Expert Forums

As an added benefit of joining the Challenge, qualified teams were given the opportunity to attend one of two Expert Forums – an exclusive session where a panel of public health, communications, and social media experts provides feedback and advice to teams that opt to have their initiative discussed.

Meet the Experts:

david_buckeridge_2 BWDr. David Buckeridge, Associate Professor – Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University
Dr. David Buckeridge is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in Public Health Informatics. He conducts research on the informatics of public health surveillance, and is the founder of The Surveillance Lab.


davefleet crop BWDave Fleet, Senior Vice President, Canada East at Edelman Digital 
Dave Fleet leads a 35-person digital team working across Edelman’s Toronto and Montreal offices. Dave is responsible for developing and implementing digital engagement strategies for some of the world’s best-known brands across consumer, corporate, technology, corporate and public affairs industries. Previously, Dave spent five years in the public sector in progressive strategic communications positions, and was presented with the Amethyst Award, the highest award available to Ontario public service staff, in 2008.


Cameron BWDr. Cameron Norman, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Dr. Cameron Norman integrates design, systems thinking and evaluation to help health and social innovation enterprises navigate complexity and create vibrant, healthy organizations and communities. He is the Principal of CENSE Research + Design, a health innovation consultancy, and is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at the University of Toronto.


Naqaash BWNaqaash Pirani, Technology Consultant
Naqaash Pirani is a PhD Student at Ivey Business School focusing on Information Systems and Emerging Technology. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Naqaash worked as a Technology Consultant at PwC, and advised clients across a number of industries on how to develop social, mobile and digital commerce strategies.