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André Picard

Award-Winning National Health Writer

André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer for more than 30 years. He is also the author of numerous books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist.

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Critical Care: What’s Happening in our Health Care System
Where does our healthcare system stand? What are the challenges and opportunities to improve the coordination and effectiveness of services across the nation? How do we re-orient our attention and investments to build a true “health system” rather than the current illness-treatment system? What is the special role and opportunity for community-based agencies, including Community Health Centres? One of North America’s foremost thinkers shares his insights and vision.

Elder Abuse: Physical, Psychological and Financial
André discusses all elements of elder abuse, and includes reference to the Kerby Centre, Canada’s first shelter for battered seniors.

Mental Health
What can we do to raise awareness of these mental health issues and how can we create an environment for citizens suffering from these illnesses to feel safe enough to talk? This discussion will look at cross-disciplinary approaches to observe mental health and draw on best practices.

Effectively Communicating Health Information
In this presentation, André discusses the key challenges facing healthcare communication. How can we effectively get the prevention message out? From Politicians down to frontline Healthcare workers, how do we make sure consistent information gets out? André will explore some tools and strategies to effectively communicate information to various audiences.

Hot Topics for your Health Group
In this customized presentation, André discusses the latest hot-button issues in healthcare.

Platform Plus

Panelist/In Conversation

André brings fascinating insights and opinions to discussions around hot-button issues in healthcare.
Please note: André will only participate as a panelist or host/moderator if the panel reflects diversity - eg no 'all white male panels'

Event Moderator


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Medal

Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism

National Newspaper Award | Canada’s Top Columnist

  • I commend you for never resorting to “cookie-cutter” speeches, always keeping things fresh, and always meaningful to the audience in question. We have received nothing but great feedback about your presentation, so thanks again for helping to make our little conference a success.

    - Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
  • Compelling, interesting and provocative. The audience was spellbound, and I am quite sure they will pass the word around that he is an excellent speaker.....and if they weren't already reading his articles, they will be now.

    - The Family Council at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • He had the audience captivated from start to finish, it is obvious that not only is he knowledgeable but that he also loves what he does. Could you please pass on our gratitude to him and reiterate that we appreciate his time.

    - Community of Federal Regulators Secretariat
  • Your role as emcee made the event among the most engaging, entertaining and kinetic in recent memory.

    - President, Shift Health
  • André was terrific and extremely well received. Thank you.

    - Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada
  • The fine quality of your speech reflects the time and hard work you put into developing it.

    - President and CEO of Northwind Professional Institute
  • It was refreshing to hear such a prominent male figure with such a respective, open attitude. It was a good way to open the conference

    - Attendee, National Abortion Federation 2014 Conference

Summary Profile

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, including Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. He also has a large Twitter following at @picardonhealth. 

André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association, awarded to the top health journalist in the Americas.  He is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. He enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his audience, including anecdotes from patients and health professionals the front lines. 

André will enlighten and peak a sense of curiosity of audience members from all educational backgrounds. His work as one of North America’s top health journalists reflects his personality: Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the off­icial story.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honourary doctorates from six universities, including the University of Toronto, UBC and the University of Manitoba.

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