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Canadian Public Health Association

Infectious Disease and Climate Change Forum


The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum will be held virtually 5 October 2021. The Forum is a key knowledge exchange event for public health and allied health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students and trainees committed to sharing their research, best practices and policies to deal with the impacts of climate change on infectious disease in Canada.

The virtual event will deliver a scientific program featuring plenary and panel sessions on Tuesday 5 October from 11:00–16:30 (EST) and two sessions in a dedicated stream of Public Health 2021 on Wednesday 6 October.

Forum objectives
Program overview


  • Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum: Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Public Health 2021 dedicated IDCC Stream: Wednesday 6 October 2021

Forum Objectives

The Infectious Disease & Climate Change Forum will provide participants the opportunity to:

  • engage public health leaders and other partners and local organizations from within and outside the health sector;
  • highlight local, regional, provincial and national level projects; and
  • provide a platform for professionals and providers to discuss gaps and opportunities.

Program Overview

Program is subject to change. All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Tuesday 5 October

11:00 - 12:00

Climate change and infectious diseases: what are the risks and what can we do about them?

  • Nick Ogden, Public Health Agency of Canada
12:00 - 12:15 Break

12:15 - 13:30

Tick and mosquito surveillance: Understanding the impact of climate change on pathogens and vectors  

  • Jade Savage, Bishops University
  • Samira Mubareka, Sunnybrook Research Institute
  • Bernadette Ardelli, Brandon University
13:30 - 13:45 Break
13:45 - 15:00

Building the capacity of the health care system to better address climate-driven infectious diseases in Canada

  • Jacqueline Badcock, New Brunswick Department of Health
  • Cynthia Baker, Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing
  • Todd Hatchette, Chief of the Microbiology Division, Nova Scotia Health Authority
15:00 - 15:15 Break
15:15 - 16:15

A resilient future: Infectious disease, climate change, and community based adaptation

  • Ian Mauro, Prairie Climate Centre

Wednesday 6 October

Registered forum participants will be granted complimentary access to two Public Health 2021 sessions focused on climate change.

12:15 - 13:15

A Connected Community Approach to building community-centered resilience in the face of shocks and chronic stressors in racialized/marginalized neighbourhood

14:15 - 15:15 Climate change and health impacts in Canada – Strategies and tools to understand risks and build resilience