Imagine being in a room with the leading public policy decision-makers and the brightest peers in the country. This is the Trudeau Foundation community. The Trudeau Scholarship provides you with unique access to leading policy and decision-makers in Canada that can shape the way you think. One of the most exciting things for me was the ability to bring together with my mentor, David Morley, a group of Trudeau Mentors, Scholars, and leaders from the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) community on the issue of how NGO’s and Academia should work together. The scholarship has provided me significant financial support to meet leaders in vaccination, and to attend key meetings at the World Bank, and at Johns Hopkins, while designing a program to try and implement Streptococcal pneumoniae vaccination in low- and middle-income countries. Without the Trudeau Foundation support, I would not have been able to attend these meetings. The most enduring thing about the Trudeau Foundation is the friendships and relationships with mentors, fellows, and peers. I have many close friends among the Trudeau community, who I will work with in the years to come.
Kevin Chan is a pediatric emergency physician at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Toronto. He is a fellow of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. He completed a Bachelors of Science (Honours) at the University of Toronto, a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University. Kevin has also received the Knox Fellowship at Harvard University.
He was a founding member of the Centre for International Health and Development at the University of Ottawa and the Centre for International Health at the University of British Columbia. He has held faculty appointments at the University of Ottawa, Harvard Medical School, and the University of Toronto. Kevin has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health, President of the International Child Health Section of the Canadian Paediatric Society, and Chair of the Canadian International Health Education Network. He is the author or co-author of six international health books and over 30 articles on pediatrics, economics, global health and development. Kevin has been a consultant to WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank and the Canadian government on issues of global health and development. He is a leading authority on the cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of health interventions, both in developed and developing countries.
Kevin has been awarded the Yale Johnson & Johnson Physician Scholars in International Health and the Christopher Krogh Award by the Global Health Education Consortium, and has won numerous awards for his global health research. Kevin is currently developing a program in Southern Tanzania with medical students at the University of Toronto and residents at the Hospital for Sick Children that will promote development and save children’s lives.