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Speakers and Itinerary

Downloadable formats:  Program and Red Cross Delegate Bios

Saturday, February 6th, 2016
8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration + Coffee
9:00 am – 10: 00 am Inter-professional Teams and the Wellness Agenda

Keynote Address:

Wendy Austin BScN, MEd (Counselling), PhD, RN

Professor Emeritus, Nursing and the Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta

“Global Health Ethics”


Bio: Dr. Austin held a Canada Research Chair in Relational Ethics in Health Care from 2003-2013. Her research is interdisciplinary in scope and explores the core elements of relational ethics and their application in healthcare environments. She is currently exploring ways to disseminate research using arts-informed strategies, such as film, as a means of reaching key audiences.  Dr. Austin is a founding co-director of the UA’s PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre (Nursing and Mental Health) and a former President of the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses. She is the Canadian editor of the first Canadian psychiatric nursing text, Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice, now in its 3rd edition and has served as a board member of such organizations as The International Academy of Law & Mental Health and the Health Law Institute, Faculty of Law, UA.


10:00 am – 11:00 pm Abdul Malik and Vera Caine

“HIV in a global context and in relation to xenophobia, stigma, migration and community based interventions.”


Bio: Abdulrasheed Inusa Abdulmalik

Mr. Abdulrasheed Inusa Abdulmalik completed a BA in Sociology (1998), MA in International Affairs & Diplomacy in 2002 in Nigeria. He has recently completed Master of Arts in Social Behaviour Studies in HIV/AIDS and Health at the University of South Africa (2015). He also worked as a research manager for Khulisa Social Solutions, a non-for-profit-organisation around youth at risk and in conflict with the law, women who experienced different forms of violence and abuse, migrants and vulnerable communities in South Africa. Mr. Abdulrasheed’s interests include social research, volunteering, intercultural studies, diversity, refugees, HIV/AIDS prevention and health fields. Presently, Mr. Abdulrasheed is a volunteer at Faculty of Nursing and has equally applied for a PhD degree with School of Public Health, University of Alberta.


Bio: Vera Caine

Dr. Vera Caine is an Associate Professor and CIHR New Investigator in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta. Vera engages in narrative inquiries alongside women living with HIV, aboriginal youth, and families in precarious housing situations.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm Brent Swallow

“Addressing the triple burden of malnutrition – thinking global and acting local in rural India”


Bio: Brent Swallow is a Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics here at the University of Alberta.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and then spent three years in Lesotho leading a collaborative project with the University of Saskatchewan.  He got his PhD from University of Wisconsin in Madison and returned to Africa as a research scientist.   Between 1991 and 2009, Dr. Swallow was with the International Livestock Research Institute and the World Agroforestry Centre, both in Nairobi, Kenya.  He moved to the University of Alberta in 2009.


Dr. Swallow’s teaching, research and service still have a strong focus on international development.  His graduate students have conducted field research in Tanzania, Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya, Peru, Bangladesh, and India.  He is a member of the Edmonton Food Council and a Trustee of Bioversity International, an agricultural research organization with offices in 38 developing countries.


Dr. Swallow has special experience and interest on the linkages between agriculture and health.  He has worked in situations of extremely high HIV / AIDS prevalence, conducted research on control of vector-borne diseases, assessed the benefits of water for health and income generation, and examined the links between agriculture, food consumption, and nutrition.


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Poster Presentation

Students will be displaying posters showcasing their research. Participants and judges will have a chance to ask questions and interact with the student researchers


1:00 pm -2:00 pm Stanley Houston

Topic: TBA


Bio: Dr. Houston did his medical and family medicine training in Saskatchewan, tropical medicine in the UK and internal medicine and infectious disease training in Edmonton.  He has worked in primary care in northern Saskatchewan and rural Africa and since specializing, for four years at the University of Zimbabwe and 25 years at the University of Alberta in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Public Health.  He is medical director of the Northern Alberta HIV Program, a long-standing member of the Streetworks governing council, and a board member of Parkland Institute.  He was involved in the establishment of a local refugee clinic.  He has been involved in long-standing projects in Ecuador, South Sudan and Uganda as well as Zimbabwe.


2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


RED CROSS PANEL (separate document: Red Cross Delegate Bios)


3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


RED CROSS PANEL (separate document: Red Cross Delegate Bios)


4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Bukola Oladunni Salami

“The Health and Well being of Temporary Foreign Workers in Alberta Within the Changing Terrain of Immigration Policy in Canada”


Bio: Dr. Bukola Salami is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor, her Masters of Nursing from the University of Toronto as well as her PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto.  During her doctoral program, she completed a certificate program in International Nursing, Critical Qualitative Health Research, and a graduate diploma in Health Service and Policy Research. Her main area of research is immigrant’s health. Her current program of research seeks to bridge the gaps between immigration policies and health policies and practices by uncovering the complexities and paradoxes in policy making.  In the past, she has conducted studies on the health of temporary foreign workers in Alberta, the mental health of immigrants in Canada, the perspectives of employers of migrant caregivers, and the migration of nurses to Canada to work as lower skilled care workers.  She often uses critical qualitative research approaches and third wave feminist perspectives in her research including postcolonial and transnational feminism.   At the University of Alberta, she has taught courses on: 1) Immigrant’s Health; 2) Public Policy and Nursing Leadership; and 3) Community Health.


5:00 pm -6:00 pm Dinner & Goodnight




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