Keynote Speakers

We are extremely proud to present three great keynote speakers…

Dr. David Fisman (from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health) will walk us through a historical account of John Snow and his role as one of the father’s of modern epidemiology.

Dr. Susan Andrews (from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) will discuss drinking water and waste water management from a local perspective.

Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng (Director of the Centre for Global Engineering) will discuss her team’s innovative global health project, Reinvent the Toilet, that won 3rd place in the Gates Foundation Challenge for a global context on the issue of water sanitation.

David Fisman

David Fisman is an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health, where he is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Health Policy, and Medicine.  He is also a practicing Infectious Diseases clinician at the Toronto Western Hospital. He trained in clinical infectious diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre in Boston and from 1999 to 2001 was an AHRQ Fellow in Health Policy at Harvard Centre for Risk Analysis.  His interests are in analytical and mathematical epidemiology of infectious diseases, and in health economic evaluation of communicable disease control programs.

Susan Andrews

Susan Andrews is an Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto. She is an internationally recognized researcher in optimization of water treatment processes, especially in the area of drinking water disinfection. She is currently a Program leader for the Canadian Water Network, and she has held leadership posts in several professional organizations (Chair, Ontario Water Works Association; Director, Walkerton Clean Water Centre). She participates in projects that span the globe (North America, Europe, Asia) and which often include participants from non-engineering fields. Her roles in these organizations have included helping to strengthen links between the academic and public sectors as well as foster interdisciplinary research interactions.

Yu-Ling Cheng is the Director of the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.  CGEN was established in 2009 to be the focal point and major driver in preparing engineering graduates to meet challenges, responsibilities and opportunities in a globally sustainable future.   Under her leadership, CGEN is developing new courses and academic programs in global engineering.   She also leads new global engineering research initiatives, most notably a project under the “Re-invent the Toilet” challenge posed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Aside from her interests in global engineering, Professor Cheng’s research interests have centred around drug delivery, and the understanding of transport processes in polymeric and physiologic systems.  She is a member the Teaching Academy, the highest honour for teaching at the University of Toronto.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for Academics Without Borders Canada, an NGO whose mission is to enhance higher education capacity in developing countries.



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