Rosemary Barton
CBC's chief political correspondent

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

12:15 – 13:45 EST

Rosemary Barton is CBC's chief political correspondent.


An award-winning and long time political journalist, Rosemary is the first woman to hold this position. She has interviewed many high-profile politicians including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde. 


As CBC’s Chief Political Correspondent, Barton guides viewers with daily political coverage on CBC News and leads political specials for CBC News; hosts THE NATIONAL’s At Issue panel; co-hosts the weekly CBC Podcast PARTY LINES with Buzzfeed News's Elamin Abdelmahmoud; and delivers a weekly dose of political news affecting Canadians on Sunday mornings as the host of ROSEMARY BARTON LIVE on CBC TV and CBC News Network.


In 2016 she received the Canadian Screen Award for best host of a news or information program for CBC News Network's Power & Politics. 


Prior to becoming host of Power & Politics, Barton was a National reporter with CBC's Parliamentary Bureau, covering federal elections, as well as a number of federal leadership campaigns. She covered the fraud trial of Conrad Black in Chicago in 2007, and more recently the Mike Duffy fraud trial. She also covered the public inquiry into the dealings between former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Karlheinz Schreiber in 2008, and the shooting in Ottawa on October 22nd, 2014. 


Barton joined CBC as Quebec's legislative reporter at the National Assembly in 2004. She covered Jean Charest's arrival as Premier in Quebec for his first mandate and the intense leadership race within the Parti Quebecois that followed the resignation of Bernard Landry. She covered a number of provincial elections in Quebec both with CBC Television and Global News. Barton was in Montreal on the day of the shooting at Dawson College where she was one of the first reporters on the scene reporting live. 


Barton started her journalism career in her home town of Winnipeg as a researcher for CBC's French news network, RDI. She has a degree in French literature from College Universitaire de Saint-Boniface and a Master's degree in Journalism from Carleton University.


Follow Rosemary on Twitter: @RosieBarton.

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Dr. Mark Britnell
Vice Chair and Global Health Expert, KPMG UK

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

12:15 – 13:45 EST

Mark is Vice Chair of KPMG UK and a Global Expert on Health Systems. For 11 years, Mark was Global Head of Healthcare at KPMG International and Global Chair of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare for 3 years. In that time, Mark oversaw $7 billion of annual revenue supporting 45,000 staff across 157 countries.


He is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems and has a pioneering and inspiring global vision for health in both the developed and developing world. Mark has dedicated his entire professional life to healthcare and has led organisations at local, regional, national and global levels – provider and payer, public and private. Over the past 11 years, he has worked in over 80 countries on circa. 345 occasions, gaining a unique first-hand experience.


Mark was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham in 2000. He masterminded the largest new hospital build in NHS history, established the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and developed one of the highest performing healthcare organisations in the UK.


He went on to run the NHS region from Oxford to the Isle of Wight before joining the NHS Management Board as a Director-General at the Department of Health, where he developed High Quality Care for All with Lord Darzi. He joined KPMG as Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health in 2009 and has established a successful worldwide health practice.


Between 2014 and 2018, Mark sat as a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Health Sector for the World Economic Forum and sits on the Advisory Board of the China Center for Health Development at Peking University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Taishan Medical University School, Shandong Province and holds honorary doctorates from Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton.


Mark is the author of "In Search of the Perfect Health System", published by Palgrave Macmillian. The book has sold in over 109 countries, including translations into Mandarin, Korean and Portuguese, and was recognised by Chinese Medical Doctors Association as best health book in China in 2017, and in the UK by the British Medical Association, 2016. Mark’s new book, “Human: solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare” was published by Oxford University Press in March 2019. It sold out its first print run in 4 months and was recently translated to into Mandarin.


Mark has been a Non-Executive Director at Dr Foster, a trustee of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and a Board member of Prostate Cancer UK. He survived prostate cancer at the age of 42 and has donated all royalties from the sale of this book to Prostate Cancer UK. He is a Board Trustee of the King’s Fund and Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management, Toronto.

Chantal Hébert
Political columnist

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

12:15 – 13:45 EST


Chantal Hébert is a political columnist whose work appears in the Toronto Star and the magazine L’Actualité. She is a weekly participant on the political panel at Issue on the CBC’s The National as well as Radio-Canada’s Les Coulisses du pouvoir on television and Tout un matin on Montreal radio. Ms. Hébert began her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada in 1975 before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada radio. She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse.  


Hébert is a graduate of Glendon College, York University. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and hold honorary degrees from a dozen Canadian universities. She is a recipient of two Asia-Pacific media fellowship (Malaysia and Japan).  She is the 2005 recipient of the APEX Public Service Award. In 2006, she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy as well as York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award. In 2012, she was appointed to the Order of Canada. Her second book: The Morning After, dealing with the 1995 Quebec referendum, was published simultaneously in both official languages in 2015. In 2019, her peers in the Parliamentary Press Gallery awarded her the Charles Lynch award for her longstanding coverage of national issues.

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Dr. Amer Kaissi 
Award winning Professor, Healthcare Administration - Trinity University

Monday, June 6, 2022

12:30 – 13:30 EST

Dr. Amer Kaissi (“Ah-mer Ky-See”) is an-award winning Professor of Healthcare Administration at Trinity University, a Top-15 program. 


He is the author of the book “Intangibles: The Unexpected Traits of High-Performing Healthcare Leaders,” which has won the 2019 American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Book of the Year award. 


At Trinity, Dr. Kaissi teaches courses in Leadership, Professional Development and Public Speaking and is the Director of the Executive Program. His research focuses on leadership, coaching, and strategy. 


Dr. Kaissi is a national speaker with Huron/Studer Group and a faculty member with ACHE. He is a certified Executive & Physician Coach and works with top leaders from all over the country to maximize their leadership potential. 


His most recent book “Humbitious: the power of low-ego, high-drive leadership” was published in January of 2022. 


Dr. Kaissi, an avid soccer fan, lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife and two teenagers. 

Dr. Shimi Kang
Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

Monday, June 6, 2022

16:15 – 17:15 EST


An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.


Kang is a practicing psychiatrist and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia. As a thought leader, Kang has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, CBC, and The Washington Post. Her featured blogs can be found in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and TIME magazine.


In addition, Kang is the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-Ready Leaders, CEO of Sparky Digital App, and host of “Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang” on YouTube. Kang has made promoting health, connection, and innovation a priority. Through these mediums, she provides positive mindset, social, emotional, and mental health skills for children, teenagers, and adults around the world. 


Kang is the author of The Self-Motivated Kid and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which is a #1 bestseller and winner of the US News International Book Award. Her latest book, The Tech Solution, provides neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.


An entertaining and experienced speaker, Kang has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. She has shared the stage with cutting edge scientists, movie stars, CEOs, professional athletes, and global leaders. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than a million times.


In recognition of her work, Kang has been honoured with five national awards in mental health and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health. She is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service, and a member of the International Women’s Forum.

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Dr.  Kwadwo Kyeremanteng
Department Head of Critical Care- The Ottawa Hospital
Division of Palliative Care - The Ottawa Hospital

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

12:15 – 13:45 EST

Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng is the department head of critical care at The Ottawa Hospital. He dedicates his time to care for the sickest of the sick patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).  As a researcher, he is interested in using ICU resources more efficiently and improving access to palliative care in the ICU. To help do this, he founded the Resource Optimization Network, a multidisciplinary research group working to reduce health spending in this area without compromising care. In September 2019 Dr. Kyeremanteng launched his ever-growing podcast “Solving Healthcare with Kwadwo Kyeremanteng” these podcasts feature interviews and discussions on the topic of improving healthcare delivery in Canada. Underpinned by the values of cost-effectiveness, dignity, and justice, these podcasts will challenge the status quo, leaving no stone unturned as we explore gaps, assumptions, and different perspectives in the pursuit of finding solutions to problems in Canada’s healthcare system. During the COVID 19 Pandemic Dr. Kyeremanteng created ‘Solving Wellness’ a virtual health & wellness platform for health care professionals. ‘Solving Wellness’ has been helping address health care burnout and providing health, fitness and self care for its members. 

Maryann Murray
Former Co-chair of Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and champion for patient safety in healthcare

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

12:15 – 13:45 EST


Maryann Murray is a recognized Canadian Patient Safety Advocate; a member of the World Health Organization’s Patients for Patient Safety program and former Co-Chair of Patients for Patient Safety Canada.  Since the death of her daughter Martha in 2002, Maryann has focused on improving patient safety, with special interest in patient engagement and medication safety.  

Maryann has played a key role in shaping the World Health Organization’s ‘Medication Without Harm’ global challenge, presenting at the WHO launch events at the UN in Geneva and Global Ministerial Conference in Bonn Germany.  In Canada, she has helped create educational modules on ‘Vanessa’s Law’, participated in Health Canada consultations on Self-Care labelling, helped update of the British Columbia Patient Safety Learning Systems Modules and contributed to the recently released patient handout ‘Oxytocin to Start or Advance Labour’.

Maryann is also the proud recipient of the Canadian College of Health Leaders 2020 ‘Celebrating the Human Spirit Award’.  

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Eric Termuende
Co-founder of NoW of Work, author of the bestselling book Rethink Work, and global keynote speaker

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

16:15 – 17:15 EST

Eric Termuende is the co-founder of NoW of Work, author of the bestselling book Rethink Work, and global keynote speaker. Having been on hundreds of stages and worked with and studied the greatest places to work in the world he knows what it takes to build incredible teams that are resilient, innovative, and ready for the future of work.


A former World Economic Forum Global Shaper and recognized as one of the Top 100 Emerging

Innovators under 35 by American Express, his ideas have been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, and many more.