Maureen O’Neil : 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 also represented Canada on the UN Commission on the Status of Women and on OECD committees.


Tim Brodhead was a  Senior Fellow, Social Innovation Generation (SIG - National), Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation from 1995-2011. Prior to joining the Foundation he was Executive Director of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC).  In a voluntary capacity, he has served on a number of boards, and currently sits on those of Vartana, the ETC Group (formerly Rural Advancement Foundation International). He is past Chair of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the national association of Canadian independent foundations, former Board member of the United Way/Centraide de Montréal, Calmeadow Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). 

Cesar Carcamo is an 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 is a 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.

Siobhan Harty was appointed Director General, Social Policy, at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), in March 2012. She provides policy leadership at the federal level on income security, retirement and aging, families and care and social innovation. Prior to ESDC, Siobhan was Senior Director, Emergency Management Planning at Public Safety Canada (2008-2012) and Senior Advisor at the Priorities and Planning Secretariat, Privy Council Office (2006-2008), where she supported cabinet committees. She joined the federal public service in 2002 and previously held a tenure-track position in International Politics at the University of Wales (Aberystwyth). Siobhan has a PhD in Political Science from McGill University, a M.Phil. in Latin American Studies from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a B.A. (Hons.) from Concordia University following two years of undergraduate studies at Trinity College, Dublin.

Iona Novak is 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 is Director General of the Policy Coordination and Planning Directorate, Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada. His 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 the University of Montreal. 

Shawn Tupper is Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, at Transport Canada where he is responsible for the breadth of policy development and advice regarding the Transportation System.  Prior to this position he held positions at Public Safety Canada where he first 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 is Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research, and Professor at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health.  He is Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, an affiliate of the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and a member of the Centre for Environment. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences and Associate member of the Institute of Environment and Health at McMaster University.

Sridham Venkatapuram is a Lecturer in global health and philosophy, and Director of the MSc in Global Health and Social Justice at Kings College London.  At Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta, UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development, in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework.  He was the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to specifically focus on health as a human rights concern.