Keynote Speakers 2019



Stephanie Nixon is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, cross-appointed at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She has been an HIV activist and global health researcher for 20 years. She completed her PhD in Public Health and Bioethics in 2006 at the University of Toronto, and a post-doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa from 2006-2008. Stephanie is co-founder and Director of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. Her research program in Sub-Saharan Africa focuses on how rehabilitation can support people as they grow up and grow older with HIV. Stephanie also studies and teaches about health equity in Canada. Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender female of settler descent who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. In particular, she explores the role of power and privilege in shaping health research, education and clinical practice.


Jason Mercredi is the Executive Director at AIDS Saskatoon. He is a co-founder of Canada’s National HIV Testing Day, developed Canada’s first Aboriginal language condom campaign, successfully advocated for the expansion of Naloxone kits across Saskatchewan & drug pipes in provincial needle exchanges, wrote the policy update for SAID Program recipients to increase their earnings exemption from $200 to $500 a month, and is currently establishing the provinces first safe consumption site. He is a board member for the Saskatoon Housing Authority, SUM Theatre, and is the Prairie Chair for the Canadian AIDS Society. He is of Dene, Metis and Scottish ancestry and was born and raised in Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Metis.




Bruce Reeder is Professor Emeritus of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.  He received his medical training at the University of Saskatchewan (1976), a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1978, and a Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (1987). He assisted with the development, and served as the Acting Director, of the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Public Health from 2006 – 2009, and co-leader of the university’s One Health research and training initiative from 2011 – 2015.     He has worked as physician and epidemiologist with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Liberia on the control of Ebola Virus Disease, Kyrgyzstan on the control of drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS, and in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic on the establishment of surveillance and response systems for epidemic diseases.