Keynote Speakers & Panelists

Many distinguished speakers will be involved with plenaries, panels, and Charter Development. Check back for more updates!

Keynote Speakers and Panelists (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Evan Adams

Evan AdamsDr Adams is the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia, formerly serving as Deputy Provincial Health Officer and as the first Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor for the province in 2007. He is a Coastal Salish from the Sliammon First Nation. Dr. Adams holds an Masters of Public Health from John Hopkins and has worked extensively with First Nations health programs in Canada, including HIV/AIDS education and alcohol and drug abuse treatment. In addition to public health and medical services, he has made significant contributions to North American culture through his work as an LGBTQ activist and award winning actor and playwright.

Dr. Hiram Arroyo

Hiram ArroyoHiram is a Professor of Foundations on Health Promotion and Health Education in the Master Program of Health Education, Department of Social Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, Medical Sciences Campus, at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Arroyo is also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Health Promotion and Health Education. From 2009 to present is the Coordinator of the Iberoamerican Network of Health Promoting Universities (RIUPS). He is a Regional Director of International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE/ORLA) for Latin America. Dr. Arroyo is a Coordinator of the Interamerican Consortium of Universities and Training Center in Health Promotion and Health Education. He has a background in Health Promotion, Health Education, Public Health, Global Health, School Health Promotion and Community Health.

Professor Deborah Buszard

Deborah BuszardDeborah is Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC. Dr. Buszard leads the Okanagan executive team and is a core member of the University’s executive leadership team. Before joining UBC in 2012, Buszard was a founder and member of the College of Sustainability at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, NS. Prior to joining Dalhousie in 2006, she was Professor of Plant Science at McGill University and served as Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal of the Macdonald Campus from 1996 to 2005. A plant scientist, Professor Buszard is author of numerous refereed scientific and technical publications. Her current research interests include institutional innovation and sustainability. Professor Buszard was born in the U.K. and received her PhD from the University of London. She has been an active volunteer in her community, including serving on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way.

Dr. Alfonso Contreras

Alfonso ContrerasAlfonso (MD, MPH) is the Regional Advisor, Health Promotion, Special Program, Sustainable Development and Health Equity, Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC. Dr. Contreras is responsible for the coordination of technical cooperation on health promotion with the countries in the Americas Region. He has extensive experience in working with communities, local institutions and civil society organizations using a bottom-up approach to influence policies to enable equal opportunities for healthy living.



Mary Guinn Delaney

Mary Guinn DelaneyMary Guinn is the UNESCO Regional Health and HIV Education Advisor for Latin America and the Caribbean, and is based at the Regional Office for Education in Santiago, Chile. She is a development and health specialist with extensive experience in the US, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Since joining UNESCO in April 2008 she has been working on sexuality education and HIV prevention in the formal education sector, inclusion and diversity in sexuality education, and health literacy.



Matt Dolf

Matt DolfMatt is the Wellbeing Initiative Director at UBC Vancouver, a newly emerging endeavour focused on the development of UBC as a “wellbeing promoting” university, bringing together the health and sustainability sectors. Matt is simultaneously pursuing a Doctorate in the field of sport and sustainability in the School of Kinesiology, where his research examines how sport events can measure and improve their environmental performance using Life Cycle Assessment methods. In his previous roles at the UBC Centre for Sport and Sustainability and the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Matt led research work in the fields of event management, sustainability strategic planning, and environmental assessment. Most recently, he was Director, UBC Special Olympics Initiatives and Sustainability for the Special Olympics Canada 2014 Summer Games, recently awarded the 2015 CSTA Sustainable Sport Event of the Year Award by the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. He has been published in two books and co-authored the AISTS/VANOC Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit (SSET), endorsed by the IOC. He also currently sits as a technical committee member of the Canadian Z2010 Standard on Sustainable Event Organization.

Dr. Mark Dooris

Mark DoorisMark is Professor in Health and Sustainability and Director of the Healthy Settings Unit within the School of Health at the University of Central Lancashire. Mark chairs UCLan’s Healthy University Steering Group and is currently Sustainability Champion for the university’s School of Health. He and his team are engaged in research, evaluation, teaching, training, network development and programme delivery. They currently co-ordinate the UK Healthy Universities Network and lead a pan-regional prison health and wellbeing programme within the North West of England – and from 2011-2014 co-ordinated the the UK Healthy Cities Network and managed the operational delivery of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health in Prisons. Mark studied at Oxford University and Southbank Polytechnic, has completed the National Public Health Leadership Programme and undertook his Doctorate at Deakin University (Australia) – entitled ‘Healthy Settings: Past, Present and Future’. He has a background in health promotion, public health, community development, healthy cities and environmental and sustainable transport policy – and has worked in a range of roles within the health service, voluntary sector and local government. Mark was a member of the evaluation team for Phases III and IV of WHO’s European Healthy Cities Programme and has undertaken wider consultancy work relating to Healthy Cities, community participation and sustainable development. He has published widely and is a member of the Editorial Board for Critical Public Health. He was co-chair of the UK Health for All Network from 1992-1994 and chaired the International Union of Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on Healthy Settings from 2007-2011.

Joet Garcia

Jose GarciaJoet (Jose Enrique Garcia III) is the incumbent mayor of the City of Balanga, in the historical province of Bataan, Philippines. Sir Joet and a university president partner have adapted the model of a University Town into a health promotion project to improve modifiable life factors with evaluation research integrated throughout. Outcome data indicate significant improvements in health, economic and sustainability areas (for example, smoking and alcohol rate reductions with corresponding increases in business revenues). He began his life of public service in 2007 at the age of 35 and will complete his third and last term in 2016. Prior to his political career, he founded a successful information technology company and was a university professor. His grassroots approach to governance earned him the coveted Presidential Lingkod Bayan award in 2012 – the highest citation presented by the Philippine President to public servants in the country. He was also conferred Doctor Honoris Causa by the Bataan Peninsula State University in 2013. Under his dynamic leadership, the City of Balanga aims to be recognized as a regional centre for education, excelling in both the formal and informal setting and providing learning opportunities for all its citizens. Its programs include: college scholarships, out-of-school youth interventions, parenting education, healthy lifestyle promotion, livelihood/skills training, entrepreneurship and community leaders empowerment. The city’s achievements has been recognized with numerous national awards for its outstanding programs in health, literacy, business promotion, tourism, environmental protection and public safety.

Dr. Trevor Hancock

Trevor HancockTrevor is a public health physician and health promotion consultant who is currently a Professor and Senior Scholar at the new School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and pioneered early work on the concept of ‘healthy public policy’ in the 1980s. Trevor was involved in the development of the Ottawa Charter. He has also worked on the “Healthy Hospital” concept with Planetree and is a co-founder of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. At UVic, he is a member of the Healthy University Committee.He has a strong interest in combining the themes of health, equity and sustainability. His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, the relationship between health and nature, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism. He has been described as “one of the ten best health futurists in the world”.

Dr. Richard Keeling

Richard KeelingRichard is a Medical Doctor, who leads Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A)—a comprehensive higher education consulting practice. K&A’s mission is improving outcomes in higher education by creating change for learning. At the heart of his leadership of K&A are these beliefs and commitments: that learning should be transformative, that learning must be at the core of the mission of colleges and universities, and that sound processes of institutional renewal can enable campuses to improve learning in its broadest sense. Since founding K&A, Dr. Keeling has worked with more than 500 institutions and organizations in the United States and Canada over nearly 25 years of practice. Dr. Keeling serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and has been president of four professional organizations in higher education. He edited three sequential publications that focus on improving learning: Learning Reconsidered, Learning Reconsidered II, and Assessment Reconsidered. He has published more than 125 articles, monographs, and books, and served as Editor, for two terms, of the Journal of American College Health. He has received the highest awards of both the American College Health Association (ACHA) and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Dr. Keeling and Dr. Richard Hersh recently published We’re Losing Our Minds: Rethinking American Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). This book argues for substantial change in the culture of higher education to support higher quality and better value in undergraduate education in the United States. Before creating K&A, Dr. Keeling was both a tenured faculty member and a senior student affairs administrator at the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During more than 20 years on campus, Dr. Keeling taught and practiced medicine, directed comprehensive health programs and services, developed collaborative programs in undergraduate education with academic departments and faculty, and explored innovative, cross-institutional approaches to advancing student learning. Dr. Keeling took his bachelor’s degree in English with highest honors from the University of Virginia and received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine; he completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology. He is the proud father of three liberally educated children and the grandfather of six future college students.

Dr. Lancelot W. H. Mui

Lancelot MuiLance is a Lecturer at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Mui is very active in health promotion education in Hong Kong SAR. He led the curriculum development of the pioneer undergraduate program in Hong Kong for training of community health practitioners. Ever since the program’s launch in 2013, he has been heavily involved in the teaching and training of this new workforce. Prior to the current role, he was the program coordinator for the Master of Science in Health Education Program at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current interests include the application of social marketing and design thinking in health promotion.

Dr. Lael Parrott

ParrottDr. Lael Parrott is an Associate Professor in Sustainability at UBC Okanagan and Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES). She studies contemporary regional landscapes and ecosystems as complex human-environment systems. Her work has informed environmental conservation policy and management decisions in Canada, helping to create more sustainable and resilient landscapes and to increase understanding of human environment interactions and the links between ecosystem services and wellbeing.


Dr. John B. Robinson*

John RobinsonJohn is Associate Provost, Sustainability, and Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, responsible for leading the integration of academic and operational sustainability on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. He is also a professor with UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Department of Geography. Dr. Robinson’s own research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), opened in 2011 on the UBC campus, is a major focus of his work. As Associate Provost, he leads a team dedicated to infusing sustainability throughout UBC’s operations and academic activities, and to building partnerships with private, public and NGO sector partners, in the context of treating the university campus as a living laboratory of sustainable practice, research and teaching. In 2012 Dr. Robinson received the Metro Vancouver Architecture Canada Architecture Advocacy Award and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic magazine. In 2011, he received the Canada Green Building Council Education Leadership Award, and in 2010 he was given BC Hydro’s Larry Bell Award for advancing energy conservation in British Columbia. He was a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation from 2008-11, and, as a Lead Author, he contributed to the 1995, 2001 and 2007 reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.

*June 17, 2015: Dr. John Robinson needed to withdraw from the program, but fortunately his colleague, Dr. James Tansey, will be able to present. Please see below for Dr. Tansey’s biography.

Dr. Thelma Alafia Samuels

TASamuelsAlafia is currently Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI Cave Hill. She is a UWI medical graduate, with a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Chronic Diseases Epidemiology, both graduate degrees awarded with honors, from Johns Hopkins University. Past employment include Advisor in Chronic Diseases at PAHO/WHO, Director of Outcomes at XL Health, a Disease Management company in Baltimore MD, and previously with the Ministry of Health Jamaica managing Primary Health Care Services in the South East region. She is currently a member of the Barbados National NCD Commission. Her research interests include monitoring and evaluation, diabetes quality of care, workplace wellness programmes and NCD policy. She conceived the Healthy Campus Initiative at University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in 2011 based on the evidence from a staff risk factor survey in 2010.

Professor Christiane Stock

Christiane StockChristiane is a senior researcher and experienced teacher in public health and health promotion at the Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark. She is the co-president of the health promotion section of the European Public Health Association and was one of the founding members of the German network of Health Promoting Universities.  Associate Professor Christiane Stock has extensively published research on university students´ health in Europe as well as on health promotion with focus on students´ health and well-being. She has experience of working in public health and health promotion for over twenty years and previous posts included an assistant professorship at the School of Public Health, University of Bielefeld in Germany. Her public health work has focused on healthy settings and policies, drug use, physical activity, mental and sexual health within the education setting.

Dr. Kwok-Cho Tang

KC is the Coordinator Health Promotion with the World Health Organization. His current priority is to coordinate input to providing WHO Member States with technical support to promote action across sectors for health and health equity in accordance with the WHA Resolution 67.12; and, to shaping the agenda for global health promotion through the 9th Global Conference. Dr. Tang joined WHO in 2002 and in his earlier years, he was active in building capacity to promote health and promoting use of the evidence-based approach. He also played a lead role in renewing the Health Promotion Unit’s focus on addressing SDH and promoting multisectoral action. More recently, he took the lead technical role in the ECOSOC/WHO collaboration in promoting health literacy that resulted to a recommendation in the 2009 ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration for countries to develop appropriate action plans to promote health literacy. In the lead-up to the 2011 UN HLM on NCDs, he coordinated input to drafting the 1st Global Status Report on NCDs 2010, and to preparing the UN Secretary General’s Report on Prevention and Control of NCDs. In 2012 and 2013, he coordinated input, through the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, to developing the HiAP Framework for Country Action. He was an editorial adviser to the WHO Bulletin and also a member of the WHO Ethics Review Committee. Prior to WHO, Dr. Tang taught at the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney and worked for the Southern Sydney Area Health Service in various capacities including as coordinator of the Area Health Promotion Unit. Dr Tang also worked with non-government organizations in Hong Kong and Sydney. Dr. Tang completed his undergraduate studies in Hong Kong SAR, China and his postgraduate education in York, England and Sydney, Australia.

Dr. James Tansey

James TanseyDr. Tansey is Associate Director of the Sustainability Institute at The University of British Columbia and the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation and Impact Investing at the Sauder School of Business. His research focuses on social enterprise, climate change and the social impacts and acceptability of new technologies. He works closely with the Business Family Centre to identify areas where advances in social innovation can meet philanthropic goals, and has written extensively on the role of public consultation in the governance of industrial societies, industrial ecology, scenario methods and climate change. Currently his research focuses on emerging international markets for carbon exchange, solutions to neglected diseases and strategic corporate social responsibility.