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  • February 10, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Centre for Sustainable Health Systems and the Centre for Global Health present: Building Back Better: Sustainable Health Systems after COVID-19

Can health systems be part of ‘building back better’ in the face of COVID-19, the climate crisis, and growing inequity? Our panelists will discuss the responsibility of health systems to purchase with a view to a sustainable future, build a more resilient medical supply ecosystem, and invest in ways that support our net zero ambitions.


Fiona A. Miller (PhD) is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Health Systems, a Professor of
Health Policy, and holds the Chair in Health Management Strategies in the Institute of Health Policy,
Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. Dr. Miller’s program of research
centres on health technology and innovation policy and the role of health systems in sustainable
development (environmental, social, economic). Prior to founding the Centre for Sustainable Health
Systems in 2019, Dr. Miller had long been leading efforts within IHPME to develop educational and
research initiatives in collaboration with health sector partners to build sustainable health systems.


Rebecca Hancock-Howard is an Assistant Professor at IHPME. Rebecca is passionate about using
health economic evidence to inform real world decision-making and policy. Rebecca has extensive
experience in both the private and public sectors as a consultant and health economist. Her
research interests include health technology assessment and evidence-based policy. Rebecca is the
Associate Director of the Accessing Centre for Expertise (ACE), a one-stop shop for accessing
expertise and services from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the
broader Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In this role she has been working on projects examining
the self-sufficiency of the Canadian pandemic response materials ecosystem.

Sandra G. Hamilton is a UK/Canadian PhD researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation
Research (@MIOIR). Her research investigates public sector innovation and the role of public
procurement in shaping more responsible and sustainable markets. Sandra is Canada’s first Social
MBA, designer of Canada’s first municipal Social Procurement Frameworks and, as a recognised
industry expert, in 2017, she was invited to present her work on ‘The Importance of People, in a
People, Planet, Profit approach to Sustainability” at the WTO Symposium on Sustainable
Government Procurement in Geneva. Sandra has over 25 years’ experience as an independent
consultant working with a diverse portfolio of public, private and NGO clients including Vancouver
2010 Olympic CEO John Furlong, Olympian Silken Laumann, the City of Hamilton, ON and the
Ontario Public Buyers Association.

Colin Sue-Chue-Lam is a resident physician and doctoral student in clinical epidemiology at the
University of Toronto. He is active with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
– Ontario Chapter. He is also a member of Emerging Leaders for Environmental Sustainability in
Healthcare, a multidisciplinary student group dedicated to education and advocacy for
sustainability in healthcare.