Event

26

September 2019

Raising Canada -- Putting kids on the radar in the Federal Election

11:30am-1:30pm | Downtown Marriott (at CF Eaton Centre) - 525 Bay St , Toronto

Children make up a quarter of the population but can’t cast a vote. As members of the public, Canadians have immense power to urge those seeking office to take action to improve the lives of children and invest today for the sake of all Canadians. Candidates are urged to share their plans, ideas and points of view around these issues. As Canadians prepare to head to the polls, now is the time to demand that these challenges be tackled.
Raising Canada: Election 2019, released by Children First Canada and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health, calls for urgent action by federal leaders to address the top 10 threats to childhood in Canada. Key issues include poverty, abuse, obesity, suicide, bullying, and preventable injuries. According to the research, of the 8 million children in Canada, at least one third do not enjoy a safe and healthy childhood.
The solutions are readily available and can be achieved for comparatively little cost. The cost of inaction is far greater. What is needed now is the political will to make sure every child in Canada can experience the childhood they deserve.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST
Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

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*The views expressed on the Economic Club platform are not that of the Economic Club or its affiliates but of the speakers alone and the organizations they represent*

Raising Canada -- Putting kids on the radar in the Federal Election

Dr. Ronald Cohn

President and CEO
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

Dr. Ronald Cohn

Dr. Ronald Cohn has served as President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada, since May 1, 2019. Dr. Cohn joined SickKids in September 2012 as the Chief of the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, Co-Director of the Centre for Genetic Medicine, and Senior Scientist at the SickKids Research Institute. He became the inaugural Women’s Auxiliary Chair in Clinical and Metabolic Genetics in April 2013, and joined the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. In 2016 he was appointed Chief of Paediatrics at SickKids and Chair of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Cohn has received numerous awards, including the David M. Kamsler Award for outstanding compassionate and expert care of paediatric patients in 2004, the first Harvard-Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics Award in Medical Genetics in 2006; and the NIH Young Innovator Award in 2008.
Over the last few years, Dr. Cohn has developed an interest in applying a concept of “precision child health” to the care of children. His own research focuses on implementing genome-editing technologies for the treatment of neurogenetic disorders.

Sanaya Polobutu

Youth Ambassador
Children First Canada

Sanaya Polobutu

Sara L. Austin

Founder, President & CEO
Children First Canada

Sara L. Austin

Sara is a world class champion for children, with more than 20 years of global and Canadian experience. As the Founder and CEO of Children First Canada, she leads a national movement to make Canada the best place in the world for kids to grow up.
You’ll find her name on several “most powerful” lists, and for good reason. She has led highly successful advocacy, public awareness and philanthropic campaigns and shaped major public policy efforts. She has learned multiple languages and is fluent in the parlance of diplomacy. Her work has taken her into the top circles of power in the UN, national governments, and boardrooms around the world. In recognition of her efforts, she has twice been awarded the Top 25 Women of Influence, and in 2017 she was the youngest person to be inducted into the Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame.
Sara has a proven track record of leading high achieving teams with local and global impact. Most recently she served as the CEO of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, where she led Canada’s most advanced frontline agency responding to child abuse. Previously she served as Director of the President’s Office of World Vision Canada, supporting the CEO and Board of Directors and leading strategic initiatives for children and workplace diversity and inclusion.
Her leadership has impacted the lives of millions of children. Most notably, she led a global campaign that resulted in the adoption of the UN Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child for a Communications Procedure (OP3). This ground-breaking law allows kids or their advocates to hold governments accountable for violations of children’s rights.
On a personal level, Sara is married and has a son, and she is a cancer survivor. She is an avid downhill skier, water sports enthusiast and international traveler.

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