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Event Summary

Join us on March 31 for a thought-provoking discussion with Dr. Sam Sabbah, Medical Director, Emergency Medicine at UHN; Deb Matthews, former Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Health; and Councillor Joe Cressy, Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, as we take the pulse on the future of Emergency Departments in Toronto and their role as a point of care for our city’s most vulnerable.

Event Details


To keep up with the demands of our rapidly-growing communities, University Health Network (UHN) is transforming the patient experience in the Emergency Department at Toronto General Hospital. From pioneering the Virtual Emergency Department and bringing urgent care to the comfort of your home, to fighting for health equity for our most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, during this virtual experience, you'll learn about the strain on UHN's Emergency Departments from a growing city and global pandemic and how UHN is on the frontlines of innovating new models of care.

We are at a critical junction where we need to apply a multi-faceted approach with government, business and community leaders coming together to support essential infrastructure in our city to ensure our people and communities continue to thrive.

By registering for the event, you are supporting healthcare research, education and the enhancement of patient care with a donation to Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation. You also have the ability to purchase a food kit from Pukka to enjoy during the event, which will help support Feed the Frontlines TO, a grassroots not-for-profit that supports local restaurants and food supply chains while providing nutritious meals to Toronto’s frontline teams and families that have been hardest hit by the COVID 19 pandemic. 

This Serving Knowledge event is hosted by Sarah Fulford, editor of Toronto Life. This virtual experience is presented by UHN Impact Collective members Dan Moulton, Vice President, Crestview Strategy and Tiffany Kress, Registered Dietitian, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. The UHN Impact Collective is a group of next-generation leaders who share a passion for community-building and advancing the future of health care by raising awareness and financial support for the highest priorities of Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals.

Meet Our Speakers

Dr. Sam Sabbah is Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at University Health Network (UHN). Prior to this, he served in the role of Assistant Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, for the past seven years. He holds a faculty appointment as a Physician in Quality and Innovation in the Department of Medicine at University of Toronto (U of T) at the rank of Assistant Professor. His vision for the Emergency Departments at Toronto General and Toronto Western hospitals align with UHN’s vision of creating a healthier world. 





Deb Matthews is a former politician in Ontario, Canada. She was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2003 to 2018 who represented the riding of London North Centre. Matthews served as a cabinet minister in the governments of Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne. She was the 10th Deputy Premier of Ontario, in office from February 2013 until January 2018.






Joe Cressy is the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, and Chair of the Board of Health. Joe also serves on the Economic and Community Development Committee, and as Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Committee. As Chair of the Toronto Board of Health, Joe has been working nonstop since we first learned of COVID-19 to ensure that the City’s response has been swift, comprehensive, and effective. Through every phase of the pandemic, Joe remains committed to fighting for our most vulnerable, and ensuring that our city comes out of this stronger than ever. 






Feed the Frontlines TO

Adair Roberts currently operates her own consulting firm, Adair Roberts & Associates, specializing in strategy, organization and system transformation in the mental health and addictions sector. Trained at a Master’s level in international economics, Adair has worked as a consultant for 20 years in the mental health, addictions and supportive housing sectors. At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a lover of local restaurants and working in healthcare, Adair founded Feed the Frontlines TO, which have now delivered 50,000+ hot, nutritious meals to frontline workers and families facing food insecurity across Toronto.






Chef Dinesh Butola began his culinary career in the Hotel sector working for five-star properties in New Delhi and Dubai. In 2005, Dinesh moved to Toronto where he began to experiment and hone his unique style of Indian cuisine focussed on the subtle layering of spice. Chef Butola has held the top position at Pukka's kitchen since opening in 2013.

Harsh Chawla and Derek Valleau are Pukka’s co-owners. Harsh was born and raised in Northern India and keeps his homeland in his heart wherever he goes. Derek’s passion for good food and wine fuelled his livelihood, leading him to become a Certified Sommelier.




Event Format: A virtual edition of Serving Knowledge Supper Club hosted on Zoom with opportunity for audience Q&A. Email questions in advance for the panelists to

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