André Picard is a health columnist at The Globe and Mail and a bestselling author, including 2021’s Neglected no More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic, as well as Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. Additionally, he is currently a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Journalism, Writing, and Media with his lessons focusing on the pandemic and public policy.
André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award – a prestigious award dedicated to meritorious public service journalism, the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association – an honour presented to top health journalists in the Americas, the 2020 Owen Adams Award of Honour – the highest Canadian Medial Association award available to a non-physician, and recently the 2021 Tribute Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation – an award presented to media luminaries who have made an exceptional impact. He is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.
Agenda: Day 1 Oct 5, 2020
OPENING KEYNOTE: CANADIAN HEALTHCARE LANDSCAPE
Not taking a page out of the COVID-19 playbook, the federal government and Canada’s 13 premiers are back to squabbling over healthcare funding. Meanwhile Canadians feel under-served for their tax dollars, and are fed up with temporary closures of ER’s and consistent staffing issues in all facets of healthcare. Exchange ideas and perspectives with one of Canada’s most respected – and always controversial – healthcare critics on topics including:
- where does the future of healthcare funding lie
- what can we as an industry do to increase Canadians’ access to new drugs
- how can we make the healthcare sector more attractive for GenZ
Share your point of view and bring back actionable ideas to your senior management
Agenda: Day 2 Oct 6, 2020