Speakers


Brendan Carr
President & CEO, Island Health

Brendan was named as President and CEO for Island Health in August 2013, and he still takes occasional shifts as an emergency department physician. Active in education and health services research, he is an advocate for transformation in health care. Read Brendan’s full biography.


Eugene Suyu
CEO, Tinkerine Studios

Eugene is the founding force behind Tinkerine Studios, which specializes in 3D printing technologies and creative solutions. He is a user experience designer focused on industrial design and usability.


Eyoälha Baker
Photographer/ Artist

Eyoälha finds immense joy in capturing the essence of the moment, and documenting the beauty and movement in the spontaneity of life. Recently she completed a 9000 sq. ft. mural that features a compilation of photos of almost 200 people jumping for joy in different parts of Vancouver. Read Eyoälha’s full biography.


Janice Vance
Regional Knowledge Coordinator - Complex Behaviours - Residential, Interior Health

Janice is a nurse who has focused her career on mental health and education. She has worked in many countries, exposing her to a variety of health delivery systems. Part of her role involves developing and teaching “Plain Talk” workshops geared to frontline staff that always include humour and music. Read Janice’s full biography.


Kevin Eastwood
Director and Producer

Kevin was the director and creator of Emergency Room: Life + Death at VGH, a ground-breaking documentary series that scored over 2 million views and recently won Best Documentary Series and The People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Leo Awards. Read Kevin’s full biography.


Manisha Willms
OSNS Child & Youth Development Centre

Manisha is a speech-language pathologist and clinical administrator. She has spent the past 10 years working overseas – through these experiences she has become very interested in the consideration of cultural influences in approach to treatment plans. Read Manisha’s full biography.


Mark Holder
Associate Professor, University of British Columbia Okanagan

After earning his Ph.D., Mark conducted brain transplants to reverse impairments caused by brain injuries. At Memorial University of Newfoundland, he studied how natural chemicals, 200 times the strength of heroin, were released when people ate chocolate chip cookies. He now studies the science of happiness. Read Mark’s full biography.


Sarah Lambrick
Human Kinetics Student, University of British Columbia Okanagan

Sarah is the winner of the Health Talks Student Contest, which invited students from across BC to submit their hopes for health care. With a major in Community Health Promotion and a background in exercise science, she hopes to work in the health promotion sector after graduation. Sarah’s full biography includes her winning contest entry – a powerful poem about depression.