Ben Hawkins, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine presented Beyond Tobacco Exceptionalism: A Political Economy Approach to Public Health and Health Harming Industries as part of Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Global Tobacco Control's  Innovations in Tobacco Control lecture series.
Wednesday, 14 October 2020. 12 p.m. EDT (4 p.m. UTC). Recording available on JHU Institute for Global Tobacco Control's Youtube channel  






Kelley Lee, Jennifer Fang, Julia Smith, Eduardo Bianco and Rob Cunningham. The Growing Public Health Risks From Aspiring Transnational Tobac­co Companies. 25th SNRT conference in San Francisco.  Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Chair: Kelley Lee

  • Chinese Tobacco Interests In East Africa: Implications For Tobacco Control Regionally And Globally.
    Julia Smith, Jennifer Fang.
  • Going Global: The Illicit Tobacco Trade From Asia To Latin America And The Caribbean.
    Eduardo Bianco, Benoit Gomis, Jennifer Fang, Kelley Lee
  • “We Think Globally”: The Rise Of Paraguay’s Tabacalera Del Este As A Threat To Global Tobacco Control.
    Kelley Lee, Benoit Gomis, Natalia Carillo Botero, Philip Shepherd, Roberto Magno Iglesias
  • Grand River Enterprises: The Rise Of Indigenous Commercial Tobacco Economies
    Rob Cunningham

Julia Smith and Jennifer Fang. Faculty of Health Sciences  Research in Progress Talks Meeting with the Enemy? Conducting Research on the Tobacco Industry in Malawi. Thursday 7 February 2019. Blusson Hall, SFU.



Tom Novotny and colleagues presented Tobacco Product Waste: Tiny Trash Can Be Controlled at the Source at the 14th Annual Conference of the California Storm Water Quality Association in Riverside CA. 15-17 October 2018.

Kelley Lee presented Hooking: Tobacco industry targeting of young hockey players
at The Hockey Conference Edmonton, CANADA. July 5-7, 2018.


Ben Hawkins and Chris Holden presented Economic Constitutionalism and Policy Space in Complex Systems
of Multi-level Governance: The Case of Trade and Health
at Economic Constitutionalism: Mapping its Contours
in European and Global Governance. European University Institute, Florence ITALY. June, 2018.   

Kelley Lee.
Invited Speaker. Canada’s Contributions to global public health. International Conference on Canada and Global Public Health: 
Moving from Strategy to Action. University of Manitoba and Gairdner Foundation. Winnipeg, CANADA, June 12-13.

Kelley Lee.
Setting the Context
. CanWaCH Beyond 2020 Conference, April 18-19, Ottawa, CANADA.


Sheryl Thompson presented The Illicit Tobacco Trade in Canada: Corporate Interference in Canada’s Health Policies at Simon Fraser University's multi-disciplinary Undergraduate Research Symposium, 6 April, 2018, Burnaby BC, CANADA.  

Julia Smith presented Illicit Tobacco: Media Myths & Research Realities
at the Canadian Public Health Association Conference, Montreal, May 30.






@gtc_sfu researchers Kelley Lee and Jennifer Fang at 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA, March 2018 

17th WCTOH: Jennifer Fang  presented  Pro-tobacco propaganda; a case study of tobacco industry-sponsored elementary schools in China.

Kelley Lee presented

  • A “win-win situation overall”:  Lessons from tobacco industry influence of the negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement as part of the Symposium on International Trade and Tobacco Control: Developing a Long Term Approach in the Light of Recent Rulings.
  • “Environmental impact of tobacco farming,” Symposium on the Life-cycle Polluting Effects of Tobacco Use:
    From Cradle to Grave"
  • Symposium on the WHO FCTC at the Crossroads: Strategies and Challenges to Strengthening and Accelerating Implementation and Sustaining Its Impact."

Tom Novotny and Clif Curtis
presented "Pollution: The life cycle of tobacco products" at a special
pre-conference session on Human Rights and Tobacco  6 March 2018 @WCTOH2018, organised by the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network,

Tom Novotny and Dr. Alan Blum (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa)
presented a poster @WCTOH2018; The filter fraud: debunking the myth of
“Safer” as a key new strategy of tobacco control


Kelley Lee introducing 'Canada's global health role: supporting equity and global citizenship as a middle power'.
Lancet Canada. 23 February, Aga Khan Foundation, Ottawa CANADA.


Kelley Lee, Julia Smith, Jennifer Fang and Sheryl Thompson. "The Atlas Network: a 'strategic ally" of the tobacco industry"
Researching the Globe, SFU Public Square. 8 March, 2017.

  1. Ross MacKenzie, Setting an environment that encourages cessation. National Forum on the Future of Tobacco in Canada.
    National Forum on the Future of Tobacco Control in Canada. Health Canada, Ottawa CANADA.  March 2, 2017.
  2. Kelley Lee, Julia Smith, Sheryl Thompson and Jennifer Fang. "The Atlas Network: a 'strategic ally" of the tobacco industry".
    Poster presentation at Researching the Globe, SFU Public Square. Vancouver, CANADA March 8, 2017.
  3. Ben Hawkins. Tobacco industry litigation and regulatory chill. 7th European Conference Tobacco or Health (ECTOH)
    Porto, PORTUGAL. March 24, 2017
  4. Benoît Gomis in conversation with Insight Crime Senior Editor Mike LaSusa on terrorism, drug trafficking, and the illicit tobacco trade
    in Latin America, 10 August 2017
  5. Benoît Gomis presented project research findings on illicit tobacco trade to a Public Safety Canada Contraband Tobacco Stakeholders Consultation,
    held as part of a government-wide review of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy. September 6, 2017.
  6. Benoît Gomis delivered a talk on how to measure ‘success’ in the fight against terrorism, and discussed other security issues including the
    illicit tobacco trade at a Canadian International Council / Simon Fraser University’s School of International Studies event. Vancouver, September 27, 2017.
  7. Benoît Gomis delivered a talk on the global drug trade, including lessons from the illicit tobacco trade, as part of a
    Canadian International Council / University of Toronto panel on security threats in an uncertain world. Toronto, October 24, 2017.
  8. MacKenzie, R. Lecture, “Environmental Health in a Global World.” (NYU UGPH-GU 9050): Environmental health impacts of tobacco; production, consumption and disposal.
  9. Eckhardt, J. & Lee K. Speakers. "Global value chains, preferential trade agreements and firm preferences: rhetoric versus reality." New Perspectives on Global Value Chains and Global Production Networks: Bringing Institutions Back in, University of York, December 4-5, 2017.
  10. Fang, J. Invited speaker. “’Pro-tobacco propaganda’: A case study of tobacco industry-sponsored elementary schools in China”. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – World Health Organization-China Tobacco Control Leadership Programme, Guangzhou China, December 11-15, 2017.
  11. Fang, J. Invited speaker. “The China National Tobacco Corporation: From domestic to global dragon?” Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – World Health Organization-China Tobacco Control Leadership Programme, Guangzhou China, December 11-15, 2017.

Ben Hawkins presenting at ECTOH, Porto, March 2017


  1. Chris Holden.  “Health Policy and Investor-State Dispute Settlement.” Invited Presentation to the Symposium Trade and Investment Agreements and Public Policy: Challenges to Contemporary Health, Environmental and Social Policy Making, Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath, UK, 4 February 2016.
  2. Ben Hawkins. "EU Trade Policy at the Crossroads: between Economic Liberalism and Democratic Challenges." Conference of the Austrian Foundation for Development Research, Vienna, 4-6 February 2016.
  3. Ben Hawkins. “Industry Use of Evidence to Influence Policy: Framing Analysis.” Invited presentation to the Workshop on Analysing the Involvement of Unhealthy Commodity Industries in Public Health Policy-Making, LSHTM. 17 February 2016).
  4. Julia Smith. “Health and Human Rights in Sierra Leone. Presentation to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. 7 March 2016
  5. Julia Smith. “Zika the Emergency Response So Far. Presentation to Simon Fraser University Red Cross Society. 21 March 2016
  6. Kelley Lee.  “From AIDS to Zika: Institutional innovation and global health,” SFU President’s Faculty Lecture Series, SFU, CANADA, 6 April 2016. 
  7. Kelley Lee, Julia Smith, Jennifer Fang, Stephanie Zobrist and Sheryl Thompson. "Global Tobacco Control: local to global policy response." Poster presentation at IRMACS Day. April 8, 2016.
  8. Jennifer Fang. "The China National Tobacco Corporation: from domestic to global dragon?" Poster presentation at SFU Health Research Day. May 4, 2016.
  9. Julia Smith and Sheryl Thompson. "Death and Taxes: the framing of the illicit tobascco trade in Canadian newspapers." Poster presentation at SFU Health Research Day. May 4, 2016.
  10. Ross MacKenzie. Guest Lecture NYU (Sydney), Environmental health impacts of tobacco; production, consumption and disposal. Sydney, 11 April and 22 November.
  11. Chris Holden, and Ben Hawkins. “Constitutionalisation, Liberalisation and Public Health in the European Union.” Invited Paper to the Trade and Health Workshop, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. May 30th-31st, 2016.
  12. Ben Hawkins. “Reassessing policy paradigms: A comparison of the global tobacco and alcohol industries.” Invited presentation to the Workshop on Tobacco Alcohol and the Sustainable Development Goals, University of Edinburgh. 29 June 2016.
  13. Chris Holden. “The European Union, Global Constitutionalism and Health: Coherence or Contradiction?” Paper to the Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Belfast Metropolitan College, Belfast. 4th-6th July 2016.
  14. Chris Holden. “A Corporate Veto on Health Policy? Global Constitutionalism and Investor-State Dispute Settlement.” Invited presentation to Centre for Citizenship, Globalisation and Governance, University of Southampton. 5th October 2016.
  15. Jennifer Fang. “The China National Tobacco Corporation: From domestic to global dragon?” Tobacco control symposium Another transnational tobacco company in the making: the impact of the globalization of the Chinese tobacco monopoly on tobacco control policies around the world, 47th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Liverpool, UK. 27 October, 2016.
  16. Kelley Lee. “Why global health governance matters,” Emerging Voices in Global Health 2016, Vancouver, Canada. 4 November 2016.
  17. Julia Smith. “From Colonization to Globalization: What has not changed in Malawi’s tobacco industry.” Africa Research Day, Simon Fraser University. 14 November 2016.
  18. Kelley Lee.  Chair and Discussant, Panel on “Analyzing power and politics in health policy and systems research: Theories, methods, issues”, Organized Session, 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Vancouver, Canada, 18 November 2016.
  19. Ben Hawkins. “The political economy of the global tobacco and alcohol industries: The implications for Health and Policy.” Health and Trade Network Workshop on Trade Agreements and Hunger in Africa, Brussels, Belgium. 20 December 2016.



  1. Kelley Lee. "Building global institutions for the future: Transition and innovation", Raffles Dialogue on Human Well-Being and Security, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 2 February 2015.
  2. Tom Novotny. "Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship for Tobacco Control: An Environmental approach", 16th Conference on Tobacco or Health. Tobacco and non-communicable diseases. WHO. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 17-21 March 2015.
  3. Kelley Lee & Ben Hawkins attended the Harvard University-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola meeting in Boston, 27-28 March 2015. 
  4. Ben Hawkins attended the 6th Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference: Mobilizing Research for Global Health. Boston, March 26-28 2015.
  5. Julia Smith. “How think tank networks facilitate the global transfer of tobacco policies,” SFU Postdoctoral Research Day: An Exhibition of Research Excellence. Burnaby, BC. May 20, 2015.
  6. Kelley Lee, Invited Speaker. “Private sector and global health governance”, Governance of Health Strategy Development Meeting” Open Society Foundation, New York, USA, 11 August, 2015.
  7. Kelley Lee, Invited Speaker. “The politics of global disease outbreaks: What must we learn from Ebola?” Gairdner Foundation Global Health Symposium. Toronto, Canada, 27 October, 2015
  8. Ross MacKenzie.Tobacco control and global health governance.  Psychmad research series, Macquarie University 28 October 2015. 
  9. Kelley Lee, Invited Speaker. "The Future of the WHO: Lessons Learned and Priorities for Institutional Reform,” Council on Foreign Relations. Washington DC, USA November 2015.


  1. Tom Novotny. "Tobacco and the Environment: A New Fight On Our Hands", Dr. Cam Cody Foundation Lecture, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. 4 March 2014.
  2. Eric LeGresley attended the 4th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health "A new dynamic in tobacco control in Latin America and the Caribbean".  March 26-28, 2014 San José, Costa Rica.
  3. Ross Mackenzie attended "Who's afraid of the nanny state? Freedom, regulation and the nation's health." Charles Perkins Centre and Sydney Law School, University of Sydney. 28 - 29 April 2014. 
  4. Kelley Lee. "Political economy analysis for tobacco control. Workshop on Political Economy Analysis for Universal Health Coverage", Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy, 20-24 May 2014.
  5. Tom Novotny. "Cigarette Butts and an Environmental Approach to Tobacco Control", ECOHOST Seminar. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, 17 June 2014.National Cancer Institute (INCA).
  6. Ben Hawkins attended the UCL & LSHTM NCD Symposia: Private Authority and Public Health, University College London. 18 June 2014
  7. Tom Novotny. "Cigarette Butts and an Environmental Approach to Tobacco Control", CETAB, Fiocruz Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 24, 2014, and July 28, 2014.
  8. Ben Hawkins and Chris Holden attended the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) annual conference. Brussels, Belgium.  4-5 September 2014.
  9. Tom Novotny T. Cigarette Butts: an Environmental Blight Right Here in Point Loma. Point Loma Assembly, September 11, 2014
  10. Tom Novotny T. Cigarette Butts and an Environmental Approach to Tobacco Control. Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Epidemiology, 16 September 2014.
  11. Kelley Lee. Commercialization of Health Research for Health, Social and Economic Benefit, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Ottawa, Canada, 18 September 2014.
  12. Ben Hawkins attended the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, Cape Town, South Africa, 1-4 October 2014
  13. Ross MacKenzie. "The Tobacco Industry, Public Policy and Global Health", Research Series, Department of Health Professions, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University, 7 October 2014.
  14. Tom Novotny. "Tobacco and Global Health". Eck Institute for Global Health, University of Notre Dame, 14 October 2014.
  15. Tom Novotny attended the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Barcelona, Spain. 28 Oct-1 November 2014.
  16. Kelley Lee attended the Workshop on the Political Economy of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, 17-18 November 2014.
  17. Kelley Lee (Keynote speaker) preseted "WHO and the post-2015 health development agenda" and SARS and global health governance” at the Global Health Forum, Taipei Taiwan, 9 December 2014.