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Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

CIHR/Health Canada Chair on Health Human Resource Policy
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences University of Ottawa

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Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, PhD, is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is also the Associate Director of the Community Health Research Unit, one of eight system linked research units funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. She was recently awarded the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in Health Human Resource Policy which is jointly funded by the federal ministry of Health Canada. Dr. Bourgeault has garnered an international reputation for her research on health professions, health policy and women's health. She has published widely in national and international journals and edited volumes on midwifery and maternity care, primary care delivery, advanced practice nursing, qualitative health research methods, and on complementary and alternative medicine. She has been a consultant to various provincial Ministries of Health in Canada, to Health Canada and to the World Health Organization. Her recent research focuses on the migration of health professionals with a particular focus on Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia for which she was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Health Labour Policy which she held in her previous position at McMaster University.

Dr. Gillian Barclay

Sub-Regional Advisor, Health Human Resources Department
Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the WHO
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Dr. Gillian Barclay is the Sub-Regional Advisor, Health Human Resources Development at the Pan American Health Organization, Office of Caribbean Program Coordination. In this role she provides technical expertise in health human resource development as relevant to the CARICOM region, such as training in the health professions and health leadership development to support the renewal of primary health care, capacity and infrastructure strengthening of regional academic programs for the health professions, health workforce migration, and workforce planning and trans-sectoral policy development to strengthen health systems in CARICOM region. Prior to her work at the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Barclay held positions at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan, and also at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

Rick Cameron

Principal Investigator, Cameron Health Strategies Group
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Rick Cameron has worked within the Canadian health care system for almost thirty years in which time he has chaired over a dozen Ministerial health human resource advisory committees. He has also worked in the field of labour economics within the New Zealand government with a special research and policy interest in the assimilation of Pacific Island migrant workers. He has been a consultant to the National Physician Task Force and the Jean Chretien Pledge to Africa program and has developed options for an ethical approach for the recruitment of international health care workers. In 2006 under the co-sponsorship of the Pan American Health Organization and Health Canada he published Health Human Resources in the Americas: Evidence for Action. He has also worked as an advisor to the PAHO Regional Data Project Team, where he assisted with HRH data development in Barbados, Belize and Ecuador. Rick is currently the Principal of the Cameron Health Strategies Group which continues to work closely with Health Canada in developing and implementing the Pan-Canadian Health Human Resources Strategy to produce review of national HHR research priorities and knowledge translation, strategies to achieve national self-sufficiency in HHR and an assessment of HHR planning models in Canada.

Dr. Alessio Cangiano

Research Officer, University of Oxford, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society
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Dr. Alessio Cangiano is a demographer working on migration and the socio-economic integration of migrants in the UK and Europe. Alessio is the UK coordinator of an international research project on migrant care workers in ageing societies. His current research especially focuses on the factors underlying the demand for migrant labour and the migrant employment patterns in the provision of care for older people. He has published works dealing with migration and migrant labour market incorporation in Italy and Southern Europe; the collection and assessment of migration data; the impact of migration on demographic structures and social security systems; and the local policy responses to immigration in UK and Italian cities. Alessio holds a PhD in Demography from the University of Rome, his thesis addressing the determinants of international migration movements. During his PhD work he was a visiting fellow at the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany) with Marie Curie research training funding.

Dr. Lola Dare

Chief Executive Officer, CHESTRAD-ACOSHED Partnership
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
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Lola Dare is a community physician and medical epidemiologist working with the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. She is also a lead consultant and the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development (CHESTRAD). Recently Dr. Dare has been involved in health policy research and systems development in Africa with a focus on the identification of novel strategies to engage communities, households and the wider African civil society in sustainable development. She has been a key contributor to the works of Health System Action Network, offering a particular insight into the challenges facing Africa's health systems. Dr. Dare is also the current Executive Secretary of ACOSHED - the African Council for Sustainable Development - which, through a partnership of governments, civil society organizations and development partners, seeks to place health at the centre of the development agenda.

Dr. Anita Alero Davies

Public Health Specialist, Migration Health Department
International Organization for Migration
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Dr. Anita Alero Davies is a Public Health Physician. She earned her medical degree at the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Nigeria. She has a MSc in community health from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland and a Masters in Public Health from University of London, United Kingdom (UK). Dr. Davies has several years experience of working in Public health with NGOs and international organizations in Africa, The UK and Switzerland. She is currently a public health specialist at the International Organization for migration Head quarters in Geneva. She is the focal point for migration health and development. She covers issues relating to managing the migration of health workers and public health aspects relating to migrant health. She has authored and co-authored several articles on public health issues in peer reviewed journals. She is a member of several interagency technical working groups addressing issues that relate to migration and health.

Dr. Raywat Deonandan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine,
University of Ottawa
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Dr. Raywat Deonandan is an epidemiologist, author and journalist. His books have been internationall critically acclaimed, winning such awards as the national book award of Guyana and top funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. His journalistic works appear in a variety of newspapers and magazines worldwide, including as a regular column on science entrepreneurship on the MicroSoft Canada website. As a scientist, Dr. Deonandan consults to businesses, academia and government in the areas of epidemiological design, analysis, strategy and communication. He recently completed a one year tenure as the Chief Scientific Advisor to the Canadian federal government on the topic of Assisted Human Reproduction, and is currently an Assistant Professor (specializing in Global Health) in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Visit him online at

Dr.Lisa Eckenwiler

Associate Professor of Philosophy/Director of Health Care Ethics
Centre for Health Policy Research and Ethics
George Mason University, Washington, D.C
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Lisa Eckenwiler received her B.A. in Behavioral Sciences and Law from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In addition to being an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, she is also the Director of Health Care Ethics in the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at Mason. She was an Associate Professor and Co-director for the Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Old Dominion University. Also, from 2002-2004 Dr.Eckenwiler served as Director for the Consortium to Examine Clinical Research Ethics at the Center for the Study of Medical Ethics and Humanities, Duke University Medical Center. In 2006 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Patricia Weiss Fagen

Director of Training/Senior Associate
Georgetown University, Institute for the Study of International Migration
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Following a career in Academia, Patricia Weiss Fagen entered the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 1988. She served in Washington DC as External Relations officer and from 1991-1993 as the Chief of Mission in El Salvador. During 1995-96 she was on loan to the UN Research Institute for Social Development, as senior associate of the War Torn Societies Project, and from 1996-2000 she worked in the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank and as a consultant with the Inter American Development Bank, the US Peace Corps, the Christian Michelsen Institute (Norway) and the IDRC (Canada). Since coming to the Institute for the Study of International Migration in 2000, she has specialized in research and evaluations of operational projects related to post-conflict reintegration and reconstruction. Two of these evaluations, with CHF International and the UN World Food Program, were focused on IDP programs in Colombia.Dr Fagen has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has published a number of works related to Latin American history, human rights law and policy, political asylum and refugee issues, and post-conflict reconstruction.

Dr. Sheba M. George

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Research Center
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
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Dr. George was awarded her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Since completing her doctorate, Dr. George has consulted on research projects for Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research, and completed a NIMH AIDS Research Training postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology Department at UCLA. Dr. George's research broadly focuses on health inequities among underserved populations, particularly in the areas of health information technologies and health workforce issues. She is the published author of two books by the University of California Press. In her 2005 sole-authored book titled When Women Come First: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration (University of California Press, 2005), she examines the immigration and settlement experiences of Indian nurses. She is also interested in the intersections of technology and health - particularly in terms of how patients and providers in underserved areas with "the digital divide" experience new technologies such as telemedicine and clinical decision support systems. Dr. George continues to contribute to the body of knowledge surrounding international migration patterns, health inequities, gender issues and race relations.

Audrey Gittens-Gilkes

Chief Nursing Officer
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
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Audrey has been a Registered Nurse for the past twenty years and is currently the Chief Nursing Officer of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is also an administration major having pursued undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of the West Indies Mona Jamaica. She has been the Chairman of the Regional Nursing Body CARICOM since 2007, the Chairman of the General Nursing Council St. Vincent and the Grenadines since 2006, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College since 2008. Also, she is the founder of the Nursing Service Debating Society of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Moreover, Audrey was instrumental in developing the housekeeping policy, information management plan, risk management plan, disaster policy and a succession plan for the nursing service. She is also the Charter President of the Kiwanis Club of Kingstown St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dr. Robert Huish

Post-doctorate, Centre de recherche en éthique,
University of Montreal, School of Public Health
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Dr. Huish holds a PhD in Geography from Simon Fraser University and is a 2004 Trudeau Foundation scholar. He has just completed a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship held between the University of Montréal's Centre de recherche en éthique (CREUM) and the School of Public Health. Before receiving his doctorate he earned a Master's degree in Geography and an Honours BA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. His research interests explore the public health ethics of service inequalities in Latin America, Africa and South-East Asia, and specifically on the right to access health-care services. His current research focus is centered on Cuban Medical Internationalism and its felts impacts of training and retaining health-care workers in the global South. He lectured as a professor on various topics at Simon Fraser University, and now as a faculty member at Dalhousie University he plans to continue teaching on such topics in both Canada and Cuba He has authored, and co-authored, papers in Social Science & Medicine, Public Health, the International Journal of Cuban Studies, Latin American Perspectives, Antipode, Regional Studies, Geography Compass, Global Health Watch and the WHO Bulletin.

Dr. Ronald Labonte

Professor/Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity
University of Ottawa, Institute of Population Health
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Ronald Labonté holds a Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health; and is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, at University of Ottawa. From 1999 to 2004 he was founding Director of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), a bi-university interdisciplinary research organization that was committed to "engaged research" on population health determinants at local, national and global levels. For the past decade, Dr. Labonté's work has focused on the health equity impacts of contemporary globalization. Most recently, he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the World Health Organization's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. Dr. Labonté has over 150 scientific publications and several hundred articles in popular media. His recent books include Globalisation and Health: Pathways, Evidence and Policy (Routledge, 2009), Health Promotion in Action: From Local to Global Empowerment (Palgrave Macmillan. 2008), and Critical Public Health: A Reader (Routledge, 2007). Prior to his work in global health, Dr. Labonté worked, consulted and published extensively on health promotion, empowerment and health, and community development for over twenty years, including 15 years employment with provincial and local Canadian government

Dr. Shree Mulay

Professor and Associate Dean
Community Health and Humanities Division, Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University
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Shree Mulay is the Associate Dean of the Community Health and Humanities Division in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). Prior to that, she was a professor in the Department of Medicine, McGill University and on staff at the Royal Victoria Hospital as the assistant director of the Endocrinology and Clinical Biochemistry Laboratories. She is the former director of the McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women (1996-2007). More recently, Shree's research has focused on the health of vulnerable populations in India and the "Impact of liberalization and international trade regimes on access to health services and medicines". Shree has published about 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, several reviews and chapters in books. In 2007 she co-edited a book with Jackie Kirk on "Women building peace between India and Pakistan" (Anthem Press). Shree was featured in "The Human Laboratory", made by BBC in 1995 and "The Pill" made for the Nature of Things, hosted by David Suzuki in 1999. She is frequently interviewed by the media on topics related to immigrant and refugee women, women's health, new reproductive technologies. Shree has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Y.W.C.A (1998). Woman of Distinction Award for the Advancement of Women; Prix Idola Saint-Jean (1997) for distinguished service to women's cause by the Fédération des femmes du Québec and the Humanitarian of the year award (2003), Indo-Canadian Chambers of Commerce.

Dr. Erlinda C. Palaganas

Professor of Management,
University of the Philippines Baguio
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Dr. Palaganas is Professor of Management and has a Master in Public Health from U.P. and Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia. As a prolific researcher, she has sustained research publications in the field of health services and non-profit sector management, including Indigenous Health Knowledge and Practices, Gender Studies, Health Policy Studies, Health Program Assessment and Evaluation Studies, and Community Development Participatory Action Researches. She is currently involved with a national evaluation study on the Health Sector Reform Agenda and a consultant for the Human Resource Development Bureau of the Department of Health for developing a supervisory manual for Public health Nurses. She was given the Gawad Chancellor award for Research and Extension in 1997. An active member of the nursing profession, she served as Governor and Board Secretary of the Philippine Nurses Association and is the current editor-in-chief of the Philippine Journal of Nursing; chair of the board of Health Action and Information Network and officer of various cause-oriented organizations. She is currently the President of the All-UP Workers Union.

Dr. Rudi Robinson

The North-South Institute, Ottawa, Ontario
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Rudi Robinson is the Senior Researcher, International Development Co-operation at the North-South Institute. His current research focuses on Globalization, Migration and Health Systems Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PH.D (Economics of Human Resources) and M.A. (Economics, Sociology and Anthropology) from the University of Chicago and the M.Sc. (Financial Management) from The University of London. 
He is the author of numerous influential publications in the field of international migration and Development including Transnational Migrant Communities: Their Potential Contribution to Canada's Leadership Role and Influence in a Globalized World, "Globalization, Immigrants' Transnational Agency and Economic Development in their Homelands" "The Costs and Benefits of Health Worker Migration from East and Southern Africa" and  "Managing Health Professionals' Mobility to Maximize Benefits and Reduce the Negative Effects on Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa"; "The Challenge of Globalization to Health Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Labor Market Perspective" (in forthcoming Moving Health Sovereignty, Ashgate, UK)

Prior to joining the North South Institute, Rudi was senior economist with the USAID, the UNDP director of research and planning for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean regions, and Economic Advisor to the European Development Fund for ACP Countries in the Eastern Caribbean Region. He has also taught at universities in the USA and the Caribbean.

Deloris Russell, MA, M. Ed.

Canadian Nurses Association - International Policy and Development, Project Manager
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Deloris Russell holds a Masters in Social Anthropology from University of Adelaide Australia and Masters of Education from the University of Ottawa. She is currently with the Canadian Nurses Association having recently completed a major project involved in developing a model to address the impact of HIV on nurses in pandemic countries such as South Africa. For over a decade, she has specialized in the area of HIV including implementing HIV prevention programs through micro credit programs in Ghana, strengthening the work of community home-care workers in Soweto, mobilizing a co-operative response for southern Africa countries, and responding to the pandemic impact on nurses in South Africa. Prior to her international work, she worked with federal, provincial, and regional health departments in Canada to increase access to health services by marginalized communities.

Dr. Marie-Gloriose Ingabire

Health Systems and Services Associate Expert
Pan American Health Organization
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Marie-Gloriose Ingabire is currently an Associate Expert in the Health Systems and Services Area at the Pan American Health Organization, working on Health Human Resources (HHR) issues. In her current role, she works with countries in addressing their HHR challenges and she elicits and develops partnerships between Canadian HHR experts (individual and institutions) and PAHO. Previously, she worked at Health Canada as a Senior Consultant in the HHR Strategies Division and as an economist in the Micro-Simulation and Data Analysis Division. She earned her doctorate in economics from the University of Montreal, where she also worked as a lecturer and professional researcher.

Philomina Thomas

Tutor in Nursing
All India Institute of Medical Sciences
New Delhi, India

Philomina Thomas qualified as a nurse in 1982, from Nazareth Hospital, Mokama, Bihar, India. In 1985 she joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences as a Staff Nurse. In 1999 she completed the B.Sc. Nursing course at Indira Gandhi National Open University, India. In 2005 she completed the Master of Nursing course at RAK College of Nursing, University of Delhi. She is now working as a faculty member at the College of Nursing, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. While doing her Masters in Nursing she developed an interest in the migration behaviour of nurses. She has written on this issue in a number of places. She is currently in the process of extending her research to the study of the lives of nurses who have gone through the experience of migration.

Dr. David Wright

Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine,
McMaster University
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Dr. David Wright holds the endowed chair (Hannah Chair) in the history of medicine at McMaster and is jointly appointed as Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Wright was educated at McGill University and the University of Oxford in Great Britain. He specialized in the history of medicine at the Wellcome Trust Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford, where he also held an honorary appointment in the Faculty of Modern History and a Junior Research Fellowship at Linacre College. In 1996, he was appointed Wellcome Lecturer at the University of Nottingham before returning to take up his position at McMaster. Dr. Wright has had an active research career, with grants from various organizations and funding councils including: The Wellcome Trust; Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR); Social Sciences Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); and Associated Medical Services, Toronto. The author and co-editor of six books on the history of mental health and psychiatry, Dr. Wright has recently embarked on a new research project on the globalization of health human resources in the second half of the twentieth century.

Dr.Elzbieta Gozdziak

Research Director
Institute for the Study of International Migration
Georgetown University
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Dr. Elzbieta M. Gozdziak is the Director of Research at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) and Editor of International Migration, a peer reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to research and policy analysis of contemporary issues affecting international migration. Formerly, she held a senior position with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the US Department of Health and Human Services. She taught at the Howard University's School of Social Work in the Social Work with Displaced Populations Program, and managed a program area on admissions and resettlement of refugees in industrialized countries for the Refugee Policy Group. Prior to immigrating to the US, she was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Dr. Go?dziak's research interests include international and forced migration, immigrant integration, human trafficking, child labor, violence against women, religion and spirituality, and medical and applied anthropology.


Poster Presenters

Abel Chikanda

PhD Candidate | View Poster
Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario
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Abel Chikanda is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario. He earned his masters degree from the University of Zimbabwe, following which he served as a human geography lecturer in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science. While lecturing in Zimbabwe, he led several research projects focusing on migration which were sponsored by the Southern African Migration Project, an organisation which is directed by Dr Jonathan Crush (Queen's University). He has also worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation on issues involving the migration of health professionals from Africa. To date, he has published three scholarly papers and three book chapters which focus on the migration of health professionals from Zimbabwe.

Veronica Patience Fynn

LLM Candidate | View Poster
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
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Ms. Fynn holds a BSc (University of Ghana), BA (UBC), MPH (University of Nottingham) and is currently doing her LLM at Osgoode Hall Law School. Before law school she worked as a Research Analyst with the BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons. She also worked with the Migration Health Department of IOM in Geneva. Ms. Fynn is also the Founder & Executive Director of EV Research Inc, a company whose major goal is to reduce the 10/90 gap. Her current research premises on legal discrepancies with respect to internal displacement of women and children in Africa; contextualized on their rights to health and education.

Jane LeBrun

Perinatal Consultant/Research Assistant
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Jane LeBrun has a Master's degree in Sociology (2000) and a B.Sc. in Midwifery (2006) (all but internship). She has done research at both an academic and a corporate level, specializing in qualitative data collection. She combines her two specialties by both working as a perinatal consultant as well as a research assistant to Ivy Bourgeault of McMaster University and Ottawa University since 2007.

Elena Neiterman

PhD Student/Research Assistant
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Elena Neiterman is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology, McMaster University. She has been working with Dr. Bourgeault on number of project examining immigration of health care professionals. Elena's research interests include migration, gender and health policy. She is also interested in sociology of the body and social construction of motherhood. Her dissertation examines social construction of pregnancy and the pregnant body as well as women's experiences on their journey to motherhood.

Brenda Ogembo

Project Officer, Migration and HHR Study
Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa
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Brenda Ogembo is a researcher, a consultant and an advocate. Her interest areas include Health Human Resources, research-to-policy-to-practice linkages, North-South and South-South partnerships. She is currently working closely with Prof. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault conducting research on source country issues in the migration of health professionals and coordinating the Migration of Health Professionals conference. Brenda has conducted research in the area of Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Health Systems research. She recently completed a research award with the International Development Research Centre in the Governance Equity and Health program initiative on Physician migration from Uganda and Kenya to South Africa and Canada. Brenda holds an MSc. in Population and Public Health, Global Health from Simon Fraser University; her MSc research project focused on developing leadership and capacity in primary health care through academic partnerships between Makerere University in Uganda and the University of British Columbia in Canada. Brenda also works as an independent consultant for both government and non-governmental organizations and will begin her PhD in Population Health in the fall of 2009 studying under Prof. Bourgeault.

Nadia Oryema

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Nadia Oryema is a graduate of McMaster University's Bachelor of Health Sciences Undergraduate program. As part of her studies she completed an independent research project and undergraduate thesis in the field of health policy under the supervision of Dr. Ivy Bourgeault. This research focused on the international migration of health care workers from developing to developed countries, looking specifically at trends in Malawi, South Africa, Canada, the United States, and the U.K.. Oryema's undergraduate thesis focused especially on assessing the viability of increased medical school enrolment in both developed and developing countries to address health human resource shortages.

Ahmed T. Rashid

PhD Student
Sociology Department, McMaster University
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Ahmed is a PhD student in the department of Sociology at McMaster University. Recently, under the supervision of Dr. Ivy Bourgeault he has conducted research on occupational integration of immigrant workers in Canada, the political economy of the Canadian immigration policy, gender dimensions of health and information and communication technologies (ICT) in Asia and Africa. Ahmed is also highly interested in the social and economic dimensions of development in low-income countries. Currently, he is working with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) located in Ottawa.

Joana Sousa Ribeiro

Researcher/PhD Student
School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal
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Joana Sousa Ribeiro is a researcher at Centre for Social Studies and a PhD student from School of Economics, University of Coimbra. Her PhD thesis is explores the de-skilling and re-skilling process of migrants in the healthcare sector. Her current research focus is centered on socio-professional mobility and migration, longitudinal studies, intercultural studies and citizenship. Her recent publications include ""Gendering migration flows: Physicians and nurses in Portugal"", Equal Opportunities International, 27, 1, 2008; and "Migration and ‘occupational integration': foreign health professionals in Portugal", in Saks, M. and Kuhlmann, E. (ed.).

Ken Viers

Dip.Tech., M.Div., B.A. (H&D), M.A., Ph.D. (ABD),
Sociology Department, McMaster University
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Work in the sociology of death and dying is a natural culmination of Ken's academic pathway through applied health sciences, theology, and sociology. His B.A. honours essay was an updated overview of the literature of death and dying; his M.A. thesis was a media analysis of euthanasia and assisted suicide through the 1990s in two major Canadian newspapers. Ken's current research -a field analysis of assisted dying in Canada- shows promise of bringing hereto opposing sides into a roundtable discussion of the shortcomings of current end-of-life-care in Canada. Currently Ken is working on the immigration and licensing experiences of internationally educated healthcare providers and has been a R.A. for Dr. Ivy Bourgeault funded by SSHRC.

Yvonne James

Research Assistant
Community Health and Research Unit
University of Ottawa

Yvonne James is currently in her third year of the Joint Honours undergraduate degree in Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa. She is presently working as a research assistant to Dr. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault at the Community Health Research Unit (CHRU). Her current research with Dr. Bourgeault is focusing on the migration of health professionals as well as rural, remote and northern women's health. Also, she holds the position as Vice President of Philanthropy for the Women's Studies Student Association at the University of Ottawa.

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