Keynote Speakers

At a Glance

Day 1:

Indigenous Welcome

8:00 – 8:30 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom
Coastal Wolf Pack
Mr. Alec Dan, Musqueam Indian Band

Host Welcome

8:30 – 8:45 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom
Dr. Ian Pike, Director, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit
Ms. Megan Oakey, Provincial Manager Injury Prevention, BC Centre for Disease Control
Ms. Pamela Fuselli, President and CEO, Parachute

Message from the Provincial Health Officer

8:45 – 9:00 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, British Columbia

Opening Keynote: Prevention in a post-pandemic world: Opportunities and challenges

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom
Mr. André Picard, Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Day 3:

Closing Keynote

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Coal Harbour Ballroom
Dr. Frederick Voon, Emergency Medicine Physician

Day 1

Indigenous Welcome

8:00 – 8:30 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom

Coastal Wolf Pack

Tsatsu Staqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack) is a young group of Coast Salish people coming from across the Coast and throughout the Fraser Valley. They have members in their group from Musqueam, tsartlip, Nanaimo, Kuper Island, just to name a few. They all come from different homes but they all come from 1 creator, the creator of all good things, which brings them all together to sing and dance as one. The only goal in this group is to reunite their people and show the world who they are and where they come from. Performing for the people brings happiness and joy to their hearts as they sing, dance, and pray for each and every one of us that are here today.

Alec Dan
Musqueam Indian Band

Alec Dan is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band. He is a father of 5 and has 15 grandchildren. He is a well-known well-respected man for all he does to represent not just his nation, but his family also. He has family from up the mountain in Squamish Nation, family from across the water in Kuper Island. He walks 2 worlds, here with us, proud Coast Salish Musqueam man that welcomes so many individuals to his land of the unceded territory of the Musqueam people. A proud Man that is well respected and hard working in the private cultural ceremonies that are held all across Coast Salish lands.

Host Welcome

8:30 – 8:45 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom

Dr. Ian Pike
Director, BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit

Ian is the Director of the BCIRPU; Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia; Investigator and Co-Lead of the Evidence to Innovation Research Theme at the Research Institute at the BC Children’s Hospital; Director of the Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome BC Program; and, Scientific Director, The Community Against Preventable Injuries. He holds adjunct appointments at York University, Vancouver Coastal Health, and Fraser Health Research Institutes, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Parachute. He has published his research extensively and is a sought-after speaker and media spokesperson. Ian is the recipient of the UBC President’s Award for Public Education Through the Media, the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Researcher of the Year, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Research Fellowship. His current research is focused on social and systems innovation to reduce preventable injuries.

Ms. Megan Oakey
Provincial Manager Injury Prevention, BC Centre for Disease Control

Megan joined the BC Centre for Disease Control and the BCIRPU in 2016 as Provincial Manager for Injury Prevention, with 15 years of experience working in Public Health in Canada, Australia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Tanzania. Megan is the current co-chair of the BC Provincial Public Health Injury Prevention Committee, which provides guidance and recommendations on injury prevention to the Provincial Public Health Executive Committee, the Ministry of Health, and the Provincial Health Officer. She also co-chairs the BC Injury Prevention Alliance, chairs the BC Falls and Injury Prevention Coalition, and is an active member of the BC Road Safety Strategy. Megan holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, and a BHK in Exercise Science from the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Pamela Fuselli
President and CEO, Parachute

Pamela Fuselli, MSc is the President and CEO at Parachute. Pamela was the Executive Director at Safe Kids Canada and, during her tenure, was one of the four leaders who successfully led a process of national consultation and visioning, resulting in the formation of Parachute, Canada’s national charity dedicated to injury prevention.

What really drives her is the heartbreaking knowledge that the majority of serious injuries and deaths are preventable. Pamela leads Parachute’s mission to turn evidence of what works into action, building strong, longlasting relationships with stakeholders across Canada to achieve this mission. Over 20 years in the health care/injury prevention sector, Pamela’s work has focused on influencing public policy and public perceptions and knowledge with effective interventions. She strongly believes in collective impact, harnessing the strength of those seeking similar outcomes to achieve social change.

Message from the Provincial Health Officer

8:45 – 9:00 AM |Coal Harbour Ballroom

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Provincial Health Officer, Government of British Columbia

Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC in 2018. Dr. Henry was the deputy provincial health officer for three years. She also served as the interim provincial executive medical director of the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) from December 2013 until August 2014.

She was the medical director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management with the BCCDC and medical director for the provincial emerging and vector-borne diseases program, as well as a provincial program for surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections from 2005 to 2014.

She has worked internationally including with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the World Health Organization to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda.

Dr. Henry is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. She is the past chair of Immunize Canada and a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the National Infection Control Guidelines Steering Committee. She chaired the Canadian Public Health Measures Task Group and was a member of the Infection Control Expert Group and the Canadian Pandemic Coordinating Committee responding to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Opening Keynote: Prevention in a post-pandemic world: Opportunities and challenges

9:00 – 10:30 AM | Coal Harbour Ballroom

COVID-19 (should have) taught us the value of prevention. But the pandemic has hammered the sickness care system, making it more difficult to get funding for prevention and health promotion initiatives. A veteran journalist explores the paradox.

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Mr. André Picard
Health Reporter and Columnist, The Globe and Mail

André Picard is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of six bestselling books. André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of a prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.

He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, and a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

Day 2

No guest speakers are planned for Day 2 of the conference. Please see the Day 2 overview for more information on the panels, plenaries, and concurrent sessions planned.

Day 3

Closing Keynote: The Medicine of Prevention

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Coal Harbour Ballroom

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Dr. Frederick Voon
Emergency Medicine Physician

Dr. Frederick Voon is a Canadian Emergency physician who works in Victoria, B.C. and is the author of the book, Your Inside Guide to the Emergency Department, And How to Prevent Having to Go! He was recently named an “Emerging Local Author” by the Greater Victoria Public Library and listed in the “Who’s Who” section of BC Bookworld Magazine.

After graduating medical school in 2001, he completed residency training in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He has worked in clinic and hospital settings, both urban and rural, in British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and New Zealand.

Currently, he is an executive of the Victoria Emergency Physicians Association and the hospital Medical Staff Association with special interests in patient education, information technology, mindfulness in medicine, injury prevention and evidence-based happiness.

A Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Voon enjoys teaching and personal as well as professional development. He has presented at conferences and was accepted into the Speakers Bureau of Canada.

Dr. Voon works closely with the Divisions of Family Practice: Transitions in Care with projects including Familiar Faces, which provides digital care plans for the most frequent users of local Emergency Departments.