Three Big Ideas To Transform Health Care

Last spring, Dr. Danielle Martin took on a U.S. Senate committee and defended Canada's health care system. While igniting pride from coast to coast, Dr. Martin also acknowledged that our health care system still has a long way to go.

Join us on November 27th to hear this health care leader's three big ideas on how we can improve our health care system for every Canadian.

Canadians are wildly proud of our health care system, but it isn’t perfect. The dual promise of Medicare is to deliver accessible, high quality services in an equitable way, and to give us something to be proud of. As we continue try to deliver on that promise, we must be willing to examine the best available evidence so that we can separate fact from fiction, and failure from success. In this presentation, Dr. Martin will put forward three big ideas that can help deliver on the promise of Medicare and are worthy of its iconic status.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Joy Johnson, SFU Vice-President, Research the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).


  • 5:30 pm - Registration
  • 6:00 pm - Keynote & Moderated Q & A
  • 7:30 pm - Reception

Can't come in person? Watch the live webcast!


Thu, 27 Nov 2014 6:00 PM


SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
Room 1200
500 Granville Street


Event is FREE.

If you are registered for the #3BigIdeas presentation tonight, please arrive by 5:30pm. We welcome walk-ins.


Keynote Speaker

Dr. Danielle Martin, MD,CCFP, MPP

Danielle Martin is Vice-President, Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital (WCH) and a family physician in the Family Practice Health Centre at WCH. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Danielle is a national leader on issues relating to health care policy, working as an expert both within and outside academia on issues relating to the preservation and enhancement of public health care, and the intersection of primary care with other parts of our health and social systems. She is also the medical correspondent for CBC’s The National, a regular guest on the Steven and Chris Show, a columnist for Canadian Living and an in-demand speaker on the future of Canada’s health care system.

In 2006 Danielle helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) and chaired the board of CDM until May 2013.  She sat two terms on the Health Council of Canada and is a recipient of the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders. In 2013 she was named by the Toronto Star in its list of the "13 People to Watch.”

In her work at WCH Danielle is helping to advance the vision for Women’s College Hospital as a “hospital designed to keep people out of hospital”, developing and evaluating new models of care that deliver solutions to the most pressing issues facing Canada’s health system.


Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson is SFU’s fifth Vice-President, Research. She joined the university in September 2014 after serving as the Scientific Director for the Institute of Gender and Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) since January of 2008.

Dr. Johnson has a long-standing interest and leadership in the field of gender and health. She served on the inaugural steering committee for the B.C. Centre of Excellence for Women's Health and was a co-leader on the B.C. Network for Women's Health Research. Dr. Johnson founded and co-directed the highly successful multidisciplinary research unit NEXUS, dedicated to research, knowledge translation and training in the social contexts of health behaviour. She served as the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research. She has served on and chaired research review panels for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Cancer Institute of Canada.

Dr. Johnson has a highly productive program of research focusing on health promotion and health behaviour change. Drawing on a broad array of theoretical perspectives her work explores the social, structural and individual factors that influence the health behaviour of individuals. A major thrust of her work focuses on sex and gender issues in substance use and mental health. She has obtained millions of dollars in research funding from national funding organizations and has published more than 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Johnson’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including the UBC Killam Research Prize. In 2010, she was recognized as one of British Columbia’s 100 Women of Influence. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Karen S. Palmer

Karen Palmer is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and an independent health policy analyst and health services researcher. For the past 25 years, she has been involved in the practice of public health, mostly in health policy research and analysis, and health services planning, bridging theory and practice in a variety of public health settings. Karen joined the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2008 where she taught public health and comparative health policy, and coordinated the MPH practicum program until 2013.

Karen’s passion for more than two decades has been comparative international health care systems and health care system reform, with a particular interest in US, European, and Canadian health care policies. She serves as a board advisor to, and was a former board member of, the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP); a progressive advocacy group dedicated to leading the U.S. toward a universal, publicly-funded, single-payer, national health program. Since returning to Canada in 2006, she has served as a policy adviser to Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM), working with them in their efforts to use evidence to strengthen Canada’s Medicare system. In 2007, she was appointed Research Associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (British Columbia Office) where she collaborates with other researchers in Canada and the US on health care policy and health care systems research.


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