UofT Talks 2017


June 8th, 2017: 7:00-9:00 pm

In 2017, attendees joined UofT Talks to discuss our national pride: Canada’s universal healthcare system. They explored the strengths and shortcomings of the current model. They discovered how we can implement critical changes to secure healthcare for all Canadians.

Location: ​TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Mazzoleni Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., Toronto, On M5S 1W2


Dr. Danielle Martin, MD, CCFP, MPP

Talk Title: Big Ideas to Improve Healthcare for All Canadians

Danielle Martin is a family doctor and national media commentator on the health issues that hit closest to home for many Canadian families. She practices in the Family Practice Health Centre at Women’s College Hospital where she is also the Vice-President of Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions.

In 2013, Danielle was named one of the Toronto Star’s top “13 People to Watch” – and watch they have. Appearing regularly on CBC’s The National, where she unpacks the latest in cancer research to physician assisted dying, Danielle is a strong advocate for removing barriers to care. In 2013, she helped found the WCH Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care – a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving the health gaps in our system.

Known for her debate on the merits of the Canadian vs. American health systems, she continues to defend and define the ways that we can make our healthcare system even more worthy of our immense national pride.

Neil D. Fraser, BASc, MB

Talk Title: Pride and Prejudice: Why Canada’s Healthcare System Ranking Has Fallen

Through innovation and collaboration, Medtronic helps to improve the lives and health of millions of people each year. Neil Fraser is the President of Medtronic Canada and Regional Vice-President – Canada, Medtronic plc. He is also the Chair of MEDEC and a Board Member of Baycrest Health Sciences. In 2014, he was a member of the federal Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation and the Ontario Health Innovation Council. Neil is a frequent speaker on the topics of value-based procurement, outcomes-based healthcare, and the medical device sector’s role in improving clinical outcomes, economic value, and access to quality healthcare.

Organizing Committee

  • Committee Leads
    • Brenda Toner
    • Katherine Schwenger
    • Fadl Nabbouh
    • Sarah Coakeley
    • Richard Foty
  • Committee Members
    • Ekaterina An
    • Michael Bray
    • Susana Da Silva
    • Tania Da Silva
    • Lauren De Freitas
    • Abby Farrell
    • Lori Israelian
    • Dalia Kagramanov
    • Craig Madho
    • Swapna Mylabathula
    • Bryanna Nyhof
    • Meagan O’Neill
    • Shanna Stanley-Hasnain
    • Jacqueline van Warmerdam
    • Marija Zivcevska

Brought to you by the Institute of Medical Science Student Association and the Institute of Medical Science Student, Alumni, and Faculty Engagement Committee