Faculty of Health Sciences Women's Symposium 2022

Building Alliances for the Future

Save the Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2022
Delivered Virtually

Women remain underrepresented as leaders in academia and healthcare settings. To close this gap, cultural change and contributions from all involved in these spheres will be important - whether that is existing women in leadership or those seeking to be allies for women aspiring to hold positive experiences.

The 2022 Women’s Symposium will be a venue where we can bring together all individuals (both women and their allies) to consider how we might close the persistent gender gap within our work environments. This is the 2nd annual symposium, after the very successful inaugural event in 2021.

All faculty members who identify as women and allies of women within the Faculty of Health Sciences (and beyond) are invited to join us.

Overall Learning Objectives

By the end of the event, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate key issues facing women in academia, leadership, healthcare, and society.

  • Add new skills to their toolkit for approaching key barriers that women face in academia, leadership, healthcare, and society.

  • Navigate the intersectionalities of gender and other identity constructs to form meaningful collaborations and allyships.

  • Empower allies across McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences and in surrounding healthcare communities to take action to advance women’s roles in health and healthcare.

Planning Committee

Sonia Anand

Dr. Sonia Anand is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at McMaster University, and a Senior Scientist at the Population Health Research Institute. She is also a vascular medicine specialist at Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University. Dr. Anand is the Association Chair of Equity & Diversity in the McMaster Department of Medicine. Dr. Anand holds the Canada Research Chair in Ethnic Diversity and Cardiovascular Disease and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario/Michael G. DeGroote Chair in Population Health Research. Her present research focuses upon the environmental and genetic determinants of vascular disease in populations of varying ancestral origin, women and cardiovascular disease.

Sharon Bal

Dr. Sharon Bal (@SharonBalMD) is an Assistant Clinical Professor affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University. She is the Pre-Clerkship Coordinator at the Waterloo Regional Campus and Primary Care Lead for Cambridge - North Dumfries (Ontario Health). She is Lead Physician of the Delta Coronation FHO where she practices general family medicine and does system design as part the CND OHT Steering Committee.

Teresa Chan

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the associate dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Professional Development (@MacPFD, @mcmasterchse, @MacLtl). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area. She has written almost exclusively using collaborative platforms for the past 5 years.

Michael Colapinto

Smita Halder

Clare Mitchell

Annette Rosati