Speaker: André Picard, award-winning journalist and author

André Picard has written extensively on Canadian public health issues. His most recent books include A Matter of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. He has been the recipient of the Canadian Nurses’ Association Award of Excellence for Health Care Reporting, the Nursing in the Media Award of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the International Media Prize of Sigma Theta Tau (Nursing Honour Society) and the Science and Society Book Prize. Other honours include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Organization for top public health reporter in the Americas, and Canada’s top newspaper columnist at the 2009 National Newspaper Awards. Picard holds an honorary degree from UBC.