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Dr. Stuart Edmonds

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Executive VP, Mission, Research & Advocacy, Canadian Cancer Society (CCS)

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Stuart joined the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) in February 2020 following the amalgamation with Prostate Cancer Canada (PCC). As Executive Vice President of Mission, he oversees the Research, Surveillance and Advocacy teams.

Prior to the amalgamation, Stuart spent 8 years at PCC as Vice President of Research, Health Promotion and Survivorship. He has held leadership roles at several national cancer research institutes and government agencies. Stuart holds a Doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University.

Carly Weeks

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Health Reporter, The Globe & Mail

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In her more than 15 years as a national health reporter with The Globe and Mail, Carly Weeks has developed a reputation as one of the country’s leading authorities on health-related issues.

Carly was one of the reporters leading the Globe’s coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic and continues to cover the fallout of the pandemic and its effects on the health care system. She has spent years covering many urgent health issues, including the growing threat of medical misinformation and disinformation, lack of access to abortion services in many parts of Canada and the critical shortage of health workers across the country.

Dr. Sandy Buchman, MD, CCFP (PC), FCFP

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Medical Director, Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care at North York General Hospital and Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto

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Dr. Sandy Buchman is a palliative care physician and Professor in the Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently holds the Freeman Family Chair in Palliative Care and since June 2020 he has served as Medical Director of the Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care at North York General Hospital in Toronto, where he practices palliative and end of life care in the ambulatory clinic and home settings. From 2005-2019 he practiced palliative and end of life care with the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care, Sinai Health System in Toronto. He has also worked as palliative care physician in the Palliative Care and Education for the Homeless (PEACH) program. He practiced comprehensive Family Medicine for many years with special interest in Social Accountability, Primary Care Cancer Care, Palliative Care, HIV/AIDS and Global Health – including volunteer experiences in South America and Africa. He is a founder and medical lead of a new hospice residence (Neshama) in North York opening in 2026. He has served as president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Medical Association. In 2020 he received the W. Victor Johnston Award from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This award recognizes a renowned Canadian or international family medicine leader for continuous and enduring contributions to the specialty of family medicine in Canada or abroad.

Nadine Henningsen

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Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Home Care Association & Carers Canada

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Nadine Henningsen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Home Care Association and Carers Canada, a national non-profit focused on advancing integrated home and community-based care. With over 22 years in the field, she is recognized for her leadership, advocacy, and dedication to spreading and scaling innovation in the home care sector.  Nadine is involved in shaping home care policy and collaborating with federal government stakeholders, in addition to serving as an expert witness at commissions.   She is a member of advisory groups including the Palliative Care Coalition of Canada, and the National Dementia Strategy Ministerial Advisory Council. On an international scale, she leads the International Alliance of Carer Organizations, addressing caregiver issues across 15 countries. Nadine also contributes to the Sanofi Specialty Care Co-Lab, addressing global health challenges. In recognition of her work, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.

Pablita Thomas

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Executive Director, BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association

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Presently, Pablita is the Executive Director of BC Hospice and Palliative Care Association and brings advocacy, membership engagement, and strategic partnership skills to the organization. Currently, Pablita is a sector contributor to the BC Rural Health Linked Sectors as well as a member of the Board of CARIPALCA – The Caribbean Palliative Care Association, a regional organization whose mission is to advocate, educate, and represent the palliative care community in the Caribbean countries of CARICOM. Pablita holds a medical degree from Ross Medical University, a dual honours degree in Social Services from Guelph Humber University and a recent MBA from the Australian Institute of Business. She is a French/Creole Caribbean woman from Point a Pitre, Guadeloupe, with two beautiful daughters, aged 8 and 9, whom she lives with in Victoria, British Columbia.