Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Rick HansenMary Walsh
Acclaimed Comedian

Acclaimed comedian Mary Walsh is best known for her multi-Gemini-Award-winning work on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, the longrunning satiric current events program she created, and which showcases her dynamic range of hilarious characters.

Ms. Walsh wrote, produced andstarred in the Gemini Award-winning show Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, and was nominated for two Genie Awards for her performances in the feature films Crackie and New Waterford Girl.

Her recent television credits include appearances in Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue, and HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin, which garnered her a 2017 Canadian Screen Awards nomination.



Timothy CaulfieldTimothy Caulfield
Professor of Health Law and Science Policy

Professor Timothy Caulfield is an unrivalled communicator who debunks myths and assumptions about innovation in the health sector — from research on stem cells to diets to alternative medicine — for the benefit of the
public and decision-makers.

Professor Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta since 1993.

He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation and the Principal Investigator for a number of large interdisciplinary projects that explore the ethical, legal and health policy issues associated with a range of topics, including stem cell research, genetics, patient safety, the prevention of chronic disease, obesity policy, the commercialization of research, complementary and alternative medicine, and access to health care.