Schedule & Registration

Explore the symposium schedule! One link does not fit all - each event has a unique zoom link. After registration, you will receive an automatic invitation to download a calendar event.

Time & Registration


8:45am - 10:15am EST

Welcome, Networking, and our Keynote Speaker Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Veronique Boscart, Executive Dean will welcome the group and will introduce Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill Office for Science and Society, speaking on "Sense, Nonsense, and Science."

Sense, Nonsense, and Science

Never before have we had as ready access to information as in today’s “on-line” world. Unfortunately, we also have to contend with the flood of misinformation that threatens to overwhelm us. In response, the McGill Office for Science and Society was established to disseminate sound science with a mandate of separating sense from nonsense. As Director of the Office, I have experienced various adventures in the battle against pseudoscience, some amusing, and some more serious. Also, being on one end of a radio microphone and in front of television cameras for over forty years has provided a fascinating insight into the public’s perception of science and has afforded an opportunity to foster critical thinking and help people distinguish fact from fancy.

9:15am - 10:30am EST


Enjoy our recorded presentations and inspection activity between live events.

Please note that all sessions below will run simultaneously from 10:30am - 11:30am EST.

To maximize your time, please choose one or two sessions to register for.

10:30am - 11:30am EST

Realizing Resilience with Tara Myshrall

2020 was a year of change, uncertainty, and challenges on many foundational levels. As we embark on 2021, we realize that we need to be resilient and adaptable to create success moving forward.

In this seminar, Tara will explore what is meant by resilience, what characterizes resilient people, and introduce the four key elements to make people more resilient: attention, thoughts, actions, and motivation. You will learn techniques to direct your attention to life events in a constructive way through concepts like benefit finding, appraisal theory, and explanatory style.

Resilient people are able to effectively work through both positive and negative life events and by the end of this session, you will have a valuable starting point for developing a more adaptive and resilient coping strategy.

10:30am - 11:30am EST

BEPH Ignite Talks

Select students from BEPH’s Emerging Issues – Global and Local Concerns will present their “Ignite Talks” during this informative session. Each presentation will focus on an emerging environmental public health issue that has both global and local impacts. Ignite Talks are a unique and captivating presentation style where students present their key findings supported by a maximum of 20 slides (pictures, graphs, and tables only), timed to advance every 15 seconds..

10:30am - 11:30am EST

BAHIS COVID-19 Dashboards

Business Intelligence is essential to the optimal performance of any business organization. In Spring 2021, students of Decision Support Systems learned advanced Business Intelligence practices and applied them to a healthcare organization scenario to derive analytics regarding the impact of COVID-19.

Students will demonstrate their exemplary dashboards they created. In addition real, mission-critical dashboards will be shown to further highlight the importance of Business Intelligence practices in today’s business settings.

10:30am - 11:30am EST

BAHIS Solving Problems in Healthcare Posters

During the Solving Problems in Health Informatics course, students were provided with an opportunity to enhance their problem-solving skills in health informatics through the application of systems and process improvement methodologies. Health Informatics posters demonstrate student's understanding of theoretical concepts and how to apply them to practical healthcare situations.

10:30am - 11:30am EST

BEPH Hand Hygiene Posters

Students in the Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) course have created hand hygiene posters targeted at a variety of settings and populations based on their research into the issues that affect hand hygiene in those specific instances. View the top 10 posters (as voted by the IPAC group) and vote for your favourite.

10:30am - 11:30am EST

BEPH Research Project

Check out the research poster presentations from this year's graduating BEPH class. Students have employed a variety of research methods to explore emerging and pertinent issues in Environmental Public Health. Explore the topics of interest to you - there is something here for everyone.

10:30am - 11:30am EST

BEPH Activity: What's Cooking in the Conestoga Public Health Lab Kitchen?

Test your inspection skills using some photos taken in our Conestoga College public health lab kitchen! We hope to have you participate in simulated activities in this kitchen once the pandemic threat has subsided. In the meantime, we have mocked up some food safety infractions and invite you to identify them in the photos below. There will be prizes for those of you who get the most answers right. Have fun and good luck!

11:30am - 11:45am EST


Enjoy our recorded presentations and inspection activity between live events.

11:45am - 12:15pm EST

Awards Celebration

Join us in celebrating our students' and community partners' success. During this award celebration, we will recognize the adversity, adaptability, and dedication that have been demonstrated this past year. As difficult as 2020 was - our students and community partners overcame obstacles like no other. This award celebration is one for the history books!

View the list of awards here.