Combatting the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Virtual Parliamentary Event to Explore Canadian Environmental Health Research

OTTAWA, December 1, 2020 – Research Canada and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus are proud to host a virtual invitation-only reception with Parliamentarians to provide a better understanding of how Canadians are at risk of adverse health outcomes due to the impacts of climate change, and to learn about the work that Canadian researchers are conducting to mitigate those outcomes.

Across Canada, we have seen a definite change in climate events—an increase in prolonged heat waves, torrential rainstorms, wind storms and even drought—and Canadians are already suffering as a result. This second virtual reception will showcase the extraordinary importance of conducting health research around the direct and indirect health impacts of climate and environmental change. We need health research and its related innovation to mitigate risk and find solutions for adverse health effects. At this event, panel experts will present under the themes of Infectious DiseasesRespiratory Health and the Indirect Health Impacts of Climate and Environmental Change.

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM ET

Social media: #HealthResearchCaucus


CANARIE Room – Panel 1

Christopher Carlsten, MD, MPH
University of British Columbia
Anne K. Ellis, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Queen’s University
Samira Mubareka, MD, FRCPC
Sunnybrook Research Institute | Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Nathan Peters, PhD
University of Calgary
Gregory Ross, PhD
Health Sciences North Research Institute | Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM)

Panel 2

Isaac Bogoch, MD
Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI)
Jean Bourbeau, MD, MSc, FRCPC
McGill University | Montreal Chest Institute
Dr. Kerri A. Johannson, MD, MPH, FRCPC
University of Calgary
Maureen G. Reed, PhD
University of Saskatchewan

AstraZeneca Canada Room – Panel 3

Todd Hatchette, MD
Dalhousie University | Nova Scotia Health, Central Zone
Suzanne King, PhD
Douglas Research Centre | McGill University | Université de Montréal
Grace Parraga, PhD
Western University
Vikram Misra, PhD
University of Saskatchewan

Panel 4

Nancy C. Doubleday, PhD
McMaster University | UNU INWEH
Erin Fraser, BSc, DMV, MSc
BC Centre for Disease Control | University of British Columbia
Tom Kovesi MD, FRCP(C)
University of Ottawa | Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Paul Villeneuve, PhD
Carleton University | McGill University

With Moderators:
Rose Goldstein, MD, FRCPC
McGill University | Research Canada
Bradly Wouters, PhD, BEng
University Health Network | Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
France Dube
AstraZeneca Canada
Tarik Möröy, PhD, FCAHS
Montréal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) | Université de Montréal

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus
Chair: Lloyd Longfield, MP (Guelph)
Vice-Chairs: Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia—Lambton), Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Judith Seidman

Research Canada
Rosie Goldstein, MD, Chair
Deborah Gordon-El-Bihbety, President and CEO

About Research Canada
Research Canada is a national alliance dedicated to increasing investments in health research through collaborative advocacy and engaging government, academia, industry and non-profit sectors to build support for long-term health research funding. For more information, visit

Since 2009, Parliamentary Health Research Caucus events on Parliament Hill have helped to educate politicians on the social and economic benefits of Canadian health research and innovation, as well as introduce them to the multi-sector partnerships among academic, private sector and health charity stakeholders essential to a robust health research enterprise and innovation system.

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For inquiries:

Christie Tomkins
Manager of Policy and Public Affairs