Keynote Session


Dr. Brian Goldman and Mr. Cat Criger: Why Should I Be A Kind Doctor When I Have So Much To Be Pissed Off About?


Dr. Brian Goldman is a veteran emergency physician at Sinai Health System in Toronto. He is on a lifelong campaign to confront medical errors and create a culture of safety for patients.  His TEDtalk — "Doctors Make Mistakes, Can We Talk About That?" — has been watched by close to two million viewers, and is required viewing at many medical schools.

Brian is the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's award-winning radio show White Coat, Black Art. He has lost count of the growing number of medical students who credit White Coat Black Art with helping them ace their med school interviews. He is a diehard supporter of medical learners, and his show has tackled sensitive issues such as sleep deprivation among residents as well as sexual harassment.

Brian is also the author of three Canadian bestselling non-fiction books. The Night Shift: Real Life in the Heart of the ER is a gripping, hour-by-hour account of a nightshift inside a busy ER. His latest book, The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life, is Brian's personal and professional search for empathy inside the hospital and around the world.


Mr. Cat Criger is an Indigenous Elder, Traditional Teacher and Knowledge Keeper. He is from the Cayuga Nation, Turtle Clan, as well as having some German and English ancestry. Cat was taught through traditional methods to use Indigenous pedagogies, perspectives and philosophies when working with people. Cat has been working as an Indigenous Teacher and Knowledge Keeper for almost 30 years. He is a healer, spiritual dreamer and pipe carrier. 

Under the guidance of an Indigenous Elder from the Anishnawbe Nation, Cat learnt traditional ceremonies, teachings, circles, counselling, healing with plant medicines and uses these gifts to help all people to 'walk in a good way' through life. Cat has worked as an Elder and advisor in many Indigenous Agencies across the GTA, Government Ministries including Health, Education and Transportation and the public and corporate sectors in Ontario and Canada. He is active in the inter-faith and inter-cultural communities.

He was a recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for his work, speaking to diversity, equity, respect for women, anti-racism and anti-oppression. Presently Cat holds the position of Indigenous Advisor and is steward of the Indigenous Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. He is also a Sessional Instructor and lectures in multiple faculties at the University of Toronto.

Cat's focus and vision for life is to help build a world based on inter-cultural and inter-faith dialogues. This will require trusting relationships and strong bridges between all cultures. Most importantly we will need to listen to one another with our hearts. "I believe we have a lot of work ahead of us."



Speaker Sessions


Speaker sessions are each 30 minutes long. Each attendee will be asked to select their top choices in each of the three speaker categories below during registration, and will be assigned to one speaker session from each category.



Innovate Category


Dr. Marcelo Cypel: Novel Strategies To Repair Broken Organs Ex-Vivo

Dr. Cypel is a Staff Thoracic Surgeon at University Health Network (UHN) and an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto. He is the Director of the Extra Corporeal Lung Support Program at UHN. During his post-doctoral research fellowship, he developed a new method of lung preservation and donor lung repair called Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion. This method is now used clinically in Toronto and in many other centers, and has significantly increased the number of transplantable lungs. Dr. Cypel currently holds the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Lung and he is the principal investigator in various clinical trials such as the use of uncontrolled donation after cardio-circulatory death for lung transplantation and in vivo lung perfusion with chemotherapy to treat lung metastases. He has recently been recognized as the winner of UHN's 2018 Inventor of the Year for his critical contributions to enhancing patient health and quality of life.


Dr. Payal Agarwal: Service Design: How Digital Tools Can Actually Improve Health Services

Dr. Payal Agarwal is a practicing family physician in Toronto and hospitalist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). As an Innovation Fellow at Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, she looks at how emerging technologies can improve the delivery of healthcare and health sciences education. Her interest in technology has led her to pursue a degree in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, and work as the Product Lead at InputHealth, prior to her practice as a physician. She is currently leading a team of reviewers at Women’s College Hospital to rate and examine mobile health apps. She is also a consultant for several health care start-ups on product design and usability. Dr. Agarwal creates new models of virtual care by adapting approaches from the tech, design and start-up world.


Dr. Maggie Bellis: The Changing Face Of Forensic Pathology In Ontario

Dr. Bellis joined the Provincial Forensic Pathology Unit (PFPU) as a Forensic Pathologist in 2014, following residency training in Forensic Pathology at the PFPU and through the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Maggie completed her residency training in Anatomical Pathology at U of T in 2013. She completed of her medical training at the National University of Ireland, Cork in 2006. Maggie is currently serving as the Medical Manager of Autopsy Services at the PFPU.



Integrate Category


Dr. Naheed Dosani: Deriving Equity By Design: Narratives Of Compassion

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care and family physician at Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) andWilliam Osler Health System. He is the founder and project lead of Palliative Education and Care for the Homeless (PEACH), which is a mobile, shelter-based outreach program that delivers palliative care for Toronto’s most marginalized patients. Dr. Dosani also led the development of Journey Home Hospice, Toronto’s first hospice for the homeless which opened in May 2018. Raising awareness of the critical need to support access to palliative care for homeless and vulnerably housed people is one of Dr. Dosani’s passions. His advocacy efforts include education and research, an active social media presence and coverage in national print and broadcast media. In 2018, Canada’s Governor General, Julie Payette presented Dr. Dosani with a Meritorious Service Cross for being a trailblazer in caring for those who fall through the cracks of our healthcare system. Twitter: @naheedd


Mr. Matt Johnson: Integrating Harm Reduction Into Health Care: Addressing The Overdose Epidemic

Mr. Matt Johnson is an activist and a harm-reduction worker at the Toronto Harm Reduction Alliance, where drug users, workers, students, researchers, academics and allies work towards reducing harms associated with criminalization of drug use. Mr. Johnson is a passionate advocate who has fought to organize the city’s first overdose prevention pop-up, where hundreds of lives were saved. He has been featured in podcasts, speaker series and various media coverage and continues to work tirelessly to raise public awareness of the drug overdose crisis.


Dr. Trevor Jamieson: Virtual Care: The Promise And The Now

Dr. Trevor Jamieson is the lead for Virtual Care at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions (WIHV) and the Medical Director for IT Implementation and Innovation at St. Michael’s Hospital (SMH) in Toronto. He practices as a general internist at SMH. His main interests in informatics concerns virtual care technologies and the intersection of technological interventions with quality improvement. Currently, Dr. Jamieson is directing the development a strategy to evaluate new technologies and approaches to reducing gaps in the delivery of health care services. He is also looking at how some of the most successful advances could be scaled up across the system, improved or applied to other diseases or conditions.



Inspire Category


Dr. Michelle Klaiman: The Opioid Crisis: How Did We Get Here And What Do We Do Now?

Michelle Klaiman is a full-time emergency medicine physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and a clinician-teacher in the Department of Medicine. In addition, she has a hospital and community addiction medicine practice. She completed her FRCPC residency at UofT, a fellowship in addiction medicine at CAMH, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Klaiman is the emergency medicine clinical clerk site coordinator at SMH and is involved in a variety of research activities focused on improving the care of ED patients with addictions medicine related diagnoses.


Dr. Nanky Rai: Uprooting Structural Violence In Healthcare: Growing An Anti-oppressive Practice

Dr. Nanky Rai is trained in public health and works as a family physician at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. She has been active in migrant and health justice social movements while living in Toronto on lands that should be under the jurisdiction of the Wendat, the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit nations. Her interests include building anti-oppressive medical education and clinical practice as well as harm reduction. In addition to being the recipient of University of Toronto's 2017 Robert Sheppard Award for Health Equity and Social Justice, she also received the College of Family Physicians of Canada Award of Excellence in 2018. 


Dr. Rohan D'Souza: Medical School And Beyond: The Hidden Curriculum

Dr. D'Souza is a Specialist in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. He has a broad range of research interests in maternal-fetal medicine as a Clinician-Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute. His research interests include increasing the safety and success of vaginal birth following labour induction, assessing the use of tranexamic acid for preventing postpartum haemorrhage, improving pregnancy outcomes in women with medical disorders in pregnancy and incorporating patient preferences into medical decision-making. Dr. D'Souza has recently been recognized with a CIHR grant to address knowledge gaps for the use of tranexamic acid in obstetrics. He is also the winner of the International Lee-Lusted Award for his PhD thesis work on incorporating patient-preferences into obstetric decision-making. His tremendous contributions to women’s health earned him a fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists UK.