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Opening Ceremonies Keynote Address | Monday, May 27, 2019 
8:30 am – 10:00 am

 

Speaker:

Michael B. Decter
President & Chief Executive Officer LDIC Inc.

Full Biography

Michael B. Decter, a Harvard trained economist is the President and CEO of LDIC Inc. 

He served as Deputy Minister of Health for Ontario and Cabinet Secretary in Manitoba,

Michael is a well-recognized expert on health care policy. He was the founding Chair of the Health Council of Canada. He continues to serve as the Chair of Medavie Inc. and Patients Canada.  He is also a Trustee of Auto Sector Health Care Trust and Chair of its Finance, Audit and Investment Committee.

He has authored Healing Medicare: Managing Health System Change – The Canadian Way (1994).  Four Strong Winds – Understanding the Growing Challenges to Health Care, (2000). and Navigating Canada’s Health Care, co-authored by Francesca Grosso, (2006). 

In 2004, Michael was awarded The Order of Canada.

Closing Keynote Address | Wednesday, May 29, 2019
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

 

Speaker:

André Picard
Health Columnist at The Globe and Mail 

Full Biography

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, including Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. He also has a large Twitter following at @picardonhealth. 

André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association, awarded to the top health journalist in the Americas.  He is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. He enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his audience, including anecdotes from patients and health professionals the front lines. 

André will enlighten and peak a sense of curiosity of audience members from all educational backgrounds. His work as one of North America’s top health journalists reflects his personality: Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the off­icial story.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honourary doctorates from six universities, including the University of Toronto, UBC and the University of Manitoba.