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BIOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

CAREGIVING, CHILDREN, PARENTING & CHILD CARE

COMMUNITY RESPONSE, CHARITY & PHILANTHROPY, VOLUNTEERS

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN

EDUCATION/HOMESCHOOLING

EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR & REMOTE WORK

FAITH

FINANCE

FOOD & FOOD SECURITY

GENDER EQUITY

HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

INDIGENOUS ISSUES

INFORMATION/MISINFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL MEDIA

INFRASTRUCTURE

INTERNATIONAL

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS

ANIMAL

CIVIL LIBERTIES

CONSTITUTION

EMPLOYMENT

FAMILY

HEALTH

IMMIGRATION

JUSTICE

POLICY

PRIVACY

MENTAL HEALTH

POLITICS

RACISM

REFUGEES, MIGRANTS & IMMIGRATION

SENIORS

SPORTS

TECH

WAR & CONFLICT COUNTRIES

 

BIOLOGY, EPIDEMIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

Cynthia Carr – Epidemiologist and Health Policy Expert, EPI Research Inc.

  • COVID-19, coronavirus, epidemiology, health policy, community health assessment, social determinants of health, evidence-based decision making, data and leadership

Claire Cupples – Former Dean of Science and Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University

  • Human-microbe interactions, vaccination

Eleanor Fish – Director, Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Canada Research Chair in Women’s Health & Immunobiology Senior Scientist, Division of Advanced Diagnostics, Toronto General Research Institute, University Health Network Associate Chair, International Collaborations & Initiatives and Professor, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto

  • Immunology, infectious diseases

Erin Kinsella – Director of Campus Ministry, Newman Centre, University of Toronto

  • Social distancing measures, lab testing results and how they work, multiple waves of infection, vaccine development, SARS, microbiology, immunology, virology

Farah Mawani – CIHR Health System Impact Fellow, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Unity Health Toronto & School of Public Health, University of Alberta

  • Infectious disease epidemiology, social and psychiatric epidemiology

Priyanka Mishra – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Simon Fraser University

  • Immunology, innate immunity

 

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

Jenifer Bartman – Founder & Principal, Jenifer Bartman Business Advisory Services

  • Business/economic aspects of COVID-19, business development, trade, current affairs

Briana Brownell – Founder and CEO, Pure Strategy Inc.

  • Stock market, global financial crisis, NYSE trading

Chantal Fry – Owner, Glisse on Ice and C Rosé and Co-founder, Savourez Fine Foods

  • COVID-19 impact on event and food and wine industries, events, food, wine, travel, women in business

Sherena Hussain – Lawyer and Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Business, York University

  • Business, real estate, international relations 

Lisa Kramer – Professor of Finance, University of Toronto

  • Financial markets, empirical finance, behavioral economics, behavioral finance, investments

Parisa Mahboubi – Senior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute

  • Skills and labour market policy, human capital

Paula Minnikin – Chief Technology Officer, Minnikin Resources Inc.

  • COVID-19 impact on Board of Directors and operations

Rikia Saddy – Business Strategist/CEO Advisor

  • Market strategy, brick and mortar, influencers, manufacturing, biotech

Janice Sousa – Vice President, Business Development, Merit Travel

  • Travel, sales, women in sales, women in tech, strategy

Lindsay Tedds – Associate Professor and Scientific Director, Fiscal and Economic Policy, University of Calgary

  • Economic impacts of COVID-19, public policy responses

Tatiana Teevens – Director, Adventure With Purpose & Purpose Business Group

  • Travel and tourism, responsible travel and tourism, international development and tourism

 

 

CAREGIVING, CHILDREN, PARENTING & CHILD CARE

Michelle Pensa Branco – Co-founder, SafelyFed Canada

  • Breastfeeding, lactation, public health, infant health, infant feeding in emergency preparedness, pregnancy, reproductive rights and issues

Elena Merenda – Assistant Program Head, Early Childhood Studies, University of Guelph-Humber

  • Children, child care, children’s grief

Sarah Molyneaux – Lawyer, Molyneaux Law

  • Child care issues at work due to COVID-19 school closures

Jenna Morton – Writer and Digital Media Company Owner, Pickle Planet Moncton

  • Parenting, practical ways parents can deal with educational slide, social media and children, teaching children importance of knowing source of information and when it needs to be shared, strategies for being home with elementary school-age children

Diana Sarosi – Manager, Policy, Oxfam Canada

  • COVID-19 and care

Natasha Sharma – Relationship & Parenting Expert, Author, Co-Founder “Intelligent Mindset”, Doctor of Psychology Candidate, NKS Therapy and Intelligent Mindset

  • Parenting and COVID-19 response for children, depression, family, relationships, marriage

Anjum Sultana – Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA Canada

  • COVID-19 and child care

Laura Tamblyn Watts – President and CEO of CanAge and Acting Policy Director of the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly

  • Caregiving, intergenerational issues

Donna Thomson – Care Activist

  • Caregiving, family caregiving, role of family caregivers during COVID-19 pandemic

Suzanne Tough – Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

  • Maternal and family well being, child care, at risk families

 

COMMUNITY RESPONSE, CHARITY & PHILANTHROPY, VOLUNTEERS

Amara Possian – Professor (Seneca College), Canada Campaigns Director (350.org)

  • COVID-19 community response, advocacy and public affairs, democracy and civic participation

Ann Rosenfield – Principal, Charitably Speaking

    • COVID-19 impact on charitable sector, giving, charity boards
    • Volunteering, volunteer leadership

Rikia Saddy – Business Strategist/CEO Advisor

  • Foreign aid, domestic philanthropy

Zoe Share – CEO, Schmooz Media LTD

  • Grassroots campaign to find, match and meet the needs of front line workers

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN & CHILDREN

Kim Hawkins – Executive Director, Rise Women’s Legal Centre

  • COVID-19’s impact on domestic violence, impact of closing of the courts

Petra Molnar – Acting Director, International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

  • COVID-19’s impact on women escaping domestic violence

Kharoll-Ann Souffrant – Ph.D. student in Social Work and Vanier scholar, University of Ottawa

  • Gender-based violence, violence against women and children, COVID-19 pandemic and women’s issues

Anjum Sultana – Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA Canada

  • COVID-19 and gender-based violence

 

EDUCATION/HOMESCHOOLING

Andréa Coutu – Consultant, Consultant Journal

  • Home learning

Ann-Louise Davidson – Associate Professor, Education and Concordia University Research Chair, Maker Culture, Tier 2, Concordia University

  • Online learning, innovative pedagogy

Jennifer Fane – Faculty, Capilano University

  • Educational outcomes following school closures, early childhood education, public health and education research on young children’s wellbeing and intersection with learning and educational environments

Elena Merenda – Assistant Program Head, Early Childhood Studies, University of Guelph-Humber

  • Education, post-secondary education, early childhood education, inclusive education

Shana MacDonald – Assistant Professor, Communication Arts, University of Waterloo

  • Homeschooling and technology

Diana MacKay – Special Advisor to the Provost, Aga Khan University

  • Higher education, education policy

Parisa Mahboubi – Senior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute

  • Education, skills and labour market policy

Nobina Robinson – Chief Executive Officer (retired), Polytechnics Canada

  • Impact of coronavirus on higher education, industry innovation, future of work

Rikia Saddy – Business Strategist/CEO Advisor

  • Education, educational technology

Lee Skallerup Bessette – Learning Design Specialist, Georgetown University

  • Distance delivery for university courses, academic technology

Prachi Srivastava – Associate Professor, Western University

  • Effect of COVID-19/coronavirus on global education, mass disruption of education

Clara H. Whyte – Executive Director, Bioepokas

  • Short and long term political consequences of COVID-19, including education

 

EMPLOYMENT, LABOUR & REMOTE WORK

Lakshmi Baskaran – Vice-President of Engineering, Leonardo Worldwide Corporation

  • Tech employment, remote work, work-life balance

Andréa Coutu – Consultant, Consultant Journal

  • COVID-19/coronavirus impact on working from home, remote work

Katrina German – CEO, KatrinaGerman.com

  • Videoconferencing and tech for working from home

Christine Laperriere – President, Leader In Motion & Executive Director, Women of Influence Advancement Centre

  • Work-life balance

Shana MacDonald – Assistant Professor, Communication Arts, University of Waterloo

  • COVID-19 and work-life balance

Parisa Mahboubi – Senior Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute

  • Skills and labour market policy, human capital

Krysten Merriman – Co-founder, Admin Slayer

  • COVID-19/coronavirus impact on remote work, decentralized workforce, managing a remote workforce, cloud-based business operations and software, using digital media to replace in-person interactions

Paula Minnikin – Chief Technology Officer, Minnikin Resources Inc.

  • Working from home, employee engagement while working remotely

Isabelle Perreault – CEO and Founder, Differly Inc.

  • Necessity of shifting to digital and virtual operations during COVID-19 outbreak and beyond

Ruth Sirman – Organizational Conflict Consultant, Internationally Certified Mediator, CanMediate International

  • Working during a crisis and the impact on employees, managers, colleagues, families and clients, managing conflict, stress and relationships during self-isolation, understanding human interactions and why people do what they do

Anjum Sultana – Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA Canada

  • COVID-19 and employment and labour conditions

Lisa Taylor – President, Challenge Factory

  • Careers, employment, remote work, employee engagement, generational differences, future of work predictions

 

FAITH

Erin Kinsella – Director of Campus Ministry, Newman Centre, University of Toronto

  • Faith and COVID-19, pastoral applications for dealing with long stretches of self-isolation

 

FINANCE

Tracey Bissett – President and Chief Financial Fitness Trainer, Bissett Financial Fitness Inc.

  • Financial services, financial education, financial literacy, banking, risk management

Julia Chung – CEO & Financial Planner, Spring Financial Planning & Admin Slayer Services

  • Personal finances, financial planning, managing cash flow, what can be controlled and what cannot in cash flow, investment

Lisa Kramer – Professor of Finance, University of Toronto

  • Financial markets, empirical finance, behavioral finance, investments

Jackie Porter – Canada’s Financial Confidante, Carte Wealth Management

  • Financial planning, financial resilience and transition

Rikia Saddy – Business Strategist/CEO Advisor

  • Finance, fintech

 

FOOD & FOOD SECURITY

Jane Rabinowicz – Executive Director, USC Canada

  • COVID-19 impact on food security and seed security

Steffanie Scott – Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

  • Food, food security, food supply, local food

 

GENDER EQUITY

Kelly Cooper – Founder and President, Centre for Social Intelligence

  • Gender equality and COVID-19

Rachel Kohut – Project Director, Feminist Law Reform Advocacy, National Association of Women and the Law

  • Gender, law, public health, global health, GBA+ analysis of outbreaks

Diana Sarosi – Manager, Policy, Oxfam Canada

  • COVID-19 and gender issues, COVID-19 and care, COVID-19 and humanitarian impacts

Rebecca Sullivan – Professor, Department of English, University of Calgary

  • Gender-based analysis

Anjum Sultana – Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA Canada

  • COVID-19 and gender equity, care work, care economy, economic justice

 

HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE

Susan Cadell – Professor, Renison University College, University of Waterloo

  • Grief, public health model of bereavement support, dying and bereavement

Dr. Sarah Cook – Doctor, Integra Health Centre

  • Front-line family physician, family medicine

Claire Cupples – Former Dean of Science and Professor of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Simon Fraser University

  • Human-microbe interactions, vaccination, healthcare

Dr. Monika Dutt – Public health specialist and family physician

  • Public health, healthcare, healthcare policy, Canadian healthcare system, social determinants of health, advocacy, population health, influenza, climate change and health

Kelly Grindrod – Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo

  • Pharmacy, pharmacies limiting supplies due to COVID-19

Diane Finegood – Professor, Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University & Executive Director, Canadian Health Services and Policy Research Alliance

  • Health research, complex systems, spread of COVID-19 makes our response complex, not just complicated

Devon Greyson – Assistant Professor of Health Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Public health, health services, vaccination, vaccination hesitancy

Roojin Habibi – Research Fellow, Global Strategy Lab

  • Global health, health and human rights, health policy

Jennifer Hollinshead – Founder and Clinical Director, Peak Resilience

  • Best practice for supporting medical professionals involved in war zones or other severe pandemics

Jennifer Jackson – Registered Nurse, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

  • Nursing, healthcare, healthcare systems, healthcare systems’ response to COVID-19

Karishma Kripalani – Trauma-informed Craniosacral Therapist, Pranasacral

  • Health, trauma, trauma therapy, resiliency work, mind-body healing, mindfulness and meditation, yoga

Rachel Kohut – Project Director, Feminist Law Reform Advocacy, National Association of Women and the Law

  • Law, public health, global health, GBA+ analysis of outbreaks

Christine Laperriere – President, Leader In Motion & Executive Director, Women of Influence Advancement Centre

  • Stress management, mindset dealing with uncertainty

Fiona MacDonald – Associate Professor, University of the Fraser Valley

  • Healthcare, ethics and health, public health and COVID-19, humanization/dehumanization in healthcare practice and public discourses 

Diana MacKay – Special Advisor to the Provost, Aga Khan University

  • Health policy

Martha Paynter – Spokesperson, President of the Board, Womens Wellness Within

  • COVID-19 and prisoner health, abortion and contraception as essential services, health services management

Kharoll-Ann Souffrant – Ph.D. student in Social Work and Vanier scholar, University of Ottawa

  • COVID-19 and health care professionals

 

HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS

Anjum Sultana – Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications, YWCA Canada

  • COVID-19 and housing and homelessness

 

INDIGENOUS ISSUES

Naomi Sayers – Indigenous feminist and lawyer

  • COVID-19 and Indigenous issues

 

INFORMATION/MISINFORMATION, COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL MEDIA

Rukhsana Ahmed – Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Communication, University at Albany, SUNY

  • Health communication, improving the management of COVID-19 with communications, information and communication technology and clinical practices

Kathryn Hill – Executive Director, MediaSmarts

  • Misinformation/disinformation related to COVID-19 , importance of verifying information, ways to verify sources

Devon Greyson – Assistant Professor of Health Communication, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Health information, health information technology, information and communication technology, vaccination, vaccination hesitancy

Anita Li – Media consultant and journalism professor

  • Digital and news literacy for the public, identifying “fake news”, identifying misinformation/disinformation in COVID-19 stories

Shana MacDonald – Assistant Professor, Communication Arts, University of Waterloo

  • COVID-19/coronavirus tracking and trending on social media, social media use to spread information and disinformation, social media and social pressures to self-isolate

Katharina Niemeyer – Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal

  • Media, crisis and catastrophe, digital social media, media and memory, media and historical events

Rachel Pulfer – Executive Director, Journalists for Human Rights

  • Media, journalism, past coverage of Ebola outbreaks in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rebecca Sullivan – Professor, Department of English, University of Calgary

  • Media and communications

Heidi Tworek – Assistant Professor of History, University of British Columbia

  • Health communications, public health communications, messaging and communications as medical interventions, news and media, social media

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Barbara Robinson – President and Founder, Norton Engineering Inc.

  • Civil engineering, sewer system, sewer system blockages, climate change, infrastructure

Dianne Saxe – President, SaxeFacts

  • Sewage, sewage overflow related to climate change, government spending, climate change

Naomi Sayers – Indigenous feminist and lawyer

  • COVID-19 and energy issues, electricity providers

 

INTERNATIONAL

Steffanie Scott – Associate Professor, Department of Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

  • COVID-19 in China

Clara H. Whyte – Executive Director, Bioepokas

  • COVID-19 in Latin America

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS

 

ANIMAL

Rebeka Breder – Animal law lawyer, Breder Law

    • Animal law and COVID-19, animal rights

Victoria Shroff – Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public in British Columbia, Shroff & Associates, Adjunct Law Professor (part time), University of British Columbia

    • Animal law and COVID-19, animal health and safety

 

CIVIL LIBERTIES

Amira Elghawaby – Journalist & Human Rights Advocate

    • Civil liberties, civil rights, human rights

Petra Molnar – Acting Director, International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

    • New technologies and methods of surveillance used to slow the spread of the pandemic will also likely infringe on rights and civil liberties

Clara H. Whyte – Executive Director, Bioepokas

    • Short and long term political consequences of COVID-19, including civil liberties

 

CONSTITUTION

Kerri Froc – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New Brunswick

    • Charter of Rights, Charter implications of government use of emergency legislation to abridge rights, constitutional law, human rights

Martha Jackman – Professor, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa

    • Charter of Rights, constitutional law, COVID-19 and enforced self-isolation

 

EMPLOYMENT

Hermie Abraham – Employment Lawyer and Owner, Advocation Professional Corporation

    • Employment law, wrongful dismissal, workplace policies, discrimination, harassment

Sarah Molyneaux – Lawyer, Molyneaux Law

    • COVID-19 and unpaid and paid leaves, sick days, layoffs due to COVID-19’s impact on business, child care issues at work due to COVID-19 school closures, right to refuse work rendered unsafe by risks of exposure to the novel coronavirus, human rights law, employment law

 

FAMILY

Jacinta Gallant – Collaborative Lawyer, Mediator and Conflict Trainer, Waterstone Law Group

    • Child support arrangements in the face of work and income loss, conflict resolution assistance during isolation or exposure, essential workers who also want to parent but the other parent can stay home, innovative legal tools to serve clients, separation, divorce, family conflict, parenting from two homes, conflict resolution, family law, family mediation

Darlene Rites – Family Law Lawyer and Mediator, Ferreira & Bettencourt, LLP

    • COVID-19 and family law, mediation, separation, divorce, custody and access, support, division of property, divorce and restraining orders

 

HEALTH

Françoise Baylis – University Research Professor, Dalhousie University

    • COVID-19 and public health ethics, with a focus on those who are socially and economically disadvantaged, health law and ethics

Lisa Feldstein – Principal Lawyer/Health Lawyer, Lisa Feldstein Law Office PC & Adjunct Professor, York University (Faculty of Health)

    • Health law, family health law, treatment decisions for someone on a ventilator, who decides who gets a ventilator or when to withdraw life support, power of attorney, end of life decision-making, COVID-19 and medically assisted dying

Colleen Flood – Professor & University Research Chair, Centre for Health Law Policy & Ethics, University of Ottawa

    • Health law, health policy, right to health, federalism and health care, healthcare systems

Lorian Hardcastle – Assistant Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine, University of Calgary

    • Public health law and policy, health systems issues, hospital regulation, patient safety

Rachel Kohut – Project Director, Feminist Law Reform Advocacy, National Association of Women and the Law

    • Law, public health, GBA+ analysis of outbreaks

Roxanne Mykitiuk – Associate Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

    • Health law, disability and the law, COVID-19 impacts on marginalized communities, COVID-19 and implications for those living in congregate settings, bioethics

Laila Paszti – Lawyer/AI Technology Advisor, GTC Law Group PC

    • Life sciences regulatory

 

JUSTICE

Lisa Jørgensen – Criminal and Regulatory Defence Lawyer, Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe

    • COVID-19 and administration of justice (prisons, courthouses, access to justice), criminal law, criminal defence, mental health, women in law, sexual harassment, inequality

 

IMMIGRATION

Evelyn Ackah – Founder and Managing Lawyer, Ackah Business Immigration Law/Crossing Borders Seamlessly

    • Business immigration law, corporate immigration law, Canadian immigration law, US immigration law, USMCA immigration law, skilled workers immigration

 

POLICY

Naomi Sayers – Indigenous feminist and lawyer

    • Legislative updates, legal policy

 

PRIVACY

Laila Paszti – Lawyer/AI Technology Advisor, GTC Law Group PC

    • Privacy law

Lauren Reid – President, The Privacy Pro

    • Mobile phone tracking, location data collection, privacy, data ethics

Teresa Scassa – Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

    • Privacy and the use of private sector data in the COVID-19 crisis

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Dr. Melanie Badali – Board Director at AnxietyBC, Registered Psychologist at North Shore Stress & Anxiety Clinic

  • Mental health, managing fear and anxiety, taking care of your mental health

Kristy Brosz – Medical Social Worker & Rare Disease Advocate, HAE Canada & Adoptive Parent Advocate

  • Mental health, mental health impact on chronic illness patients, medical trauma

Dr. Sarah Cook – Doctor, Integra Health Centre

  • Mental health

Robin Cox – Research Director and Professor, ResilienceByDesign Research Lab and Royal Roads University

  • Mental health,  individual and collective needs, signs and symptoms of stress/fear/anxiety, tips for how to address/manage/cope, emotional/psychological resilience, intersection between pandemic and climate change from a behavioral change perspective

Jennifer Hollinshead – Founder and Clinical Director, Peak Resilience

  • COVID-19 and mental health, self-care, video counselling during COVID-19, online support groups

Dr. Katy Kamkar – Ph.D., C.Psych., Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

  • COVID-19 and mental health, coronavirus and mental health, mental health, PTSD, police, first responders, workplace mental health, stress management

Farah Mawani – CIHR Health System Impact Fellow, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Unity Health Toronto & School of Public Health, University of Alberta

  • Trauma, recovery, social isolation, social and peer support especially among immigrants and refugees, and people living in social housing, crisis response, social determinants of physical and mental health inequities

Danielle Rice – PhD Candidate, Therapist, McGill University; Canadian Institute for Health Information

  • Mental health, social connectedness, loneliness, mental health symptoms, mental health implications from isolation/quarantine and social distancing

Suzanne Tough – Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

  • Mental health, online tools for mental health, importance of social support, optimism

 

POLITICS

Clara H. Whyte – Executive Director, Bioepokas

  • Short and long term political consequences of COVID-19, including education, civil liberties, political regime

 

RACISM

Amira Elghawaby – Journalist & Human Rights Advocate

  • Racism, anti-hate

 

REFUGEES, MIGRANTS & IMMIGRATION

Evelyn Ackah – Founder and Managing Lawyer, Ackah Business Immigration Law/Crossing Borders Seamlessly

  • Business immigration law, corporate immigration law, Canadian immigration law, US immigration law, USMCA immigration law, skilled workers immigration

Shauna Labman – Associate Professor, Human Rights, University of Winnipeg, Global College

  • Refugee law, refugee resettlement, COVID-19’s impact on refugee resettlement in Canada, international refugee law, asylum, migration, private refugee sponsorship

Farah Mawani – CIHR Health System Impact Fellow, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Unity Health Toronto & School of Public Health, University of Alberta

  • Social and peer support among immigrants and refugees

Petra Molnar – Acting Director, International Human Rights Program, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

  • COVID-19’s impact on refugees and migrants, migrant workers

 

SENIORS

Amy Friesen – Seniors Advocate, Founder and CEO, Tea & Toast

  • Seniors, senior living, retirement residence

Helen Hirsh Spence – Founder/CEO, T60 Strategies (Top Sixty Over Sixty)

  • Older adults and loneliness, older adults and isolation, older adults and online learning, older adults and stress, older adults and tools to stay connected

Laura Tamblyn Watts – President and CEO of CanAge and Acting Policy Director of the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly

  • Law and aging, elder law, seniors, intergenerational issues, social isolation, mental wellness, powers of attorney and decision-making

 

SPORTS

Aileen McManamon – Managing Partner, 5T Sports Group

  • COVID-19 impact on sports industry, cancellation of sport seasons, cancellation of Olympic Games

 

TECH

Lakshmi Baskaran – Vice-President of Engineering, Leonardo Worldwide Corporation

  • COVID-19 impact on tech industry, tech employment

Ann-Louise Davidson – Associate Professor, Education and Concordia University Research Chair, Maker Culture, Tier 2, Concordia University

  • 3-D printing

Anna Foat – Instructor, University of Western Ontario

  • Technology, healthtech, tool to track and screen patients during the COVID-19 outbreak

Laila Paszti – Lawyer/AI Technology Advisor, GTC Law Group PC

  • Artificial intelligence solutions for COVID-19

Isabelle Perreault – CEO and Founder, Differly Inc.

  • Digital operations, shifting to virtual, online operations now and in the future, digital communications and ways of working, move service offering online, modernization, digital alternatives, technology adoption

 

WAR & CONFLICT COUNTRIES

Muzna Dureid – Liaison Officer, The While Helmets

  • COVID-19 and Syria

Rachel Vincent – Co-Executive Director, Nobel Women’s Initiative

  • COVID-19 and impact on women and communities impacted by war and conflict, and women political prisoners