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Advisory Board

Carolyn BennettCarolyn Bennett was first elected as the Liberal Member of Parliament for the midtown Toronto riding of St. Paul’s in 1997 under Prime Minister Jean Chretien and has been re-elected four times since. Dr. Carolyn Bennett served as Canada’s first Minister of State for Public Health from 2003 to 2006 in the Government of Prime Minister Paul Martin. She established the Public Health Agency of Canada, appointed David Butler-Jones as the country’s first Chief Public Health Officer and built the Public Health Network for Canada, to equip various levels of government to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with Canadians. Prior to entering politics she was a popular family physician in Toronto and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Bennett earned her degree in Medicine from the University of Toronto in 1974 and her certification in Family Medicine in 1976. She was a founding partner of Bedford Medical Associates practicing family medicine, president of the Medical Staff Association of Women’s College Hospital, co-founder of Friends of Women's College Hospital, and author of the book “KILL OR CURE: How Canadians Can Remake Their Healthcare System”. Her passionate and tireless work as a politician, medical practitioner, writer, public speaker and contributor to the community has been recognized by numerous honours and awards including the Royal Life Saving Society Service Cross (1986), Simpson's Women Who Make a Difference (1990), EVE Award (2002), CAMIMH Mental Health Champion Award (2003), National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Injury Prevention and Safety promotion in Canada (2005), Fiona Nelson Award (2006), May Cohen leadership award (2006) and the W. Victor Johnston Award for lifetime contribution to family practice medicine in Canada and internationally (2009).

Gregor Wolbring Gregor Wolbring is an assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Dept of Community Health Sciences, Program in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies. He is an ability and ableism governance, science and technology governance, disability studies and health policy scholar, a bioethicist and a biochemist. He is, among others, the President-elect of the Canadian Disability Studies Association and Chair of the Bioethics Taskforce of Disabled People's International. He is a part-time Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Canada; Distinguished Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, USA; Adjunct Faculty Critical Disability Studies York University Canada; Member Review Board of the journal Review in Disability Studies; Member International Editorial Advisory Board of the journal, Studies in Ethics, Law and Technology; Member Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Nanotechnology and Molecular Computation (IJNMC).

Priscilla Nirmalakumari DanielPriscilla Nirmalakumari Daniel is the founder and CEO of SUEB, an NGO in India. Priscilla has received world-wide recognition for her work with SUEB, and was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship for Public Innovators in 1989. SUEB is dedicated to integrated and holistic development to empower women, children, families and communities through Self Help Groups (SHG); savings promotions, lending and micro insurance activities; social education for empowerment of women, and vocational and technical education through Community Colleges that SUEB has established in collaboration with Tamilnadu Open University. Priscilla’s entrepreneurial spirit runs through all she does. For more than ten years, Priscilla also worked globally as Programme Executive for ECLOF International, Geneva, Switzerland, a Micro Finance organisation that lends to poor entrepreneurs and to institutions with social objectives for infrastructure development in the countries in the South. She has also served as an Assistant Professor, Co-ordinator of the Extension Service Centre, and Director of Women’s Studies Department in St.Christopher’s College of Education, Chennai, India. She is, among others, a Member of the General Assembly of the Dhan Foundation, Founder Member and Past President of the Social Initiative for Rural Peoples’ Integration (SIRPI) in India, and is a Member of Ashoka Fellowship for Public Innovators, USA.

Beverley JacobsBeverley Jacobs. Her Mohawk name is Gowehgyuseh. It means; “She is visiting.” Her home community is Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in Southern Ontario; and she is currently living in Calgary, Alberta to complete an interdisciplinary PhD in Law, Sociology and History at the University of Calgary.

She has earned a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Windsor in 1994 and a Masters of Law Degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. She recently retired a five year term as President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada where she worked tirelessly on issues affecting Aboriginal women in this country. She has raised awareness about the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, the issues of violence against women and girls, matrimonial real property rights and impacts of colonization on Aboriginal women, including the Indian Act and Bill C-31. In addition, Beverley participated and made numerous interventions at various international fora to ensure Aboriginal Women’s voices were included in various discussions. Beverley Jacobs traveled to many communities, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Amidst her impeccable professional portfolio is Amnesty International, a human rights organization that contracted her consulting firm, established in 1998, to research, advise and write the first draft of the Stolen Sisters…, a sobering report, released in 2004, that brought international attention to the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. In October 2008, Beverley was one of fifty women recognized by several Canadian peace organizations for her work and dedication to further a culture of peace in Canada. In November, 2008, she became a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, in recognition of her contribution to the advancement of Aboriginal women’s equality. In May, 2010, she received a Circle of Honour Esquao Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women in Edmonton, Alberta.

She is mother of Ashley and grandmother of Nicholas (9), Tessa (7), Bryson (2) and Kenna (3 months) who live at her home at Six Nations Grand River Territory. She is partner to Patrick Sandy, Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan.

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