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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



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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