Moonshot 2023: An Evening of Celebration, Learning, and Community Building 

December 7, 2023

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IHPME’s Moonshot 2023 celebration in November at the Art Gallery of Ontario welcomed a full house of faculty, staff, students and alumni. This annual event remains an opportunity for learning, networking, and celebration among the IHPME community.  

Dr. Amol Verma, IHPME faculty and a clinician-scientist at Unity Health Toronto, delivered an insightful keynote address on Opportunities and Threats of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Care. Dr. Verma shed light on AI’s potential benefits and challenges in enhancing personalized and more efficient care. Attendees were left with a deeper understanding of the cautious approach necessary for implementing AI in the healthcare sector.

Image of DLSPH Dean Adalsteinn Brown, Dr. Amol Verma, and IHPME Director Audrey Laporte at Moonshot 2023
DLSPH Dean Adalsteinn (Steini) Brown, Keynote Speaker Dr. Amol Verma, and IHPME Director Audrey Laporte at Moonshot 2023.

Moonshot 2023 Awards

Image of Dr. Paul Kurdyak being handed the Louise Lemieux-Charles Health System Leadership award from Dr. Walter Wodchis at Moonshot 2023
Dr. Paul Kurdyak receives the Louise Lemieux-Charles Health System Leadership Award from Dr. Walter Wodchis.

The Moonshot celebration also served as a platform to honour exceptional IHPME members. Dr. Wendy Levinson, Chair of Choosing Wisely Canada received the Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award in for her exceptional leadership in resource stewardship, driving positive changes in Canadian health systems. Dr. Karen Born, Program Director of the MHSc Health Administration program, accepted this award on Dr. Levinson’s behalf. Dr. Paul Kurdyak, Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, received the Louise Lemieux-Charles Health System Leadership Award, acknowledging his exemplary leadership in driving measurable positive change through innovative approaches.

Dr. Karen Born accepts the Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award in absentia on behalf of Dr. Wendy Levinson at Moonshot 2023
Dr. Karen Born accepts the Peggy Leatt Knowledge and Impact Award on behalf of Dr. Wendy Levinson at Moonshot 2023.

The enthusiasm and engagement at Moonshot 2023 were a reflection of the vibrant and connected nature of the IHPME community. As the celebration concluded, IHPME and DLSPH announced a merging of alumni associations, fostering deeper connections within this expanding network.

A sincere thank you is extended to everyone who contributed to making Moonshot 2023 a success, including IHPME Director, Audrey Laporte, Dr. Karen Born for emceeing, keynote speaker Dr. Amol Verma, DLSPH’s Interim Director of Communications, Ciara Kilbride Amaral, our volunteers and attendees. 

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