Here are some of the prominent pharmacare
experts and advocates speaking on our tour.

Hassan Yussuff

President, Canadian Labour Congress

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Hassan Yussuff

President, Canadian Labour Congress

Hassan Yussuff was re-elected for a second term as President of the Canadian Labour Congress in May 2017. He was first elected to the position in May 2014, becoming the first person of colour to lead Canada’s union movement.

Since his election in 2014, Hassan has led Canada’s unions in a major campaign to improve workplace rights for everyone and dramatically transform the way Canadians view the labour movement.

Winning universal pharmacare has become one of his key priorities. This campaign builds on labour’s historic role in the creation of Canada’s universal health care system. Hassan firmly believes that anyone with a health card should have prescription drug coverage.

The CLC has launched a national tour to bring the issue to Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Various experts and stakeholders, along with representatives from a variety of national and regional organizations, will be joining the CLC’s tour.

Marie Clarke Walker

Secretary-Treasurer

Canadian Labour Congress

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Marie Clarke Walker

Secretary-Treasurer

Canadian Labour Congress

Marie started her career working in a home for the elderly, later with adults and children with developmental disabilities, as a counsellor and family-support worker in Toronto, and once again at the School Board as an Early Childhood Educator working with children with disabilities.

From her early days as a member of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), she has consistently demonstrated deep concern for the well-being and dignity of all workers and that of their families.

Marie made history in 2002 when she was elected as the first racialized woman and youngest person ever elected to the position of Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). She served in that position for five terms before once again making history in May 2017, being elected as the first-ever racialized woman to serve as CLC Secretary-Treasurer.

Marc-André Gagnon

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Marc-André Gagnon

Marc-André Gagnon is Associate Professor with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. His current research focuses on the political economy of the pharmaceutical sector. He analyzes institutional corruption in the pharmaceutical sector, regulatory capture of public institutions, innovation policies and intellectual property in the knowledge-based economy, as well as comparative regimes of health insurance and pharmacare.

Gagnon is a Research Fellow with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical Sector, as well as with the Rational Therapeutics and Medications Policy Research Group.

Adrienne Silnicki

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Adrienne Silnicki

Adrienne Silnicki is the National Director of Policy and Advocacy at the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), a non-profit organization that works to protect, improve and expand public health care in Canada.

Silnicki has worked on social justice campaigns for 18 years, including with the Council of Canadians, the Peterborough Social Planning Council, and with community groups in Kenya, Ghana and Haiti.

Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management and a M.A. in international development.

Steve Morgan

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Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan is a renowned Canadian health economist whose work promotes universal access to appropriately prescribed, affordably priced, and equitably financed medications.

Dr. Morgan is a full professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed research papers and won more than $4 million in peer-reviewed research grants. He has provided policy advice and expert testimony to governments in Canada and abroad, and has twice represented Canada on pharmaceutical policy committees of the World Health Organization.

In 2012, Dr. Morgan launched Pharmacare 2020, a campaign to foster evidence-informed conversation about the future of prescription drug coverage in Canada. Cited thousands of times in the news media and academic literature, Dr. Morgan’s work on the topic has helped to spark national policy debate regarding universal pharmacare in Canada.