Speakers

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. In addition, he tries to take care of two dogs, two parrots, and a garden, all of whom are fairly mouthy, except for the garden, which is mainly vegetative. He currently resides near Victoria, on Vancouver Island, and has no idea why he has been so lucky.


Candy Tran

Nursing Student, BCIT; Winner, Health Talks Student Contest

Candy is a third-year BCIT nursing student. She has a passion for working with children of all ages and has selected pediatrics as her specialty. She aspires to be a pediatric nurse at BC Children’s Hospital where she previously volunteered in the PICU.

Inspired by her clinical experiences, Candy recently started a project called Knit it Forward, where she began to knit and collect scarves for vulnerable populations. In December 2017, she was able to spread warmth to 450+ recipients with the community’s support. She plans to continue this initiative to provide warmth, comfort, and a sense of care to those who need it most. Candy has found that pursuing nursing has been challenging, rewarding, and one of the best decisions she has made thus far.


Cari Taylor

Not-for-Profit Professional & Life-Adventurer

Enthusiastic, spirited and fun loving, Cari is a “morning person” – all day long!

She adores public speaking! As a presenter she is engaging, clear, humorous and most of all – down to earth. She is loved by all who come to hear her speak!

Cari brings years of corporate administration, team building and leadership skills to her work & she has also extensively partnered with the various First Nations throughout the Island and the Mainland. Her paid work is now mostly in not-for-profit organizations.

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. Cari welcomes cultural diversity and has empathy and understanding for those of all backgrounds. She currently lives in Victoria with her husband and has done so for the past 17 years. Well-traveled, her adventures have taken her to many parts of the world. As you can imagine – there have been many interesting journeys, both the good and the bad. All have been great life lessons!


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. To do this, he has identified genetic factors of severe adverse drug reactions to better guide treatment options, helped introduce genome sequencing for diagnostic purposes at BC Children’s Hospital, and is currently developing new gene-based therapeutic strategies.


Duane Jackson

Patient Partner

Duane is a member of the Gitanmaax nation of the Gitksan of Old Hazelton and is a father of three, Caleb, Cooper, and Jamie, and 24 year partner to Christine. He 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.

Duane recently retired after a 32 year career coaching basketball but, although he will not be coaching programs any longer, will still be open to working with individuals and camps. He has been involved with the Patient Voices Network for the past 4 years and has been open to meeting with committees, sitting on panels, and collaborating with all those interested in improving the care of our vulnerable population. Duane has found all of his work with the PVN to be very rewarding, informative, and enlightening.


Jessica Hannon

Executive Director, Megaphone Magazine

Jessica had recently returned to Vancouver from a stint working with people displaced by conflict overseas when she met a Megaphone vendor on the street. Moved by the potential for social change in Megaphone’s model, Jessica volunteered to help out, starting by writing thank-you postcards to donors. In 2013, she joined staff, first as vendor coordinator, then as operations manager, and now as executive director. Jessica was formally educated in International Relations. She was informally educated by the Internet, her library card, and that time her father unceremoniously threw her into the Nanaimo River to teach her to swim. When not making executive decisions, Jessica explores forests and mountains, learns to play music, reads, and plays soccer.


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. In the camps, he worked for UN aid agencies in a number of roles, including as an interpreter in for the UN Refugee Agency and a high school math teacher.

Mustafa 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 on a World University Services Canada scholarship – making him the first student from Dadaab to move from camp to UBC.

He graduated from UBC in 2012 with Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Systems, a multi-disciplinary undergraduate program involving four departments: computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology. He is currently pursuing a graduate professional certificate on public policy and administration at UVIC.

Using his 19 years of life experience as a refugee in protracted camps, in 2012 he started working for DIVERSEcity as counsellor for the Moving Ahead Program serving Somali-speaking clients in the Surrey, North Delta and Langley areas. Seeing the impact of the program, he collaborated with Fraser Health to design and facilitate the Providing Care for Refugee and Newcomer Training workshop to assist health care professionals in providing quality care to newcomer populations.

Mustafa is passionate about advocating for and enabling vulnerable populations navigate and access large systems. In 2016 he joined Fraser Health’s Ethics and Diversity Services department as a Coordinator of Language Services. Fraser Health serves the most linguistically-diverse population in the province, with the highest user of Interpreter Services. Mustafa’s responsibilities include, among other things, policy-making, education, and quality improvement of language services processes.


Ranj Singh

Indo-Canadian singer of Indo-Folk Music

Ranjit “Ranj” Singh blends a masala of Indian melodies and rhythms with Western Folk to create a unique Canadian Indo-Folk genre belonging only to him.

As a self-taught singer songwriter, Ranj has just finished recording his 3rd album – a raw acoustic album featuring is signature melodies and distinctive “up-stroke” riffs on his 12-string guitar. The album is titled “The Man Cold”, and is available through ITunes and CD Baby as well as from his website! Ahhh yes…the Man Cold….how we as men suffer soooo much!

His last CD (2011’s Found a Way Home) delivers lyrics and melodies that were inspired by Ranj’s life and his legendary mentors Neil Young and Indian ghazal singer Jagjit Singh.

He began his performing career in the mid-80’s with Punjabi super stars, Harbhajan Mann and Gursewak Mann. In the 90’s he played with his brothers in the award-winning Bhangara/Rock group Dal Dil Vog, (winners of CFOX’s “Vancouver Seeds 9” battle of the bands in 1994), where he performed with artists such as Jan Arden, 54-40, and Mathew Good. The band performed live on Much Music, toured throughout North America and India, and had videos that appeared on Much Music and MTV Asia.

After Dal Dil Vog disbanded, Ranj recorded a solo album in 2007 titled Simple Man, before bringing together a group of talented musicians to form his next band, Ranj Singh and The Discriminators.
Recently Ranj has returned to music as a solo artist, following a serious vehicle collision. He’s stronger than ever and happy to be pursuing his passion for music again, and often collaborates with former band members and musicians to meet the needs of a given venue or event.

His music is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Google Play, and Amazon.