and capacity in one of the poorest regions of Africa.

    Gavin holds an honours bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Guelph. During this time he was elected as the Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner for the student union, served on the Senate, the Board of Governors, the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability, the BetterPlanet Project steering committee and cabinet (the capital campaign of the University), and as the student co-chair for the United Way Campaign.

    Deborah Whale
    VP at Clovermead Farms

    Building a Future for Agriculture in Canada

    Deborah Whale is the Vice President of Clovermead Farms Inc., a dairy farm which also generates electricity via two anaerobic digesters. She currently serves on several boards including as Vice-Chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission; the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame; the Grand River Raceway; the Ontario Power Authority; and the Community Council of the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN.

    She is a Past Chair of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization; the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario; and the Poultry Industry Council. She has also served on the National Board of Directors of Farm Credit Canada and on the Advisory Board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and was a Founding Member of the Ontario Livestock and Poultry Council. She is a graduate of Queen’s University and was awarded a PAg Hon from the Ontario Institute of Agrology.

    Daniele Zanotti
    CEO United Way York Region

    Building Begins with Qua

    Daniele Zanotti has been the CEO of United Way York Region since 2007. After graduating with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1993, Daniele has combined creativity, passion and action across a number of senior positions in the charitable sector - Rexdale Community Health Centre, The Regional Municipality of York, Family Day Care Services, Villa Charities Foundation. As CEO of United Way York Region, Daniele has led a number of transformational changes: the launch of Meeting House, community dialogues about social issues; the introduction of Strength Investments, catalytic funding for innovative, community-led solutions to local issues. Most recently, under Daniele’s leadership, United Way launched an historic "In Every Neighbourhood" campaign - to raise $30M in 3 years to bring social services to municipalities across York Region.

    2013 Speakers

    Gary Bloch

    "If You Want to Help Me, Prescribe Me Money": Toward a radical rethinking of social issues in medical care

    Income has an impact on health at least as large as smoking or diabetes. Yet most doctors do not see income as a medical issue. Gary Bloch will connect evidence to action, and propose a radical rethinking of the role of doctors in addressing income and other social issues that affect their patients' health.

    Gary Bloch is a family physician with St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is Chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians Committee on Poverty and Health and a founder of Health Providers Against Poverty and Inner City Health Associates. He is an educator, advocate, and innovator, focused on reducing the impact of poverty and other social disadvantage on health.

    Karen Dubeau

    Tales from the Trenches: Building Community Collaborative Ecosystems to Drive Innovation

    In today's fast changing world of evolving business models, new technologies and limited budgets, communities are increasingly turning away from traditional institutional models to working in collaboration with partners across different sectors. In doing so, they discover that by breaking down institutional barriers, transformative partnerships are created which enable their communities to be more agile, responsive and competitive. This session will discuss real examples of how changing roles and dynamics are fostering incredible new opportunities to create prosperous communities.

    In her role as Vice President of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, she is responsible for leading and building strategic and transformative community partnerships and collaborations. Key initiatives include a partnership-driven region-wide business innovation conference series, a community-driven business acceleration centre and fostering shared IT investments across multiple institutional organizations. Karen's work was recently recognized with two national awards: the Staff Person of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce Executives of Canada, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, given in recognition of outstanding service to Canada, nominated by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA).

    Karen has a long history of using her passion for business and information technology to make big ideas happen. In 1992 she started her own company, Ingenia, building a major program for the Federal Government, which leveraged the power of the Internet to transform education. Ms. Dubeau is an Alumni of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award, and a Recipient of the prestigious Ernst and Young, Young Entrepreneur Award for the province of Ontario for 1996.

    Danielle Martin

    Scaling Up

    It has been said that the Canadian health care system is a system of pilot projects: islands of excellence in a sea of challenges. In recent years, much work has been done to try to highlight and disseminate successful projects to improve quality, access and equity - and much remains to be done to ensure that we are not all continually trying to reinvent the wheel.

    But in the area of learning from each other's failures, we are even further behind. In the policy world, the clinical world and the research world, sharing failures is discouraged - let alone celebrating them. Dr. Danielle Martin will discuss why the health care system needs to learn to scale up both our successes and our failures, and how we might begin to do so.

    Danielle Martin is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH). She is a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

    Danielle's focus is on improving health at the system level as well as the individual level. Her clinical work has involved remote northern medicine as well as a current focus on maternity care, and she will complete a Masters of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto in April 2013.

    Danielle's policy expertise and passion for equity have made her an emerging leader in the debate over the future of Canada's health-care system. A recipient of the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders, she sat two terms on the Health Council of Canada from 2005-2011. In 2006 the Ontario College of Family Physicians recognized her as one of three New Family Doctors of the Year.

    Danielle was a leader throughout her medical training and served both as President of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students (CFMS) and President of the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PAIRO). In 2006, her first year in practice, she helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare, the voice for Canadian physicians who believe in "a high quality, equitable, sustainable health system built on the best available evidence as the highest expression of Canadians caring for one another". She chaired the board of CDM until May 2013.

    Danielle serves on a number of boards and was recently named by the Toronto Star in its list of the "13 People to Watch in 2013."

    Nick Pimlott

    Keeping Our Children Moving and Healthy

    This generation of youth may be the first in more than a century to have shorter life expectancy than their parents. We are born active, but by the time most of us finish high school we are indoctrinated into a sedentary way of life, one that leads to overweight and obesity and the attendant chronic health problems of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. Physicians and other primary health care providers are expected to counsel people to lose weight and become physically active and fit, but they are neither educated nor equipped to do so and by then it may be too late. In his talk Nick Pimlott argues that to create and maintain active communities we must take back our schools and communities with grass roots initiatives that make being physically active a lifelong habit.

    Nick Pimlott has lived two parallel lives during his career. The first is as a family physician at Women's College Hospital where he has his own practice, teaches family medicine and has been a clinical researcher with a special interest in care of the elderly since 1994. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and since 2009 he has been the Scientific Editor of Canadian Family Physician.

    In his second life, Nick has been a volunteer youth soccer coach in his own community for sixteen years and has coached both boys and girls and recreational and elite youth players from age 5 to 16. He holds community coaching licences and a Provincial B licence from the Ontario Soccer Association. He is also a recreational long distance runner, cyclist and for the past few years a competitive age group duathlete at sprint and Olympic distances. Nick brings his personal, volunteer and professional experiences to the subject of nurturing more physically active communities.

    Sue Reynolds

    Writing Our Way Out of Trouble

    The results of 25 years of research strongly indicates that writing down what distresses and dismays us not only makes us feel better - it improves our resistance to physical illness, decreases the symptoms of anxiety and depression, improves our sleep patterns, as well as providing a host of other benefits. This promising psycho-social intervention is available 24/7 to anyone with a modicum of literacy. Sue Reynolds will talk about her work facilitating creative writing with female inmates in the Provincial Corrections system, and about how the protocols for writing for health can help all of us in times of trouble.

    Susan Lynn Reynolds is a freelance writer, an accredited writing instructor in the Amherst Writers and Artists' method, former president of the Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR) and former vice-chair of the national organization Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs.

    Her YA novel won the Canadian Library Association's national Young Adult Novel of the Year award, and she is also a winner of the Timothy Findley Creative Writing Prize for her short stories and poetry.

    She is currently practicing psychotherapy under supervision towards the fulfillment of the requirements for her license as a psychotherapist.

    Her area of specialty is the therapeutic use of journaling and memoir, and her thesis on that topic received the Canadian Psychological Association's Award of Academic Excellence.

    She has been leading writing workshops for female inmates at Central East Correctional Centre for six years and she received the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteerism for that program.

    Alyson Schafer

    We're Better Together

    UNICEF recently reported that Canadian children rank in the bottom half of 29 developed countries studied on a measure of well-being. "Canada the friendly" has seemingly lost its way and our children are the canaries in the coal mine, paying the price for our increasingly disconnected communities and our apparent loss of common sense. Alyson puts us back in touch with some universal truths about what children need from their families, schools and communities. She makes an impassioned plea for a simple solution that is free, available to all and curative: the power of relationship.

    For 20 years, Alyson has been educating and inspiring parents. She advocates for children by challenging the established cannons of child-rearing. As a psychotherapist and best-selling author of three parenting books, Alyson has established herself as the go-to person for news and media on family issues. You can find her as a regular contributor on CTV NewsChannel, CBC's The World This Week, The Marilyn Denis Show and as a columnist for Today's Parents Magazine. She translates theory and research into practical advice that become the uncommon "common sense" we are all looking for.

    2012 Speakers

    Anne-Emanuelle Birn
    Canada Research Chair in International Health

    Connecting With History

    Anne-Emanuelle Birn takes us on a journey through the history of public health to explore what we have learned about the Social Determinants of Health.

    Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Health at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the history of public health in Latin America and the history and politics of international health, with particular emphases on child health and global health philanthropy. She has published widely in North American, Latin American, African, and European journals. Her ongoing interests range from the scatological to the ideological. Her current book manuscript examines the history of the international child health/child rights movement from the perspective of Uruguay.

    Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico; Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World and the forthcoming Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home.

    Bob Henderson
    Adjunct Professor at Brock University

    The Subtle & Profound Role of Story, Place & Technology In Nature

    It is NOT complicated. There is a simplicity and complexity to humans connecting with Nature that is at the core of health. The adage "seek simplicity to preserve complexity" will be explored.

    Bob Henderson is an author, traveller and storyteller with 30 years plus of university teaching in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies. He is now an Adjunct Professor at Brock University. Central to Bob's professional life is a love of outdoor travel and Canadian heritage themes. He is author of Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada and co-editor of two books: Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way and Pike's Portage: Stories of a Distinguished Place.

    Bob has served as the long standing editor of Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education. He can be seen regularly on the trails of the Oak Ridge Moraine and Algonquin Park, places he calls home and regularly heads to the Canadian North and Norwegian mountains and fjords. Recently Bob has travelled to Iceland and Norway giving talks on outdoor education.

    Chris Spence
    Director of Education - Toronto District School Board

    Connecting With Education

    Chris Spence reveals tales of hope and challenge about how to improve our schools and ultimately the student's life outcomes.

    Dr. Christopher Spence is a renowned educator, dedicated community advocate and the Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board. He has more than 15 years senior administration and teaching experience and has authored several books. He has been widely recognized for his leadership work within the broader educational community to manage issues, develop policy and promote causes that benefit students.

    Dr. Spence has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to education and the community, including receiving the Canadian Black Achievement Award for Professional Achievement and Community Leadership and being acknowledged by the City of Toronto for best practices in education.

    Josh Neubauer
    Planning Student - Masters in Environmental Studies Program

    Connecting Our Neighbourhoods With Our Food

    Josh discusses how neighbourhood characteristics affect access to food, and therefore food security and health. He reveals some hidden barriers to equitable food access and discusses innovative solutions that can improve our local food environments.

    Josh Neubauer is a Planning student in York University's Masters in Environmental Studies Program. He has worked as a planning intern and research consultant with the Toronto Food Strategy project at Toronto Public Health. Josh has been involved in several community food security projects and is an active member of the Black Creek Food Justice Action Network in Toronto's Jane-Finch community.

    Kat Cizek
    Documentary Film Maker

    The Search For The Urban Species

    Kat Cizek shares humorous and beautiful stories about her film documentary work in search of the urban species.

    HIGHRISE Director Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Recently, she was listed as Reelscreen's 2011 Trailblazers in Non-Fiction, alongside Wim Wenders and the Channel 4 Commissioning Team. For five years, she was the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker-in-Residence at an inner-city hospital, in a many-media project that won a 2008 Webby Award ("The Internet's Oscars"), a Banff Award, and a Canadian New Media Award. Her previous award-winning films include Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick). She teaches and presents around the world about her innovative approach to the documentary genre.

    Onil Bhattacharyya
    Clinician Scientist

    Disruptive Innovations to Integrate Health Systems - Global and Local Models for a Sustainable Future

    The Canadian health system faces rising costs and an increasingly complex patient population. Low and middle income countries are finding frugal ways to provide care to over 2 billion people living on less than 2 dollars a day, despite an aging population and the rise of chronic disease. A range of disruptive innovations can help us rethink health care delivery by better connecting providers across our system and exchanging with emerging markets.

    Onil Bhattacharyya is a clinician scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michaels Hospital and an assistant professor in the Departement of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He studies innovative health service delivery models for the poor in low and middle income countries and is the co-lead of Building Bridges to Integrate Care, an Ontario Ministry funded initiative to incubate and replicate new models of care for complex chronic disease.

    Katherine Rouleau
    Director of the Global Health Program - University of Toronto

    Dr. Katherine Rouleau is a family physician at St-Michael's Hospital in Toronto and Director of the Global Health Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and academic interests include primary care in the global health context, global health education, the scholarship-leadership continuum, the care of marginalized populations and HIV primary care. Dr. Rouleau was our master of ceremonies for the 2012 event.