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Event Summary

In today’s evolving health landscape, the realities faced by those experiencing homelessness in Canada have worsened. In Toronto alone, it’s estimated that more than 8,700 residents experience homelessness on any given night. With many undergoing mental health and addiction challenges, these Torontonians face extreme barriers when it comes to receiving effective medical care.

Event Details

On February 2, join TL Insider for a Fireside Chat on Toronto’s homelessness crisis amidst Covid-19, and the innovations in health care that are leading to greater access for Toronto's at-risk communities. For the discussion, we'll be joined by representatives from both the private and public sectors to shed light on how they’re helping to make a positive impact on the health of Toronto’s homeless population, including TELUS, Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre and University Health Network. During the conversation, we’ll uncover what’s being done to improve the circumstances of Toronto’s most underserved residents, discuss innovations being implemented to enhance primary care offerings for those who need it most, and talk about the role of both the public and private sectors in driving positive change in the health care landscape.


Nimmi Kanji, director of community investment at TELUS, and manages TELUS’s best-in-class Social Purpose programs portfolio. Designed to support Canadians in getting connected and reaching their full potential in our digital world, the programs include Internet for Good, Mobility for Good, Tech for Good, Health for Good and TELUS Wise. These programs aim to remove barriers to access for vulnerable Canadians and foster strong digital citizenship among Canadians of all ages. Nimmi was recognized in 2020 for her efforts to expand TELUS’s social purpose programs in response to the Covid-19 health crisis with the TELUS Leadership Values in Practice Award and Bronze Stevie Award for Female Employee of the Year.

Dr. Andrew Boozary, primary care physician and executive director, population health and social medicine, at University Health Network (UHN). Dr. Boozary holds academic appointments as an assistant professor in the
Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the
University of Toronto and as an adjunct faculty member at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Dr. Boozary is the founding editor-in-chief of the Harvard Public Health Review and completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and health policy training at Princeton University (master’s in public policy) and Harvard University (master of science). At UHN, Dr. Boozary leads the Social Medicine program and is working to develop, evaluate and scale new models of health care delivery for patients with complex health and social needs. During this pandemic, Dr. Boozary also serves as co-lead of the Ontario Health Toronto Region Covid-19 Homelessness Response and is a member of the Canadian Medical Association's Post-Pandemic Expert Advisory Group.

Raymond Macaraeg, primary health care nurse practitioner for Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre. Through his work, Raymond endeavours to improve the health outcomes of his client populations by applying skills and knowledge gained from recently completing a master’s degree in public health in family and community medicine at the University of Toronto. Raymond has previously worked in diverse clinical settings including remote communities in Nunavut and Ontario, as well as urban settings such as Toronto and New York City. Raymond’s clinical background includes working with populations across the lifespan in private and public clinics while occasionally providing didactic and clinical instruction to nursing and nurse practitioner students at the post-secondary level. In his spare time, Raymond volunteers as a board director for a nurse practitioner-led clinic that caters to marginalized populations while also giving his time to a religious organization.

Angela Robertson, executive director of Parkdale Queen West Community
Health Centre. As the executive director of Parkdale Queen West Community
Health Centre, a community-based health service organization serving mid and west Toronto neighbourhoods, Angela is dedicated to supporting people and communities facing discrimination, poverty and marginalization and reducing barriers faced by these individuals caused by social, political and economic conditions. Beginning in the late 1980s, she worked as an editor of social issues manuscripts at Women’s Educational Press, served as an adviser to the provincial Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, was a manager in the supportive housing and public policy sector, was the executive director of Sistering, A Woman’s Place, a drop-in centre for homeless and low-income women for more than a decade and worked as a director of health equity and community engagement at Women’s College Hospital.

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