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About André Picard

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and one of Canada’s top public policy writers. He is also the author of five bestselling books.

André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism.

He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.

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About the Houston Lecture

Stuart and Mary Houston, along with the Houston Family Trust, have been great supporters of the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy in the advancement of social policy research. The school is pleased to host the annual Houston Lecture, as a way to bring together an audience of academics, students and community members to discuss and share knowledge on current issues related to Canadian social policy.