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JCC Pre-Forum 2022

May 31, 2022

Join us for an opportunity to network, connect and learn from colleagues and health care partners at our annual pre-forum event, hosted in partnership with the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council.

We acknowledge that the JCC Pre-Forum 2022 takes place on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations whose historical relationship with the land continues today.  

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Keynote Presenters

Dr Bonnie Henry

Dr Bonnie Henry was appointed as British Columbia’s provincial health officer in 2018 following three years as the deputy provincial health officer. As BC’s most senior health official, Dr Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease control and health protection. Most recently Dr Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 and illicit drug overdose pandemics.

Dr Henry’s experience in public health, preventative medicine and global pandemics have extended throughout her career. She served as the interim provincial executive medical director of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and was the medical director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management, and medical director for the provincial emerging and vector-borne diseases program as well as a provincial program for surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections.

She joined Toronto Public Health in 2001 as associate medical officer of health where she was responsible for the Emergency Services Unit and the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit. In 2003, she was the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto.

Dr Henry has worked internationally with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the WHO to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda and has been actively involved in mass gathering health planning in Canada and internationally.

She is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and is board certified in preventive medicine in the U.S. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School, completed a Master’s in Public Health and residency training in preventive medicine at University of California, San Diego and in community medicine at University of Toronto.

Dr Brynn Winegard

Dr Brynn Winegard is an award-winning professor and expert in business-brain sciences. She specializes in explaining everyday work and life phenomena using the secrets of brain science, all with aim of making her audiences happier, healthier, wealthier, and more successful. She helps clients build better business brains.

Dr Brynn Winegard is not your conventional neuroscience speaker. Whether keynoting or delivering a workshop, she engages her audiences on why we do what we do and the important role our brain plays in literally every aspect of our day.

On stage, Dr Winegard is an energetic, professional and enthusiastic speaker who simultaneously informs, and inspires. Whether she’s sharing why women multi-task or she’s talking about just how fast our brains process information, she has the unique ability to make brain science accessible to every level of science knowledge.

Dr Winegard combines real-world experience with cutting-edge research to deliver a customized program that will please your audiences and elevate their outcomes at work and personally. She leaves audiences informed, humoured, and inspired to tackle their challenges armed with fresh insights. Dr Winegard believes an understanding of brain science can help us be more effective, efficient, productive, informed, influential, persuasive, and successful.

Dr Winegard completed her formal education in Neuroscience and Psychology but was practically raised in corporate Canada: before her 20th birthday she started her first full-time decade-long career in corporate marketing working for such companies as Pfizer, Nestle, Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, CIBC and Johnson & Johnson. She currently teaches the next generation of business leaders at Ryerson University, and Guelph University.

She is a regular on media outlets informing business phenomena using insights from social and brain sciences. Dr Winegard can be seen on CTV, BNN, CBC, CTV, CBC, CityTV, Global, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s and PROFIT Magazine, among more than 40 others.

Dr. Melissa Lem

Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Founder and Director of PaRx, Canada’s national nature prescription program powered by the BC Parks Foundation, she is an internationally recognized expert on the nature-health connection. She has engaged in advocacy and policy work on a broad range of issues, from climate change and hydraulic fracturing to sustainable health care and nature-based solutions.

A senior writer for the CBC, her work has been widely published by media including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, The Narwhal, National Observer, and Alternatives Journal. She was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit show Steven and Chris for four seasons and is a regular contributor to CBC Radio and CTV News.

Dr. Lem was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, a 2020 Joule Innovation grant recipient from the Canadian Medical Association, a 2021 World Parks Week Ambassador, sits on the Advisory Committee of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Health and Well-being Specialist Group, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.


May 31, 2022
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