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Conference Keynotes

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This year's engaging keynote speakers include the following:

 

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Opening Keynote

Dr. Anne Snowdon, BScN, MSc, PhD

Dr. Anne Snowdon has dedicated much of her career to producing research and advancing innovation that will improve the health and well being of Canadians. As Professor and Academic Chair of the International Centre for Health Innovation at Western University's Ivey Business School, Dr. Snowdon leads the Centre's work to drive health system sustainability, economic value and productivity. She is a professor at Western University's Ivey Business School and Faculty of Health Sciences, and is cross-appointed to the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculty of Engineering.  

 

Currently, Dr. Snowdon is leading over 15 innovation research initiatives across six Canadian provinces that collaborates with government, health professionals, Canadian families, and private industry.  She is the Advisory Board Chair of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research Institute for Human Development and Child and Youth Health, and a member of the Ontario Health Innovation Council.

She is currently the Chair of the Institute Advisory Board for the Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health, of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Snowdon has published more than 70 research articles and received over $7 million in research grants.  She holds a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan. She is a Fulbright Scholar and was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship for her research.

 

Friday, May 29, 2015 - Opening Keynote

Dr. Samantha Nutt

One of the most original and influential voices in the humanitarian arena, Dr. Samantha Nutt, a medical doctor and a founder of the internationally renowned non-profit War Child, is a speaker who is constantly in demand. For over 15 years, she has been at the front lines of many of the world's major crises, in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Darfur. These experiences have given her unique insights into the brutality of modern conflict: why it begins, what sustains it, and what must be done to prevent children being held in its terrifying grip.

In addition to overseeing War Child Canada, Dr. Nutt is a staff physician at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the author of the bestselling book Damned Nations, a distillation of her observations from providing hands-on care in some of the world's most violent flashpoints.

Dr. Nutt  is a respected authority for many of North America's leading media outlets. She is a regular foreign affairs panelist on the acclaimed news program, CBC's The National, and her written work  has been published by The Globe and  Mail, The National Post, Maclean's magazine, Reuters, The  Ottawa Citizen and  The  Huffington Post, among  many  others. She has also  appeared in Time, Chatelaine, and More magazines, and on CTV National News, Global TV News, NBC Nightly News and BBC World News  Service, to name just a few.

Dr. Nutt was named one of Canada's "25 most influential figures" by The Globe and Mail; one of "Canada's Five Leading Activists" by Time magazine; and one of "200 young global leaders" by the World Economic Forum. She was awarded the "Order of Ontario" in 2010, and appointed to the Order of Canada in 2011.

A summa cum laude graduate of McMaster University, Dr. Nutt earned an M.Sc in Public Health with distinction from  the  University of  London, and holds a Fellowship in Community Medicine (FRCPC) from the Royal College  of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  She is further certified by the College of Family  Practice and completed a sub specialization in women's health  through the University of Toronto as a Women's Health Scholar. Dr. Nutt  is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates from universities in Canada and the U.S.A. She is also a Senior  Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and is on the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.

 

Friday, May 29, 2015 - Closing Keynote

Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC TV's Royal Canadian Air Farce, has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Leslie Nielsen, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her comedic high-jinks and crazy antics, topped with her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Celine Dion and Britney Spears), are sure to amuse even the most straight-faced audiences. Her grace, bilingualism, and ability to react on the fly make her natural choice as an entertainer, emcee, or more.

As a performer, Holmes's productions have garnered her a "Platinum Award" at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She is also known for her work in films, including Welcome to Mooseport, and Citizen Duane.

Holmes devotes much time to helping others live well. She mixes humour with her message about de-stressing and laughing at life's shortcomings, speaking with intelligence and insight on her own experiences: dealing with post-partum depression, finding work-life balance, and re-igniting passion. She recently received certification as a wellness coach from San Diego's Life Purpose Institute.

Her autobiographical book, I Love Your Laugh, was published in 2010.