Speakers

Keynote Sunday Evening, June 5 - Dr. Robert Murray

Dr. Robert Murray

Dr. Robert (Bob) W. Murray is a leading public policy expert and executive based in Alberta, Canada. He has held executive-level positions in the post-secondary, professional and business advisory services, economic development, think-tank and education sectors, and has advised extensively on municipal, provincial, federal and international policy issues both nationally and internationally.  

He recently served as President and CEO role at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), as the Vice-Chair, Advocacy and Stakeholder relations for the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA) and as the Chair of the Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Taskforce. In the spring of 2020, he was appointed to the Guiding Coalition overseeing the Government of Alberta’s Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs system-wide review of Alberta’s post-secondary education sector. He also serves as the Chair of the Government of Manitoba’s Working Group for the Winnipeg Metro Region. 

Dr. Murray was previously the managing director of the government practice group at Dentons Canada LLP, the world’s largest law firm. In that role, he counseled public-sector and private-sector organizations from a wide range of industries on strategic development and planning, organizational change, crisis and issues management, policy analysis and development, risk analysis and mitigation, governance and government affairs within Canada and globally. 

Dr. Murray holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Alberta, a Master of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in History from Brock University and has an extensive international academic publication record. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Alberta and Brock University.  

He holds prestigious fellowships and affiliations, including a Senior Fellowship at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He also serves on the board of the Organization for the Prevention of Violence. 

Read more about Dr. Murray’s research and publications on his website drbobmurray.ca. 

Keynote Tuesday, June 7 - Suhana Meharchand

 

Suhana Meharchand

Suhana Meharchand is a national news anchor with CBC News Network, the former host of Saturday Report and has anchored the CBC Evening News. Bringing a wealth of professional experience to all of her talks and hosting engagements, Meharchand never fails to impress. 

 Meharchand has been twice nominated for a Gemini award, and has won two bronze medals at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival, and a bronze medal at the International Film and TV Festival of New York. She has been honoured with the Media Arts Award from the Association of Women of India in Canada, and was named Journalist of the Year by the South African Women for Women association. She has also received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Club International. 

Actively involved in her community, Meharchand donates her time to organizations such as the Performers for Literacy, Gems of Hope, Redwood Shelter for Women and Children, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the Hospital for Sick Children and the Princess Margaret Breast Cancer Centre. She is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her tireless community service. 

Speaker Tuesday, June 7 - Dr. Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman

Dr. Goldman’s style on stage is earnest, heartfelt and sincere. On stage it becomes clear that he has a passion for compassion. Dr. Goldman makes complex medical issues digestible for audiences. He personalizes medicine and the human frailties of his profession. He is unafraid to address tough or controversial issues head on in a comprehensive way, including the challenges brought by COVID-19. 

Dr. Goldman is one of those rare individuals with great success in not one but several adrenaline-pumping careers. He is a highly regarded emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. A veteran medical broadcaster, he is also the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s award-winning radio show “White Coat, Black Art”, where he takes listeners behind the scenes of hospitals and doctor’s offices. Dr. Goldman unpacks and demystifies what goes on inside medicine’s sliding doors – with topics that include burnout among health professionals, racism in health care and meeting the challenge of providing care for kids with complex medical needs when they age out of the system. 

His inspiring yet bracingly honest TEDx talk about medical errors—which has been viewed on the Internet almost one million times—has cemented his reputation as one of his generation’s keenest observers of the culture of modern medicine. 

A bestselling author of the book The Night Shift: Real Life in the ER, Dr. Goldman takes readers through giddying heights and crashing lows as he works through a typical night shift in one of Canada’s busiest ERs. His second book The Secret Language of Doctors is a biting look at medical slang, and what it reveals of what the doctor really thinks about your mother’s obesity, your grandfather’s dementia or her colleague’s competence. 

In his book – The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life – Goldman searches for his own capacity for caring around the world, through his own brain circuitry and inside his heart. 

In his latest book, The Power of Teamwork, Dr. Goldman examines healthcare’s embrace of a new teamwork model that has been noticed by people outside the medical world, and draws on ground-breaking research to demonstrate how a team approach to medicine can improve all aspects of the industry.