Fuse International Conference Presenters

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 Clay Adams | Paul Cairney | Nadav Davidovitch | Moriah EllenLawrence Green | Trevor Hancock | Steven Hoffman 
Perry Kendall | Marjorie MacDonald Colleen McGavinEugene Milne | Jantine Schuit | Danuta Skowronski 
 Gregory TaylorSarah Thackway |  Mark Tyndall | Elinor Wilson


Clay Adams, ABC, APR


One of Canada’s most experienced health care communicators, Clay has been involved in issues ranging from SARS and H1N1 to privacy breaches and, most recently, fentanyl and the overdose crisis.  Switching from journalism to communications, he was National Head of TV Publicity for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation before moving to Canada where, after roles with government and health authorities in Alberta, he helped establish the Vancouver Coastal Health communications team when the organization was created in 2001. While there, he led an award-winning team responsible for strategic communications and planning, media relations, issues management, stakeholder communications and community engagement until his recent departure as VP.

He is an accredited member of both the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS), as well as a past-president of the Health Care PR Association of Canada. He is the recipient of numerous local, national and international awards, and VCH Communications and Public Affairs was named the world’s Best Non-Profit Communications team by IABC in 2017.


Paul Cairney


Paul Cairney is Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Stirling, UK.  His research interests are in comparative public policy. His research spans comparisons of policy theories (Understanding Public Policy, 2012), methods associated with key theories (Handbook of Complexity and Public Policy, 2015), international policy processes (Global Tobacco Control, 2012), and comparisons of UK and devolved policymaking.

He uses these insights to explain the use of evidence in policy and policymaking, in one book (The Politics of Evidence-Based Policy Making, 2016), several articles, and many, many blog posts: https://paulcairney.wordpress.com/ebpm/ If you only have time for one article, make it How to communicate effectively with policymakers

Cairney was funded (2013-15) by the UK Economic and Social Research Council to compare policymaking processes in the UK and Scottish governments, focusing on areas such as prevention. He is currently funded by the European Research Council’s Horizon 2020 programme ‘IMAJINE’ to understand how to learn from - and transfer within the European Union - policies designed to reduce inequalities.


Nadav Davidovitch, MD, MPH, PhD


Nadav Davidovitch is an epidemiologist and public health physician. He is a Full Professor and Director, School of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He teaches on health policy, public health, one health/ecohealth, health promotion, the Israeli healthcare system, public health ethics, and global health.

Prof. Davidovitch served as Public Health Officer at the Central District, Public Health Services, Ministry of Health, Israel and he is currently Chair, Israeli Public Health Physician Association and serves as Board Member, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel. He was a Fulbright visiting professor at Department of Sociomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, Columbia University (2005-2006) and a visiting professor at the School of Public Health, University of Illinois – Chicago (2008 and 2016). His current research deals with health policy; health inequities; health and immigration; vaccination policy; environmental health and public health history and ethics.

Prof. Davidovitch serves on several international and national committees, among them: Executive Committee, European Public Health Association; Head of Middle East Chapter, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology; Israel national advisory committee for health promotion; joint committee on environmental health (Israel Ministry of Health and Ministry for the Protection of the Environment); Israeli Health Impact Assessment Working Group. He authored or co-authored over 120 papers and book chapters, coedited six volumes and books and published his work in leading medical and health policy journals, such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Journal of Pediatrics, Vaccine, Social Science and Medicine, and Law & Contemporary Problems.


Moriah Ellen, MBA, PhD

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Dr. Moriah Ellen holds an MBA in health services management and marketing from McMaster University, Canada (2000) and a PhD from the University of Toronto from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (2007). She also completed a postdoctorate at McMaster University in the area of health policy (2012). Dr. Ellen’s primary research interests are health systems and policy, knowledge transfer and exchange, and addressing the use of unnecessary health care services. More specifically, some of her projects have addressed infrastructures needed to support evidence informed policymaking at the organizational level, and health system initiatives to reduce the unnecessary overuse of tests, treatments and procedures, and the perceptions surrounding antimicrobial resistance within the public and health care providers. Dr. Ellen has consulted both nationally and internationally. For example, she developed the knowledge translation framework for ageing and health for the World Health Organization.

Dr. Ellen is currently a Senior Lecturer at Ben Gurion University’s Department of Health Systems Management in the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev. She is also an Assistant Professor (Status) at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Canada and Investigator at the McMaster Health Forum in Canada.  Dr. Ellen has numerous peer-reviewed publications, books chapters, countless conference presentations and reports for governmental bodies.



Lawrence Green, DrPH


Lawrence W. Green has served on the full-time faculties at UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Texas, and the University of British Columbia, and as Visiting Professor at Maastricht University in the Netherlands, Curtain University in Australia, São Paulo Brazil, Bergen University in Norway, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, the University of Maryland, and most recently at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco where he is now Professor Emeritus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

On the practice and policy side, he has served as director of three offices of the U.S. federal government in Washington and Atlanta, and as Vice President of the Kaiser Family Foundation. His international experience has included two years in Bangladesh on family planning, and various stints for WHO and other UN agencies in Geneva, Iran, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Waterloo University.  



Trevor Hancock, Hon FFPH


Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and is currently a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is recognised nationally and internationally as an innovator in health promotion, including being one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement, having co-authored with Len Duhl the original background paper for WHO Europe in 1986. He also originated the term 'healthy public policy' and organised the first international conference on the topic – Beyond Health Care – in Toronto in 1984.

Most of his career has been as a practitioner-scholar and activist. Over the past 30 years he has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization. He was the first leader of the Green Party of Canada in the 1980s and co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care.

His lifetime contributions have been recognised with an Honourary Fellowship in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health in 2015 and the award of the Defries Medal - the CPHA’s highest award, presented for outstanding contributions in the broad field of public health - in 2017.


Steven Hoffman, PhD, MA

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Steven J. Hoffman is the Director of the Global Strategy Lab, a Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University, and the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute of Population & Public Health. He holds courtesy appointments as a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics (Part-Time) at McMaster University and Adjunct Professor of Global Health & Population at Harvard University. He is an international lawyer licensed in both Ontario and New York who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design. His research integrates analytical, empirical and big data approaches to craft global regulatory strategies that better address transnational health threats, social inequalities and human rights challenges. Past studies have focused on access to medicines, antimicrobial resistance, health misinformation, pandemics and tobacco control. Currently he is co-principal investigator of a large $4.6 million CAD research consortium on “Strengthening International Collaboration for Capitalizing on Cost-Effective and Life-Saving Commodities (i4C)” with Trygve Ottersen at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He is a regular columnist with Vox and writes the Burden of Proof column with journalist Julia Belluz. He is on the Executive Advisory Committee and was a Founding Editor of Wiley's new premier open-access journal Global Challenges.

Steven previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues. He also previously worked for a Toronto law firm specializing in cross-border intellectual property litigation, health product regulation, and government relations, as well as Incentives for Global Health – a Yale University-based NGO devoted to improving global access to medicines – where he was responsible for international advocacy and strategic planning. Steven recently advised the World Health Organization on development of a global strategy for health systems research and was lead author on the background paper that provided the strategy's conceptual underpinnings. For three years he convened an academic advisory committee on science reporting for Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine. He was previously an Associate Professor of Law with the University of Ottawa's Centre for Health Law, Policy & Ethics.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University, an MA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto, a PhD in Health Policy from Harvard University, and a doctorate in law from Sciences Po Paris


Perry Kendall, OBC, MD, FRCPC


Born in the United Kingdom in 1943, Dr. Perry Kendall completed his undergraduate medical training at University College Hospital Medical School in 1968 and interned at the Seaman’s Hospital in Greenwich, before spending a year as Senior House Officer at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.  In 1972, he moved to Toronto, Ontario and spent two years working in general practice and at Toronto’s Hassle Free Clinic.

In 1974, he moved to Vancouver and worked for the Vancouver Health Department’s Pine Free Clinic and East Health unit while acquiring a Master’s Degree in Health Care Planning and Epidemiology and a Fellowship in Community Medicine.  In 1984, he returned to Ontario and was the Manager, Disease Control and Epidemiology Services with the Ontario Ministry of Health, until 1987.  He then returned to BC as Medical Officer of Health for the Capital Regional District, in which capacity he opened one of Canada’s first needle exchange programs.  In 1989 he took on the role of Medical Health Officer for the City of Toronto, a position he held for six years during which time he pioneered programs for AIDS/HIV and drug abuse prevention, established Harm Reduction as the official City policy for substance abuse and was involved in developing and promoting the City’s comprehensive tobacco control by-laws. 

In 1993, Dr. Kendall spent a year on secondment to the Deputy Minister of Health as Special Advisor on Long Term Care and Population Health.  In March 1995, he was appointed President and CEO of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario, one of six academic health science centres in Toronto and a WHO Collaborating Centre, a position he held until the Foundation’s amalgamation with three other hospitals to form the Addiction and Mental Health Services Corporation on January 23, 1998.  In April 1998, he took on the position of Vice-President, Seniors’ Health, with the Capital Health Region in Victoria.  May 3, 1999, Dr. Kendall was appointed to the position of Provincial Health Officer for the province of British Columbia.  During his term as BC’s Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Kendall received a variety of awards and recognition.  In particular he was awarded the Order of BC in June 2005, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award in June 2013 and the BC Premier’s Legacy Award in October 2015.


Marjorie MacDonald, RN, PhD


Marjorie MacDonald is a Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria and a Scientist in the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research (CISUR). She is co-director of the Research in Public Health Systems and Services Initiative (BC) (formerly CPHFRI) with Dr. Trevor Hancock. They are leading an initiative to develop a Public Health Systems and Services Research agenda for Canada with a focus on Implementation Science.

Marjorie held one of 15 inaugural CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chairs, and was President and Past President of the Public Health Association of BC from 2011 to 2016. Research interests include public health systems renewal, health equity, public health and primary care collaboration, adolescent health promotion and drug use prevention, and public health ethics. She is a Co-principal investigator on the Equity Lens in Public Health program of research, funded by CIHR.


Colleen McGavin


Colleen McGavin is a cancer survivor and was a family caregiver to her parents in the final years of their lives. Because of these experiences, since 2009, she has been a volunteer with Patient Voices Network, a BC organization that fosters partnerships between people with personal experience of a health condition and those who work within health care or health research to make improvements in policy and practice.

Colleen is now the Patient Engagement Lead for the BC Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) SUPPORT Unit. She is responsible for the development and implementation of the provincial patient engagement plan; for providing services to clients of the Unit who want to partner doing patient-orientation research; and for the Unit’s Patient Council, a group of 14 people from around the province who engage with Unit staff about operational issues. In 2016, Colleen received the Partners in Research Science Ambassador award for her work in patient engagement.


Eugene Milne, BMedSci, MBBS, MSc

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Eugene Milne is Director of Public Health for Newcastle, Honorary Treasurer of the Association of Directors of Public Health and a member of the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation. He is actively involved in public health research as Joint Editor of the Journal of Public Health, Deputy Chair of the Fuse Strategy Board and Member of the NIHR Public Health Programme Advisory Board. He is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University.

Prior to working in public health, he trained as a paediatrician. As Deputy Regional Director of Public Health for North East England he led work on the reduction of adult cardiovascular disease and tobacco control, notably in establishing the award-winning Fresh: Smoke Free North East.

Following the 2013 reforms, he worked at a national level as Director for Adult and Older Adult Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, before returning as DPH for Newcastle in early 2014.



Jantine Schuit, MSc, PhD


Professor Jantine (A.J.) Schuit (1964) is Dean of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and professor of Health, Behavior and Society at Tilburg University. Before joining Tilburg University, she was head of the Center for Nutrition, Prevention and Health Services at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and she worked as endowed professor of Health Promotion and Policy at VU University in Amsterdam.

Jantine Schuit graduated from Wageningen University with a specialization in Health and Epidemiology in 1989 and obtained her PhD from the same university.

She is senior scientist in the field of health behavior and health promotion. Her research focusses on the effectiveness of behavioral interventions, environmental interventions and upstream policy measures on health and health behavior, e.g. the contribution of social and built environments on the physical activity level of children; effectiveness of food polices and pricing policies on a healthy diet and the impact of transport policies on active transport behavior.  In addition, her expertise covers the translation of scientific evidence into effective public policy and practice.


Danuta Skowronski, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Danuta Skowronski is Epidemiology Lead responsible for surveillance, rapid response research and program/policy recommendations for Influenza and Emerging Respiratory Pathogens at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). She has ~150 scientific publications, primarily related to influenza, and has participated in numerous provincial, national and international expert advisory committees.


Dr. Gregory W. Taylor, BSc, MD, CCFP, FRCPC


Dr. Gregory Taylor is a public health specialist with over two decades experience working for the Government of Canada on a variety of national public health issues. 

Dr. Taylor obtained his MD from Dalhousie University in Halifax where he also completed a family medicine residency. After several years in active primary care in Ontario, he completed a fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa and joined Health Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control. His initial responsibilities focussed on cardiovascular disease and he has been involved with a wide range of Federal chronic disease activities.

He joined the Public Health Agency of Canada's Office of Public Health Practice in 2007, with primary responsibilities focussed on building public health capacity in Canada, and a number of key leadership roles within the Public Health Agency and in the formal Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Public Health Network.

Dr. Taylor became the Public Health Agency's Deputy Chief Public Health Officer in 2012, and Canada's Chief Public Health Officer in 2014. He retired from the public service at the end of 2016. 

He maintains his connection with the University of Ottawa as adjunct professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health, and Preventive Medicine.


Sarah Thackway, MPH, BSocSci


Associate Professor Sarah Thackway is the Executive Director of the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Health, Sydney Australia. She is a member of The Australian Partnership Prevention Centre’s Leadership Executive and holds a conjoint position at the University of New South Wales.

Sarah has 30 years’ experience in population and public health working across the policy, front-line and research sectors. Sarah’s current responsibilities are:

  • Leading the population health research agenda for state of NSW;
  • Building state-wide data linkage to apply innovative approaches to cross-Agency programs;
  • Transforming complex statistical concepts into timely information;
  • Operating syndromic surveillance to detect outbreaks in near-real time, and
  • Providing strategic directions for public health and biostatistics workplace training programs.

Associate Professor Thackway’s interests include building information systems to measure the effective roll-out of interventions, optimising investment in public health research, and supporting innovative ways to improve the use of research in the policy process.


Mark Tyndall, MD, FRCPC


Dr. Mark Tyndall is the Executive Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control and Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health.  He also serves as a deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia. He received his medical degree from McMaster University and a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University. From 1999 to 2010 he was the Program Director for Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was co-lead investigator on the evaluation of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection site. He has conducted numerous community-based research projects, including epidemiologic studies of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, antiretroviral access among people who use drugs, and health care utilization among marginalized populations and has authored over 250 peer reviewed research articles.  

Dr. Tyndall is a strong advocate and leader for public health in Canada and has fostered a number of community-based collaborations that have led to health policy changes.


Elinor Wilson, PhD


Dr. Elinor Wilson has worked in the academic and public sectors, and at the international, national and provincial levels. She has published extensively on a variety of public health issues including women’s health.

Wilson served most recently as president of Assisted Human Reproduction, a federal regulatory agency established to promote health, safety, dignity and rights for Canadians who use or are born of assisted human reproduction technologies. Previously, she served as CEO of the Canadian Public Health Association, where she was responsible for managing an operating program and project budget of more than $15 million and for building relationships with stakeholders in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors.

Wilson holds a PhD in administration management from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Master of Health Sciences degree from McMaster University. Her numerous professional activities include membership of the Institute of Population and Public Health Advisory Board at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She was formerly vice-president of the World Heart Federation, president of the Inter-American Heart Foundation, and chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.