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Global Health Speaker Series

The GHO developed the annual Global Health Speaker Series in 2010. Preeminent experts from all corners of the globe have participated. Topics range from earthquake management to teleradiology in developing countries.

2017 Speakers

This year's speakers include:

  • Dr. Stuart MacLeod, Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, University of British Columbia, on "Improving Medicines Use in Children: A Global Imperative."
  • Dr. Edward Ng, Senior Analyst, Health Analysis Division, Statistics Canada, on "Using Statistics Canada Data to understand Immigrant Health: An Overview."
  • Dr. Karen Trollope-Kumar, Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine, on "Voices from the Himalayas: Exploring Global Health through Narrative."

2015/2016 Speakers 


His Excellency Cees Kole, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Canada

The Global Health Office was delighted to host His Excellency Cees Kole, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Canada, at McMaster University on January 25, 2016, to deliver a presentation on Internationalization in Higher Education.
McMaster University President, Dr. Patrick Deane, announced Ambassador Kole’s talk, which explored the issues involved in internationalizing higher education and the importance of strong educational and multidimensional partnerships.

Following the talk, Ambassador Kole and Dr. Deane conducted a Q&A session with participants.


Ms. Regine Aalders, Counselor for Health, Welfare and Sport, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands 

Ms. Regine Aalders spoke at McMaster on November 18. In her presentation, "The Dutch Health Care System: Adaptivity to Innovation", Ms. Aalders explored what has been called the "best health system" in Europe, drawing on her experience working in economic diplomacy.
From highlighting the roles and responsibilities of key players within the system, to providing an overview of the Netherlands' health reforms and examining sustainable health insurance, Ms. Aalders delivered an engaging and informative lecture.