ASI 2024 Keynote Speakers

We are happy to share our 2024 ASI Keynote Speakers, Professor Margaret Barry and Dr. Trevor Hancock. Their presentation is entitled, Mental Health, Planetary Health and a Well-Being Society: Looking to the future.

Professor Margaret Barry holds the Established Chair in Health Promotion and Public Health at the University of Galway, where she is also Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research. Having published widely in mental health promotion, she works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of interventions and policies at a national and international level. Professor Barry has extensive experience of coordinating international mental health promotion initiatives and has acted as expert adviser on mental health promotion policy and research development in a number of countries around the world.  Professor Barry served two terms as a member of the European Commission Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (2013-2016; 2016-2019) and was elected global President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (2019-2022), where she established a Global Working Group in Mental Health Promotion.

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a nationally and internationally recognised public health physician and health promotion consultant. Over the course of his career he helped develop the concept of healthy public policy and helped create the global healthy cities and communities movement while working for the City of Toronto. Then after 16 years as an independent consultant he moved to BC in 2002, where he led the development of core public health programs for BC before becoming a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria.Throughout his career he has had a strong focus on the links betweeen health and wellbeing and the environment. He was the first leader of the Green Party of Canada in the 1980s, co-founded the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment in the 1990s and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care in 2.000.While he ‘retired’ in 2018, he remains active locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. His main areas of interest are planetary health, population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism.He has published over 40 book chapters and nearly 100 academic journal articles, as well as numerous reports and articles in newsletters and the media. Since December 2014 he has written a regular weekly column on population and public health for the Times Colonist, the daily newspaper in Victoria.He was made an Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Public Health Association in 1990 and an Honourary Fellow in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health in 2015. In 2017 he was awarded the Defries Medal, the CPHA’s highest award, presented for outstanding contributions in the broad field of public health, as well as a Lifetime Contribution Award from Health Promotion Canada.