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Health Talks 2021: Watch Live On Our Homepage!

We’re livestreaming Health Talks again, and we want to see you there! The event is free and anyone can join us to watch it live.

You can watch Health Talks on our homepage at 1900 PT on Thursday, February 25. No registration for this event or for Quality Forum is required – all you need to do is go to our homepage at 1900 PT to watch the live stream!

Health Talks is our annual evening event at the Quality Forum, where six speakers will take to the podium to share their hopes for health care. And they’ll do so by using the PechaKucha 20×20 format, where they’ll show 20 photos for exactly 20 seconds each as they share their hopes. The hour-long event is sure to be creative, inspiring and full of new perspectives. Want to see what’s in store? Watch videos from Health Talks 2020.

Meet Our Speakers

Robin McGee, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist & Patient Partner

Robin is a registered clinical psychologist who has worked in health and education for over 30 years. Her award-winning book The Cancer Olympics describes her fight for survival, medical justice and fair chemotherapy policy after her experience with serious medical negligence.

For her advocacy work in cancer care and patient safety, she was decorated with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada. Also, she has been awarded the Canadian Cancer Society’s highest honour, the National Medal of Courage. Proceeds of her book go to cancer support programs.

Robin can be found on the web (, Facebook and on Twitter (@TCOrobin). Robin is currently in treatment for a recurrence of her colorectal cancer. Her blog illustrates her cancer experience using famous rock songs

Carrie Marr
Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission (Australia)

Carrie Marr has a passionate focus on quality improvement and patient safety.

Carrie began her professional health career in Scotland as a nurse before a move into nursing education, followed by specialisation in organization effectiveness and patient safety.

She has held a number of executive and consultancy roles within the National Health Service, Scotland, including Director, Tayside Centre for Organisation Effectiveness and Associate Director, Change and Innovation. Prior to taking up the role at CEC in 2015, Carrie worked at Western Sydney Local Health District as Executive Director, Organisation Effectiveness.

Carrie is a graduate of the advanced training program in Quality Improvement at Intermountain Health Care in Utah. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Nursing); a Diploma in Education (Nurse Teaching); and a Master of Science (Organisation Consulting). In January 2021 she became an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney.

Carrie continues to proactively collaborate and learn with health colleagues from across the globe. These experiences inform her leadership of continuous improvement in the work of New South Wales Health to deliver exceptional, patient-centred care.

Ezequiel Garcia Elorrio
Director, Health Care Quality & Patient Safety; Director, Administration & Finance, Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (Argentina)

Ezequiel practices medicine as a general internist and is currently a professor of public health at Argentina’s El Centro de Educación Médica e Investigaciones Clínicas (Centre for Medical Education and Clinical Research). He also holds a lecturer position at the University of Buenos Aires.

He has worked extensively in quality of care and patient safety research, education and implementation projects in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. He was recently appointed president-elect of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), where he is active in promoting improvement globally.

Ezequiel was also recently part of The Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goals Era, which contributed a renewed vision of the field of improvement and measurement.

Tania Dick
Registered Nurse

Tania hails from the Dzawada’enuxw First Nations of Kingcome Inlet and has been a registered nurse in British Columbia for 18 years. Her entire career has been spent in rural and remote nursing, specializing in emergency and Aboriginal health. She attained her Master of Nursing degree in the nurse practitioner program at UBC in 2010. She currently works full time as a general duty nurse in her father’s rural village of Alert Bay, BC.

Both of Tania’s parents are survivors of residential school and Tania knows inter-generational trauma through lived experience. Although her mother came from such tragic beginnings, she became the first Indigenous person to graduate from the UBC School of Nursing with Bachelor of Science degree. Tania draws on her mothers strength, resilience and determination and became the first Indigenous person to graduate from the UBC School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner program.

Sumter/April Sumter-Freitag
Sexual and Gender Diversity Health Equity Collaborative (HEC); Social Planner, City of Vancouver

Sumter is an eighth-generation black Canadian with Mi’Kmaq, Cherokee and Scottish ancestry born in Winnipeg and now a guest living and learning about active reconciliation on unseeded Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh territories. Sumter identifies as queer and gender non-binary and is an absence of direct knowledge of gender identities of their original culture due to their legacy of slavery and colonization. Sumter was a member of the Indigenous, Black and People of Colour Caucus and part of the Leadership team on the Health Equity Collaborative and is currently a Social Planner working with the team at Arts, Culture and Community Services at the City of Vancouver. Their former careers range from ballroom dance teacher to substance use counsellor. Sumter’s work is based on lived experience and follows an anti-oppressive practice which shows up in their writing, filmmaking and work in support of community.

Lillian Chen & Tina Cheng
Entry-to-PharmD Student (Candidate 2022) & Master of Public Health Student (In progress), University of British Columbia

Lillian and Tina are the winners of this year’s Health Talks Student Contest! You can view their entry here.

Lillian is a Doctor of Pharmacy student at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about innovative approaches to knowledge translation and education for both patients and providers in improving patient health outcomes. As a future health care provider, Lillian believes effective, tailored, and engaging communication is the first step to providing high-quality, equitable care that is accessible to all patient populations.

Tina is a Master of Public Health Student at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about health care quality improvement and equity in access to health, particularly for vulnerable populations. She was part of several unique public health research groups throughout her time at UBC and had the chance to do quality improvement research. As a public health advocate, Tina believes effective communication is essential for knowledge translation, patient engagement, and bridging research to policy.

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