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Keynote Speaker sponsored by Global Philanthropic Canada: Noorjean Hassam, recipient of the 2021 YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Reconciliation in Action
Noorjean Hassam is the newly appointed Associate VP & Chief Student Health Officer at the University of British Columbia. This new role at UBC, oversees health services, brings a public health lens to health and wellbeing, and leads the implementation of various strategic plans including advancing Indigenous cultural safety & humility; anti-racism & representation of equity deserving people; environmental health & climate change; and equity, diversity and inclusion.
Prior to UBC, Noorjean led the BC Centre for Disease Control as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Noorjean was a key leader of the COVID 19 emergency response, and was the Emergency Operations Chief of Vaccine Logistics for the province. During her time at BCCDC, Noorjean had oversight over the full range of public health services, and had direct responsibility for Indigenous health. She was known for her reconciliation work, and spearheaded the anti-racism response at BCCDC.
Noorjean is recognized for her commitment to addressing social justice and human rights concerns, and shifting the culture of organizations to address racism, advance the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action, and ensure gender rights and health equity. She is a collaborative leader who brings a future oriented, systems lens to her work and believes in the power of passion, courage and partnership to transform organizational mandates. Most recently Noorjean was a panel member at the first national Anti-Asian Racism Forum, and was the 2021 recipient of the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Reconciliation in Action, as an Indigenous Ally.