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  • April 4, 2024 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Hosted in collaboration between the Collaborative Centre for Climate, Health & Sustainable Care and the Centre for Practice Excellence.

This session will discuss the impact of pharmaceuticals on the environment across the lifecycle and how prescribers can support the management, mitigation and reduction of pharmaceutical contributions to water pollution and carbon emissions.

Speakers: Gillian Parker & Gigi Wong

Gillian is a Researcher at the Collaborative Centre for Climate, Health & Sustainable Care (CCCHSC) and Assistant Professor in Health Systems Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME),Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Parker’s work focuses on pharmaceuticals and the environment, including a systems approach to understanding and mitigating risks and harms to human and environmental health from pharmaceutical carbon emissions and release into ecosystems. Her research program also focuses on improving the sustainability of health systems through realizing the environmental co-benefits of reducing low-value care.

Gigi is a pharmacist in Vancouver, BC, who strives to increase awareness of the pharmacy impacts on planetary health, to inspire action towards more sustainable healthcare systems. Gigi focus is on increasing awareness of pharmaceuticals in the environment and its impact on non-target organisms. Over the years, Gigi has dedicated herself to serve this cause.

Co-Moderators: Annalise Mathers & Colin Sue-Chue-Lam

Annalise Mathers is the Administrator for the Centre for Practice Excellence.

Colin Sue-Chue-Lam is a resident physician in general surgery and researcher at the University of Toronto. His research interests include history and philosophy of medicine, science and technology studies, and the ecological crisis.

More information on the Collaborative Centre for Climate, Health & Sustainable Care (CCCHSC) can be found here: