Summer Institute 2020 – Draft Information Package Released, Second Wave of Speakers Announced & YouTube Channel Now Available!

11th Annual Public Health Summer Institute 2020

Think Globally, Act Locally

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Thursday July 9th & Friday July 10th, 2020


Draft Information Package Available Now!

Breakout Session Summary Videos Available on YouTube!

Register Today

Online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever. Sign-up and attend anywhere you have internet


We are pleased to release our draft information package for the upcoming public health summer institute, “Think Globally, Act Locally: Public Health and the Anthropocene,” happening online on July 9th and 10th, 2020. In it you will find the final agenda for both days, speaker biographies, plenary and breakout sessions descriptions, and more! To read the information package follow the link below:

2020 Information Package



Registration is on now, join us online this year as we practice social distancing while discussing how we can enact global change through local public and population health initiatives. We have a stellar line up of speakers for the two days including:

  • Jura Augustinavicius -Assistant Scientist (Research Faculty), Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Jessie Best – Environmental Coordinator, City of Saskatoon
  • Katie Clow – Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
  • Andrew Gage – Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law
  • Maya Gislason – Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Cora Hallsworth – Senior Associate, One Earth, BCIT EcoCity Centre
  • Richard Han – Provincial Manager of Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC
  • Trevor Hancock – Professor & Senior Scholar (Retired), School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
  • Wii Esdes, Sandra A. Martin Harris – Community Developer & Social Development Advisor, Gitksan Government Commission
  • Mayor Fred Haynes, PhD – Mayor of Saanich, BC
  • Thomas Homer-Dixon – Director, Cascade Institute, Royal Road University & University Research Chair, University of Waterloo
  • Theresa Healy – Adjunct Professor, School of Environmental Planning, University of Northern BC
  • Rita Koutsodimos – Executive Director, BC Alliance for Healthy Living Society
  • Wanda Martin – Associate Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
  • Pemma Muzumdar – Knowledge Translation Specialist, National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health
  • Michael Nemeth – Principal, Bright Buildings, Passivhaus & Mechanical Engineering Consulting and Vice-president of SES Solar Co-operative
  • Margot W. Parkes – Professor School of Health Sciences, Cross-appointed, Northern Medical Program, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Tim Takaro – Professor, Faculty of Health Science, Simon Fraser University
  • Rory Tooke – Manager of Sustainability and Asset Management, City of Victoria
  • Aaren Topley – Provincial Manager of Can You Dig It, Public Health Association of BC
  • Shannon Turner – Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC
  • Shannon Waters – Cowichan Valley Medical Health Officer, Island Health



We know that many of you will be joining from other time zones and due to the nature of concurrent breakout sessions you many not be able to attend all of the summer institute live. We encourage you to register to attend anyways as we will be recording the entire summer school to be viewed later at your leisure. Register today using the link below, it’s only $60 plus GST ($50 for students & seniors) for the entire two-day school!




Can’t decide which breakout session to attend? Check out our new YouTube channel to help you decide! In the coming days we will be uploading summary videos on each of the breakout session topics to help you choose which speaker you want to engage with. Follow the link below to our channel and start watching!

YouTube – Public Health Summer Institute




We will release the final information package a couple days before the summer school and will be compiling a list of resources related to and developed out the summer institute to release post-event. This resource document will be designed to help stimulate and inspire you as we get set to release our call for abstracts for our 2020 annual conference, potentially online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever! Stay tuned for more conference details later this summer!