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Biomedical Zone x City of Toronto: Diversifying Healthcare

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Join us on April 2nd to learn about the importance of having diversity in the health sciences sector.

THE CROWD: Human Health Science companies looking to hire diverse talent AND diverse talent looking to explore career options in the human health science sector.

THE FORMAT: A career fair enabling equity-seeking groups access to career opportunities, followed by an interactive discussion on the diversity issues in the human health sector.


THE SPEAKERS: Dr. Linda Maxwell, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Dr. Suzanne Stewart




Dr. Linda Maxwell

Dr. Linda Maxwell MD, MBA, ICD.D is the Founding and Executive Director of the Biomedical Zone, a strategic partnership between St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University, whose core mission is the development of scalable, technology-driven healthcare enterprises delivering transformative solutions to real-world problems.

Dr. Maxwell’s expertise and international reputation in health innovation are founded on over 15 years as an accomplished head and neck/facial plastic surgeon, and a decade in the business of healthcare, in areas such as business growth strategy, management of investment networks, and tech transfer. Dr. Maxwell’s healthcare innovation work was recognized when she was named to Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2016 and to the Top 30 Women Making a Difference in Tech in 2018. Additionally, in 2018, Dr. Maxwell was distinguished as a Top 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada.

Dr. Maxwell earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Harvard University (Biology, cum laude), M.D. from Yale University, and M.B.A. from University of Oxford. She completed six years of surgery training at University of Toronto, and also earned a professional Corporate Director designation (ICD.D) from the Institute of Corporate Directors at Rotman in 2018.


Dr. Kwame McKenzie

Dr. Kwame McKenzie is CEO of the Wellesley Institute. He is an international expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and the development of effective, equitable health systems. He serves as a commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

As a physician, researcher and policy advisor, Dr. McKenzie has worked to identify the causes of illness and in cross-cultural health for over two decades. He is an active, funded researcher of social, community, clinical and policy issues with nearly 200 academic publications including five books.

In addition to his post at Wellesley Institute, Dr. McKenzie is the Director of Clinical Health Equity at CAMH. He is a full Professor and the Co-Director of the Division of Equity Gender and Population in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He has a respected track record for setting up award-winning services, training clinicians and researchers, offering clinical care to some of the most marginalized patients and helping to develop health policy for Governments in Canada, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States.

Dr. McKenzie completed his medical training at the University of Southampton and was trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry and Harvard University.


Dr. Suzanne Stewart

Dr. Stewart is a member of the Yellowknife Dene First Nation and holds the current Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Homelessness and Life Transitions. For almost ten years, she has been a registered psychologist and Associate Professor of Indigenous Healing in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). For five years she has been special advisor to the OISE Dean on Aboriginal education, and more recently, Interim Director of the Indigenous Education Initiative.

Dr. Stewart’s research and teaching interests lie in Indigenous mental health and healing in psychology, including issues related to homelessness, youth mental health, identity and work-life development. She is one of the world’s leading scholars in Indigenous knowledge and mental health and is committed to advancing Indigenous healing issues through research and policy change.

She is also Chair of the Aboriginal Section of the Canadian Psychology Association, has served as a guest editor for the International Journal of Health, Promotion and Education and has chaired the annual Indigenizing Psychology Symposium at U of T for six years.


MODERATOR: Samantha Yammine

Samantha Yammine is a Science Communicator and PhD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. In addition to her doctoral research, Samantha is part of a crowd-funded, international research study on the effects that scientists sharing selfies on Instagram have on public perceptions of scientists.

Samantha shares daily updates of her research on Instagram as @science.sam through short videos, descriptive captions, engaging pictures, and livestreams. She is passionate about making science more familiar, accessible, intersectional & inclusive through digital media, and her advocacy for these goals has helped inspire a community of science communicators on Instagram. Samantha now runs her own production and consulting company for sharing science on social media, and has produced, scripted, and hosted videos for companies like GE Canada, Lady Speedstick, and Seeker, and appeared as a repeat guest expert on popular media shows airing on TVO Kids, AsapSCIENCE, CBC, Leafs Nation Network, and CBC Radio.




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