The Conference Organising Committee are pleased to announce the following Keynote Speakers.
Alastair Summerlee, LLD, BSc, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
Former President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Guelph, Canada
Executive Director of FundtheFood, Kirchner Group, USA
Professor Biomedical Science
A passionate humanitarian, dedicated teacher, and internationally renowned researcher, Alastair Summerlee served as president of the University of Guelph in 2003-14. Under his leadership, the University of Guelph became preeminent among Canadian universities with a strong reputation for civic engagement and volunteerism. In receipt of a prestigious 3M teaching fellowship, he has continued to teach undergraduate students, supervise graduate students and organize field trips. Although Summerlee has worked for more than 30 years in academia, he has also managed a catering company and a multi-media start-up company. He has attracted significant research to study relaxin, cancer biology, iron deficiency anemia in women and HIV/AIDS in aboriginal populations. Dr. Summerlee spent six years as the chair of the board of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), one of the leading Canadian international development agencies, and became involved in humanitarian issues in the refugee camps in Kenya. Through his advocacy work for universities and for social justice issues, Summerlee has extensive experience navigating political and business contexts. For his humanitarian work he was name the International Quality of Life Laureate for 2012 by Auburn University in the United States: a honour that he received at the United Nations in New York. More recently, he had worked with a team of students in Cambodia on an innovative health innovation to alleviate iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia – a condition with significant health and negative economic challenges. Through his work as the Executive Director of FundtheFood, an initiative funded by the Kirchner Group in the United States, Summerlee is involved in helping to train capital allocators in small to mid-range start-ups that have the potential to use disruptive technologies to improve hunger and poverty at home and abroad.
Sally Clark, RN, RM, BSci, MN, PhD candidate
Deputy Head of The University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus
Assistant Dean Nursing and Midwifery
Sally has an extensive nursing and midwifery background, is currently a PhD candidate and has lived in the Kimberley and North West Cape for nearly 30 years. For the past 12 years Sally has been a senior academic at the University of Notre Dame, Broome Campus. This remotely situated campus has a focus on Reconciliation and promotes educational opportunities for people living in remote areas with an emphasis on improving educational engagement and outcomes for Aboriginal people.
Sally has led the development of innovative ways of providing educational opportunities to people living in regional and remote areas, specifically utilising web based technology and authentic eLearning mediums. This area of interest has led to publications and presentations at a State and National level both in person and through webinars.
For three years, Sally was the National Coordinator of core training for the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program (ANFPP). Core to this role was the adaptation of training materials from an American model to materials relevant for delivery in the Australia nursing context. Text based materials were developed into an authentic eLearning platform with implementation across four states of Australia. This development led to an economically viable option compared to the initial face to face delivery model.