Conference 2019 – Scientific Program Committee

Simplifying Complexity:

Public Health Approaches and Practice in Complex Systems

Conference & Annual General Meeting

November 14th & 15th, 2019

The Sutton Place Hotel

Vancouver, BC

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Scientific Program Committee


We are pleased to introduce Dr. Marjorie MacDonald and Dr. Simon Carroll, our Scientific Program Committee co-chairs. They have worked tirelessly with the rest of our committee to oversee the development of this year’s program and as such we would like to take this time to thank everyone involved with putting on the 2019 conference. This event would not have been possible without the contributions and countless hours of work from the following individuals.


Dr. Marjorie MacDonald – SPC Co-Chair

University of Victoria

Dr. Marjorie MacDonald is a Professor Emerita in the School of Nursing, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy, and a Scientist in the Canadian Institute of Substance Use Research (CISUR), all at the University of Victoria. She co-directs the Research in Public Health Systems and Services Initiative (BC) (formerly CPHFRI) and is leading an initiative to develop a Public Health Systems and Services Research agenda for Canada. Marjorie held one of 15 inaugural CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chairs from 2008-2014, and was President and Past President of the Public Health Association of BC from 2011 to 2016. Research interests include public health systems renewal, health equity, public health and primary care collaboration, adolescent health promotion and drug use prevention, and public health ethics. Marjorie also is interested in the application of complexity science to research methods in public health.



Dr. Simon Carroll – SPC Co-Chair

University of Victoria

Dr. Simon Carroll is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Sociology, at the University of Victoria. He has a particular interest in the areas of sociological theory, the sociology of health and illness, and in social justice and social inequalities. His research over the past 15 years has been focused on sociological approaches to understanding health systems. Methodologically, he has been involved in an emerging approach to knowledge synthesis, called ‘realist synthesis’, and has published several articles and book chapters related to that approach. Simon continues to be involved in a variety of research projects as a co-investigator including the AGEWELL program of research, a multi-disciplinary national research network in technology and aging, funded under the Networks of Centre’s of Excellence program. Simon completed his PhD at the University of Victoria, and his Master’s Degree at Lancaster University, UK.


Scientific Program Committee Members

Shannon Turner              Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC

Dr. Theresa Healy           Capacity Building Committee Co-Chair, Public Health Association of BC

Lara Frederick                 North East Preventive Public Health Program Lead, Northern Health

Alexandria Ross              Administrative Officer, Public Health Association of BC

Maureen Rowan             Capacity Building Committee Co-Chair, Public Health Association of BC

Christina Harding            Project Coordinator, Public Health Association of BC