Conference Committee

Anna Banerji, O.Ont. MD MPH FRCPC DTM&H
Co-Chair Indigenous Health Conference, Course Director
Faculty Lead Indigenous and Refugee Health, Post MD Education
Associate Professor Pediatrics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Bernice Downey, PhD
Co-Chair, Indigenous Health Conference
Indigenous Health Lead for the Faculty of Health Science,
McMaster University
Regional Aboriginal Cancer Lead for Cancer Care Ontario,
Toronto – Central Region
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University

Vanessa Ambtman-Smith
Aboriginal Health Lead & Co-Chair,
Provincial Aboriginal LHIN Network (PALN)
South West Local Health Integration Network

Michele-Elise Burnett
VP-Niagara Region- Ignite the Spirit of Education Foundation
Associate Director – Landscape of Nations: A National Education Inititative
Artistic Director-Celebration of Nations Gathering

Ryan Giroux, MD
Paediatrics Resident
Hospital for Sick Children

Daniela Graziano, MSc, BScN (candidate)
Indigenous Health Equity, Community Nursing
Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Peter Jensen
Mohawk, Tyendinaga
Partner, Jensen Group

Gurpreet Karir
Health Promoter,
South Riverdale Community Health Centre

Darlene Kitty, MD CCFP
Chisasibi Cree First Nation
Secretary, Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada
Director, Indigenous Program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
Family Physician,
Chisasibi Hospital, Chisasibi QC

Jan Kahehti:io Longboat
Mohawk Nation
Committee Elder

Dr. Faisal Moola, PhD
Director General
Ontario and Northern Canada
David Suzuki Foundation

Earl Nowgesic, RN, PhD
Anishinaabe, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek;
Assistant Scientific Director, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research; and
Status-only Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health &
Adjunct Lecturer, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
University of Toronto

Jason J. Pennington, MD MSc FRCSC
The Huron-Wendat Nation
Curricular Co-Lead in Indigenous Health Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
General Surgeon, The Scarborough Hospital

Lisa Richardson, MD FRCPC
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of Toronto
Curricular Co-Lead in Indigenous Health Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Diane Smylie
Provincial Director
Ontario Indigenous Cultural Safety Program
Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

Fatima Uddin, MD CCFP
Staff Physician, Anishnawbe Health Toronto

Paani Zizman
Executive Assistant, Tungasuvvingat Inuit