Distinguished Visitor, Patrick Fafard, University of Ottawa


Patrick Fafard has enjoyed a lengthy career that spans both government and academia. While with the Government of Canada, he served as a Director-General in the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat of the Privy Council Office. At the provincial level, he served in multiple capacities with three provincial governments, including the Deputy Minister’s Office in the Alberta Department of Advanced Education and Manpower and Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Commission on Medicare.

Fafard’s academic interests are wide-ranging, and he is the author, co-author or editor of numerous publications on public health, trade, environmental policies, and intergovernmental relations. He serves as co-editor of the monograph series Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research.

Sponsored Events in the Department

The Future of the Chief Medical Officer of Health: A Public Debate

Monday, September 25, 4:00 PM MDT
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Co-hosted by the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health, this debate-style event will feature arguments in favour and against transforming the Chief Medical Officer of Health into a more independent position. Two teams of debators -- including Dr. Fafard and UAlberta faculty Dr. Elaine Hyshka, Dr. Hakique Virani, and Dr. Jared Wesley -- will participate.

Knowledge Mobilization to 'Save the World'

Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 PM MDT
Cameron Library 3-10

Hosted by University of Alberta Library, this talk will highlight lessons learned by Dr. Fafard in leading the Global Strategy Lab.

Careers in Public Health

Tuesday, October 3, 3:00 PM MDT
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Co-hosted by the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Health, this networking event will feature short lightning talks by Dr. Fafard and other academics working in the field of public health research. Honours and graduate students will explore different career paths in the medical and social sciences.

Douglas Wilson Leadership Lecture

Wednesday, October 4, Noon MDT
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. In person (Maple Leaf Room, Lister Centre 87 Avenue and 116 Street)
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. virtual

"Integrating Science and Politics for Public Health"

Based on the open-access book of the same title, this hybrid talk aims to connect the worlds of political science and public health, recognizing and respecting the unique complexities and differences of both fields. Despite the inherently political nature of public health, political science tools and insights are often overlooked in public health research. Bringing together scholars and researchers who work at the intersection of these fields can facilitate the harmonization of politics and scientific evidence in policymaking.

Following the talk, Dr. Jared Wesley (Professor, UAlberta Political Science) and Dr. Elaine Hyshka (Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Health Systems Innovation, UAlberta School of Public Health) will serve as discussants before opening the floor to questions from the audience.

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