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Dr. May Cohen Lecture Flyer

May Cohen Lecture September 15th, 2022

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Karen Breeck as she presents "A Military Veteran's Reflection on Lessons learned about Womens Health"

Location: MDCL 3020
Time: 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Dr. Breekck's Interest in Women's health was first sparked by reading Dr. Cohen's "Training Manual on Mainstreaming Gender Integration".

This lecture will explore the ongoiong influence of Dr. Cohen's pivotal work on Dr. Breeck's subsequent 35 years of collecting professional and personal lessons learned about women's health in serving and retired Canadian Armed Forces members.

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International Women's Day, March 8th

Breaking Barriers and Leading Change: a Panel in Honour of International Women's Day.


On March 8th, 2022, Dr. Stephanie Smith, Region IV Co-Representative (Atlantic Canada), will moderate a panel in honour of International Women’s Day, Breaking Barriers and Leading Change. Our inspiring panelists will include Brigadier General (Retired) Hilary Jaeger, MSc, MD., retired Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces; and Dr. Shannon Ruzycki, General Internist & Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary. They will share their stories of leadership and their strategies to empower others.


Dr Hilary Jaeger is a former Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces and National Medical Officer of Veterans Affairs Canada. Starting out as a primary care physician, during her 30-year military career she served in many locations across Canada, and overseas in Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. Beyond hands-on care, she developed skills in health system leadership, development of health human resources, management of health-related research, and health policy development as she progressed to increasingly senior levels. Her principal professional interests at present concern the effect of health systems design and health policy decisions on population health outcomes. Until recently, Dr Jaeger was Chair of the Health Technology Expert Review Panel, which develops evidence-based recommendations on the value of selected health interventions. She has volunteered since 2011 with Osteoporosis Canada in various roles, including as Board chair from 2015 to 2017. She holds a BSc in Mathematics from Acadia University; an MD from the University of Toronto; and an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management from the London School of Economics.

Shannon Ruzycki is a general internist and clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary. She has a Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins and her research focus is in equity, diversity, and inclusion in the physician workforce and in perioperative quality improvement. 

Please register here.

Zoom link to be sent out prior to the event.

For more information, please contact national office at


Visit our Call for Proposals Page for more information and the application form


Dear McMaster Community,

The Office of the Provost invites you to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022

Please join an online conversation with Dr. Jessica Hernandez, a transnational scholar, scientist and community advocate to celebrate International Women’s Day 2022. Dr. Hernandez will discuss her newly launched book “Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science” and how advancing gender equality is critical in the context of climate change and a sustainable future. Following her talk, a panel discussion will take place with Dr. Hernandez and Dr. Adrianne Xavier (Acting Academic Director, Indigenous Studies Program) which will be moderated by Abeer Siddiqui (Science Librarian).

This event will take place Tuesday March 8th, 2022 from 3:00pm-4:30pm.

You can register here:

Equity in Medicine is proud to introduce the
Dr. Pauline Alakija Trailblazer Award

Dr. Pauline Alakija
This award acknowledges and celebrates the challenging and often unrewarded work of a person who blazes a trail for equity-deserving groups. It serves to recognize a trailblazer’s significant contributions towards joyous disruption to improve the medical culture.

The award is open to all Canadian physicians and physicians-in-training. One winner will be selected per year. Deadline for submission is April 10th 2022 at 11:59 PM PST.

Click here to learn more about the original trailblazer, Dr. Pauline Alakija.

Questions? Please email

Learn more about the selection criteria & submit a nomination

Webinar: Women, Wealth, and Wisdom

Date : Wednesday, March 9

Time: 4 p.m. PST | 5 p.m. MST | 6 p.m. CST | 7 p.m. EST | 8 p.m. AST | 8:30 p.m. NST

We are celebrating women physicians! Join us for a thought-provoking, interactive virtual workshop on women and wealth.

What is your relationship with money — are you a big spender, a saver, a financial procrastinator or some other type? Dr. Amy D’Aprix, PhD, will help you identify your financial style and take control of your financial well-being. This workshop will help you establish a plan of action that doesn’t increase your stress or lengthen your to-do list.

Faculty of Health Sciences Women's Symposium 2022

Building Alliances for the Future

Thursday, March 31st, 2022, from 12:30-5:00 pm EDT

Women remain underrepresented as leaders in academia and healthcare settings. To close this gap, cultural change and contributions from all involved in these spheres will be important - whether that is existing women in leadership or those seeking to be allies for women aspiring to hold positive experiences. 

The 2022 Women’s Symposium will be a venue where we can bring together all individuals (both women and their allies) to consider how we might close the persistent gender gap within our work environments. This is the 2nd annual symposium, after the very successful inaugural event in 2021.

All faculty members who identify as women and allies of women within the Faculty of Health Sciences (and beyond) are invited to join us.

For more information, head to our website: click here.

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