Canadian Medical Association

Canada’s universal health care system – myth or reality?

May 18, 6:00–8:30 pm ET

In this virtual session, keynote speakers Dr. Danielle Martin and Dr. Nadine Caron will explore the gaps that COVID-19 has exposed in Canada’s health care system and the steps needed to rebuild it. They will be joined by Globe and Mail health reporter André Picard and patient advocate Sudi Barre for a panel discussion on universal health care and how to ensure a more equitable system moving forward.

The panel will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session, moderated by journalist Althia Raj, and a series of small, 40-minute breakout sessions where participants will brainstorm on actions.

These ideas and insights will help inform the CMA’s future work.





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Dr. Ann Collins, CMA president  

For three decades, Dr. Collins ran a full-time family practice in Fredericton. Before taking on the role of CMA president, she spent seven years serving as the New Brunswick representative on the CMA Board of Directors.


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Althia Raj

Althia is an Ottawa-based political journalist and a member of the CBC’s “At Issue” panel. She previously served as The Huffington Post Canada’s senior editorial manager and its Ottawa bureau chief from 2011 until its closure in March 2021.

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Dr. Nadine Caron

Dr. Caron is a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation. She is a practising surgical oncologist serving individuals in rural, remote and northern BC — a large percentage of whom are Indigenous.

Dr. Caron is the sole Indigenous physician in BC Cancer and only Indigenous academic faculty member in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. She is the inaugural First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC, founding co-director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health and consultant in the development of BC’s first-ever Indigenous Cancer Strategy.


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Dr. Danielle Martin

Dr. Martin is the executive vice-president and chief medical executive of Women’s College Hospital, where she is also a practising family physician. She is leading the hospital’s strategy to establish Women’s Virtual, Canada’s first virtual hospital, aimed at improving care and reducing health system costs in ways that can be scaled up across our health care system.

Dr. Martin’s policy, clinical and academic expertise, combined with her commitment to health equity, have made her a highly regarded health system leader. She regularly provides expertise and formal advice to lawmakers both nationally and abroad. 




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André Picard

André is a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books, including Neglected No More: The Urgent Need to Improve the Lives of Canada’s Elders in the Wake of a Pandemic

Through his articles, columns and books, he has raised awareness of pressing health issues, shared important medical research findings and educated the public on how health care is funded and delivered. 

André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for meritorious public service journalism.

Sudi Barre

Shortly after giving birth for the first time, Sudi experienced seven heart attacks, four mini-strokes and three open-heart surgeries and was diagnosed with spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Though she is recovering, it has been difficult dealing with the sudden and drastic changes in her medical condition.  

Wanting to empower patients with similar experiences in the health care system, Sudi joined the CMA’s Patient Voice committee. 

She continues to be the co-director of the Alberta Somali Community Centre, a small non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and full integration of newcomer Canadians.


Learn more about session two of the CMA Health Summit Series.