Academic Events

Panel presentation

Alberta strong: Rebuilding from the ashes of the Fort McMurray wildfires

Tuesday, November 6 | 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
4-036 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy

In early May 2016, wildfires swept through Fort McMurray and Northern Alberta destroying approximately 2,400 homes and buildings, and forced the largest evacuation in Alberta history. 

Natural disasters not only cause physical devastation to the homes and lives of residents of these areas, but there is also concern about their long-term health impacts. 

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research created an opportunity for researchers to study the impacts of the Alberta wildfires. In this panel, we will hear from Nicola Cherry, Stephanie Montesanti and David Olson as they discuss their research, and from Brian Jean who experienced the impacts of the forest fires first hand. 

Moderated by Kim Raine, Professor and Associate Dean (Research), School of Public Health


  • Nicola Cherry, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentisty, University of Alberta
  • Brian Jean, former MLA for Fort McMurray-Conklin and former Leader of the Wildrose Party
  • Stephanie Montesanti, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
  • David Olson, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta 

  • This is a brown bag event. Please bring your own lunch for this noon-hour presentation.