Keynote Speaker

Dr Haik Nikogosian is a public health expert and manager with vast experience at both national and international levels. He has held many leadership positions, guiding the development and implementation of public health instruments and policies, addressing major health challenges and promoting international cooperation for health. He is also known for his academic interests, and he lectures on global health instruments, diplomacy and governance.

Dr Nikogosian is currently Special Representative of the WHO Regional Director for Europe for strengthening multisectoral and multilateral cooperation for health and work at the intersection of regional and global health. Since July 2015, he has also been acting WHO Special Representative to the Russian Federation.

Dr Nikogosian is a medical doctor and has a PhD and a professorship in medical sciences and a doctorate in health care organization and public health. He is a citizen of Armenia.

Concurrent Session Leaders – October 16

Leona English, PhD, is Professor of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the editor of Adult Education and Health (University of Toronto Press).  Dr. English is interested in the education of adults in community and in higher education.

Maureen J. Coady, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the editor of Contexts, Practices and Challenges: Critical Insights from Continuing Professional Education (Jossey-Bass). Her research on interprofessional learning is funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.

Dr. Hussein Elsangak is a doctor trained in clinical medicine (Alazhar University Medical School in Egypt) and chiropractic medicine (Life University, USA). He joined the Anglo European College of Chiropractic in England as a Senior Clinic Tutor in 1993, supervising interns in their final stage of education and providing chiropractic spinal health care. While in England, became a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He has delivered more than 100 post-graduate lectures and seminars across the USA, in Canada, Puerto Rico, and Geneva on the topics of anti-aging, risk management, metabolic syndrome, as well as health and wellness promotion. Dr. Elsangak is also a Board member of Alliance for Health Promotion, Geneva, and participated in the World Health Assembly for the last three years.

Irene Podolak has over 35 years of health experience in various positions involving clinical service delivery, management, and national leadership roles. As a Deloitte Partner, she founded and led the National Health Services Practice in Canada for over 10 years. Irene has had extensive consulting experience in the areas of health system restructuring, strategic/operational planning, ehealth, knowledge management, and performance management. On the global front, she worked with the World Economic Forum leading the development of a Global Health Data Charter, and has also conducted research in Kenya pertaining to the design of a cervical self-sampling program. Currently, Irene is an Adjunct Professor at Brock University, and a Senior Advisor to the Johnson and Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust, where she is coordinating the development of the Alliance for Advancing Health Assets (AHA), a global entity whose vision is a world in which “health assets in action enable everyone to be well”.

Ronald Labonté is Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. His earlier work focussed on health promotion, community development, community empowerment and social determinants of health. For the past 25 years he has led research and scholarship on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization, and chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health.

In 2016, Dr. Jeff Reading was appointed Inaugural BC First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital and Professor, Simon Fraser University. Jeff obtained his PhD in Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto (1994). He has served as inaugural Scientific Director of the Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2000-2008) and founding Director of the Centre for Aboriginal Health Research at the University of Victoria (2008-2012) and first interim director at the new Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health that was created with a generous gift of $10M from Dr. Michael Dan and based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (2015). Jeff’s broad interests in Health Promotion advances programs interventions timed to stages of the life course, the social determinants of health and well-being, provision of safe potable water, chronic disease prevention, treatment and accessibility to health care.

Jeff Masuda is Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Equity at Queen’s University. He is a social geographer who specializes in participatory action research that examines the socio-spatial dynamics of health inequities and that supports community based action to promote social and environmental justice. Queen’s offers interdisciplinary studies in health promotion at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Margot Parkes is a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Her work probes our understanding of the environment as a context for health, and explicitly integrates social and ecological determinants of health. Dr. Parkes’ research addresses interrelated issues spanning land and water governance, climate change, health promotion and sustainable development: focusing on watersheds as settings for intersectoral action to improve health, and on the cumulative environmental, community and health impacts of resource development. The integrative orientation of her work has been consistently informed by Indigenous knowledge and leadership in Oceania and the Americas, and next-generation teaching and learning approaches that bridge health, ecological and social concerns.  This emphasis has motivated Margot’s contributions to the emerging field of ecohealth, including as past-President of the ‘International Association for Ecology & Health’ and co-founder of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health.

Alexander Cogut is a research associate for the R20 Regions of Action based in Geneva, as well as a fourth year undergraduate student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, working on a bachelor of arts in history.  He worked at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City for two years conducting laboratory research in to Alzheimer’s disease.  At R20, he studied the link between poor waste management, particularly open burning of waste, and health and considered practices and policies to improve the issue of open waste burning worldwide.

Dr. Doris Gillis is a Senior Research Professor in the Department of Human Nutrition at St Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia where she was Departmental Chair from 2008 to 2016. She holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Guelph, a Master of Adult Education degree from St Francis Xavier University and a doctoral degree from the University of Nottingham, UK. Her early career experiences in health promotion and public health nutrition in Nova Scotia and Ontario ground her research interests in the evolving concepts of health literacy and food literacy, and their application in addressing challenging nutrition issues relevant to health equity.  Beyond her research and scholarly publications, she has contributed to numerous national and provincial health policy initiatives and resources supporting evidence-informed practice. For example, she served as a member of the Canadian Public Health Association’s Canadian Expert Panel on Health Literacy (2006-08).



Roundtable on Governance for Health

Bernard Kadasia has been an active member of the Alliance for Health Promotion since 2004, serving as President since 2012. Until March of last year Mr. Kadasia was employed by the International AIDS Society (IAS) as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Policy and Advocacy, Research Promotion and Communications.  A senior level professional, he brings together thirty-five years of experience in technical, managerial and leadership positions in government, civil society, private sector, and international non-governmental organizations. Immediately prior to joining the IAS, he worked for 17 years for the International Co-operative Alliance as Director of the Regional Office for East, Central and Southern Africa, in Moshi, Tanzania and in Nairobi, Kenya. He is currently based in Kitale, Kenya working as an independent consultant in development and health.

Bosse Pettersson is presently a part time Senior Public Health Adviser, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden and an  Independent Public Health Consultant. He is also the Vice President of EuroHealthNet and one of its co-founders. Bosse has been actively involved in all global Health Promotion conferences – Ottawa, Canada in 1986 to Helsinki, Finland in 2013. For the 9th GCHP in Shanghai 2016 he is appointed a member of Scientific Advisory Committee (SAG).

Bosse took up his career in health promotion and public health in 1976. Since then, his main areas of work over the past 40 years have been policy development, health inequities and inequalities, planning and management, health systems, communication and training. He has worked locally, sub-nationally, nationally and internationally. He has also been a member of the Swedish government’s delegation to WHO’s governing bodies since the beginning of 1990’s. Bosse is also the author and co-author of several books, chapters and scientific articles.

Dr. Horacio Arruda is a physician specializing in community health. He has worked specifically in the areas of surveillance, monitoring, intervention epidemiology, and infectious disease prevention and control.

Since 2000, Dr. Arruda has been Director of Public Health with the Quebec Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, with responsibility over infectious and communicable diseases, hospital-acquired infections, and occupational and environmental health. He and his team are also responsible for the public health and civil emergency plans (pandemic readiness plan) components. He is Quebec’s representative on the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network’s new Communicable Disease Control Expert Group.

On May 9 2012, he was appointed National Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister by Dr. Yves Bolduc, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services. He has been in this position since August 1st 2012.

Dr Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, UNEP Director and Regional Representative for Africa is a national of Benin. Dr. Koudenoukpo has a wealth of experience in international development assistance and 26 years of experience in the area of environment and sustainable development. She has worked with a wide range of a organizations and international leading international institutions. She is a former Minister of the Environment in her home country Benin.

Dr. Koudenoukpo, was with Canadian Crossroads International (CCI) where she was the Director of Programmes, and with Canadian Center for International Studies and Cooperation where she was the Regional Director for Africa.

Dr. Mihály Kökény, PhD. currently works as a health policy consultant. He is a senior fellow of the Global Health Program at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva, Switzerland) and contributes to global health diplomacy education and research. He is also a lecturer at the University of Debrecen, Faculty of Public Health in Hungary (on global health and health policy). As a senior policy advisor to the Regional Director of the WHO’s European Region he assists national health policy planning in selected Member States in addition to working in a couple of regional projects.

Until 2010 he was working in political positions. Dr. Kökény was elected to the Hungarian Parliament in 1994 and served there between 1994 and 2010.  He was working in various government functions including Health and Welfare Minister (1996-98, 2003-4). In the Parliament he was the Chairman of the Health Committee (1998-2002, 2006-2010). During his life-career his international activities covered a broad field of health promotion, environment and health and health care reforms as WHO, EU, OECD and World Bank consultant and speaker of major conferences. From 2008 until 2011 he served as a Member of the Executive Board of WHO, from 2010 he was the Chairman of the BoardDr. Kökény, a Hungarian citizen, is a medical doctor specialized for clinical cardiology and has a degree from health care management and political sciences. In 2014 he co-edited the first ever textbook on health diplomacy in Hungarian.

Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, an Associate Professor of Law, Medicine and Public & International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as an Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, development assistance, health misinformation, health systems, maternal health, pandemics, technological innovation and tobacco.

Research Presentation

Jean-Pierre Girard is an international specialist in co-op and non-profit organizations in Montréal (Canada), combining expertise in field work and academic work for the past 30 years. Recent work includes speech and writing included for UN, OECD, Médecins sans frontière (Switzerland), International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies, International Summit of Cooperative, Ruralia Institute (Finland) and Coop and Mutual Canada. In 2007 and 2010, he organized Canadian study tours among health co-ops in Japan. He teaches in graduate programs in social economy enterprises at Université du Québec à Montréal, and is on boards of 6 different corporations from local to international, including the Alliance for Health Promotion  and Health Nexus. He also sits on the investment committee of RISQ, a Quebec base risk fund with assets of 10M$ dedicated to social economy enterprise.

Concurrent Session Leaders – October 17

Roger Wheeler, MBA, MSc, CHRP, is a Professor in the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC, Canada.  He teaches in the areas of business strategy, human resources management, quantitative decision making, and sustainable management.  His scholarly interests include sustainable business practices and corporate social responsibility.  Roger joined the faculty at Okanagan College after a 15 year healthcare career that comprised a variety of consultant, manager and director roles, including several years as Corporate Director of Public Health for the Interior Health Authority of BC.  His volunteer time is dedicated to the Board of the Public Health Association of BC, and the Federal/Provincial Policy Committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce. Roger has been invited to present at annual conferences for several organizations, including the Canadian Public Health Association, Public Health Association of BC, the Union of BC Municipalities, and the World Congress of Medical Technology.

Dr. H Paramesh is trained as a Pediatric Pulmonologis that brings a life-time of experience serving on a multitude of governance boards: Alliance for Health Promotion, Lakeside Center for Health Promotion and Lakeside Education Trust, Respiratory Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, IAP Environment and Child Health Group, to name a few

Dr. Paramesh was the Principal Investigator for aeroallergen and Human Health GOI from 1994 to 1998, and was a Panelist on the Commission of Macroeconomics and Health GOI in 2005. In 2003, he served as Chairman State of Environment and Action Plan on Health project for the World Bank in 2003. He was a Member International Consciousness on the Childhood Asthma ICON Study in 2012. He is a past advisor for the Institute of Public Health and Center for Disease Control. Dr. Paramesh is also the recipient of Local, State, National and International life-time achievement awards for his work as Environment and Children’s Respiratory Health.

Mark Dooris is Professor in Health & Sustainability and Director of the Healthy & Sustainable Settings Unit at the University of Central Lancashire. He studied at Oxford University and has a background in health promotion, public health, community development and environmental and sustainable transport policy – and has worked within the health service, voluntary sector, local government and higher education. Mark is Chair of the International Health Promoting Universities Working Group and Co-Chair of the UK Healthy Universities Network; a member of the Sustainable Food Cities Expert Group; was on the evaluation team for Phases III and IV of WHO’s European Healthy Cities Programme; and has undertaken consultancy work relating to Health in All Policies, Healthy Cities, community participation and sustainable development. From 2007-2011, he  chaired the IUHPE Global Working Group on Healthy Settings and from 2011-2014 was responsible for co-ordination of the UK Healthy Cities Network and operational delivery of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons.

Shu-Ti Chiou, an M.D. specialized in family medicine & Ph.D. in epidemiology, served as the Director-General of Health Promotion Administration in Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan from 2009 to 2016, and now is a senior consultant physician in Taoyuan General Hospital of the Ministry and an adjunct Associate Professor in School of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University. She worked closely with academic teams and published evidences on population impact of policy interventions including tobacco control, motorcycle helmet law, breastfeeding policies, cancer screening programs, health-promoting hospitals initiative, diabetes shared care, etc. Dr. Chiou is also the former Global Vice President for Partnerships of the International Union for Health Promotion & Education and the former Chair of Governance Board of the International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals & Health Services. She continues to be the board member of them and chairs the Task Force on Health Promoting Hospitals and Age-Friendly Health Care.

Carlos Van der Laat is the Regional Migration Health Officer for the Americas for the International Organization for Migration, the UN Migration Agency, based in the San Jose, Costa Rica.  He has a medical and public health background as family and community physician and a master´s degree in Human Rights.  His expertise includes community based services with an intercultural approach, to provide access of most vulnerable populations to health, working for more than 15 years in primary health in indigenous communities and urban environments.  He has been a consultant for UNICEF, PAHO/WHO and other UN Agencies, and 7 years ago initiated in the International Organization for Migration where he promotes equitable access to quality health services for migrants and mobile populations through migrant friendly and migrant inclusive health systems.

Dr. Christina Murray is an Assistant Professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Prince Edward Island. Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Prince Edward Island, a Master of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary and a Doctor of Philosophy (Nursing) from the University of Alberta. Christina’s research examines family experiences of labor migration and how this impacts the health of individuals, families and communities. She is currently the Principal Investigator for a SSHRC funded project exploring the intergenerational family stories of labor migration in rural Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island. Embracing narrative inquiry as a relational qualitative methodology, Christina believes in working with research participants in ways that stress collaboration and co-participation. She has a keen interest in the use of innovative and arts-based approaches to knowledge translation, aligning research text to visual arts and photography.

Margaret Barry is a professor that works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health promotion interventions and policies at national and international level. She currently holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health at the National University of Ireland Galway, where she is Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research.

Margaret was elected as Global Vice President for Capacity Building, Education and Training by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education from 2007 to 2010. She has served as Temporary Advisor to the WHO and has acted as project leader on major European Union funded initiatives. From 2013 to 2016, Barry was appointed to the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health. She is also co-author of the international text Implementing Mental Health Promotion.




Lynette Mudekunye, MAAS, MPH, Advisor, REPSSI has worked in child focused organizations in Southern Africa for twenty five years developing and implementing programmes to protect, care for and develop children in a variety of settings where children and their families are at risk.  These include farm worker communities in Zimbabwe, children affected by HIV in South Africa, children on the move into South Africa and children affected by a range of other factors across East and Southern Africa.  Lynette has contributed to the development of a number of programming and training resources especially in the fields of HIV and psychosocial support.  This includes the development and review of a diploma programme for teachers to help them to change their schools into safe and caring environments and involvement in the implementation, evaluation and learning from this programme.

Dr. William Morrison is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). He obtained undergraduate graduate degrees from UNB and a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. Dr. Morrison came to UNB in 2002 after a number of years in school psychology, and community mental health in Alberta, British Columbia, and New Brunswick. His research interests include: Comprehensive School Health, Positive Mental Health in Schools, and Educational Psychology and Exceptionalities. In 2006 Dr. Morrison launched the UNB Health and Education Research Group (HERG). The focus of this centre is to carry out and promote applied research initiatives that contribute to evidence-­informed policy and practice developments. Among its achievements, HERG has contributed to the development of national positive mental health frameworks, and the production of practice standards to support the rollout of the NB Integrated Service Delivery Initiative for school-based mental health services.

Ann Pederson is the Director of Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre if Vancouver, Canada. She is currently focused on gender-responsive strategies and interventions. Her work spans many topic areas including tobacco use and physical activity, women’s heart health, and violence against women. Ann is an experienced researcher, author and editor, most notably as a member of the team working on the 4th edition of Health Promotion in Canada.

Elly König is a proud mother and grandmother. She is a teacher of science and health, has worked as a lawyer in public service. Elly is currently President of UFER (International Movement for Fraternel Union among Races and Peoples) a federation of organizations and persons involved in the promotion of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As founding members of UFER, Elly works closely with The Grail and the Intercultural Association AFI-ICA who are involved in working with women and health, by founding hospitals, preschools and by health awareness raising programs. Elly and UFER also works with the Inter-African Committee on traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children who is fighting the practice of women’s genital mutilation.

Manon Niquette is a professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Laval University (Quebec, Canada). She also teaches in the master’s and doctoral programs in community health. She serves as an associate researcher at the feminist Chaire Claire-Bonenfant –Femmes, Savoirs et Sociétés, and a member of ComSanté, a research centre on health communication. Professor Niquette has published a number of papers on the reception of knowledge in various communication settings, including science museums, world’s fairs and health-promotion campaigns. She is currently doing critical research on online pharmaceutical advertising and, more specifically, on the representation of gender-health care roles in commercial Facebook pages. For the last 15 years she has helped many community groups, public-health offices and medical associations succeed in increasing women’s empowerment for better health and quality of life.

Cameron Norman’s work focuses on the development and implementation of new ideas into health systems and how to learn from them. He brings a background in psychology, public health, design and systems thinking together in his role as the Principal of Cense Research + Design, a consultancy that works with health and human service providers to build social innovation capacity in their organizations. Dr Norman developed the eHealth Literacy model and scale, which is used worldwide as a means of assessing capacity for people to use and engage with electronic health tools. He brings an extensive research and publishing record on the use of social media for health promotion. Dr Norman also is an adjunct professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and lives in Toronto, Canada.

The New Leadership on Health Promotion

Sione Tu‘itahi is the Executive Director of Health Promotion Forum of New ZealandRunanga Whakapiki Ake I Te Hauora o Aotearoa. Sione is the current Vice President (2013-2016) of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) for the South West Pacific Region, and a member of the Global Executive Board of IUHPE. Sione joined the Forum in 2005 after six years as Pacific Manager at the Auckland Regional Public Health Service. He has also taught at a number of tertiary educational institutions. For more than ten years he led the building of Pacific capacity at Massey University. A former journalist and broadcaster, Sione is the author of a number of books, academic papers, and children’s stories. As a voluntary community worker, he is a member of several national advisory groups in the education, health and community sectors.

Dr. Jacqueline Gahagan, PhD is Professor of Health Promotion and Interim Director of the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University. A medical sociologist by training, Jacqueline’s research focuses on health equity with an emphasis on improving HIV/AIDS policies, sexual and reproductive health programs, and access to health care resources among socially marginalized populations. Jacqueline’s funded research includes gender-based analyses of HIV/HCV prevention education needs of youth, access to rapid point-of-care HIV testing among marginalized populations, the sexual health needs of women living with HIV, access to HIV/HCV harm reduction programs for incarcerated women, school-based anti-homophobia programs, and breast and gynecologic cancer experiences among lesbians, bisexual women and trans people. Jacqueline was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her longstanding contributions to HIV/AIDS, and in 2015 she was awarded the Ron Draper Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Public Health Association.

Jessica Barudin is Kwakwaka’wakw from the Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, BC. She is a proud mother, Indigenous health consultant and yoga practitioner based out of Montreal, Quebec. Jessica and her husband Vincent Dumoulin co-founded the lifestyle brand, Cedar and Gold, a platform promoting a healthy, balanced life rooted in culture and connection to the land. Yoga and exercise a have provided a moving meditation for Jessica that she loves to share with others in her classes and workshops. She weaves the natural and supernatural realms into her teaching style to create a sacred space for individuals to connect to themselves and their surroundings. She has completed a Bachelor of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia and a Masters of Physical Therapy at McGill University. Currently, Jessica is focused on Indigenous health, traditional healing and integrating this knowledge to develop her clinical practice in yoga and physiotherapy to share in First Nations communities.

Dr. Roopa Dhatt is physician by training and an advocate by principle, striving for greater gender equity, health and well-being for all people through working in global health. She is the co-founder of Women in Global Health, a movement that strives to bring greater gender equity to global health leadership. She also serves as the Initiative Director for the Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative (WLGHI), hosted by Global Health Council. Roopa is currently a third-year post-graduate resident in training in the International Health Track within the Case Western Reserve University, Department of Internal Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She previously served as the President and Vice President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and led world-wide campaigns on global health issues. She has a B.A. and B.S. from University of California, Davis; a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, France; and an M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine. She graduated this past June from Case Western and will be joining a practice in Washington DC in Primary Care.

Paola Ardiles is the President of the Public Health Association of British Columbia and a Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada. Paola was awarded the 2012 Dr. Nancy Hall Public Policy Leadership Award of Distinction for her local, provincial and national work to advance the mental health promotion agenda. In 2013, Paola founded Bridge for Health, as a volunteer health promotion self-organized network with both local and global members. The network has grown into a newly established coop association focused on social innovation research and consulting to advance leadership on social and environmental responsibility. Recently, Paola launched SFU’s first ever Health Change Lab, in partnership with the local government and health authorities in Surrey, British Columbia. This interdisciplinary undergraduate program combines health promotion and social entrepreneurship to tackle complex health issues identified as priority by the community, such as food security and active transportation.

Veronica Shiroya is an International Health Practitioner with professional experience in public health research and project management in the context of disease surveillance, social determinants of health, health care provision, promotion and policy work. Currently, she is working in the area of non-communicable diseases policy and research and also involved in voluntary advocacy work around gender equity and youth mentorship. Veronica currently works as a Program and Liaison Officer in East Africa for The Alliance for Health Promotion. She has previously held positions with in Kenya: Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics, UN Women Kenya / Kenya Girl Guides Association, World Health Organization in the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, Centre for Public Research – Kenya Medical Research Institute. Veronica recently completed a Masters in International Public Health with Heidelberg University in Germany.


Rebecca Fortin has been working in Health Promotion for over 10 years with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Health Promotion. In her early career she practiced health promotion at the provincial level with the Ontario Public Health Association, and subsequently for a not-for-profit social planning council near Toronto. For the past five years, Rebecca has been working as a senior-level Advisor in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention with the Region of Peel, a large public health unit near Toronto, Canada. Starting September 2016, Rebecca has started working as a freelance journalist, and is a Fellow with the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Rebecca seeks to deepen understanding of health promotion and health equity by reporting to media outlets from around the globe. Rebecca is also the founding Chair of Health Promotion Canada, a newly formed alliance to support the establishment of provincial/regional chapters to advance health promotion practice throughout Canada.