Nursing Collaborative Symposium


Faculty Club 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA


The McGill Nursing Collaborative, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and McGill Global Health Programs, is proud to present Leadership via Voice: Tell your story so people will hear it and act on it, to be held Friday, May 10 at the McGill Faculty Club. There will be panels from 13:00-16:00, followed by networking and celebration with wine and cheese from 16:00-18:00. 

Please join us and our panel of experts as they discuss how to:

  • Communicate your position (story) about key health/healthcare issues effectively to influence the public and policy/political decision-makers
  • Feel more confident to share expertise with diverse audiences (media, public, policy)
  • Be more responsive to opportunities to share voice with diverse audiences (media, public, policy)
  • Develop ‘outward – facing’ social/media skills and tactics to showcase expertise/experience
  • Develop strategies to take back to institutions/associations to enhance nursing voice

McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish St., Montreal, Quebec

Panels: 13:00 – 16:00

Network and Celebration: 16:00 – 18:00

Leadership via Voice: Tell your story so people will hear it and act on it.

  • Moderator: Ann Peters, Pulitzer Center University and Community Outreach Director

Ann Peters oversees the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium program, which creates opportunities for journalists, students and faculty to examine global issues across disciplines at more than 30 partner institutions. The network includes two-year community colleges, liberal arts colleges, larger universities, schools of public health and graduate journalism programs. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgetown University Law Center, Ann began her career as a journalist for United Press International. She reported from the U.S., Israel, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Egypt and South Africa between 1983 and 1991. She also has worked with Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Institute.

With featured guests including:

  • Alex Potter - Nurse, Firefighter and Pulitzer Center Grantee Photojournalist
    Alex Potter is a photojournalist and nurse from the Midwest working mostly in the Middle East. She spent the first years of her career rotating between nursing in Minnesota, and reporting in Yemen: documenting the post-revolution transition, the rise of the Houthis, and it’s most current war. She has worked with publications like National Geographic, the New York Times, Washington Post, and Harpers Magazine, receiving grants from the Pulitzer Center, International Women's Media Foundation, and the Ground Truth James W. Foley Fellowship, among others. Recently, Alex worked in Iraq both as a photojournalist and an emergency and trauma nurse for the duration of the battle for Mosul. She was an integral part in forming Global Response Management, a medical non profit bringing trauma care to conflict zones. Alex believes in the democratization of healthcare, in finding pragmatic, realistic solutions to difficult situations, and that everyone deserves to have their voice heard. While not in the Middle East, she works as a wildland firefighter based in the Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho.
  • Anne Lagacé-Dowson - Broadcaster and Journalist
    Anne Lagacé Dowson is a Montreal based bilingual broadcast journalist and commentator, with an MA in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. Anne is a proponent of the arts, literacy and social justice.
  • Dr. Ivy Bourgeault - Professor, Telford School of Management, University of Ottawa
    Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Professor, University of Ottawa and recently held the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health Human Resources. She has garnered an international reputation for her research on maternity care, population health and health workforce policy, planning and migration from a gender lens. She has been a consultant to various provincial Ministries of Health in Canada, to Health Canada, the pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the OECD and to the World Health Organization. She is an active member of the Gender Equity Hub of the Global Health Workforce Network and the global planning committee of the International Health Workforce Collaborative. She was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2016 and received the 2016/17 University of Ottawa Award for Excellence in Research
  • Sarah Nolan, Lead, Government Relations at Canadian Nurses Association (CNA)
    Sarah Nolan is the Government Relations Lead at the Canadian Nurses’ Association, having joined the team in March of 2019. Sarah is responsible for providing insight and strategic advice to the broader association in federal advocacy efforts. Prior to joining CNA, Sarah spent over two years in the energy sector lobbying the federal government on behalf of Canada’s largest electricity utility companies. Before her involvement working for associations, Sarah spent almost ten years working in federal politics for various Members of Parliament and Ministers on files related to Human Resources Development, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Status of Women and Industry.
  • Dr. Madhukar Pai, Director, McGill Global Health Programs Director, McGill International TB Centre
    Prof. Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS is a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Director of the McGill International TB Centre. Madhu Pai did his medical training and community medicine residency in Vellore, India. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF. Madhu serves as a Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the STAG-TB committee of WHO, Geneva; Scientific Advisory Committee of FIND, Geneva; and Access Advisory Committee of TB Alliance, New York. He has previously served on the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership. He is on the editorial boards of Lancet Infectious Diseases, PLoS Medicine, eLife, PLoS ONE, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, among others. Madhu’s research is mainly focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, especially in high-burden countries like India and South Africa. His research is supported by grant funding from the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications. He is a recipient of the Union Scientific Prize, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and Haile T. Debas Prize. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
  • Natalie Stake-Doucet, President, AQII-QNA
    Natalie Stake-Doucet is a registered nurse and fellow at the Policy, Knowledge and Health research chair. She's an activist for nurses' rights and for a healthcare system that is safe for all those who navigate through it. She was co-organiser of the General Assembly on Care that brought together citizens and healthcare professionals to occupy a public yet safe space to tell their stories. For the last several years, she has worked to normalize and maintain a nursing presence in the media on political issues that affect our work. She's also been leading an effort to translate social media campaigns into concrete political action. This ties in with her role as president of the Quebec Nurses' Association; the QNA aims to create solidarity within our profession and support all of nursing's voices in the political arena.
  • Christina Kozakiewicz, Communications Officer, McGill Ingram School of Nursing
    Christina Kozakiewicz is a communications, marketing and public relations professional who has worked primarily in the not-for-profit sector until joining McGill in 2017, as a Communications Officer for the Ingram School of Nursing (Faculty of Medicine). Her mandate involves (but is not limited to) using different platforms and media channels to promote the School’s faculty and students and their achievements in education, research, and service to communities.

Also supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and McGill Global Health Programs

**Admission to this event is free**



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