Join us for an informative discussion on the findings of Health Canada's latest national report, Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate. Lead authors, Peter Berry, Rebekka Schnitter and Paddy Enright, will reflect on the key insights from the wide-ranging report, and highlight the priority knowledge gaps facing Canadians. This will be followed by a Q&A with a panel of Waterloo's climate change and health experts who will reflect on Canada's next steps.

Lead authors 

Peter Berry

Peter Berry is an IC3 member, Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada. He also serves as a professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo and in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University. He is also involved in a number of collaborations to plan for climate change impacts including with the World Health Organization in developing guidance for building climate resilient health systems, the World Meteorological Organization’s Study Group on Integrated Climate and Health Services and Health Canada’s HealthADAPT initiative assisting health authorities across Canada assess climate risks to health and develop adaptation plans.

Rebekka Schnitter

Rebekka Schnitter is a policy analyst at Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau. Her primary research interests include exploring the relationship between climate change, food security and human health, and analysing the development and implementation of adaptation actions from a health equity lens. Rebekka completed her Bachelor of Science in geography at the University of Victoria and obtained a master’s degree in climate change from the University of Waterloo.


Paddy Enright

Paddy Enright is a Policy Analyst at Health Canada’s Climate Change and Innovation Bureau. Paddy has completed a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geography from Bishop’s University and a M.Sc. in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University. Paddy is currently a PhD candidate within the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. In his PhD research, Paddy is exploring means of fostering climate-resilience within rural Canadian health systems.




Monica Emelko

Monica Emelko, IC3 Associate Director, University of Waterloo Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Canada Research Chair will host the event. Her research interests include water treatment, wildfire, water quality, pathogens, climate change, filtration, land disturbance, environmental and water resources, water and land management, nanoparticle removal during drinking water and wastewater treatment, quantitative microbial risk assessment, water protection and smart infrastructure.


Panel of experts 

Lili Liu

Lili Liu, Dean of Faculty of Health will moderate the panel discussion. She is an investigator with Age-Well NCE which recently published her team’s book Autonomy and independence: Aging in an era of technology (Morgan & Claypool). Her research focuses on the risks of going missing among persons living with dementia.  

Zahid Butt

Zahid Butt is an IC3 member and assistant professor at the School of Public Health Sciences. His research interests focus on syndemics of infectious diseases, infectious disease epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, global health, big data analytics, and public health informatics.

Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott is an IC3 member and professor of geography and environmental management. Her research interests are environment and health, the global environment, urban social geography, and philosophy and method in the social sciences. 

Craig Janes

Craig Janes is an IC3 member, and professor and director at the School of Public Health Sciences. His research interests include human-environment interactions, social inequities and health, global health governance, and maternal and child health.

Hannah Tait Neufeld

Hannah Tait Neufeld is an IC3 member, assistant professor at the School of Public Health Sciences and Canada Research Chair. Her research interests include Indigenous health and wellbeing, social and ecological determinants influencing maternal and child health, along with Indigenous food environments globally.

Rebecca Saari

Rebecca Saari is an IC3 member and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. Her focuses are air pollution, greenhouse gases, and trade; air quality impacts and benefits under energy and climate policy; health impacts of air pollution under future climate; environmental inequality; and pollution and policy impacts by income group.

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