Key Speakers

Nadine Caron, MD, MPH, BSc

Dr. Nadine Caron was born and raised in Kamloops BC. Following her graduation from medical school, she moved to San Francisco to complete her postgraduate fellowship training in Endocrine Surgical Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Caron now resides in Prince George BC where she provides surgical oncology care for those that call rural and remote Canada home.

Nadine is also an associate professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Surgery where she teaches in the Northern Medical Program. During her surgical residency, Nadine completed a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University and was awarded UBC’s Top Student Award. Nadine is also appointed as an Associate Faculty member of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University where she teaches for the Center for American Indian Health.

Nadine is Anishnawbe from Sagamok First Nation. Her work involves a variety of audiences and knowledge users including governments, provincial health authorities, national medical organizations, health research funding bodies, and several universities to achieve identified and overlapping objectives. She has served on numerous committees including the Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Health – Advisory Committee on Provincial Health Goals (members selected by the Minister of Health, Province of British Columbia); British Columbia Medical Association – Committee on Health Promotion; Native Physicians Association of Canada; and is currently Chair of the BC Medical Association’s Committee on Aboriginal Health. In 2014, Dr Caron was appointed Co-Director of the UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health located at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.


Wanicha Chuenkongkaew, MD

Professor Wanicha Chuenkongkaew qualified in Medicine in 1986. After residency at Mahidol University studying in Ophthalmology, she completed a fellowship in Neuro-ophthalmology at University of Michigan Medical Center, USA. In 1995, Dr. Wanicha started research exploring the relationship between optic neuropathy and the mitochondrial genotype by running clinical trials focusing on hereditary optic nerve diseases. She was appointed as Professor of Ophthalmology at Mahidol University in 2005 and is internationally recognized in her field and widely published.

Dr. Wanicha is currently Vice President for Education, Mahidol University, a coordinator in organizing the annual Prince Mahidol Award International Conference (PMAC) since 2007 aiming at being a global policy forum to discuss and recommend policies and social commitments towards public health development and improvement. Dr. Wanicha has actively participated in medical education in Thailand for many years and been working as a secretary on the commission for strategic movement on the development of Health Workforce Education in the 21st century and recently been engaged by extensively running on the global and regional movement towards Health Professional Education Reform as a principal regional coordinator of Asia-Pacific Network for Health Professional Education Reform (ANHER) since 2011 and a member of Technical Working Group on Health Workforce Education Assessment Tools, World Health Organization as well as TWG 2: Transformative education, Global Health Workforce Alliance.



Glenn Regehr, PhD

Glenn Regehr completed his PhD in cognitive science from McMaster University and joined the University of Toronto as a researcher in health professions education in 1993. Over his career, Dr. Regehr has been involved in the development and leadership of three health professions education research units in Canada: The Wilson Centre (University of Toronto); The Academy for Innovation in Medical Education (University of Ottawa) and The Centre for Health Education Scholarship (University of British Columbia).

He has formally supervised and mentored over 100 students, fellows and junior faculty into the field of health professions education and co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers on a range of topics including: OSCE measures, authentic clinical assessment, professionalism, professional identity formation, interprofessional collaboration, self-assessment, self-regulation, and feedback. In addition to over 20 awards for individual papers and presentations, his career awards include the NBME Hubbard Award (2007), the CAME Ian Hart Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Education (2013), and the inaugural Career Mentorship Award sponsored by the CAME Early Career Educator Group (2015).

In 2009, he joined the UBC Faculty of Medicine as the inaugural associate director (research) for the Centre for Health Education Scholarship, and since that time has been a professor in the Department of Surgery.


Susan Rogers, MDiv

Susan Rogers has been the Coordinator of the Primary Care Leadership Track at the Duke School of Medicine since its launch in 2010. A native of and former social worker in Durham, North Carolina, which is home to Duke University and provides the context for the PCLT’s community engagement curriculum, Susan is passionate about supporting the preparation of medical students to engage with communities in community-identified health initiatives.

A graduate of the Duke University Divinity School, Susan is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches, USA and has pastored urban churches in the Metropolitan New York area. She is also the Course Coordinator for the Practice Course at the Duke School of Medicine, the school’s longitudinal doctor-patient relationship course.





Jamie Smith, BA, BDes

Jaime is empowered by her love of community, people, and learning. Jaime has a rich volunteer and professional experience rooted in planning, participatory leadership, adult education, health, governance and community development at local and global levels. She is passionate about creating opportunities for shared learning, inclusive leadership, and community building for healthier communities.

A founding member of Pictou County 2020, a citizen-led participatory leadership process, inaugural Executive Lead of the Centre for Employment Innovation ( at the StFX Extension Department, and first Director of Social Innovation at the Coady International Institute (, Jaime practices meaningful community engagement for positive social, economic and systems change. Jaime is an active volunteer and currently sits as a Board Director for Engage NS ( as well as the Nova Scotia Health Authority ( where she chairs the Public Engagement Committee. Jaime is curious about leading in shifting environments, as well as the merging of artful, person-centered engagement processes with structured planning and public participation methods for more impactful outcomes.

Jaime is currently enrolled in the MAdEd (Community Development) program at St. Francis Xavier University, she holds a BDes (Honors in Planning) from the Nova Scotia College and Art and Design, and a BA (Environmental Studies) from Mount Allison University. Jaime, her husband Aaron, and their three boys live in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia in Canada, along the beautiful shores of the Northumberland Strait.


Suwit Wibulpolprasert, MD

Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert is a public health specialist and policy advocate at the national and global level. He began his career as a Director and practitioner in rural areas and has worked for Thai Food and Drug Administration, the Bureau of Health Policy and Planning, Deputy Permanent Secretary, and the senior expert in Health Economics and Disease Control. His current position is a global health advisor to the Ministry of Public Health. He is a well-known global health leader who fights to protect the benefit of poor people.

Dr. Suwit was the first Program Director when Thailand started the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2001 and have been the board member of the National Health Security Board which manage the UHC including this current term. He used to chair the Benefit package and service delivery and the National Essential Drug List committee. In addition, he is a board member of the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (NECTEC), the National Nanotechnology Center (NANOTEC), the Executive Board of the National Health Commission Office (NHCO) and the Chair of the Committee for Yothi Health Innovation District Development.

Dr. Suwit is also the vice chair of International Health Policy Program Foundation (IHPF) and Health Intervention and Technology Assessment Foundation (HITAF), the chair of the Institute for the Development of Human Research Protections Foundation (IHRPF), the chair of the Health and Society Creation Foundation, the chair of Road Safety Policy Foundation (RSPF), and the vice chair of Health Professional Education Foundation (NHPE).