Voices in Health: Upcoming Event

Voices in Health Upcoming Event
Public Health, Law and Climate Change: Legal Approaches to Protecting Children’s Health in a Warming World

On Monday, September 30th, the School of Population and Public Health invites you to the launch of our new monthly speaker series, Voices in Health which brings outside experts to speak about far-reaching global health and population and public health topics.

The inaugural event, titled, “Public Health, Law and Climate Change: Legal Approaches to Protecting Children’s Health in a Warming World” will showcase the potential of using legal approaches that combine human rights law and environmental and public health research to spur action on climate change. The speakers will discuss Juliana v. US and the development of a similar Canadian case, which assert the government’s actions that contribute to climate change are infringing upon the rights of children and youth. The panelists will follow up with a moderated discussion on how evidenced-based research is used in law and how this can lead to addressing the population and public health effects of climate change. The event will be followed by a drink reception.

We are delighted to invite our presenters Andrea Rodgers, Senior Attorney with Our Children’s Trust and Chris Tollefson, the founding director of the Center for Environmental Law and Litigation (CELL). Our presenters will be joined for a panel discussion by Jocelyn Stacey, Sarah Henderson, Paul Kershaw and our moderator Chris McLeod. Please see speaker and panelist full biographies below.


Date: Monday, September 30, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Michael Smith Laboratories, 2185 East Mall, Room 102
Reception: 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
Reception Location: 2206 East Mall, SPPH Lobby (kitty-corner to the Michael Smith Laboratories building)

• 4:00-4:05 Welcome
• 4:05-4:55 Speakers
• 4:55-5:00 Short Break
• 5:00-5:40 Panel Discussion
• 5:40-6:00 Question and Answer

Please join us for this complimentary event. No registration is required.



Peter Berman

Peter Berman

Prof. Peter Berman (M.Sc, Ph.D) is a health economist with forty years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. Prof. Berman is Professor and Director, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada, and Adjunct Professor in Global Health at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, as of January 1, 2019.

He relocated to Vancouver, Canada after a quarter century on the faculty of Harvard University, most recently as Professor of the Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) in Boston, USA. He is also affliated as Adjunct Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) in New Delhi, India and as advisor to the China National Health Development Research Center for health care financing and health accounts.

Prof. Berman was the founding faculty director of Harvard Chan’s new Doctor of Public Health degree and has been actively engaged in graduate education reform in global public health at Harvard. In recent years, Prof. Berman has led several innovative research projects on developing primary care systems, strengthening service delivery, and improving health care financing mechanisms for better outcomes, with a focus on work in Ethiopia, India, and Malaysia.

With the World Bank from 2004-2011, Prof. Berman spent four years in the Bank’s New Delhi office as Lead Economist for Health, Nutrition, and Population. There he oversaw a portfolio of almost $2 billion in projects and research. In Washington, D.C from 2008, he was Lead Health Economist in the HNP anchor department and Practice Leader for the World Bank’s Health Systems Global Expert Team. He led analytical work on health systems analysis and strategic approaches to improving service delivery.

Previously at Harvard Prof. Berman was the founding Director of the International Health Systems Program (see www.hsph.harvard.edu/international-health-systems-program) in the Population and International Health Department. He is the author or editor of five books on global health economics and policy and more than 50 academic papers in his field and numerous other working papers and reports. He has led and/or participated in major field programs in all regions of the developing world.

Prof. Berman’s specific areas of work include analysis of health systems performance and the design of reform strategies; assessment of the supply side of health care delivery and the role of private health care provision in health systems and development of strategies to improve outcomes through public-private sector collaboration. He pioneered the development and use of national health accounts as a policy and planning tool in developing countries. Prof. Berman has worked extensively on health system reform and health care development issues in a number of countries including Egypt, India, Colombia, Indonesia, and Poland. He has also worked for extended periods of residency and field work in Indonesia and India. He is co-author of Getting Health Reform Right: A Guide to Improving Performance and Equity (Roberts, et al, Oxford University Press, 2008), co-editor of the Guide to the Production of National Health Accounts (World Bank, World Health Organization, and USAID, 2003), and co-editor of Berman and Khan, Paying for India’s Health Care (Sage, 1993).



Andrea Rodgers

Andrea Rodgers

After graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998 and the Arizona State University School of Law in 2001, Andrea Rodgers she served as co-executive editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, she clerked for the Hon. John C. Gemmill on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She has served as an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation, In-House Legal Counsel for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, and Staff Attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center. Andrea’s environmental law practice focuses on reducing pollution from industrial agricultural operations, protecting and enhancing instream flows for people and fish, and fighting climate change on behalf of young people and future generations. Andrea is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Tenth Circuit, U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Northern California, the Snoqualmie Tribal Court, the Lummi Indian Nation Tribal Court and the Muckleshoot Tribal Court. In 2016, Seattle Met Magazine recognized her legal work representing youth in the Washington climate change case in King County Superior Court against the Washington Department of Ecology (Foster v. Ecology), and named her part of their “Perfect Party,” which includes the “month’s most interesting locals and newsmakers.” Andrea is Senior Attorney at Our Children’s Trust, where she serves as co-counsel on the constitutional youth climate lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States, and as lead counsel on the constitutional youth climate lawsuits against the state of Washington, Aji v. State of Washington, and the state of Florida, Reynolds v. State of Florida.


Chris Tollefson

Chris Tollefson

Chris Tollefson, B.A. (Hon.), LL.B., LL.M. (of the Bar of British Columbia) is a Professor at the University of Victoria, Faculty of Law where he specializes in environmental and natural resources law. He has long-time interest in public interest litigation and experiential learning. He has written on a range of environmental and resource law-related topics including judicial review and access to justice, contaminated sites, certification and regulation, species at risk, forestry law, and trade and environment issues. For over twenty years, he was the executive director of the UVic Environmental Law Centre. He also served for many years as a director of Ecojustice Canada, including several as national Chair. He has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has represented public interest clients in various regulatory and judicial hearings including proceedings relating to the Northern Gateway pipeline review, the Trans Mountain pipeline review and the Pacific NorthWest LNG environmental assessment. In 2016, he co-founded Canada’s first legal NGO focused on providing hands-on training for aspiring public interest environmental litigators — the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation (CELL) — where he is currently executive director.



Sarah Henderson

Sarah Henderson

Sarah B. Henderson, PhD is an Associate Professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), as well as the Senior Environmental Health Scientist at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) where she leads a program of applied research and surveillance to support evidence-based policy for the province.
This role requires her to be a generalist rather than a specialist, and her work spans a wide range of topics including: air pollution from all provincially relevant sources (wildfire smoke, residential woodsmoke, industry, road dust, shipping, and vehicles); extreme weather events; radon gas; food safety; water quality; and exposures managed by the Drug and Poison Information Centre (DPIC). Most of Sarah’s work requires the collection, processing, integration, analysis, and communication of health and environmental data, for which she is a proficient and enthusiastic R user.


Paul Kershaw

Paul Kershaw

Dr. Paul Kershaw is a tenured professor at the University of BC, public speaker, regular media contributor and Founder of Generation Squeeze – a voice for younger Canadians in politics and the market, backed by cutting-edge research. Kershaw is one of Canada’s leading thinkers about generational equity. He received the award for Academic of the Year in 2016 from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC. Twice the Canadian Political Science Association has honoured Kershaw with national prizes for his gender and politics research. He and his Gen Squeeze colleagues received the award for BC’s Affordable Housing Champion in 2017 from the provincial Housing Central coalition, while the Government of Canada awarded Kershaw its inaugural prize for excellence in moving “Knowledge to Action” on housing in 2018. Kershaw’s work has contributed directly to historic investments in BC child care, the first ever tax on empty homes in North America, eliminating limitless rent increases in Ontario for units built before 2019, changes to municipal zoning, approval of dozens of new rental housing developments, a shift in BC to reduce income taxes by taxing unhealthy home prices more, and the first-ever reporting of age trends in federal public finance. Most recently, Kershaw successfully led the Intergenerational Climate Coalition to intervene in Saskatchewan and Ontario Courts to defend the constitutionality of pricing pollution on the grounds it is needed to promote population health and intergenerational equity. Kershaw is a policy professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health, and Director of the UBC Masters of Public Health program.


Jocelyn Stacey

Jocelyn Stacey

Jocelyn Stacey is an Assistant Professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Her research and teaching focuses on Canadian environmental and administrative law. Her first book, The Constitution of the Environmental Emergency (Hart Publishing, 2018) elaborates rule-of-law obligations that account for our ever-present vulnerability to catastrophic environmental harm. She has a doctorate in law from McGill University, and her doctoral dissertation, was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal. She has a LLM from Yale Law School and an LLB from the University of Calgary. Professor Stacey has been the recipient of numerous research grants and academic awards including a SSHRC Insight Grant on disaster law. Jocelyn clerked for the Honourable Justice Marshall Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a founding Board Member of the Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation, a non-profit society dedicated to training law students and young lawyers in public interest environmental law litigation.



Chris McLeod

Chris McLeod

Dr. Christopher McLeod is an Associate Professor and head of the Occupational and Environmental Health Division at the School of Population and Public Health. He is also the co-director of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at UBC and a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. His research focuses on the program and policy evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and disease. He is currently conducting a national study that focuses on improving return to work after work injury in the construction sector. Other areas of research include an evaluation of workplace violence prevention programs in the healthcare sector; an assessment of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems; and national and international comparative work within Canada and with Australia and New Zealand. Dr. McLeod holds a PhD in population and public health from UBC and a MA in economics from McMaster University and is supported through a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award.


For further questions about the event, please contact voices.in.health@spph.ubc.ca


Voices in Health: Future Events

The School of Population and Public Health is thrilled to announce a monthly speaker series for the 19/20 academic year called Voices in Health, featuring renowned public and global health experts.

Admission is free to faculty, students and staff.

Below are the dates for term 1: 

Monday, September 30 from 4-6pm

Monday, October 28 from 4-6pm

Monday, November 18 from 4-6pm

Monday, December 9 from 4-6pm

All events will be held at UBC Point Grey, more details to come!