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2021 Duncan Sinclair Lecture - Dr. Bonnie Henrry "Balancing vaccine hope with pandemic reality?


Wednesday February 10, 2021  4:30 PM EST (via Zoom)

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Provincial Health Officer, Province of British Columbia

Dr. Bonnie Henry is the Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia and has been the face of public health and government throughout the COVID pandemic in that Province. Dr. Henry will address policy ramifications and dilemmas at a time of high hopes for the effects of population vaccination while society continues to be beset by ongoing and mounting COVID challenges.


Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC in 2018. As BC’s most senior public health official, Dr. Henry is responsible for monitoring the health of all British Columbians and undertaking measures for disease prevention and control and health protection. Most recently, Dr. Henry has led the province’s response on the COVID-19 pandemic and drug overdose emergency. 


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Presented by:
School of Policy Studies
 and the Health Services and Policy Research Unit at Queen’s University

​Duncan G. Sinclair Lectureship in Health Services and Policy Research

Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair needs very little introduction to members of the Queen's Community. A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College (DVM) and the University of Toronto (MSA), he obtained his Ph.D. in physiology at Queen's University and joined the faculty in 1966 as a Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine.

He served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science (1974-83), Vice-Principal (Institutional Relations) (1984-86), and Vice-Principal Services (1986-88). In 1983-84, he was seconded to the Medical Research Council (MRC) of Canada as Director General of Program Operations, and, in 1989 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Sinclair also held positions at Queen's such as Vice-Principal (Health Sciences) and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine before retiring in 1996. Still committed to teaching, Dr. Sinclair continues to provide guest lectures for the EPID 803 course.

Dr. Sinclair has also contributed widely beyond the confines of academe. He served on the Ontario Ministry of Health's Steering Committee for Review of the Public Hospitals Act and was Chairman of the Task Group on Governance. He was a member of the Premier's Council on Health, Well-Being and Social Justice and acted as Chair of the Council's Research Steering Committee. He was also served on the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation Advisory Board and a member of its Executive Committee. He achieved national recognition as a member of the National Forum on Health and, more recently, as Chair of Ontario's Health Services Restructuring Commission. In 2001, he completed his term as founding Chair of the Board of Canada Info Highway, an organization designed to foster the development of a national capacity for health information management.

The Lectureship

In recognition of Dr. Sinclair's contribution to the MRC, and reflective of his interest in health policy, Dr. Henry Friesen, President of the Medical Research Council of Canada, announced the establishment of the Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair Lectureship in Health Services and Policy Research at Queen's University in November 1997. The MRC pledge was matched by the Faculty of Health Sciences. The inaugural lecture, held in 1999, featured guest speaker Dr. David Naylor, Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Naylor spoke on "Canadian Health Care: The Troubled Transition." In recognition of the importance of this realm of health research in Canada, Duncan and Leona Sinclair assured the longevity of the Lectureship by a generous supplement to the capital fund in 2001.

2020: Michael Marmot, University College London

2020 Duncan Sinclair Lecture - Michael Marmot

The School of Policy Studies and the Health Services and Policy Research Unit at Queen’s University would like to announce some important changes to the upcoming Duncan G. Sinclair Lectureship in Health Services and Policy Research featuring Sir Michael Marmot.

Due to circumstances beyond our control the format for this lecture has been changed.  It will now be available only as a Live Stream.

Please find the updated details below

(updated 11:30 AM Mon. Mar. 16, 2020):

”Social Justice, Social Determinants and Health Equity”
Lecturer:  Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology at University College London; past President of the World Medical Association

DATE: MONDAY, Mar. 16, 2020
TIME:  5:00 PM

How to watch:

  • Online via Facebook Live (a Facebook account is not required to view the live stream).  
  • Online via Zoom: 
  • Please note that In-person viewing has been cancelled.

How to Ask Questions:

  • The best way to participate in the Q&A regardless of how you are viewing is via using #sinclair
  • If viewing via Facebook Live, questions may be left in the comment section.
  • If viewing via Zoom, there is a Q&A function that can be used. Questions will not be gathered from Zoom’s chat function.

Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and past President of the World Medical Association.  He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (2004).  Professor Marmot held the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 16 universities.



2019: Danielle Martin, Women's College Hospital

Duncan G SInclair Lecture in Health Policy - Danielle Martin [image]

January 23, 2019

The University Club at Queen's University, 168 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON 

Danielle Martin

Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions, Women's College Hospital

Abstract: Ontarians regularly face long wait-times for specialist services and congested ERs.   We can do better. By challenging the accepted paradigms and shifting traditional hospital-based care to outpatient and community care, we can improve access to services without spending more money.  Dr. Danielle Martin will share her insights on how cost-effective innovations and policies can bring our health system into the 21st century in ways that are true to Canadian values.  

Danielle Martin is a family physician and Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto. She practices at Women’s College Hospital where she is also the Vice-President Medical Affairs & Health System Solutions.

Danielle’s policy expertise and passion for equity have made her a leader in the debate over the future of Canada’s health care system both inside and outside academia. In February 2018, she was the lead author on a Lancet paper entitled ‘Canada’s universal health-care system: achieving its potential’, as part of a special issue of the Lancet on Canada. She is regularly consulted on major policy decisions, as when she was asked in 2017 by the federal Minister of Health to review and make recommendations on the future of Canada’s eight federally funded Pan-Canadian Health Organizations. She is the co-founder of the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health Systems Solutions and Virtual Care – a real-world solutions engine dedicated to solving the health gaps in our system.

Danielle holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She has received many honours and awards. Her national bestselling book Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve the Health of all Canadians, was released in January 2017. She appears regularly as a medical contributor on CBC television, is a columnist for Châtelaine Magazine and an in-demand speaker on a variety of health and health care topics nationally.

2017: André Picard, The Globe and Mail

October 31, 2017

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King Street West, Kingston, ON 

André Picard
Author, Health Columnist, The Globe and Mail

A veteran health journalist examines how Canada’s health system needs to be reformed and the social, medical and economic impediments to change.  André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987.  He is the author of four bestselling books, most recently Matters of Life and Death.  (

2016: The Honourable Jane Phipott, Minister of Health Canada

Jane Phipott, Minister of Health Canada, is this year's guest lecturer for the Duncan G. Sinclair Lecture in Health Policy.

September 26, 2016

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King Street West, Kingston, ON 

The Honourable Jane Philpott was elected as MP for Markham-Stouffville on October 19, 2015 and appointed as Minister of Health November 4, 2015. 

Prior to entering politics, Dr. Philpott led an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Philpott studied medicine at the University of Western Ontario,  completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, and a Tropical Medicine fellowship in Toronto. In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Toronto.

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2014: Dr. Samir K. Sinha

Canada's Coming of Age: How Ready Are We to Meet the Needs of Our Aging Population?

October 14, 2014

Dr. Samir K. Sanha
MD, DPhil, FRCPC, Expert Lead, Ontario Seniors Strategy. Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals

Dr. Samir K. Sanha | October 2014Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and in 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario government to serve as the expert lead of the Ontario's Seniors Strategy. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also serves as the Chair of the Health Professionals Advisory Committee of the Toronto Central LHIN, is a Medical Advisor to the Toronto Central CCAC and an Associate Fellow with interRAI.

A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. After returning to pursue postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinha went to the United States where he served as the inaugural Erickson/Reynolds Fellow in Clinical Geriatrics, Education and Leadership at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. He has consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, Canada, the United States and China on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.



The Toronto Star - Dec 28, 2012

2013: Jeffrey Simpson

Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century

January 31, 2013

Jeffrey Simpson
National Affairs Columnist, Globe and Mail

Jeffrey Simpson | January 2013Jeffrey Simpson has been the Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist for more than 25 years. An Officer of the Order of Canada, he is an award-winning author of nine books whose work has won all three of Canada's leading literary prizes - the Governor-General's award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing (twice) - as well as the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. Mr. Simpson’s latest book, “Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century”, examines how Canadian health care is ill-adapted to an aging population, and explores how to tackle this growing crisis. Mr. Simpson regularly contributes to television and radio programs and is a sought-after speaker at major conferences in Canada and abroad.

2012: Dr. Jeff Turnbull

A New Health Care System for all Canadians: From Consensus to Action

February 1, 2012

Dr. Jeff Turnbull

Presentation [PDF 675kb]

Dr. Jeff Turnbull | February 2012Dr. Jeff Turnbull is Ottawa Hospital Chief of Staff and the immediate past president of the Canadian Medical Association. Since earning his M.D. at Queen’s University, he has combined clinical practice, education and research with senior management roles at both the University of Western Ontario and the University of Ottawa. In 2001, he was appointed chair of the Department of Medicine and, in 2008, Chief of Staff at The Ottawa Hospital.

Dr. Turnbull is also co-founder and medical director of the Ottawa Inner City Health Project, which has received numerous awards and international acclaim for providing quality care to Ottawa’s homeless population since the 1990s. Complementing his interest in community health at home, he has also been involved in education and health services initiatives in Bangladesh, Africa and the Balkans.

Among his many leadership roles on behalf of the profession, Dr. Turnbull has served as president of both the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Medical Council of Canada, and chaired the CMA’s Future of Medicine Project. He was also Program Director of UNESCO’s Universities in Solidarity for the Health of the Disadvantaged. For these many contributions, Dr. Turnbull has received many awards, including the Order of Canada in 2007 and Physician of the Year by the Academy of Medicine of Ottawa in 2008.

2009: Honourable Elinor Caplan

Medicare in Canada: What is Wrong, and How to Fix It

November 6, 2009

Honourable Elinor Caplan

​Presentation [PDF 461kb]

Honourable Elinor Caplan | November 2009The Hon. Elinor Caplan's political career began as an elected Municipal Alderman in North York from 1978-1985. During that time, she was chair of almost every major council committee. Elinor gained extensive experience in municipal planning, transportation, and human services.

As an Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament (1985-97), she served in the Peterson Government as Minister of Government Services, Chair of Management Board, and Chair of the Cabinet. However, she is best known as Ontario's Health Minister (1987-1990).

Elected as Federal MP for Thornhill (1997-2004), Elinor served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health before joining the Chrétien Cabinet in 1999 as Minister of Citizenship & Immigration. In 2001, she was named Minister of National Revenue, where she had responsibility for Revenue Canada as well as Canada Customs. Elinor was responsible for the implementation of the Canada/USA Smart Border Accord. Her recommendation to establish the Canadian Border Services Agency was accepted by Rt Hon Paul Martin.

While in Federal cabinet (1999-2003), Elinor served on the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism committee, the Social Union committee, the Reference Group of Ministers on Health, as well as the Reference Group of Ministers on the Voluntary Sector. She did not seek re-election in 2004.

In 2005, Elinor completed a review of Ontario Home Care Procurement Policy & Practices. The 'Caplan Report' (Competing for Excellence by Rewarding Results) recommendations have been accepted by government & are being implemented.

In February 2006, Elinor completed the Director Education Program as well as the Finance Program for Corporate Directors at the University of Toronto, Rotman School. She is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, and The Institute of Public Administration Canada (IPAC).

From 2005-2007, Elinor was the Governance, Program & Financial, Lead, on the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care project to create independent governance for Sunnybrook Health Science Centre & Women's College Hospital. Her work supported the governments Transformation Agenda, and should result in the creation of a Centre of Excellence in Academic Ambulatory Care at the new Women's College Hospital.

Elinor is a member of the Board of Directors of Institute of Clinical and Evaluative Sciences (ICES), and is the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee.

2008: Sister Elizabeth M. Davis

New Vision, New Journey, New Promise:
Interdisciplinary Health Care in a New Time

November 26, 2008

Sister Elizabeth M. Davis

Sister Elizabeth M. Davis | November 2008Sister Elizabeth M. Davis was born in Fox Harbour, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, Newfoundland and Labrador in 1966. During her higher education, she earned a B.A. and B.Ed. (Memorial University 1975); and M.A. (Theology) (Notre Dame 1982) and an M.H.Sc. (Administration) (Toronto 1985). She taught high school from 1969 to 1982. In the period 1985 to 1994 she served as Assistant Medical Director, Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director at St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's, Newfoundland, and from 1994 to 2000 she was the President and CEO of the Health Corporation of St. John's. She is currently pursuing studies leading to a doctorate in Theology (Biblical Sources) at the Toronto School of Theology where she is also a Sessional Instructor in Introduction to the Old Testament.

Sister Elizabeth has served with great distinction on many national and international bodies including the Council of Licensed Practical Nurses, the Association of Canadian Teaching Hospitals, the Canadian Institute of Health Information, the National Board of Medical Examiners (USA), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Newfoundland Labrador's Place in Canada, the Catholic Biblical Association of Canada, the Trudeau Foundation and the Mercy International Association. She is a much sought after speaker, leader of workshops and facilitator of strategic planning retreats, an editor of journals and a popular and inspirational instructor. Her areas of expertise span a wide range of subjects - from those related to her religious studies to work on patient- focused care, healthcare leadership, quality of care, patient safety, professionalism, health services research, and change management.

Sister Davis' outstanding contributions and the depth of her influence on leaders in health care is evidenced by the many honours and awards bestowed on her, including: Honorary Fellowship Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Alumna of the Year Memorial University of Newfoundland, Member Order of Canada, Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) Memorial University, Award for Excellence in Health Care Administration Canadian Healthcare Association, Performance Citation Award Catholic Health Association of Canada, Humanitarian oftheYearAward Canadian Red Cross Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter, Woman of Distinction Award YM/YWCA St. John's Newfoundland, and Citizen of the Year, Knights of Columbus of Newfoundland and Labrador.