Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Reception to Highlight Northern and Rural Health Research in Canada


OTTAWA, October 30, 2018 – Research Canada and the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus are hosting an invitation-only reception to introduce Parliamentarians to fifteen of Canada’s leading northern and rural health researchers from across the country, the majority of whom are women, who will discuss the challenges of providing healthcare to Canada’s remote and isolate regions. We are thrilled to be able to profile the ground-breaking research being conducted all across Canada and by several Indigenous researchers in their own remote communities.

Rural Canada is about 20% of the employed Canadian workforce, one-third of the Canadian population and over 90% of the nation’s territory. Many rural communities in Canada are facing demographic, ecological, economic and social challenges due to geographic and social isolation, depletion of natural resources, boom-and-bust cycles in primary industries, chronic high unemployment, out migration of the young, population aging, environmental decay, inadequate or deteriorating municipal infrastructure, etc. These problems have profound implications for the health and well-being of northern, Indigenous and rural Canada. This Parliamentary Health Research Caucus Reception on Northern and Rural Health Research in Canada can contribute to existing knowledge on rural, northern and Indigenous health and help to enhance sustained support for this area of research in Canada.

Date:               October 30, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where:            Speaker’s Lounge, Centre Block, Parliament Hill

Who:                Fifteen leading experts from across Canada will discuss their research under three areas of prevention research.

Health Promotion and Resilience: Primary Prevention Research

  • Heather Castleden, PhD, Queen’s University
  • Kimberly Fairman, Institute for Circumpolar Health Research
  • Nancy Doubleday, PhD, McMaster University
  • Mélanie Lemire, PhD, Laval University
  • Deborah McGregor, PhD, York University
  • Robyn McQuaid, PhD, The Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research and University of Ottawa / University of Ottawa
  • JoLee Sasakamoose, PhD, University of Regina / Indigenous Wellness Research Community Network
  • Sonja Wicklum, MD, University of Calgary

Early Diagnosis and Treatment: Secondary Prevention Research

  • Laura Arbour, MD, UBC Medical Genetics and the Island Medical Program
  • Mark Fenton, MD, University of Saskatchewan
  • Amadeo Parissenti, PhD, Health Sciences North Research Institute / Laurentian University / Northern Ontario School of Medicine
  • Cédric Yansouni, MD, McGill University Health Centre / Institut Nordique du Québec

Rehabilitation and Recovery: Tertiary Prevention Research

  • Hélène Corriveau, PhD, Research Centre on Aging, CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS / Université de Sherbrooke
  • Andrea Furlan, MD, PhD, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute at UHN / University of Toronto
  • Paul Peters, PhD, Carleton University

Parliamentary Health Research Caucus

Chair: Kim Rudd, MP (Northumberland—Peterborough South)
Vice-Chairs: Carol Hughes, MP (Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing), Marilyn Gladu, MP (Sarnia—Lambton)
Senate Representative: The Honourable Judith Seidman

Research Canada

Dr. Robert McMaster, 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:

Brittany Faulkner, Research Canada