Speaker Bios


Dr. Nicole Rouvinez-Bouali

Bio:Dr. Nicole Rouvinez-Bouali obtained her medical degree from Lausanne University in Switzerland in 1988 and did her pediatric specialty training there in 1995. She then did a fellowship in neonatology ending in 1998 and in pediatric critical care in 2000, at the University of Lausanne and the University of Toronto respectively. She worked as a neonatologist and pediatrician in Montreal before joining the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Dr. Rouvinez-Bouali is a clinical investigator at the CHEO Research Institute and at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute as well as an academic neonatologist in the NICUs at both the CHEO and The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus. She is involved in clinical research and quality improvement projects with the Canadian Neonatal Network. She has interest in medical education and simulation and a special interest in international education to reduce neonatal death in developing countries.



Dr. Raywat Deonandan

 Bio: Dr Raywat Deonandan is an Epidemiologist and Science Communicator, specializing in Global Health. His research involves the creative analysis of administrative data, the epidemiology and ethics of assisted reproductive technologies, most prominently the emerging global industry of so-called reproductive tourism, and the exploration of novel avenues of medical education. Dr Deonandan embraces new media to engage in public education. He is the co-host of the science education podcast Science Monkey (ScienceMonkey.ca) and the creator of a series of online epidemiology educational videos, in partnership with private industry (Deonandan.com/lecturio). He is the founder and Executive Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, a peer-reviewed science journal operated by students.



Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

 Bio: Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Co-Director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University, unique joint appointments. He also holds adjunct professorships at several leading Universities globally including the Schools of Public Health at Johns Hopkins (Baltimore), Tufts University (Boston), Boston University School of Public Health, University of Alberta as well as the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. Dr. Bhutta was a member of the Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) appointed by the UN Secretary General for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs (2011-2015). He represented the global academic and research organizations on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (Gavi) Board and was the Co-Chair of the Global Countdown for 2015 Initiative from 2006-2016. Dr. Bhutta is the Co-Chair of the Maternal and Child Health oversight committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO) and the Chairman of The Coalition of Centres in Global Child Health with its secretariat based at SickKids.  

Dr. Bhutta studied at the University of Peshawar (MBBS) and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh & London), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London), American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He heads a large research team in Pakistan working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally. Dr. Bhutta has served as a member of the Global Advisory Committee for Health Research for the World Health Organization, the Board of Child & Health and Nutrition Initiative of Global Forum for Health Research, and the steering committees of the International Zinc and Vitamin A Nutrition Consultative Groups. He was a founding board member of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). He is a board member of the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research. Dr. Bhutta was a member of the WHO Strategic Advisory Committee for Vaccines (SAGE) from 2010-15 and the Advisory Committee for Health Research of the WHO EMRO. He is the past-President of the Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN) and the Federation of Asia-Oceania Perinatal Societies (FAOPS). As the President-elect of the International Pediatric Association (IPA 2016-2019), he is a leading voice for health professionals supporting integrated maternal, newborn and child health globally



Dr. Tobey Audcent

Bio: Dr. Audcent received her medical degree from McMaster University in 2003,  her specialization in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), University of Ottawa in 2007 and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases in 2011. She holds a Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Institute, University of Alabama and a certificate in Tropical Medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She is a consultant pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario with the general pediatrics and complex care programs. She has an interest in vulnerable populations health, providing fly-in pediatrics clinics in Nunavut, and visiting clinic pediatric consulting clinic for vulnerable population and newcomers in partnership with the Centertown CHC.

Talk Preview: Pediatric Refugee Health Workshop. Through a series of interactive clinical cases, participants will: 1)Explore the background of the current global migration crisis, with a focus on Syrian migration; 2)Discuss how pediatric refugee cases may present and the contributing/interrelated factors, including complexities of diagnosis and case management; 3)Identify specific barriers and challenges that newcomers face in accessing care and services and available resources in Canadian context and strategies for incorporating advocacy into their clinical practice.


Dr. Radha Jetty

Bio: Dr. Jetty completed her medical school training at McGill University. She went on to complete her general pediatrics residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in 2007. Her initial interest in working with health disparate populations led her to work as Nunavut’s first full-time pediatrician from 2008 to 2012 where she developed Nunavut’s pediatric program. Some notable endeavors include the development of the Pediatric Complex Care Program, the Pediatric locum program, and the Qikiqtani General Hospital pediatric protocols. She returned to Ottawa in 2012 to lead the development of CHEO’s Inuit child health program.  She joined the Division of Pediatric Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Ottawa while continuing part-time work in Nunavut. She recently established the CHEO Inuit child health outreach clinic at the Akausavik Inuit Family Health Team in Ottawa. She is involved with undergraduate and postgraduate Aboriginal health medical education while giving regular lectures to medical students and residents.  She is an advisor to Health Canada’s First Nations Inuit Health Branch Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.  She is a member of the Canadian Pediatric Society committee for First nations, Inuit and Metis health. She strives to advocate for health equity among aboriginal children through policy development and through developing strong partnerships with academic institutions, governments, national advocacy organizations and community partners.

Talk Preview: Lost in Translation: understanding Inuit culture, an imperative to providing culturally safe health care. Objectives: At the end of this talk, participants will: 1) Have an overview of the geography and demographics of Nunavut; 2) Review key social determinants of health that contribute to the poor mental health of Canadian Inuit children; 3) Learn about historical and current trauma that impact Canadian Inuit communities; 4) Develop a better understanding of Inuit culture and Inuit guiding principles; 5) Learn some tips for communicating with Inuit children, youth and their families.


Dr. Laura Muldoon

Bio: Laura Muldoon MD MPH FCFP has been a family physician at Somerset West Community Health Centre in central Ottawa for over 20 years. She has a clinical and research interest in how care is provided to populations who have difficulty with accessing health services.

Talk Preview: The workshop will focus on the importance of literacy for the promotion of child health both in Canada and the global context. Clinical cases will be used to work through approaches to the problem and encourage physician leadership on this issue.


Dr. Charles Adamson

Bio: Dr. Adamson graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School in 1977. He completed his Family Medicine residency at the Ottawa Hospital Civic Campus in 1979. He practised full-scope rural Family Medicine in the Winchester, Ontario area for 35 years. He has also done locums in Northern Ontario in Geraldton and Manitoulin Island. Since the fall of 2015 he has been one of the preceptors of the University of Ottawa Family Medicine postgraduate program who have gone to Georgetown Guyana to help build a 3-year Masters in Family Medicine program. The goals of this program and our involvement are to improve the quality of primary care given there, encourage Guyanese medical school graduates to stay in Guyana to practise and become future teachers of Family Medicine there.

Talk Preview: Dr. Adamson will give a brief slide presentation highlighting the medical and economic situation in Guyana and showing pictures of the clinics and teaching sessions there. This will be followed by a question-and-answer period.


Dr. Ronald Labonte

BioRonald Labonté PhD, FCAHS, HonFFPH, holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity and is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. For the past 23 years he has led research and scholarship on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization. Present research interests include health equity impacts of health worker migration; medical tourism; comprehensive primary health care reforms; global health diplomacy; globalization, trade and tobacco control; austerity and health; and trade and food security. He has published over 220 scientific papers and several hundred popular articles, books and book chapters. See http://www.globalhealthequity.ca/ His most recent book, Revitalizing Health for All: Case Studies in the Struggle for Comprehensive Primary Health Care has just been published by University of Toronto Press.

Talk Preview: Global Health Development: Challenges and Opportunities: 1) Globalization as determinant of health determinants; 2) Gains in health; 3) Challenges to health (the three waves of global neoliberal economics); 4) Opportunities for health (progressive taxation, international taxation, social protection, sustainable development goals); 5) Implications for global health activists (the role of social movements). 

Global Health Development: Challenges and Opportunities – This brief talk will discuss contemporary (post 1980) globalization as determinant of health determinants. Drawing on the work of the Globalization Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and more recent studies that I chaired, and subsequent global health research projects, it will review some of the impressive gains in health over the past 40 years and what has underpinned these gains. It will also critique limitations in these improvements, and the specific challenges to global health equity presented by three waves of global neoliberal economic policies since the 1990s (structural adjustment, financialization and austerity). It will conclude by identifying new opportunities for advancing global health equity, including the transition from the MDGs to the more comprehensive sustainable development goals.


Danielle Prapavessis

Bio: Danielle Prapavessis is a motivated individual whose unique background brings an interesting perspective to public health and sustainability issues. Danielle is driven by her innate curiosity and passion for people, she has been involved with an array of programs and projects that compliment her academic background, having earned a B.Sc. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She first became interested in public health, sustainability and public policy during a trip cycling across Canada; where she delivered workshops and presentations to schools about food security on behalf of her own organization: Seed by Seed. Along the 8000-kilometer ride, she developed a sincere awareness of the multitude of values, demands, and needs that Canadians have and the complexity when addressing ubiquitous health and environmental concerns. Coupled with her background in education and youth empowerment, Danielle has focused her efforts on working with individuals to be informed, empowerment and develop personal plans to create change. She has conducted research in public health using a bottom-up approach to address obesity in Indigenous youth in New-Zealand, has worked at Assembly of First Nations as a junior policy analyst on the health unit and more recently as a facilitator delivering motivational speeches to schools throughout the USA and Canada as well as youth empowerment programs in developing nations. She is hoping to learn about the legislative process as she begins a term at the Ontario Legislature this fall to see how governmental policy works to satisfy the needs of Canadian citizen.

Talk Preview: What would happen if youth are encouraged to think about the root causes of the most pressing issues of their time, empowered to develop their own leadership skills and motivated to make change? What if this could be done in a playful, experiential way? Experience a combined workshop and education session about the use of youth empowerment as a bottom-up approach to addressing youth obesity based on research conducted in New-Zealand with Pasifika youth. Be prepared to stand up, speak aloud and participate.


Dr. Laurence Bernard

Bio: Laurence is currently an Obstetrics and Gynecology resident at the University of Ottawa and recently completed a Masters of Public Health at Harvard, with a Global Health concentration. She is also completing a certificate in Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She graduated from McGill medical school, where she was involved in student government, as well as  sexual and global health education. Her research and interests lie with global women’ health, global surgery, health system research and capacity building. Over the last 2 years, she performed obstetrical fistula research in Burkina Faso and Angola, and is currently the Resident lead of OISTER, the Ottawa Obstetrics/Gynecology International Surgery Team For Education and Research.

Talk Preview: Global women’s health – This interactive workshop will shed light on the current main causes of female mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries, such as maternal mortality, obstetrical fistula and cervical cancer. The participants will then be assigned an issue, and will have to elaborate actions points for Ministerial policy making and ideas on how Canadian medical students and residents can play a role in those issues.


Dr. Priya Gaba and Dr. Annelise Miller


Priya Gaba: Dr. Priya Gaba is a family doctor who has been practicing at Bruyere Family Medicine Centre since 2012 as a clinician, and an educator, and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. She practices intra partum obstetrics at the Ottawa General Hospital and is the Maternal health lead in her Academic unit. She completed her family medicine residency from Sandy Hill Community Health Centre in Ottawa and soon after moved to Iqaluit, Nunavut, where she worked with the Inuit for almost 5 years. Her both children were born in Iqaluit. Dr Gaba is an international medical graduate from Russia Medical State University and before her residency, she worked in Public Health in Nunavut as the Territorial Tuberculosis Consultant. Her special interests are rooted in working with women and populations from inner city, and her practice has a large proportion of young underserved women with their families and refugee families. She has worked internationally in Maternal Health in Russia and Asia, including India, Nepal.


Annelise Miller: Dr. Annelise Miller is a newly minted Family Physician and graduate of the Family Medicine Residency program at the University of Ottawa. She has longstanding clinical and professional interests in global health, women’s health, rural and remote medicine, and working with vulnerable populations. Prior to medical school, Dr. Miller completed a bachelor’s in arts and science cum laude in Environment and geography at McGill, where she had research interests in global health and climate change. These interests included numerous reseaech projects including a sustainable gardening project in Barbados in collaboration with the local branch of the Food and agriculture organization (FAO – IICA Barbados) of the United Nations. Dr. Miller remained at McGill for her medical degree where she was involved in running the McGill Interprofessioanl Global Health Course, local community projects, and assisted in the predeparture training program. Pursuing a passion for preventive health, and community centred care she came to Ottawa to complete her Family Medicine Residency where she was an active participant in providing care for newly arrived Syrian refugees. She also spent time living and working in Nunavut as part of her training.

Talk Preview: Widening the horizon of Delivery of Maternal Health: a global perspective.


Melissa Garcia

Bio: Melissa Garcia is a technical adviser with the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception, hosted by MSH. Melissa develops and implements strategies to increase access to emergency contraception globally, and she leads engagement on advocacy, trainings, and awareness-raising with local partners in francophone countries. She has worked on sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights at the international level, most notably at UNFPA. She was on the lead author team for the Global Review report of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). She was also a focal point for the UN global consultation on culture and development post-2015. This work included the convening of global religious, faith-based and cultural actors in support of sexual and reproductive health issues. Melissa is from Montréal, Québec and speaks English, French and Spanish. She holds master’s degrees from Columbia University and from the London School of Economics.

Talk Preview: Emergency contraception (EC), which can safely reduce the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex, fills a unique niche in both the family planning method mix and for post-rape care response. Global partnerships, advocacy and a diversity of products in dynamic markets have been notable achievements over the past 25 years. Yet, access remains very limited, especially in low-income countries of high fertility and low contraceptive prevalence. This session will provide a broad overview of safety and indications; clinical updates on latest research; and trends in the access picture at the global level, with a focus on trends in developing countries.


Steve Hudson

Bio: Mr. Steve Hudson has been a police officer for 19 years with the Ontario Provincial Police and am currently assigned as the Acting Detective Sergeant of the  Anti-Human Trafficking Investigations Coordination Team.   This team focuses on a victim-centred approach to address this crime and maintains strong partnerships with victim-services and law enforcement services. Previous to this assignment, he has worked extensively in such units as Hate Crime/Extremism, Pan-Am Games security, Drug Enforcement as well as front-line patrol.

Talk Preview: This presentation focuses on human trafficking indicators, specifically geared towards health care professionals that will translate into a greater understanding of the victim/offender dynamics.  Further, by increasing this knowledge, individuals that have contact with victims will be better educated on how to access social services that are available.


Dr. Heather MacDonnell

Bio: Dr. Heather MacDonnell attained her Honours Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and her Medical Degree from Queen’s University in Kingston. She started residency in Internal Medicine in Ottawa but missed seeing children as her patient population so finished residency in Pediatrics as well as an Academic Pediatrics Fellowship at CHEO. Throughout her residency she became interested in Global Child Health and used electives for rotations in Papua New Guinea, India and Cuba. She also visited the Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio to learn from one of the first International Adoption clinics in the U.S.A. After fellowship, she volunteered abroad in Cambodia, the Gambia (West Africa) and Costa Rica. She holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, LSHTM, University of London, UK.

She has been a staff Pediatrician in the Division of Pediatric Medicine at CHEO since 2007, and the first Director of Global Health for the Department of Pediatrics since 2010. She was one of the founding physicians for the unique International Adoption Clinic, open since 2006, and is now the Clinic Director. Active in Medical Education research, she was one of the lead developers of the National CPS Global Child Health Curriculum for Pediatric Residents and studies the safety and ethics behind Pediatric Resident Global Health electives. She enjoys participating in the UOttawa Office of Global Health Predeparture training for medical students and residents. The International Adoption clinic is one of only 5 in Canada and this is her favourite patient population at CHEO.