Health Cities Breakfast:
A New Lens on Health and Prevention

Date: Thursday, February 9
Time: 7-9AM
Location: Foundry Room

12021 102 Ave Edmonton, AB
(inside the Oliver Exchange Building)

Registration has closed; please stay tuned for more Health Cities Breakfasts!

Sponsored by:

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About the Session

Join us on February 9 for the first Edmonton event of the revived Breakfast Series at the Foundry Room from 7:00AM to 9:00AM for hot breakfast and an excellent panel.  

Over time we’ve come to learn that many factors beyond simple genetics can impact a person’s health and wellbeing. Through research we now recognize that there is a myriad of personal, social, economic and environmental factors that impact our long-term health – from the neighbourhoods we grow up in to the places we age. Childhood poverty, for example, has a deep influence on addiction and premature death as adults. And seniors who live in isolation from the broader community struggle with mental health challenges that often go unaddressed – until it’s too late. All of this contributes to a health system that is struggling under the weight of high demands and poor outcomes.   

Like most health issues, however, the negative impacts of social determinants of health are largely preventable. The discussion will center around how we can understand and personalize the social determinants of health and explore what changes we can make to improve health outcomes at their source. 


  • 7:00 AM: Registration opens
  • 7:30 AM: Networking breakfast
  • 8:00 AM: Panel discussion 


Kate Storey

Dr. Kate Storey

Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair, and Distinguished Researcher, Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation

Dr. Kate Storey is a CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Chair, an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, and Distinguished Researcher – Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. Dr. Storey’s research program SIRCLE (Settings-based Intervention Research through Changes in Lifestyles & Environments) focuses on school- and community-based strategies to promote wellbeing, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health inequities. 

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Dr. Karen Lee

Director, Housing for Health, and Associate Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, Dept of Medicine, University of Alberta; and Author, Fit Cities

Dr. Karen Lee is an Associate Professor at University of Alberta, with a primary appointment in the Division of Preventative Medicine at the Department of Medicine and a cross appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health. Dr. Lee also teaches at the School of Urban and Regional Planning. She has done extensive work in improving housing and public health through design. She is the author of Fit Cities: My Quest to Improve the World’s Health and Wellness – Including Yours.

Gary St Amand

Gary St. Amand

Chief Executive Officer, Bissell Centre

Gary St. Amand is the Chief Executive Officer for Bissell Centre. Prior to his role as CEO, Gary was the Chief Programs Officer and has been with the organization for ten years. During his tenure, he has led and given oversight to a numerous initiatives including: an award-winning eviction prevention program; a permanent supportive housing program for people with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; and a financial empowerment program that has seen millions of dollars find their way into the pockets of Albertans experiencing poverty and homelessness. Previously he was a member of the City of Edmonton’s EndPovertyEdmonton Implementation Taskforce, and a member of the advisory team for Recover: Edmonton’s Urban Wellness Strategy. 

Tricia Smith

Tricia Smith

Executive Director, Radius (Boyle McCauley Health Centre)

Tricia Smith is Executive Director of Radius (Boyle McCauley Health Centre), serving in the role since 2020. Tricia has more than 26 years of experience in healthcare and social services as a Registered Nurse, with a Masters of Nursing (Leadership) from University of Alberta. A veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, she has also worked with the Government of Alberta in Health and Community & Social Services. 


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Ryan Kelly

Ryan’s 20+ year career has blended public and private sector experience – first as an executive leader within several of Alberta’s largest marketing firms and then as Deputy Chief of Staff for City of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. In his time in Mayor Iveson’s office, Ryan became a key strategic policy advisor and managed critical internal and external stakeholder relationships, especially around sensitive and complex issues. Today he divides his time as Vice President of Strategy for FKA, Edmonton’s largest independent marketing firm, and as a consultant operating at the intersection of policy and public relations, working with clients to define clear outcomes, liaise with key stakeholders and create a path forward through sometimes difficult terrain. He is currently supporting the Health Cities team on a data warehouse project, in collaboration with several Edmonton-based social service agencies.

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Session Recording
Thank you to Kiwi Productions, our Production and Recording partner.