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AGE-WELL EPIC / ToBE Conference Panel – Building the Future of Equality: Increasing Equity in Practice

June 16 @ 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm EDT




In this panel discussion, we hope to draw on the personal and professional experiences of leading researchers/clinicians who have been recognized for their advocacy on topics of Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion (EDAI). Our goals for the session are to support learners to:

1. Recognize signs of a non-inclusive and inequitable working environment for self/peers both on an individual or systemic level;
2. Learn to be a better ally or advocate for those facing obstacles such as, but not limited to, women, Indigenous peoples, individuals with disabilities, members of visible minorities/racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+ communities, and
3. Challenge current systemic biases to better include, maximize retention of marginalized groups in STEM.


WHEN: June 16, 2021 at 4:15 to 5:30pm EDT



Dr. Carrie Bourassa, B.A., M.A., PhD is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health (CIHR-IIPH) and a Professor, Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan. She is the Principal Investigator for the Canada Foundation for Innovation funded Morning Star Lodge as well as the Cultural Safety, Evaluation, Training and Research lab.

Dr. Nicole Kaniki, PhD is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Innovation at the University of Toronto. She recently joined UofT in May, where in her previous role she was the Special Advisor on Anti-racism to the President at Western University and also worked in EDI in Research Development at Western. Dr. Kaniki holds a Masters in Kinesiology, a PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She recently rounded up her expertise in EDI by completing a Masters in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research also at Western. She is passionate about social justice and uses an Anti-racism and Decolonizing lens in her work in EDI.

Dr. Nicole Woods is a cognitive psychologist who received her PhD at McMaster University (2005). Her work examines the role of basic science knowledge in clinical reasoning and the development of medical expertise. Applying principles of memory and human cognition to education across the health professions, her research program focuses on the mental representation of categories and instructional design that supports cognitive integration of basic and clinical sciences.


Dr. Azadeh Yadollahi, PhD is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Cardiorespiratory Engineering. She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at University of Toronto, a scientist at KITE, and an adjunct faculty member in Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at University of Manitoba. Azadeh is a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in STEM. She is the chair of “Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee” at University Health Network.


Co-hosted by the AGE-WELL EPIC Conference 2021 and ToBe Conference 2021


June 16
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm