2016 Keynote Speakers

Mark Tewksbury, Olympic medallist
Debbie Muir, Olympic coach

@marktewks and @greattraits
November 9 – 8 am – Ballroom C VCC
Mark Tewksbury, Olympic gold medallist, and Debbie Muir, Olympic champion coach and member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, are the dynamic duo behind Great Traits, a professional development company. Mark now serves on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada and is the National Ambassador for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research’s Legacy Group. Debbie is known as the “Coach of the Coaches” and serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport. Active humanitarians and high-performance experts, Mark and Debbie inspire individuals, teams, and organizations to reach great achievements, develop strong leadership, and create lasting legacies.

The Hon. Jane Philpott, PC, MP
Minister of Health

November 10 – 8 am – Ballroom ABC VCC
Dr Jane Philpott is Canada’s new Minister of Health and the Member of Parliament for Markham–Stouffville in Ontario. She is a family physician, educator, and advocate for global health equality. Minister Philpott spent 10 years practising medicine in Niger Republic, West Africa, where she helped develop a training program for village health workers. She also founded the charitable organization Give a Day to World AIDS, which has raised more than $4 million to help those affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Dr José Pereira
Director, Research, CFPC
Co-Founder, Pallium Canada

November 11 – 8 am – Ballroom ABC VCC
Dr José Pereira is the Director of Research at the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a palliative care expert with academic appointments at the University of Ottawa and McMaster University. Dr Pereira is a co-founder and the Scientific Officer of Pallium Canada, a pan-Canadian initiative that aims to improve primary-level palliative care capacity through education and the development of practice support tools. Fostering compassionate communities is part of Pallium’s vision.