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Wednesday, November 13 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Opening Plenary: Leveraging data for science advice and rapid response to health emergencies / Exploiter les données pour obtenir des avis scientifiques et intervenir rapidement en cas d’urgence sanitaire

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Panel Organized by: Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada 

Emergencies are becoming increasingly frequent and complex, causing great damage to the economy, infrastructure and human lives. When facing these challenges, science and technology are used to respond, recover and prevent emergencies. From the critical, early moments following a crisis, to the recovery stage and mitigation planning, access to relevant scientific data is crucial to decision-makers and responders.  This panel will explore how data have been used in health emergencies to inform science advice, as well as what needs to change to allow for faster and smarter use of data in emergencies.

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Mona Nemer

Chief Science Advisor of Canada
Dr. Mona Nemer is the Chief Science Advisor to Canada’s Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Cabinet. Her mandate is to provide advice on issues related to science and government policies that support it. This includes advising on ways to ensure that science is considered in... Read More →

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Rolf Heuer

Chair of the European Commission’s Group of Scientific Advisors
Professor Heuer is an experimental particle physicist and was one of the first members of the European Commission’s Group of Chief Scientific Advisors. He has been elected Chair of the Group in April 2017.From April 2016 until April 2018, he was the President of the German Physical... Read More →
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Kamran Khan

Founder and CEO, Blue-Dot; Professor at the University of Toronto
Dr. Kamran Khan is a practicing infectious disease physician, a professor of medicine and public health at the University of Toronto, and the founder and CEO of BlueDot ( www.bluedot.global ), a digital health company that uses human and artificial intelligence to protect people around... Read More →
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Yasmin Khan

Consultant Physician, Public Health Ontario; Emergency Physician, University Health Network; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Yasmin Khan, MD, MPH is an academic physician trained in emergency medicine, public health, epidemiology and public health policy, and is based in Toronto, Canada. She is a Consultant Physician in Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health Ontario... Read More →
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Sir Patrick Vallance

Chief Science Adviser to the Government of UK
Sir Patrick Vallance FRS FMedSci FRCP is Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Science and Engineering (GSE) profession. His personal research was in the area of diseases of blood vessels and endothelial biology.Patrick was President, R&D at GlaxoSmithKline... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm EST
Confederation Ballroom