Family Medicine Forum 2021 Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia

Dr. Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia

Dr. Ian McWhinney Keynote Address: From Rhodesia to the Rock: My journey in generalist practice

Dr. Mohamed Ravalia was born and raised in the former British colony of Rhodesia (now the independent state of Zimbabwe). In 1984 he completed a locum in Arcola, Saskatchewan, under the guidance of Dr. Temba M’Cwabeni. He subsequently moved to Twillingate, Newfoundland, where he worked as a family physician, medical educator, and community activist. His practice focused on generalist care and teaching. In June 2018 he was appointed to the Senate upon the recommendation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Senator Ravalia proudly represents the regional interests of his fellow Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with a focus on rural health, marginalized populations, resource management, eldercare, and Indigenous advancement. Through his international and Canadian experiences, and with his down-to-earth personality, he will bring a broad perspective to Virtual FMF 2021. Follow Senator Ravalia on Twitter

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis

Dr. James Makokis

Doctoring the Spirit: Healing with a stethoscope in one hand and sweetgrass in the other

Dr. James Makokis is a two-spirit family physician on a mission to serve marginalized populations and change the outcomes for Indigenous and LGBTQ2S+ peoples. He leads one of North America’s most progressive family medical clinics serving both LGBTQ2S+ and First Nation peoples from all over Canada where his approach to medicine incorporate First Nation healing practices to connect the mind, body, and spirit for his patients. He was a recent winner of Season 7 of the Amazing Race Canada with his husband Anthony Johnson as “Team Ahkameyimok” (“Never give up” in the Plains Cree language). They used their time on the show to bring attention to important issues like never before. Dr. Makokis will provide inspirational stories and practical insights on practicing with both Indigenous and Gender Diverse people. Follow Dr. Makokis on Twitter.

Friday, November 12, 2021, 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Dr. Brian Hodges

Dr. Brian Hodges

Dr. Brian Hodges

Without Compassion There is No Health Care

Dr. Brian Hodges is a seasoned health care executive, teacher, research scientist, author, and practising physician with a passion for improving the Canadian health care and education systems. He is a thought leader on the future of health care and education, and he is an advocate for balancing emerging strategies for how we can integrate current and future artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into family medicine and teaching effectively. Dr. Hodges will share compelling stories and inspire you to embrace technology compassionately and where it makes sense. Could this really be a win-win for physicians and patients? Join us to find out! Follow Dr. Hodges on Twitter

Saturday, November 13, 2021, – 9:55 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Jennifer Russell

Dr. Jennifer Russell

Chief Medical Officer of Health - New Brunswick

 

Dr. Jennifer Russell

Canadian Public Health Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Experience

FMF welcomes four Canadian public health officials who will each share their experiences dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic and the strategies utilized in their respective provinces. And audience Q & A will follow.

Dr. Russell demonstrates her passion for preventive and population health as New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Russell has been meeting regularly with chief medical officers of health across Canada to assess evolving evidence and guidance. As a public health spokesperson, she is proud of how the residents of New Brunswick have managed to flatten the curve across the province.

 

David Williams

Dr. David Williams

Recently Retired Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario

 

Dr. David Williams

Canadian Public Health Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Experience

FMF welcomes four Canadian public health officials who will each share their experiences dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic and the strategies utilized in their respective provinces. And audience Q & A will follow.

Dr. David Williams is a Canadian physician and retired public servant who served as Chief Medical Officer of Health for Ontario from 2015 to 2021. Dr. Williams has helped guide government policy since the onset of the pandemic in early 2020 until his retirement in June 2021. Dr. Williams took a lead in the vaccine rollout which resulted in more than 76% of residents receiving at lead one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as helped make Ontario a national leader in testing and contact management. .

 

Janice Fitzgerald

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald

Newfoundland and Labrador, Chief Medical Officer

 

Dr. Janice Fitzgerald

Canadian Public Health Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Experience

FMF welcomes four Canadian public health officials who will each share their experiences dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic and the strategies utilized in their respective provinces. And audience Q & A will follow.

Fitzgerald is Newfoundland and Labrador's Chief Medical Officer of Health, and has provided public health guidance to lead the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of her public health guidance amid the pandemic, Fitzgerald was awarded a YWCA St. John's Honorary Woman of Distinction Award (2020), and recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada as one of our Family Physicians of the Year in 2020. Follow Dr. Fitzgerald on Twitter.

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Janice Fitzgerald

Dr. Kami Kandola

Chief Public Health Officer - NWT

 

Dr. Kami Kandola

Canadian Public Health Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Experience

FMF welcomes four Canadian public health officials who will each share their experiences dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic and the strategies utilized in their respective provinces. And audience Q & A will follow.

Dr. Kami Kandola is the current Chief Public Health Officer for Northwest Territories. Dr. Kandola has played a pivotal role throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and has overseen the NWT response to the disease. Dr. Kandola has been praised by many for her compassion in response to the pandemic. NWT is now experiencing their first wave of a delta variant outbreak in combination of spread in under vaccinated populations and waning immunity.

 

Janice Fitzgerald

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health

 

Dr. Deena Hinshaw

Canadian Public Health Experts Discuss the COVID-19 Experience

FMF welcomes four Canadian public health officials who will each share their experiences dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic and the strategies utilized in their respective provinces. And audience Q & A will follow.

Dr. Hinshaw has been Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health since 2019. Prior to this, she served as Alberta Health’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Hinshaw, completed her medical degree, Masters in Public Health and residencies in family medicine and community medicine at the University of Alberta. She also has a undergraduate degree from Augustana University in Camrose, AB.

Dr. Hinshaw worked as a Medical Officer of Health in the Central Zone of Alberta Health Services from January 2010 to July 2017. She also served as the Medical Officer of Health lead in the area of public health surveillance and infrastructure for Alberta Health Services from 2014 to 2017.   Follow Dr. Hinshaw on Twitter