Health Talks

February 21 | 1900 – 2045 | $15 
Health Talks is our annual evening event, and took place this year on the night of February 21. It was a perfect activity for those who attended a pre-Forum session, arrived in Vancouver for the Forum, or for anyone seeking an inspirational end to their work day.

The event started with a ceremony to recognize the eight winners of the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council’s annual Quality Awards, which celebrate improvements in quality of care.

Then, eight engaging and passionate speakers answered our question:

What are your hopes for health care?

But Health Talks’ speakers didn’t use presentations full of bullet points. They used the PechaKucha 20×20 format, where each presentation contained 20 photos and each photo was displayed for exactly 20 seconds before automatically advancing to the next one.

Bruce Campana
Emergency Physician

Bruce has been an emergency physician for 30 years and is a clinical associate professor at UBC, but he also does some important things, like raising twin boys with his wife. Read Bruce’s full bio.

Candy Tran
Nursing Student, BCIT; Winner, Health Talks Student Contest

Candy has a passion for working with children of all ages aspires to be a pediatric nurse at BC Children’s Hospital. She recently started a project called Knit it Forward, where she began to knit and collect scarves for vulnerable populations. Read Candy’s full bio.

Cari Taylor
Not-for-Profit Professional & Life-Adventurer

Cari was raised in a Canadian Air Force family where she lived all across Canada and Europe. As a result of this background she has developed a very wide global perspective in her outlook on life. Enthusiastic, spirited and fun loving, Cari is a “morning person” – all day long! Read Cari’s full bio.

Colin Ross
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC; Scientist, BC Children’s Hospital

Colin is a geneticist and his research seeks to improve the lives of patients by developing new tools for safer and more effective treatment options based upon each individual’s genetic blueprint. Read Colin’s full bio.

Duane Jackson
Patient Partner

A member of the Gitanmaax nation of the Gitksan of Old Hazelton, Duane has been working in the field of early childhood education and development for the past decade and, combining that with his culture’s core virtues, has worked with adults to better understand their life journey and challenges, especially within men’s health. Read Duane’s full bio.

Jessica Hannon
Executive Director, Megaphone Magazine

Jessica began volunteering with Megaphone after meeting one of the magazine’s vendors on the street and becoming moved by its potential for social change. Soon after, she joined its staff and eventually became its executive director. Read Jessica’s full bio.

Mustafa Ahmed
Leader, Diversity Services, Fraser Health

Mustafa was born in Somalia but grew up in the world’s largest refugee camps in Dadaab, Kenya. He attended both primary and secondary education in the camps and, prompted by limited educational opportunities, he came to Canada in 2007 as a sponsored refugee student and graduated from UBC with a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Systems. Read Mustafa’s full bio.

Ranj Singh
Indo-Canadian singer of Indo-Folk Music

Ranj blends a masala of Indian melodies and rhythms with Western Folk to create a unique genre belonging only to him. Since 2015 he has been playing for people who have suffered from brain injuries, and recently collaborated with them on a song titled I’m Still Me, a story about life before and after a brain injury. Read Ranj’s full bio.