Speaker Bios

The bios are in the same order that the speakers are presenting on the schedule.
 
Dr. Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor with more than 10 years of experience working in war zones. She has helped children in some of the world's most violent flashpoints, working with War Child Canada, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Iraq, Burundi, northern Uganda and the Thai-Burmese border. A specialist in Maternal and Child Health in zones of armed conflict, Family Medicine, Public Health, Refugee Health and Women's Health, Sam is also on staff at Sunnybrook and Women's Health Science Centre and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Sam holds undergraduate degrees in Arts and Science, and in Medicine, from McMaster University and postgraduate degrees in Medicine and in Public Health from the University of Toronto as well as the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London University).  Chosen by Maclean's Magazine for their annual Honour Roll as one of "12 Canadians making a difference", she is a role model to young Canadians and has received numerous humanitarian awards for her work in support of war-affected children.
 
Dr. Beverley Chalmers has a Doctorate of Science in Medicine (DSc (Med)) and PhD in Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  She has served as a consultant on perinatal care to many international agencies, including WHO, UNICEF and Médecins Sans Frontieres, particularly in the countries of the former Soviet Union and has undertaken over 130 international health promotion activities in over 20 countries since 1991. She has over 200 publications, including a number of books, and over 350 conference presentations and addresses to her credit.  One primary research interest of hers concerns exploring what women say about their birth experiences.  She has conducted large scale or national surveys of women’s (and sometimes men’s) perceptions of their perinatal experiences in South Africa – amongst Black, Indian, Caucasian and mixed cultural origin women - as well as in Russia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and Lithuania.  She is the Co-Chair of the Maternity Experiences Study Group of the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System (Public Health Agency of Canada) which conducted a similar survey in Canada.
    Are womens rights to appropriate perinatal care in Canada being met?
    This recently completed national survey of women's experiences of perinatal care in Canada reveals striking and inexcusable gaps in perinatal care in Canada.
 
Annette Burfoot is educated in fine art, socio-technical systems (York University, Canada) and science policy (University of Sussex, UK). At Queen’s she teaches science studies, feminism, and visual culture with an emphasis on medical and bio-technologies.  Her current research includes the early modern roots of contemporary medical imaging (wax anatomical models), the visual culture of cancer (with groups in Kingston, Saskatchewan and Italy), and a socio-technical study of early 20th century technologies in Italy.  Professor Burfoot edited The Encyclopedia of Reproductive Technologies (Westview, 1999); co-edited with Susan Lord Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2006); and has published numerous articles and chapters on gender and science (reproductive and genetic engineering), science fabulation, and the visual culture of medical science.
    Visualizing the Experience of Cancer: A Case Study of Kingston Breast Cancer Patients Using Photovoice
    This is an overview of an international project examining patient-based communication in the area of breast-cancer treatment using Photovoice. The emphasis here will be on the Kingston component of the project that examines marginal populations as they experience first the cancer diagnosis then treatment and follow-up through photo images taken by the patients. Photovoice is a visual method of patient-based communication used to improve medical communications in the breast cancer context especially among marginalized populations.  This workshop will examine an ongoing project and initial findings.
 
Dr. Joan Lesmond is the Executive Director of Community Engagement at Saint Elizabeth Health Care as well as Executive Director of the Saint Elizabeth Health Care Foundation. Saint Elizabeth is a not-for-profit charitable organization that has been dedicated to delivering the highest caliber of health care in the home and community since 1908.  As the former Chief Nursing Executive and Director of Professional Practice at Casey House Hospice in Toronto, Ms. Lesmond was responsible for ensuring consistent high quality care and service delivery as well as effective management and professional practice across community and institutional settings at the HIV/AIDS treatment hospice.  Further experience includes positions with several provincial associations.  Ms. Lesmond over the last fourteen years has instructed Baccalaureate Nursing Students in Community Health at Ryerson Polytechnic University.   Ms. Lesmond is the current President of Regent Park Community Health Centre and a Board member of Women’s College Hospital, the Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), and HealthForceOntario. She is the Past President of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Past President of the International Nurses Interest Group of the RNAO.  Ms. Lesmond holds a Doctor in Education – Health Policy and a Master’s of Science in Community Health Nursing from D’Youville College in Buffalo, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto.
    Cultural Competency Training: Does it Impact Caring for Marginilized Populations?
    This research study examined the impact of cultural competency training when caring for marginalized populations in two diverse organizations. .It measured differences in perceived client outcomes among staff in the two health care settings that provided care to persons with HIV/AIDS.  It discussed the implications for understanding complexity of cultural competency training and the recommendations.  This provides strategies that enable health care organizations to develop systems and policies that respect health and human rights and empowers individuals.
 
Lynne Hanson teaches Mental Health Law and Torts in the Faculty of Law, and Health Law in the  School of Medicine at Queen’s University.   She has taught at Queen’s since 1992,  and has published in the areas of evidence, legal theory, and risk management.
    Redefining capacity to enable effective treatment of addiction
    In Ontario, addiction alone does not typically prevent a finding of capacity.  This is often problematic for  addicts who may need treatment, but are unable or unwilling to accept medical intervention.  This presentation will consider whether we should develop a legal definition of capacity that can more accurately assess whether an individual’s ability to make rational choices is so profoundly affected by their addiction that they incapable of  making their own treatment decisions.  The suggestion put forward here is that the test of capacity must go beyond cognitive ability, and should also assess whether the individual’s judgment and ability to make decisions is significantly impaired by their addiction.
 
Dr. Udo Schuklenk is a professor of philosophy at Queen’s, and has recently been offered the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics. He edits two international bioethics journals, has published over a hundred articles in peer-reviewed journals and books, and, as his appointments in all corners of the globe indicate, likes to travel and live in different cultures. His main research focus today is on ethical and policy issues in the context of public and international health. His most recent books are two co-edited volumes, The Power of Pills and The Bioethics Reader.  

Shawn Syms is a journalist and social advocate who has written about sexuality, politics and culture for almost 20 years, for publications including The Globe and Mail, Spacing, Xtra, NOW, Eye Weekly and elsewhere. He contributes a monthly column on the politics of harm reduction to www.xtra.ca called Free Agent, frequently addressing the issues of HIV/AIDS, sex work, poverty/economic class, and drug use.
    Should We Criminalise HIV Transmission?
    The speakers will present opposing views on the question of whether hiv transmission should be a criminal offense. There will be plenty of opportunity for speaker-audience interaction.

Dr. Marc Epprecht is an Associate Professor in Global Development Studies Program at Queen's University, Kingston, Canada. He has published extensively on the history of gender and sexuality in Africa including Hungochani: The history of a dissident sexuality in southern Africa (2004) and Unspoken Facts: A history of homosexualities in Africa (2007). His latest book, Heterosexual Africa?: The History of an Idea from the Age of Exploration to the Age of AIDS  (Ohio University Press, 2008), traces the development of received wisdom about African sexuality back through time in a range of professional discourses including anthropology, psychology, HIV/AIDS epidemiology, and African literature.
    Struggles for sexual health and sexual rights in Africa
    Africa south of the Sahara has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the world, with (related) high rates of other sexually transmitted infections and gender-based violence. Struggles to address these issues have been complicated by the history of colonialism, racism, and neo-colonial (paternalistic) interventions and adjustments promoted by the Western donours. Ideological (defensive) reactions to Western "advice" have sometimes exacerbated the health and rights problems, eg., widespread denial of the existence of homosexualities in Africa and homophobic persecution of sexual minorities. Civil society groups and governments are developing programs that are sensitive to these histories while at the same time are science-based, effective, and closer in line with international best practices than in the past.

Dr. Allison Goebel is Associate Professor and a Queen's National Scholar, jointly appointed to Women's Studies and Environmental Studies.  She is a sociologist whose main research interests include rural issues such as land reform and agriculture, as well as urbanization, health and housing in southern African contexts. She also studies gender relations in households in southern Africa, participatory, interdisciplinary and feminist methodologies, and sustainable development in Africa.
    Housing, Health and Human Rights in Contemporary Urban South Africa
    The South African constitution enshrines the people's right to adequate housing, the right to an "environment that is not harmful to their health and well-being" and the right to "ecologically sustainable development" (Section 24). While these sentiments are reflected, to a certain extent, in the development policies of the state, the realities of poverty, rapid urbanization and a limited resource base for local authorities undermine the ability to meet these development objectives; at the same time, poverty and rapid urbanization are themselves major contributors to environmental stress and ill-health. The workshop will discuss the successes and limitations of appeals to constitutional rights in the struggle for adequate housing, particularly for women, in a context such as post-Apartheid South Africa.
 
Dr. Joy Wee is a rehabilitation physician and assistant professor in the Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Queen's. Her practice is based at Providence Care - St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital site. She has an interest in Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR), and has been involved with this aspect of rehabilitation locally and internationally. Dr. Wee has worked with persons with disabilities in many different settings, and is aware of many challenges they face.
    Implementing an interprofessional action plan in Nepal
    This presentation will outline the plans and actions of an interprofessional rehabilitation team in helping health professionals in Nepal develop and deliver rehabilitative care.
 
Dr. Samantha King is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and Women's Studies at Queen's University where she researches and teaches the cultural politics of health, sport, and the body. King's work has been published in Social Text, the Canadian Journal of Communication, the Sociology of Sport Journal, the Journal of Sport and Social Issues, and in a number of edited collections. The National Film Board of Canada is currently making a film based on her book, Pink Ribbons Inc: Breast Cancer and the Politics of Philanthropy (Minnesota, 2006). 
    Pink Inc.: Are Global Breast Cancer Campaigns Good for Women's Health?
    Increasingly, large North American corporations turn to breast cancer fundraising as a way to build relationships with producers and consumers both at home and abroad. This presentation questions the effects of such an approach both in terms of its potential for improving women's health and its broader social impact.
 
Hannah State is currently completing a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University and holds a B.A. in Geography Urban Systems from McGill University. Last summer she worked for Health Canada in the Facilities and Security Directorate in Ottawa. Her research interests include planning for First Nations communities, affordable housing, participatory and advocacy planning, national security issues and models of sustainable development.
Carola Ramos. Master of Planning from Queen's University (2008). Bachelor of Law from Catholic University of Peru. She worked as a Legal Counsultant for the World Bank's Urban Property Right Project in the City of Lima, and the Superintendency of National Assets in the same city. This past summer, she worked as a volunteer at the Centre of Information on Renewable Energy in Bolivia. Her interests include: homelessness, low-income housing, slums upgrading, food security and renewable energy.
Jakob Van Dorp is currently finishing a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University, Kingston, and holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Studies, History, and English from Redeemer University College, Ancaster. His interests include urban agriculture, multiculturalism, and forced migration, as well as sustainable transportation.
Prince Sibanda is an accomplished project manager, having worked within the human rights field for almost a decade. His previous engagements include having worked with UNICEF, UNHCR, World Council of Churches and the Canadian Red Cross. He holds an honours degree in Economics and has completed graduate studies in Management. He also holds a Masters degree from Queens University. His current research interests include developing Best Practices in working with separated children, designing livable communities and food security.
    Poverty and Food Insecurity in Kingston
    This workshop provides an overview of the research that was conducted on food insecurity within Kingston the previous year by students in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University. Questions surrounding what it means to be food insecure and some of the policy implications for local government will be explored.
Bruce Berman is professor emeritus of political studies at Queen’s University. A native of New York City, he was educated at Dartmouth College (BA, International Relations), the London School of Economics (MA, Social Anthropology) and Yale University (MPhil, PhD, political science).  He has taught at Queen’s since 1971 and has held visiting appointments at the University of Nairobi, the University of Sussex, the University of Pennsylvania, Cambridge, the University of Cape Town, Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. He has been a recurrent visiting scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge most years since 1989. He has served as the president of the Canadian Association of African Studies in 1990-91 and of the African Studies Association in the US in 2004-05. He is currently past-president of the ASA and its representative on the American Council of Learned Societies.
    The Political Economy of Health and Development in Africa
    The talk will focus on the impact of the past 25 years of structural adjustment programs on the development public health and service delivery in Africa and its relationship to the decline in the human development indices for most African countries
 
Debra Lefebvre is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Public Administration. In 2004 she visited Uganda. She was shocked by the crippling effect that malaria had on families and the nation as a whole. Launched in 2004, BUY-A-NET Malaria Prevention Group is Canada’s first citizen-driven registered charitable organization that seeks to prevent deaths from malaria in Africa – one country at a time. The campaign provides advocacy and awareness about malaria, and raises funds needed for the procurement and distribution of long lasting insecticide treated bed nets and anti-malaria medicine, free of charge. According to the WHO, bed nets are the most cost effective and efficient method to malaria prevention. Debra will review BUY-A-NET’s practical and highly successful community based approach to malaria prevention. 
Dr Lisa Purcell,Parasitologist, Phd. McGill University. Her thesis was “Genetic and Biochemical strategies to block the transmission cycle of the Malaria Parasite.” She is experienced in the research and development of a malaria vaccine at Columbia University, and has recently joined Regeneron as a Research Scientist. Dr.Purcell will review the current status of the development and future prospect of the vaccine.
Dr. Soni Pancham, retired  Faculty, Queen’s School of Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  Currently  active in Medical missions to Guyana, S.A, Kenya, and Zambia. Focus is on Prevention in Professional Education for Doctors, Nurses, and Health workers. Member of the board of Directors of the BAN Malaria Prevention Group
The Buy-A-Net Malaria Project in Uganda
   Malaria is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in tropical and subtropical areas of the world, far exceeding HIV/AIDS. It is the leading cause of death amongst children under 5 years old in Africa. Yet malaria is highly preventable, 100% treatable and curable. The WHO estimates 300-500 million people contract the disease, and up to 3 million die annually. The extent of the disease results in increased health care costs and lost productivity in the order of up to $30 Billion in Africa every year, compounding the widespread poverty that already exists. 
 
Dr. Norman Epstein is a full-time emergency physician on faculty at University of Toronto. Six years ago he founded CASTS (Canadians Against Slavery and Torture in Sudan), a coalition of 21 organizations and hundreds of activists across the country advocating and lobbying on behalf of Sudanese of African descent who have suffered oppression, slavery and genocide at the hands of the Khartoum regime. CASTS was one of two founding Canadian groups who were at the inaugural Save Darfur Coalition meeting in New York almost four years ago. CASTS co-founded Save Darfur Canada in 2006; Dr. Epstein sits as one of its three directors. 
    From Healing our Patients to Healing Society: Why Doctors Need to be Activists
    Dr. Epstein will discuss why doctors (and other health care professionals) are in an enviable position to be leaders in society in addressing not only medical issues but humanitarian , human rights and other societal problems both locally and globally. He will talk about how such advocacy will bring about  a psychological fulfillment that may even exceed what one achieves in private practice.
 
Dr. Magda Lewis is Professor of Education with a cross-appointment to Women's Studies, and is Coordinator of the Social Justice and Education Group at the Faculty of Education, Queen's, where, she was appointed as Queen's National Scholar in 1989. Her political interests are in the area of education for social justice and critical transformations of teaching and learning. She conceives notions of education broadly and beyond the strict boundaries of schooling. Her political commitments are to working for a world free of violence, environemental degredation, and social, political and economic discrimination. For thirty five years she has been active in both the academy, where her research and scholarship on the culture of the academy has been widely published, and in schools and the larger community where she has worked in the areas of alternative schooling, peace/anti-nuclear education, anti-discriminatory education, and women's issues.
    The Right to Health, The Right to Care: A Third World Case Study
    Dr. Beat Richner's work in Cambodia is driven by his conviction that the children of Cambodia have as much right to medical care as do children in any parts of the "developed" world. While such sentiments do not distinguish Dr. Richner from many who would agree with him, opposition to his work from such unlikely sources as the World Health Organization raise central questions of human rights and social justice with which this workshop/roundtable discussion is concerned. Using Dr. Richner's work as a case in point, this workshop/roundtable discussion is aimed at unpacking the politics of "development", understanding social justice beyond ideology, and locating the fight for the right to care and be cared for in the face of unexpected sources of opposition. The workshop/roundtable discussion intends to create a space for critical reflection on what is possible in the provision of health care within a social justice framework.
 
Dr. Stevenson Fergus  I hold an MPH in Health Behaviour and Health Education from the University of North Carolina's School of Public Health, and a PhD in Health Behaviour and Health Education from the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University, where I hold a cross-appointment with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, and am a member of the Institute of Population and Public Health. I am Chair of the Board of Directors of HIV/AIDS Regional Services, Kingston's HIV/AIDS service organization. My work focuses on the application of mixed methodological (qualitative and quantitative) approaches and community-based research (CBR) principles to conducting applied HIV prevention intervention research. My current research includes an OHTN-funded CBR project investigating HIV and quality of life in Kingston's gay and bisexual men's community, and a CIHR-funded project in rural South Africa investigating how men and boys may be targeted to address gender-based violence and HIV infection.  At Queen's, I teach a 2nd year undergraduate course on the principles and practice of health promotion, a 4th year undergraduate course on HIV prevention interventions, and a graduate seminar on health promotion research methods. The research methods course focuses primarily on quantitative methods.
    Understanding the Twin Epidemics of HIV and Gender-Based Violence in South Africa
    In this session, I will describe a conceptual model of male-perpetrated gender-based violence in a rural South African community. Further, I will outline steps that colleagues and I are currently taking to develop an intervention addressing this issue.
 
Evelyn Bowering
is a social worker on the Queen’s Family Health Team, and serves on the Behavioural Medicine Teaching Team, Dept. of Family Medicine. Evelyn is committed to the development of community based recovery programs for psychologically traumatized people, both here in Canada and in post war/natural disaster areas around the world. Evelyn also serves on the Advisory Board of the CanAssistAfrica Relief Trust (CAART), a local charitable organization set up by a group of Kingstonians, to fund small capital development projects related to health, education, water and sanitation in East Africa.
    Putting Intentions into Action- A Work in Progress

    The CanAssistAfrica Relief Trust (CAART), a local Kingston initiative, is currently committed to funding four projects in East Africa, including a rural health centre, a hospital laundry, latrines for a primary school, and an orphanage.

 
Major Brent Beardsley has served for 30 years as an Infantry Officer in the Royal Canadian Regiment of the Canadian Army. His service includes four tours of regimental duty in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. His operational tours include duty in Cyprus, UN Headquarters in New York and in Rwanda. On extra-regimental employment he has served as an instructor, a doctrine author, an army doctrine and training staff officer and most recently as the Chief Instructor of the Canadian Forces Peacekeeping Training Centre. In 1993-1994, he served as General Dallaire’s personal staff officer in UNAMIR, before and during the genocide in Rwanda and he is the co-author of General Dallaire’s bestselling memoir Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda. He has collaborated in the production of 3 documentaries and 1 motion picture on the Rwandan Genocide. He is currently serving as a research officer at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute at the Canadian Defence Academy. Major Beardsley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Concordia University, a post-graduate diploma in education from McGill University and a Masters Degree in Applied Science in Management from the Royal Military College. He is currently completing his Masters of Arts degree in War Studies at RMC, where the focus of his studies is on genocide and humanitarian intervention. Major Beardsley resides in Kingston Ontario with his wife Margaret and his children Jessica, Joshua and Jackson.
    The Current and Emerging International Security Environment
    At present violent conflict is at the lowest level in 10 years. However, is this the quiet before the storm. Globalization, global warming, pandemics, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, criminalism, terrorism, global food shortages and an energy crisis do not bode well for the state of conflict in the world for the next decade. This presentation will provide an overview of the current and emerging threats and risks in the global security environment.
 
Robert Lovelace settled on land near Ardoch, Ontario in 1972. He was born into a line of Tslagi Indians through his great grandparents Mungle, grandfather, and mother, a heritage he honours. Bob attended cultural school as a child.  In 1981 Bob became a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation.  For  25 years Bob has remained a steadfast and determined representative for the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation seeking to invigorate community renewal and self-determination.  Bob has served as Chief negotiator, Co-chief and Council member.  Recently Bob retired as Chief.   He has productively served the Algonquin People in many facets of life including politically, in court, as a university professor and  by living out tradition and ceremony in his daily life. He is a spokesperson for Native rights, utilizing both English and Algonquin languages.  Bob currently is an Adjunct Lecturer in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University.  He has been teaching at Queen’s for the past twelve years.  Bob also teaches at Fleming College in Eco-systems Management, Aboriginal Emphasis and Law and Justice.  Bob majored in Philosophy, holds a diploma in Early Childhood Education, and has a Master's license in Horticulture. He has studied and practiced as a clinical and traditional counsellor for over 25 years.  Bob has learned from Elders and through the practice of traditions and ceremony.  His eclectic learning has provided him with a comprehensive spectrum of knowledge and ideas.
    Healing as a Strategy for Resistence
 
Fadi Hamadani is a medical student at the University of Ottawa, where he served as the Global Health Leader last year. He is currently the National Officer of Partnership for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students' Global Health Program, where his main role is establish global health opportunities for Canadian medical students. His involvement in human rights and global health has taken him to many conflict zones including Palestine (Gaza), Lebanon, and Darfur, where he worked on documentation and relief. Fadi is currently working with several individuals at the Department of Surgery in Ottawa to establish an Office of International Surgery.
    Ethical Considerations of Global Health Work
    "Through international medical volunteerism, could we cause more long-term harm than good?" This talk will explore the principles of global health ethics
 

Dr. Karen Yeates is a graduate of Queen’s Medical School, and received her Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. She is currently a Staff Nephrologist and Assistant Professor at Queen’s University.  Dr. Yeates has helped develop ‘Prevention Through Empowerment’. Over the last year, PTE has established and developed the Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Center, at the base of Kilimanjaro in Moshi, Tanzania.  This project was launched in partnership with Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO) which works to promote a community respectful of human and legal rights.  The Pamoja Tunaweza Women’s Center (Swahili for “Together We Can”) recently opened its doors, aiming to provide legal and social support, counseling around women’s health issues with a focus on HIV prevention and treatment, and provision of shelter to women and their children in desperate need of temporary accommodation.
    
Women and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Continues to Drive Infection Rates?
    This talk will will cover the role of gender inequality in the continued spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stan Corbett is appointed to the Faculty of Law at Queen's University.  He is also a member of the Affiliated Faculty with the Queen's Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and is a sessional lecturer in the Faculty of Health Sciences.  He has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Queen's, and he taught Philosophy at Acadia University from 1980 to 1992.  He received his LL.B. from Queen's in 1995.  His current areas of teaching include Public and Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Human Rights.  In addition, he teaches Health Law in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Public International Law at Queen's International Study Centre at Herstmonceux.  From 1995 - 2004 he taught courses on health policy and public sector ethics in the School of Policy Studies. 
In 1999 he provided two background papers for the review of the Canadian Human Rights Act, one on the language of human rights and a second on the independence of human rights commissions.  He has served as an advisor to Health Canada and, for the past several years, to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.  More recently, he provided a research study for the Gomery Commission on the constitutional foundation of the obligation to account for government expenditures.  He was the editor, with Keith Banting, of "Health Policy and Federalism" published by McGill-Queen's in 2002.  In 2007 his book, "Canadian Human Rights Law and Commentary" was published by LexisNexis.  The book examines the relationship between the scope of human rights guarantees as defined in the international human rights instruments to which Canada is signatory and the domestic implementation of those guarantees.
    Are Human Rights Good for Your Health?  
    I propose to reverse the normal discussion of the human rights to health and health care and to examine the possibility that persons who enjoy their human rights to the fullest are also healthier.  In other words, do human rights make people healthier.  My idea is to combine a number of recent epidemiological studies on the social basis of heath with the language of human rights set out in the UDHR and related human rights conventions and treaties

Hon. David Kilgour was one of the two longest-serving MPs in the House of Commons for the 38th Parliament. In the 38th Parliament, David was Chair of the Canada-ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group and the Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast; co-chair of the All-Party and Multi-Faith Committee on Religious-Cultural Harmony and the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet; and Canadian Chair of Parliamentarians for Global Action. During his over 26 years of service in the House of Commons, he held a wide variety of portfolios.  He and David Matas are co-authors of the Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, and have spoken all over the world about their findings and other issues pertaining to human rights.
David Matas is a lawyer practicing refugee, immigration, and human rights law in Winnipeg. He has argued several cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and has served as senior honorary counsel for B’nai Brith Canada since 1989. He has acted as the government-appointed Canadian delegate at various international human rights-related meetings, and has been recruited to observe various important trials and elections worldwide. Mr. Matas and Hon. David Kilgour are co-authors of the Report into Allegations of Organ Harvesting of Falun Gong Practitioners in China, and have spoken all over the world about their findings and other issues pertaining to human rights. 
    An Update on Organ Sourcing for Transplants in China
    Winnipeg based international human rights lawyer David Matas and former Minister of State David Kilgour released a first version of a report in July 2006 and a second version in January
2007 which concluded that practitioners of the spiritual/exercise regime Falun Gong were being killed in China from the year 2000 in the tens of thousands so that their organs could be sold to transplant tourists. Messrs. Kilgour and Matas at the Conference will present new evidence and responses, both Chinese and international, since their report came out

Dr. Jeff Blackmer completed his medical training at the University of Western Ontario and his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan. Following residency, he completed a Master’s degree in medical ethics through the University of Toronto.  Dr. Blackmer currently serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Ethics, Professionalism and International Affairs at the Canadian Medical Association, and has previously served as the interim Director of Ethics for the World Medical Association in Geneva. He has published and lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on various issues in medical ethics. His current areas of focus include physician-industry relationships, medical professionalism, human rights and conflict of interest.   Dr. Blackmer also practices spinal cord injury medicine at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre where he is the Medical Director of the Neurospinal Program. In this capacity, he also does research and is actively involved in teaching both medical students and residents. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on various topics in spinal cord injury medicine and serves as a clinical and leadership resource for several national organizations. 
    Human Rights and Medical Ethics within a Global Perspective
    This presentation will highlight recent and current developments in humans rights and medical ethics from a global perspective, including areas of overlap and areas of contrast.
Elizabeth Maro Minde, respectfully known as 'Mama Minde' in Moshi, Tanzania,  is a Tanzania lawyer with a keen interest in human rights.  She has been the managing director of Kilimanjaro Women Information Exchange and Consultancy Organization (KWIECO) for more than 20 years. KWIECO works to improve the rights of women and children in the Kilimanjaro region and lobbies for change in Tanzania to better protect the vulnerable. KWIECO has seen extreme challenges in the face of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania.
    Gender Inequality, HIV/AIDS and the Law in Tanzania: Challenges, Changes and Lessons
    Women's rights in Tanzania, focusing on the legal rights of women with HIV/AIDS, and the treatment of rape victims in court.
Dr. Gary van Loon has been a faculty member at Queen's University for 39 years - in the Chemisty Department and the School of Environmental Studies. In recent years, much of his research interest has centred on assessment of agricultural sustainability with a special focus on low-income countries, particularly India.
Dr. Atanu Sarkar is a medical doctor trained in India where he has worked for the past 15 years. Much of this work was carried out in association with development projects in rural areas of the country. He also has earned a doctorate in epidemiology during which time he studied medical implications of the major 'arsenic in groundwater' problem in eastern India and Bangladesh. More recently he has been a faculty member of the Energy Research Institute (TERI), a recently set up university in India.
    Agriculture and Human Health: A Focus on Low-Income Countries
    We will discuss  health issues  experienced by persons engaged in agriculture in low-income countries. Examples will be taken from dryland and irrigated areas in India.

Colin Soskolne was born and raised in South Africa. Since 1985, he has been with the University of Alberta in the Department of Public Health Sciences. Educated at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he trained initially in applied mathematics. He first worked as a statistician in education research, and then moved into biostatistics focusing on occupational cancer, both in toxicological and human studies. After his PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, he moved to Canada. His research interests soon expanded from the occupational environment to include the broader environment, as well as on professional ethics. He is currently concerned, as a trans-disciplinary researcher, about expanding the methods of epidemiology to measure health impacts from global change to better inform policy for the sustainability of life on Earth. Having contributed some 300 published works, he is most recently senior editor of Sustaining Life on Earth: Environmental and Human Health through Global Governance (Lexington Books, MD, 2008). He is currently President of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB).
    The Earth Charter: Values and Principles for Sustaining Life on Earth
    Both collectively and individually, humans behave as a dumb and arrogant species. We have allowed a growing disconnect between ourselves and the ecosystems of which we are a part. The Earth Charter, produced in 2000 to save us from ourselves, is explained, defended, and its adoption encouraged.
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