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David Hay

David Hay is a Principal of Information Partnership, a research, policy and information management consulting business in Victoria, British Columbia. He is also the president of  Health Nexus and chair of its Board of Directors. Prior to his work for Information Partnership, David was senior director for the Social Research and Analysis group at the Policy Research Initiative with the Government of Canada.  David has many years of experience in directing, managing and conducting all types of research – policy, community, applied, academic, quantitative and qualitative. Examples of areas of work include measurement, evaluation, organizational performance management and accountability, social indicators, health, well-being and social development, social policy, and child and family poverty and inequality. David’s education (BA, MSc, PhD) is in psychology, sociology, philosophy, and community health.  His main work experience has been for organizations in the areas of population health, well-being and social development, poverty and inequality, and social policy.

Wayne Helgason

Wayne Helgason started his career as social worker and supervisor of child welfare in Winnipeg’s inner city. He recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg logging 20 years there on action research and policy development/advocacy on social issues such as poverty reduction and social marginalization. Wayne is currently the Chair of the Board of the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD) and a board member of Raising the Roof Inc. He was appointed by Minister of Health to an advisory committee to establish the Canadian Health Network (CHN) which through its local/regional partners provided Canadians with health and wellness information. He has previously served full terms on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Canada and Volunteer Canada.  From 1993-1999 Wayne was elected President of the National Association of Friendship Centers for 3 successive terms. Wayne has been an active member of the Winnipeg’s large Aboriginal community for more than three decades and is the current President of the Center for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Vice Chair of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Center of Winnipeg and President of the newly formed National Aboriginal Enterprise and Innovation Corporation focusing on Social Enterprise in an Aboriginal context. He is a recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Award, the Millennium Social Justice Research Award from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Helgason is a band member of Sandy Bay First Nation in Manitoba and he and his wife are new grandparents and have re-located to Victoria to assume those duties. 

Jocelyne Bernier

Jocelyne Bernier has served as Coordinator of the Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities (CACIS), at the Université de Montréal Public Health Research Institute, for more than 12 years now. In this capacity, she set up and ran an extensive partnership research network that involved various players – community organizations; municipal, educational or philanthropic public institutions; and researchers – in projects related to reducing social inequalities in health.

For more than 30 years, Jocelyne Bernier’s work in community development has sought to include all stakeholders, especially the most vulnerable in Montreal’s Pointe-Saint-Charles district. Mrs. Bernier has spearheaded a large number of community interventions meant to improve the conditions of those living in poverty, especially the Opération populaire d’aménagement [Operation development by the people], which rallies citizens together to work on projects intended to improve their living conditions and quality of life. Whatever the initiative – be it working with the community to protect a park, improve the service offer or find an alternative solution for a megaproject – Jocelyne promotes the vision of a healthy future that meets local needs.

She currently chairs the board of Communagir, a community support development organization of provincial scope, and helps with community development training for health network executives. In addition to her direct involvement at the local level, she works at putting in place conditions that are conducive to developing communities regionally and province-wide.

Mohsin Khan

Mohsin Khan is currently a fourth year Industrial Engineering student at Ryerson University.
He currently serves as the co-founder and executive director of Lead2Peace, an umbrella organization that looks to bring in creative solutions into the classroom and the community.  The organization’s diverse programs range from teaching martial arts to creating in-class entrepreneurial social ventures. It implements weekly programing for over 200 youth in the Regent Park and Moss Park communities.

The Lead2peace’s model has been recognized by all levels of government. In 2010, Lead2Peace was acknowledged by the City of Toronto and received the Mayor’s Community Safety Award, in recognition of its impact in the community. In 2011, Mohsin was invited to Ottawa, to meet with the Prime Minister, Governor General and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to discuss his exemplary work in the field of youth empowerment. In 2012, Lead2Peace was given a certificate of recognition for outstanding service to the community by the City of Toronto. Mohsin’s passion and commitment to his work has led him to be recognized on several accounts, including the 2011 Canada’s Top 20 under 20 award as well as the 2013 Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers. Mohsin is working on expanding Lead2Peace’s programs to other at-risk communities and hopes to make as great of an impact as he did in the Regent Park and Moss Park community. 

Pemma Muzumdar 

Pemma is fuelled by the belief that every child, regardless of where they are born, should be given the best chance at living a happy, healthy life. 

Given a longtime fascination with concepts relating to systems change, organizational culture, and network development, Pemma is thrilled to be joining the 3M Health Leadership Award panellists for 2014-2015. 

As Communications Coordinator for the six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health, and as Knowledge Broker for the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, Pemma works and plays at the intersection of art and science. She draws from skills and experience in strategic communications; external relations; social learning; group facilitation; youth engagement; and popular science education.

Prior to joining the National Collaborating Centres in 2011, Pemma contributed to dynamic teams at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's hospital; the Program Training and Consultation Centre, Cancer Care Ontario; Discovery Channel Canada; the Ontario Science Centre; and TakingITGlobal. Through project and volunteer work, she nurtured strong interests in refugee health, Inuit child health, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Pemma holds a Masters of Public Health from the University of Waterloo, and is a past Board of Directors member for the Ontario Public Health Association and the Inner City Angels of Toronto. In 2011, Pemma served on the steering committee for the inaugural Canadian Refugee Health Conference in 2011, and she is currently a member of the Dissemination Task Force for the Canadian Council for the Social Determinants of Health. 

Past panellists

Trevor Hancock

Trevor Hancock is a public health physician, an internationally recognised health promotion consultant and health futurist, and a Professor and Senior Scholar in Public Health at the new School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria.  A major focus of his work has been in the area of healthy cities and communities; he is one of the founders of the global Healthy Cities and Communities movement and has been a consultant to communities, cities, provincial/state and national governments and organisations in many parts of the world. He also has a strong commitment to the links between health and the natural and built environment and was a co-founder of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. 

Nationally, he was co-chair of the Population Health Promotion Expert Group of the Public Health Network of Canada for 5 years, a member of the Canadian Reference Group on Social Determinants of Health, and a member of the Expert Panel on Health Promotion for the Health Council of Canada. Internationally, he was a member of the Knowledge Network on Urban Settings (part of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health) and the Global Research Network on Urban Health Equity. He is on the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance and the Advisory Council of the new Arts Health Network Canada

Connie Clement

Connie Clement is the scientific director at the National Collaborating Centre Determinants of Health, located at St Francis Xavier University, one of six national collaborating centres for public health. The Centre helps public health organizations and practitioners learn about interventions that promote health-enhancing social and economic conditions and use evidence to create more effective programming to advance health equity.   

Connie has a long history in population and public health. She is a former executive director of Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, was Director of Policy and Planning -- and held numerous other management and front-line positions -- at Toronto Public Health; was a co-founder of Women Healthsharing; and the first executive director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a network of engaged philanthropists. She has a long-standing commitment to developing personal and organizational capacity to advance health and health equity, especially through women’s health, and has been instrumental in establishing coalitions, round tables and partnerships. She especially loves the intersection of strategy and practice. She’s a mother and active neighbour and volunteer.   

Jean-Pierre Girard

Jean-Pierre Girard, who has served as an expert advisor on collective enterprises for more than 25 years, has merged a teaching and academic research career in Quebec and Africa with field experience in consultancy and administration for cooperatives and non-profit organizations. Since 1996, he has developed specialized expertise in the fields of health and social services as administered by collective enterprises. He has authored a number of studies, research reports and outreach documents, primarily for the Government of Canada. In 2006, he wrote Notre système de santé : autrement, l'engagement citoyen par les coopératives, and has contributed to The Changing Boundaries of Social Enterprises, published in 2009 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as to Cooperative Innovations in China and the West (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). With speaking engagements in Canada and abroad, Jean-Pierre was invited by the United Nations Organization to deliver a paper at the Harnessing the Cooperative Advantage to Build a Better World conference,held in Addis Ababa in 2012 to mark the International Year of Cooperatives, and the Geneva-based NGO Alliance for Health Promotion. His consultancy activities combine local mandates in Montreal and elsewhere in Quebec with international responsibilities including recent interventions in Belgium, France and the United Kingdom. He has organized and headed up several survey missions, including studies of health cooperatives in Japan, in 2007 and 2010. Jean-Pierre has also assumed the role of expert with Socodevi, another NGO, in the field of staff training for the development of mutual health plans in Latin America and Africa.

Martin Itzkow

Martin Itzkow believes in making the world a better place.  That’s why he has dedicated his life to working in the community to create positive social change.  He is a powerful organizer of information and strategies, an innovator whose effectiveness is abundantly evident in numerous highly successful change initiatives. Simply put he is a social entrepreneur, a social innovator driven by a vision of stronger and more resilient communities.

Over the past 20 years Martin Itzkow has held many senior positions, in the Province of Manitoba, the nonprofit sector, as well as in the private sector in Manitoba. Throughout his career he has held positions in direct service, as well as in administration in nonprofit sector organizations serving youth, seniors and families. His very active consulting practice is local, national and international in scope.

Martin has assisted in the creation of many civil society organizations including the Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations (Founder), the Canadian Federation of Voluntary Sector Networks, the Canadian Community Leadership Network, Leadership Winnipeg (founding director of the original community program), Face2Face, Community Engagement, and as a co-creator of the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute. Recently he has designed and facilitated a community “ChangeMaker’s” program for cultural community leadership, and has become the only Canadian member of an international working group on civil society leadership development in Muslim majority and minority countries.

Noor Din

Noor Din, Chief Executive Office of Human Endeavour (, immigrated to Canada from Pakistan as a young engineer in 1990. Upon arrival, he joined University of Toronto to do Masters in Computer Engineering. During his studies, he joined Hewlett Packard and later McDATA and carried out innovative multi-million dollar projects in data storage and communication. His aspiration to do something for the larger good of the community led him to enter human services sector.  In 2004, he decided to leave the engineering sector at the peak of his career and set up Human Endeavour, dedicated to the well-being of marginalized communities.

Noor strongly believes in the redesign of economic, social and health care sectors through innovative and cost effective services and community based approach. A new economic structure that can benefit low income Canadians is also his strong commitment that he believes is possible through social enterprising model. Noor is also is a research affiliate with Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement (CERIS) at York University and has contributed research papers in national and international level conferences.

A major focus of his work has been in the area of health and wellness for seniors; his key initiative HOPE won the innovation award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Hospital Association because of its embedded innovative programming and evidence based impact on seniors’ physical, social and psychological health.

He also has a strong commitment towards creating economic opportunities for newcomers and marginalized members through social enterprises. Human Endeavour set up Enterprise Promotion and Innovation Centre (EPIC), which assists members of marginalized community to participate in gainful economic activities by becoming entrepreneurs.


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