Steven Barrett

Managing Partner, Goldblatt Partners LLP

Steven Barrett practices in the areas of constitutional, administrative and union labour law. He joined Sack Goldblatt Mitchell, now Goldblatt Partners, in 1985, has been a partner since 1988, and has served as managing partner since 2006. Steven appears before a variety of labour and administrative tribunals, and represents broader public sector trade unions and professional associations (including medical residents and physician groups) in both collective bargaining negotiations and arbitration, and on a range of strategic and policy matters. Steven also litigates before the courts on judicial review applications and appeals, and has an active practice under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including appearing as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in various freedom of association cases.

Anne-marie Boxall

2019-20 Australian Harkness Fellow, Columbia University

Anne-marie Boxall is a 2019–20 Australian Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice. She is the Assistant Secretary, Long-term Health Reform Branch, with the Australian Government Department of Health. In this role, Dr. Boxall has led the policy development to support long-term health system reform in Australia, and has been extensively involved in negotiating the 2020-2025 National Health Reform Agreement with states and territories. In her career, Dr. Boxall has worked across the government, non-government and academic sectors. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy at The University of Sydney and has published on a wide range of health policy topics for academic and non-academic audiences, including Making Medicare: The Politics of Universal Health Care in Australia (2013).

Fiona Clement

Associate Professor, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, University of Calgary

Fiona Clement is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Health Technology Assessment Unit within the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary, a policy responsive research unit that completes evidence synthesis, economic evaluations, health technology assessments and reassessments in response to decision-makers’ needs. Her research interests include drug and non-drug technology reimbursement and cost containment policy, evidence in decision-making, and evidence in health policy development. In 2015, she was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 for her work in health policy.

Damien Contandriopoulos

Professor and Associate Director of Research, University of Victoria School of Nursing

Damien Contandriopoulos is a full professor and associate director of research at the University of Victoria School of Nursing. His main areas of research are focused on the analysis of health policy-making processes, the use of evidence in decision-making and the analysis of high-performing models of healthcare delivery.

Colleen M. Flood

Professor and Director, University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics

Colleen M. Flood is a professor and a University Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the University of Ottawa. She is inaugural director of the University of Ottawa Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics. From 2000-2015 she was a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, with cross-appointments to the School of Public Policy and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. From 2006-2011 she served as the Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research. Her primary areas of scholarship are in comparative health care law and policy, public/private financing of health care systems, health care reform, constitutional law, administrative law, and accountability and governance issues more broadly. Her book The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide, co-edited with Aeyal Gross of Tel-Aviv University, was published in 2014.

Jeremiah Hurley

Professor, McMaster University Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Jeremiah Hurley is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; a professor and former Chair in the Department of Economics; a member of the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, and a member of the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, all at McMaster University. His research on the economics of health and health care systems includes physician behaviour, funding models and resource association in health care, public and private roles in health care financing, financial incentives in health systems, equity in health systems, normative frameworks in health economics, and the application of experimental economic methods in health research. He has published in leading health economic, health policy, and health services research journals and has acted as a consultant to regional, provincial, national and international agencies.

Sarah de Leeuw

Professor, University of Northern BC

Sarah de Leeuw is a professor in the Northern Medical Program and in Geography at the University of Northern BC. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Humanities and Health Inequities. An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, she grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern BC, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre and teaches in the areas of Indigenous peoples well-being and health humanities. Her research sits at the crossroads of social-cultural geography, health-humanities, social determinants of health, and anti-colonial methodologies.

The Honourable Jane Philpott, P.C.

Former Member of Parliament and Special Advisor on Health, Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Jane Philpott is a medical doctor and former Member of Parliament. She served in numerous cabinet positions from 2015 to 2019, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government. She played a lead role in policies that have shaped Canada: bringing Syrian refugees to Canada; legislating a balanced approach to Medical Assistance in Dying; negotiating a health accord with new resources for mental health and home care; improving infrastructure for First Nations to provide clean water on reserve; and reforming child welfare to reduce the over-apprehension of Indigenous children. Prior to politics, Jane worked as a family doctor for 30 years, with the first decade of her career as a doctor in Niger, West Africa. She is Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine. She is currently a Special Adviser on Health for Nishnawbe Aski Nation, an organization representing 49 First Nation communities across Treaty 9 and Treaty 5 in northern Ontario, and will serve as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University beginning in July 2020.

Carlos Quiñonez

Associate Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry

Carlos Quiñonez is a dental public health specialist and an associate professor and program director at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto. He graduated with a DMD from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba in 1998, and completed an MSc at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine in 2004. He then completed a PhD and dental public health specialty at the University of Toronto in 2009. His research centres on the politics and economics of dentistry, with a specific focus on health and social equity.

Sarah Thomson

Senior Health Financing Specialist, WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening

Sarah Thomson is a Senior Health Financing Specialist at the World Health Organization Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening. Formerly an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Head of the LSE Hub of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Sarah was a member of the European Commission’s Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health from 2013 to 2016. Her work focuses on comparative health systems policy analysis in high- and middle-income countries.

BJ Wray

General Counsel, Department of Justice Canada

BJ Wray is General Counsel with the federal Department of Justice in the Vancouver regional office. BJ’s primary practice area is constitutional litigation and, in particular, cases involving challenges to federal legislation under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. BJ is lead counsel for the Attorney General of Canada in the Cambie Surgeries litigation which is a Charter claim brought by Dr. Brian Day and several individual patient plaintiffs against the sections of BC’s Medicare Protection Act that prevent extra-billing and user charges, dual practice and the sale of duplicative private insurance. BJ’s other recent Charter cases include challenges to the prohibition on physician-assisted suicide (Carter and Lamb) as well as challenges to Canada’s medical marijuana regime (Allard and Garber).