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COEE 2023 | University of Waterloo | Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

University of Waterloo Research Symposium: Health and Wellbeing for All by 2030: Application of technology to global health problems

Federation Hall, University of Waterloo

Transformative research, experiential education, and entrepreneurship are the foundations for addressing complex health challenges. The symposium's theme is health technology and its applications: big data, mobile health monitoring, remote health monitoring, advances in imaging and nanomedicine for gene therapy. Preparing for the future demands more than technology development; it requires motivated researchers, students, and alumni to nurture ideas into innovation and find new health data applications that create an equitable landscape of access to care while working in partnership with clinicians, patients, healthcare providers, technology companies, and the innovation ecosystem. This symposium examines the seismic shift happening today and illuminates the opportunity to leverage our tradition in advancing the design of human-centered solutions responding to the needs of Canadians for a healthier future.




Doors Open 


Host Opening Remarks 


Vivek Goel – President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo 

Indigenous Blessing 


Myeengun Henry – Indigenous Knowledge Keeper 


Master of Ceremonies 

Susan Elliott, Professor, Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo 


Keynote speaker 

Stephanie Nolen  

NY Times Health Reporter | Author, “28 Stories of AIDS in Africa” | Speaker on Social Inclusion 






Panel – Supporting Mental Health, Social Connection, and Virtual Care 

Social and rehabilitation robotics, technologies that support mental health and social connection, and virtual care. 


Stan Woo  – Director, School of Optometry & Vision Science, University of Waterloo 



Kerstin Dautenhahn  – Professor & Canada 150 Research Chair in Intelligent Robotics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo  

David Savage Assistant Professor, NOSM University, Emergency Physician and Research Director, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre 

Michelle Johnson  – Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania University 





From evidence to practice change in food  and mealtimes for residents in long term care.


Heather Keller – Professor, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, University of Waterloo 





Panel – Next Generation Approaches for Improving Health and Wellbeing 

Point-of-care diagnostics and imaging, wearable devices, sensors, and assistive technologies. 


Marina Mourtzakis– Professor, Kinesiology and Health Sciences; University of Waterloo 



Alfred Yu  Professor & NSERC Steacie Fellow, Electrical and Computer Engineering; University of Waterloo 

Guy Faulkner  – Professor, Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Public Health Agency of Canada (CIHR-PHAC) Chair in Applied Public Health; University of British Columbia 

Jeff Karp  – Professor, Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School 





Panel – Innovations and Health Equity: Improving Health Outcomes for Everyone 

Health data, artificial intelligence, personalized interventions, and ethical and community-based approaches to care. 


Marty Cook  – Assistant Vice-President, Leadership and Strategic Initiatives, University of Waterloo 



Anita Layton – Professor, Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematical Biology and Medicine, Applied Mathematics, University of Waterloo 

Kate Mulligan  – Senior Director and Strategic Advisor at the Canadian Institute for Social Prescribing 

Margaret Mutumba  – CEO at MedAtlas| Global Health Innovation | Reproductive & Fertility Research | WHO Consultant 





Myeengun Henry – Indigenous Knowledge Keeper 

Registration Fees

All Days - Without Gala
Members - $300.00
Non- Members -$375.00

All Days - Including Gala
Members - $625.00
Non- Members - $700.00

Individual Day options also available.

The Royal Society of Canada offers Members in good standing accommodations for registration fees, please contact for information.

Registration Closes -

October 16, 2023

Hotel Information

Delta Hotels Waterloo,
110 Erb St. W,
Waterloo, ON
N2L 0C6,
(519) 514-0404

$192 CAD - $299 CAD per night

Room Block Start Date:
Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Room Block End Date:
Sunday, November 19, 2023

Last Day to Book:
Friday, October 13, 2023

Contact Information

Linda Clauson