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Theme: Creating Connexions

This event occurred on
March 31, 2012
11:00am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Stouffville, ON

Our event entitled "Creating ConneXions" features six dynamic speakers and two amazing TED talks. The six areas our speakers will touch upon are: Connecting with History, Connecting with Nature, Connecting with Education, Connecting with our Food, Connecting with Media, and Connecting with our Health Systems. Our event is interdisciplinary with speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and a diverse audience. Each speaker will delve into their particular area of expertise and share their unique ideas. We believe that a better understanding of these areas can have a profound impact on the decisions we make and how we live in the world. We hope that our audience will be inspired and gain knowledge that will lead to a better understanding of themselves and the world they live in.

19 on the Park
19 Civic Avenue
Stouffville, ON, L4A 1G6
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Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson is an author, traveler and storyteller with 30 years plus of university teaching in Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies. He is now an Adjunct Professor at Brock University. Central to Bob's professional life is a love of outdoor travel and Canadian heritage themes. He is author of Every Trail Has a Story: Heritage Travel in Canada and co-editor of two books: Nature First: Outdoor Life the Friluftsliv Way and Pike's Portage: Stories of a Distinguished Place. Bob has served as the long standing editor of Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education. He can be seen regularly on the trails of the Oak Ridge Moraine and Algonquin Park, places he calls home and regularly heads to the Canadian North and Norwegian mountains and fjords. Recently Bob has travelled to Iceland and Norway giving talks on outdoor education. Talk: The subtle and profound role of story, place and technology in nature It is NOT complicated. There is a simplicity and complexity to humans connecting with Nature that is at the core of health. The adage "seek simplicity to preserve complexity" will be explored.

Anne-Emanuelle Birn

Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Health at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the history of public health in Latin America and the history and politics of international health, with particular emphases on child health and global health philanthropy. She has published widely in North American, Latin American, African, and European journals. Her ongoing interests range from the scatological to the ideological. Her current book manuscript examines the history of the international child health/child rights movement from the perspective of Uruguay. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico; Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World and the forthcoming Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home. Talk: Connecting with history

Onil Bhattacharyya

Onil Bhattacharyya is a clinician scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michaels Hospital and an assistant professor in the Departement of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. He studies innovative health service delivery models for the poor in low and middle income countries and is the co-lead of Building Bridges to Integrate Care, an Ontario Ministry funded initiative to incubate and replicate new models of care for complex chronic disease. Talk: Disruptive Innovations to Integrate Health Systems - Global and Local Models for a Sustainable Future The Canadian health system faces rising costs and an increasingly complex patient population. Low and middle income countries are finding frugal ways to provide care to over 2 billion people living on less than 2 dollars a day, despite an aging population and the rise of chronic disease. A range of disruptive innovations can help us rethink health care delivery by better connecting providers across our system and exchanging with emerging markets.

Chris Spence

Dr. Christopher Spence is a renowned educator, dedicated community advocate and the Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board. He has more than 15 years senior administration and teaching experience and has authored several books. He has been widely recognized for his leadership work within the broader educational community to manage issues, develop policy and promote causes that benefit students. Dr. Spence has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to education and the community, including receiving the Canadian Black Achievement Award for Professional Achievement and Community Leadership and being acknowledged by the City of Toronto for best practices in education.

Josh Neubauer

Josh Neubauer is a Planning student in York University's Masters in Environmental Studies Program. He has worked as a planning intern and research consultant with the Toronto Food Strategy project at Toronto Public Health. Josh has been involved in several community food security projects and is an active member of the Black Creek Food Justice Action Network in Toronto's Jane-Finch community. Talk: Connecting our neighbourhoods with our food Josh will discuss how neighbourhood characteristics affect access to food, and therefore food security and health. He will reveal some hidden barriers to equitable food access and discuss innovative solutions that can improve our local food environments.

Kat Cizek

HIGHRISE Director Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms. Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Recently, she was listed as Reelscreen's 2011 Trailblazers in Non-Fiction, alongside Wim Wenders and the Channel 4 Commissioning Team. For five years, she was the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker-in-Residence at an inner-city hospital, in a many-media project that won a 2008 Webby Award ("The Internet's Oscars"), a Banff Award, and a Canadian New Media Award. Her previous award-winning films include Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick). She teaches and presents around the world about her innovative approach to the documentary genre.

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Stouffville, Canada


Toronto Ontario, Canada