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2021 BPAO Annual Health Symposium Speakers

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi BSc, MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Kwadwo Kyeremanteng is a critical care and palliative care physician at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr.Kyeremanteng cares for the sickest of the sick patients in the intensive care unit (ICU).

As a researcher, he is interested in using ICU resources more efficiently and improving access to palliative care in the ICU. To help do this, he founded the Resource Optimization Network, a multidisciplinary research group working to reduce health spending in this area without compromising care.

In September 2019 Dr. Kyeremanteng launched his ever-growing podcast “Solving Healthcare with Kwadwo Kyeremanteng” these podcasts feature interviews and discussions on the topic of improving healthcare delivery in Canada. Underpinned by the values of cost-effectiveness, dignity, and justice, these podcasts will challenge the status quo, leaving no stone unturned as we explore gaps, assumptions, and different perspectives in the pursuit of finding solutions to problems in Canada’s healthcare system.

Cynthia Damba MBChB, MHS

Cynthia Damba is a Manager of the Health Analytics Team at the Toronto Central LHIN with 15 years of experience in health equity, quality, population health surveillance and health care system performance measurement and evaluation. She has overseen the standardized equity data collection project at the LHIN and has a passion of improving the health of marginalized and racialized groups. Originally a physician from East Africa, she did her Masters in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Toronto. Previous positions included Senior Epidemiologist and Senior Research Associate.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, and a lifelong anti-poverty activist. Growing up materially poor in Toronto, Paul has used his experience to fuel a career focused not just on helping others, but dismantling the beliefs and systems that lead to poverty and food insecurity, includingcolonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchal structures

Each year, FoodShare provides a quarter million people with fresh produce, and fights for their right to have access to “good” food on their own terms, rather than charity on someone else’s. Paul’s experience includes Executive Director roles at Gordon Neighbourhood House and the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. He has also chaired the British Columbia Poverty Reduction Coalition,served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and as Vice-Chair of FoodSecure Canada.

Paul Taylor is the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto, and a lifelong anti-poverty activist. Growing up materially poor in Toronto, Paul has used his experience to fuel a career focused not just on helping others, but dismantling the beliefs and systems that lead to poverty and food insecurity, includingcolonialism, capitalism, white supremacy, and patriarchal structures

Each year, FoodShare provides a quarter million people with fresh produce, and fights for their right to have access to “good” food on their own terms, rather than charity on someone else’s. Paul’s experience includes Executive Director roles at Gordon Neighbourhood House and the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House. He has also chaired the British Columbia Poverty Reduction Coalition,served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and as Vice-Chair of FoodSecure Canada.

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi BSc, MD, FRCPC, FAAD

Dr Boluwaji Ogunyemi is a Writer, Public Speaker, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health & Diversity Advocate, and Double Board-certified Dermatologist.

He writes, speaks and teaches at the intersection of health, society and diversity and has authored publications for The New York Times, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, CBC, Vancouver Sun, National Post. Sought after for knowledge and experience at the intersection of medicine, diversity & anti-racism and health, he has been quoted / featured in Global News, Chatelaine, Flare, CTV, National Post, Toronto Star & CBC Radio. His public speaking resume includes a TEDx Talk, speaking at the Atlantic Immigration Summit & serving as 2018 Royal College of Physicians Convocation Speaker.

Dr. Ogunyemi has served on the Executive Committees of many national medical organizations and has received over three dozen awards for leadership, academics, research, writing, advocacy & community service.

Dr. Upton Allen MBBS, MSc

Upton D. Allen, is a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Hospital for Sick Children(SickKids). Dr. Allen is a Senior Associate Scientist in the Research Institute, Hospital for Sick Children. His primary appointment is with the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children. He is cross-appointed as a professor in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

Dr. Allen received his medical degree from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. He received pediatric training at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He obtained further research training leading to a degree in Clinical Epidemiology (MSc) from McMaster University.

Dr. Allen is a past director of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Fellow of the Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, UK. He is a past Chair of the Infectious Diseases Specialty Training Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Past awards include the Clinical Science Established Investigator Award from the American Society of Transplantation. In 2018, he was awarded the Order of Ontario, which is the highest honorawarded by the province of Ontario, Canada.

In addition to being a general infectious diseases specialist, he is actively involved in clinical and research activities relating to immunocompromised patients, notably those who have undergone organ and stem cell transplantation as well as cancer therapies. He has a major research interest in EpsteinBarr virus-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder as well as an interest in respiratory syncytial virus infections. Dr. Allen has had many academic and professional accomplishments. He has had numerous invited lectures internationally, visiting professorships, scientific publications, several book chapters, scientific abstracts and several peer reviewed research grants.

Dr. Allen is a recipient of the African Canadian Achievement Award as well as the Harry Jarome Award. He leads research studies addressing different aspects of COVID-19 including but not limited to the seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 among African Canadians. He is co-chair of the Health Committee of the BlackNorth Initiative that is committed to addressing systemic barriers adversely affecting the lives of Black Canadians.