IHSP International Advisory Board


Maureen O’Neil: Senior Executive Officer, E-Health Ontario. Former President of the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement, Chair of the Board of the United Nations (UN) Research Institute for Social Development, Former Chair of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development, Former President of the International Development Research, Centre, and former Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Government of Ontario. Ms. O’Neil is a member of the board of e-Health Ontario, a member of the Board of Directors for the Centre for International Governance Innovation and a member of the board for the Global Development Network. She has chaired the Board of Governors of Carleton University and has represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on OECD committees.


Cesar Carcamo: Associate Professor at the School of Public Health, Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru. He graduated as MD from Cayetano Heredia, and obtained his MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. The focus of Dr. Carcamo’s work is methods of epidemiology, with emphasis on sexually transmitted infections, global health, and health informatics. He has participated in the design, implementation, analysis and publication of a number of epidemiologic studies in these topics. He is a research collaborator in the cross-national consortium MACHEquity (Maternal and Child Health Equity) measuring the impact of social policies on health outcomes for women and children.

Colleen Flood: Professor in the University of Ottawa and a University Research Chair in Health Law & Policy. She is inaugural director of the Ottawa Centre for Health Law Ethics and Policy. 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 & Evaluation. From 2006-2011 she served as a Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Health Services and Policy Research. Her primary areas of scholarship are in comparative health care law & policy, public/private financing of health care systems, health care reform, constitutional law, administrative law, and accountability and governance issues more broadly. Her latest book, co-edited with Aeyal Gross of Tel-Aviv University, is entitled The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide and published in 2014 with Cambridge University Press.

James Hughes: Executive Lead, Government and Partner Relations at the J.W. McConnell Foundation. Previously, Hughes served as President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Prior to this, Mr. Hughes was New Brunswick’s Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development. The Department of Social Development is responsible for a wide range of programs and services in the province including child protection, early childhood development, income assistance, disability support and senior care. Mr. Hughes played a central role in the development of the province’s Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) through a widely acclaimed citizen engagement process (2008-2009). Before joining the New Brunswick civil service, Mr. Hughes served as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission (OBM), Quebec’s largest centre serving homeless men and women. He is a graduate of Queen’s University (B. Commerce), University of Cambridge (B.A. Law) and McGill University (B.C.L).

Iona Novak: Head of Research at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute based at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. Professor Novak manages the strategic development of research into the prevention and cure of cerebral palsy and supports the Australian Cerebral Palsy Register. Professor Novak conducts clinical research into effective interventions for people living with cerebral palsy, including evidence-based practice initiatives and collaborative international and inter-agency research work. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2013, Professor Novak established and led an Australian-American cerebral palsy research consortium, to aggregate data and accelerate the rate of research. She continues this research to translate findings to direct improvements in clinical services.

Marcel Saulnier: Associate ADM of the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada, where he is overseeing work toward the development of a new health accord. He has held other senior positions at Health Canada, including as Director General of Health Care Strategies, and Director General of Policy Coordination and Planning. He played a key role in supporting the work of the federal Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation which released its report in June 2015. Marcel's career has included policy leadership positions at the Canadian Medical Association, the Prime Minister's Office, Finance Canada, the National Forum on Health, and Health and Welfare Canada. Marcel has a master's degree in Economics from l'Université de Montreal, and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of Ottawa. 

Shawn Tupper: Associate Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada and former Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, at Transport Canada where he was responsible for the breadth of policy development and advice regarding the Transportation System. Prior to this position, he was ADM, Community Safety and Partnerships Branch at Public Safety Canada, responsible for the implementation of the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Aboriginal Policing Program and Corrections and Criminal Justice Policy. Following that, Shawn was named ADM, Emergency Management and Programs Branch where he continued his oversight of Community Safety Programming and took on additional responsibility for policies and programs related to emergency planning, management and community resilience. Previous positions Shawn has held include: Director General, Social Policy, at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and Director General at Indian Residential Schools Resolutions, Canada. Mr. Tupper has also worked at the Privy Council Office as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister providing advice on issues related to Indian Residential Schools.

Ross Upshur: Head of the Division of Clinical Public Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Assistant Director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. At the University of Toronto he is a Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, and former Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research (2010-2015). He is a member of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. His current interests include managing complex chronic disease in aging adults, clinical measurement, the concept of evidence in health care, philosophy of medicine including medical epistemology and the integration of ethics and clinical reasoning, public health ethics, global health ethics, empirical approaches in bioethics, primary care research methods, time series applications in health services research, communicable disease and environmental epidemiology. He has over 350 publications including more than 200 peer-reviewed publications spanning these domains.

Sridhar Venkatapuram: Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy, Professor Venkatapuram is Director of Global Health Research and Training and Founding Director of the MSc in Global Health and Social Justice at Kings College London. Sridhar has been at the forefront of health ethics and global health for over twenty years. He was awarded an honours distinction at Brown University for his undergraduate international relations dissertation on HIV/AIDS and human rights in the early 1990s well before HIV/AIDS was recognized widely as a global health and development issue; he was a pioneer of the health and human rights movement as the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to examine HIV/AIDS and other health issues directly as human rights concerns; and at the age of 25 he was supported by the Ford Foundation to provide human rights training to the first cohort of Indian HIV/AIDS organizations. At Harvard, he worked with the UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development, in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework. Sridhar has worked as a consultant for a range of international organizations including at the World Health Organization as a Consultant and Welcome Trust Senior Fellow working on Equity and Healthy Aging.




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