November 3, 2021 / 12:30 p.m. ET
Executive Director of Population Health and Social Medicine, University Health Network
Dr. Andrew Boozary is a primary care physician and Executive Director of Population Health and Social Medicine at the University Health Network, where he is working to develop, evaluate and scale new models of healthcare delivery for patients with complex health and social needs. He holds academic appointments in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (UofT) and at the Mailman School of Public Health (Columbia University). Dr. Boozary completed his medical training at the UofT and health policy training at Princeton University (Master in Public Policy) and continued to Harvard University (Master of Science) where he was the founding editor-in-chief of the Harvard Public Health Review. He maintains active research at Harvard and at the Wellesley Institute. During this pandemic, Dr. Boozary also serves as co-lead of the Ontario Health Toronto Region COVID-19 Homelessness Response and is a member of the Canadian Medical Association’s Post-Pandemic Expert Advisory Group
Dr. Boozary leads UHN’s Social Medicine Program, which aims to improve health outcomes and defend human dignity by integrating a person’s social context into their care.
November 4, 2021 / 12:30 p.m. ET
Award-Winning Journalist | Author: Seven Fallen Feathers
An award-winning journalist and author, and the First Ojibway woman to deliver the CBC Massey Lectures, Tanya Talaga is an acclaimed storyteller. Her book Seven Fallen Feathers, a national bestseller that introduced us to seven Indigenous high school students who mysteriously died in Thunder Bay, won the 2018 RBC Taylor Prize. In her powerful keynotes, Talaga shares Indigenous stories from across Canada and the world, humanizing the legacy of residential schools and colonization and sharing her hope for a more inclusive and equitable future.
Talaga is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother was a residential school survivor and her great-grandfather was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. For the past 20 years, Talaga has worked as a journalist, most recently as a columnist with the Toronto Star, and has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. From 2017-2018, Talaga was the Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy through The Canadian Journalism Foundation.
Talaga is also the bestselling author of two books All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward and Seven Fallen Feathers. In addition to the RBC Taylor Prize, Seven Fallen Feathers also won the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read: Young Adult/Adult Award. It was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction, and was named CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book.
In addition to the CBC Massey Lectures — a renowned lecture series that travels to cities across Canada — Talaga has also spoken to diverse audiences ranging from university students and school children to corporate and non-profit organizations.