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Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series is a periodic event designed to cultivate discussion around topical and timely global child health issues. The Centre welcomes thought-leaders from around the world as keynote speakers and panelists to share their experiences and insights for improving global child health and development.

Watch past sessions:

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015



Promoting Healthy Diets for Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food and Agriculture Policy and Ethics, Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Sorrel Namaste, Senior Nutrition Technical Advisor, The Demographic and Health Surveys Program, ICF; Dr. Lynnette M. Neufeld, Director, Knowledge Leadership, GAIN



The WASH Benefits and SHINE Trials - hypothesis tested, results, and policy and programming implications

Monday, September 16, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jean Humphrey, Professor, Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director, Zvitambo Institute for Maternal and Child Health Research, Zimbabwe

Vaccines, Autism, and Blue Marble Health

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Keynote speaker: Dr. Peter Hotez, Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine

Decolonization as a Pathway to Wellness for Indigenous People

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Keynote speaker: Dr. Malcolm King, Scientific Director, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research



The World of Medical Journals

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jocalyn Clark, Executive Editor at The Lancet

A new way of financing women's, children's and adolescents' health- the role of the Global Financing Facility (GFF)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mariam Claeson, Director of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank.

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Childhood Injuries: A Neglected Public Health Issue

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Keynote speaker: Dr. Adnan Hyder, Professor and Director of the Health Systems Program and Associate Chair in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University. 

A National Neonatal Quality Improvement Tale: 15 Years Young and Expanding

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Keynote speaker: Dr. Prakesh Shah, Professor of Paediatrics and the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Demystify the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Childhood Growth Stunting-A Gut Perspective

Monday, March 20, 2017

Keynote speakers: Dr. Chris Karp, Director, Global Health Discovery & Translational Sciences and Dr. Anita Zaidi, Director, Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Global Surgery 2030–Evidence and Solutions for Achieving Health, Welfare and Economic Development

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Keynote speaker: Dr. John G. Meara, Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery and Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School; Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children's Hospital and Co-Chair, Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.

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Improving access to care for child and adolescent mental disorders globally

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Keynote speaker: Dr. Vikram Patel, Professor and Welcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Public Health Foundation of India.

SDG's: Global Health and Nursing

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Keynote speaker: Dr Judith Shamian, President, International Council of Nurses

Quality and Responsive Health Systems in the SDG Era

Friday, April 22, 2016

Keynote speaker: Dr. Margaret E. Kruk, Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A look at Canada's Investment in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Keynote speaker: Laura Payton, Senior Writer, Political Correspondent, Maclean's and 2015 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship Recipient 

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Supporting the Use of Research Evidence in Policymaking

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Keynote speaker: Professor John N. Lavis, Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Health Systems and Director, McMaster Health Forum.

Professional Health Education for Optimal Global Child Health

Friday, May 8, 2015

Keynote speaker: Julio Frenk, Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former Minister of Health, Mexico
Panel: Pam Hubley, Chief, Professional Practice and Nursing, SickKids; Dr. Julie Johnstone, Staff Paediatrician, SickKids; Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health and Policy, and Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

Canadian Approaches to Global Child Health

Speakers: Diane Jacovella, Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Foreign Trade and Development; Dr. Robert Black, Professor, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta, Co-Director, Centre for Global Child Health, moderated by CBC’s Senior Reporter Kim Brunhuber.

INTERGROWTH-21st Study: Neonatal and Infant Growth Standards

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Speakers: Professor Stephen Kennedy, Oxford University; Professor Jose Villar, Oxford University; Dr. Jae H. Kim, UC San Diego Medical Center; Dr. Marcelo Urquia, St. Michael’s Hospital,moderated by Dr. Daniel Roth, SickKids

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