The 2022 Houston Lecture ~ Learning from the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada's Healthcare System

Video Conference

Thanks to the generous donation of the late Dr. Stuart and Mary Houston and the Houston Family Trust, this annual lecture brings together thought leaders, academics, students and community members to hear from leading experts on current issues related to inequality, health and social policy in Canada.


Join us for the 2022 Houston Lecture as Dr. Katharine Smart leads us through a conversation looking at her clinical and leadership journey; including her start in Swift Current, her experience in clinical pediatrics in Whitehorse, and becoming a voice for physicians as President of the Canadian Medical Association. As CMA President, Dr. Smart has been vocal throughout the COVID Pandemic, addressing issues of the politicization of health communication, access to healthcare, and more. Dr. Smart will also share her thoughts on the physician’s role in politics and policy, her experience in small scale healthcare innovation, her vision for the future of Canada’s healthcare system and the role of physicians in Canada.

About Dr. Katharine Smart

Dr. Katharine Smart is the president of the Canadian Medical Association, the 10th woman to access the role in 154 years. Dr. Smart works as a pediatrician in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Her work is centred on developing collaborative partnerships with community and government services to serve marginalized children using a model of social pediatrics. She works primarily with children who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood events, and witnesses the broad and lasting impact these events have on children and their development daily. She is passionate about improving services for marginalized children in an effort to change their life trajectory.

In addition to her community-based work, Dr. Smart enjoys acute care and provides on-call services to the hospital. Before moving to the Yukon, she was a pediatric emergency medicine physician at the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary. She is the past president of the Yukon Medical Association.


Event Details

07:00 PM - 08:30 PM CST
Delivered by Zoom - Please register online and a link will be emailed to you.
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Karen Jaster-Laforge