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Richard Wilkinson


Courtney Howard


Max Fineday


Richard Wilkinson

Wilkinson is Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, social epidemiologist and author. In The Spirit Level, he sets out to prove that, among developed countries, societies that are more equal are healthier than societies with greater disparities in the distribution of wealth. 




Courtney Howard

Howard has worked in emergency rooms all over Canada and abroad. Currently an emergency physician in Yellowknife, Dr. Howard is the lead of Climate-Health for the Board of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). 




Max Fineday

Fineday, known for his work on youth leadership development and reconciliation in Canada is the Co-Executive Director of Canadian Roots Exchange. Fineday served previously as Advisor and Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator with the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations.










Trevor Hancock

Dr. Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and is currently a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is one of the founders of the Healthy Cities and Communities movement and pioneered early work on the concept of 'healthy public policy' in the 1980s. He co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and in the 1980s was the first leader of the Green Party in Canada.



André Picard - MC

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of four books, including the forthcoming collection of essays Matters of Life and Death. He lives in Montréal, but most of the time you can find him on Twitter at @picardonhealth.




 Louise Simard

Simard attended the University of Saskatchewan, practiced law in both the private and public sector, and was the first woman Legislative Counsel and Law Clerk in Saskatchewan.  In 1986 Louise was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan and again in 1991 at which time she became Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Under Louise’s leadership, Saskatchewan led a comprehensive, province-wide health reform.








 Natan Obed

Obed is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice of Canada’s 60,000 Inuit. For 10 years he lived in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and worked as the Director of Social and Cultural Development for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the organization that represents the rights of Nunavut Inuit. He has devoted his career to working with Inuit representational organizations to improve the well being of Inuit in Canada. 





Beth Hunter

Beth Hunter is program director at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation where she leads the Sustainable Food Systems initiative and the Nourish program, which is focused on the future of food in health care. She is a co-founder of Equiterre, one of Canada's leading environmental organizations, and previously led Greenpeace Canada's Oceans campaign on sustainable seafood. She sits on the boards of the Academy for Systems Change and the Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security. Her masters in rural economics from Laval University examined the role of dietary diversity in food security.





Laurent Marcoux

Dr. Laurent Marcoux has worked in the field of medicine for over 40 years in many different areas but always with the goal of to improving patients’ access to care. His interest in health care reform led him, at the start of the new millennium, to become head of the regional general medicine department in Montérégie. From 2012 to 2016, he was the director of medical affairs and services of the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay.


 Dennis Raphael


Dennis Raphael

Raphael is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at York University in Toronto. He is  a prolific author on the social determinants of health, with over 250 publications on the subject including the widely cited book Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives, now in its 3rd Edition.









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  • commented 2016-07-04 14:38:58 -0600
    Great event, congratulations to all speakers in special to Dr. Danyaal Raza!
  • commented 2016-04-21 14:51:51 -0600
    Videos of each speaker are being uploaded to Upstream’s youtube channel here: youtube.com/channel/UCDHGb0CkvqazreMMB42buKA
  • commented 2016-04-06 16:30:27 -0600
    Enjoyed the live-streaming of this event. Is there a link on your website we can share with friends / colleagues we want to recommend see it after the fact? Also, can you please post the link to the Health Equity Action Lens (HEAL) distributed at the event? Was this an executive summary of something more detailed yet to come? Cheers, ks