One Health Leadership Experience

SpeakerWhether you plan to be a veterinarian, public health nurse, environmental specialist or a physician, you will want to play an integral role in developing One Health — the future of global health care.

One Health is a global initiative that encourages collaboration among all health disciplines with the goal of attaining optimal health for people, animals and the environment.

This annual three-day workshop will introduce you to the concept of One Health. Throughout the weekend, you will interact with high-calibre One Health leaders from across North America. Group discussions and social events also give you time to meet other students from your own college as well as from other U of S colleges and schools.

The 2019 U of S One Health Leadership Experience will be held from Friday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 25, in Saskatoon, Sask.


What is One Health?

One Health is "the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines — working locally, nationally and globally — to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment."

This international movement recognizes that the health of humans, animals and the environment are interconnected. 

Why is One Health critical to your careers?

  • Many infectious diseases such as rabies, tuberculosis, West Nile virus, anthrax, SARS and highly pathogenic influenza are transmitted between animals and humans. 
  • Tens of thousands of Canadians annually suffer from food- and water-borne illnesses — some with serious consequences such as renal failure — that are caused by food safety issues in the global food chain.
  • Preventable medical errors cause thousands of deaths every year — some simply due to mistakes in interprofessional communication.
  • Animals have measurable, positive effects on the health of people who are suffering from obesity, hypertension, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions.

What are the conference requirements?

Eligible attendees: Undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in the following U of S programs are welcome to attend the One Health Leadership Experience:

  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Medicine
  • Kinesiology
  • Pharmacy and Nutrition
  • Arts and Science
  • Western College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Faculty of Social Work (University of Regina)
  • School of Environment and Sustainability 
  • Agriculture and Bioresources
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Edwards School of Business
  • Education

Participation is also encouraged from the University of Regina's Faculty of Social Work. 

If you are interested in attending the conference and are enrolled in another U of S college or school that is not listed above, please email

Participation: Maximum of 200 students.


Registration for the 2019 One Health Leadership Experience will open in June 2019.

Questions? Please email


The U of S One Health Leadership Experience is a three-day event that provides plenty of opportunities for health science students to learn more about One Health from some of the world’s leading experts in the field.

It’s also the ideal chance for students from all different disciplines to meet and explore ways in which health professionals can work together toward the goals of One Health.



Jason Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT
Vice-President and Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University
Executive Director, Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia

Douglas Freeman, DVM, PhD
Dean, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Craig Stephen, DVM, PhD
Executive Director, National Office
Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC)


Timothy Sellnow, PhD
Professor, Strategic Communication, Nicholson School of Communication
University of Central Florida

Deanna Sellnow, PhD
Professor, Strategic Communication, Nicholson School of Communication
University of Central Florida


Jane Smith
Volunteer, St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Lacey Jurke
Medical student, College of Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Joe Rubin, DVM, PhD
Assistant Professor, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan

Gerald Parker, DVM, PhD, MS
Associate Dean, Global One Health
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M University

August 25: Keynote Speakers 

Elder Harry Francis
Piapot First Nation, Saskatchewan

August 26: One Health Leaders

Elizabeth Mumford, DVM, MS
One Health Team, Dept. of Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR
World Health Organization
Geneva, Switzerland

Howard Njoo, MD, MHSc
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada
and Adjunct Faculty, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine
University of Ottawa

Lonnie King, DVM, MS, MPA, DACVPM
Acting Dean and Vice President for Agricultural Administration 
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)
Vice Chair, Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Margaret Khaitsa, BVM, MSc, PhD, DACVPM
Professor, Epidemiology (International Emphasis) 
Department of Pathobiology and Population Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University
Project leader, CIMTRADZ (A U.S.-Africa Higher Education Collaborative Model for Sustainable Capacity Development in Trans-Boundary Diseases and Zoonoses Management in Eastern and Central Africa)

Kelly Russell
Training Co-ordinator and Aftercare Co-ordinator, AUDEAMUS

Marc LaPointe
Executive and Co-founder, AUDEAMUS

AUDEAMUS is a bilingual, injured veteran-run, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the principle of providing highly skilled and effective certified service dogs to persons traumatized in the line of duty (PTLD) 

August 27: Leadership Development

Florence Wakoko-Studstill, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology and Chair of African Studies 
Columbus State University
Higher Education Resource Services-East Africa (HERS-EA)
HERS-EA is a sister organization of Higher Education Resource Services, an educational, non‐profit organization based in the U.S. providing leadership and management training for women in Higher Education Institutions.


William Hueston
Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Global Leadership Programs
Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota

David Fisman
Professor, Division of Epidemiology
Dalla Lanna School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Elizabeth Mumford
Human-Animal Interface, Department of Global Capacities, Alert and Response
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Stacy Holzbauer
Career Epidemiology Field Officer
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health

Donna Jenkins
Founder, Zachary's Paws for Healing

L. David Dubé
Concorde Group Corp. 

Judith Bossé
Assistant Deputy Minister, Earth Sciences Sector
Natural Resources Canada

Peter Rabinowitz
Associate Professor
University of Washington School of Public Health

Frank Cerra
Former Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
McKnight Presidential Leadership Chair
Academic Health Center, University of Minnesota

Jessica Borg
Coordinator, Animal Assisted Activities Program
Department of Integrative Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Colin Basler
Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wendy Elliot
Director, Commercial Alliances
Zoetis Canada

Susan Shaw
Assistant Professor and Chair, Saskatchewan Health Quality Council
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Gregory C. Gray
Professor, Medicine and Global Health
Duke Global Health Institute

Casey Barton Behravesh
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Deputy Branch Chief, Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Kate Hodgson
Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

Colleen Anne Dell
Research Chair in Substance Abuse and Professor, Department of Sociology and School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
UCLA Division of Cardiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California (Los Angeles)
Co-author of Zoobiquity

Mark Raizenne, Director General, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada

Andrew Maccabe, Executive Director
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Marguerite Pappaioanou, Liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Casey Barton Behravesh, Commander, U.S. Public Health Service, Deputy Branch Chief, Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Rick Yount, Executive Director, and Huff (service dog)
Warrior Canine Connection

Brian Evans, Chief Veterinary Officer
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Mark Raizenne, Director General, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada

Lonnie King, Dean
College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University

Andrew Maccabe, Executive Director
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Luis Carlos Montalvan and Tuesday (service dog)
Author, speaker and advocate


The U of S One Health Leadership Experience is grateful for the generous support of its key sponsors:

Zoetis Canada


Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes a diverse portfolio of animal health medicines and vaccines designed to meet the real-world needs of veterinarians and the livestock farmers and companion animal owners they support.

Zoetis believes the development of sophisticated tools and technologies to protect companion animal health and to support livestock farming can have a significant positive impact on public health and the global supply of safe and affordable food.  Animals and humans share many diseases. Providing solutions for newly emerging infectious diseases in animals helps to protect the health of humans.

Zoetis has supported the U of S One Health Leadership Experience since the student conference was established in 2012.

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Western College of Veterinary Medicine

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is the premier centre of veterinary education, research and expertise in Western Canada and a key member of Canada's veterinary, public health and food safety networks. More than 450 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled at the internationally-recognized veterinary college that includes a veterinary medical centre, a provincial diagnostic laboratory and large-scale research facilities.

One Health is an integral part of the veterinary college’s education, research and clinical programs. The WCVM is the lead organizer for the U of S One Health Leadership Experience.

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U of S Council of Health Science Deans

The mission of the U of S Council of Health Sciences Deans is to enhance the capacity for high quality health care. The council meets this goal by enabling the education of a new generation of health care practitioners with skills in interprofessional health care and health promotion, promoting excellence in interdisciplinary health research and sharing in outreach and community engagement. The council’s members include leaders of all health science colleges and schools on the U of S campus.

The U of S Council of Health Science Deans has supported the U of S One Health Leadership Experience since the student conference was established in 2012.


Bringing One Health to Life Presentation Series

The University of Saskatchewan's "Bringing One Health to Life" presentation series takes place during the winter months each year. The series' goal is to provide USask students the opportunity to learn more about different aspects of One Health and to gain insight into the wide range of professions and jobs that are linked to One Health.

USask students and members of the university community are welcome to attend these evening sessions that always begin with a hot supper and a chance to meet classmates and colleagues from across campus.

We hope you can attend one or all three of the sessions that will take place on January 29, February 12 and March 7, 2019. Please see below for more details and RSVP information. 

People and pets: bridging the gap between marginalized populations and critical support services

5-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019
Louis' Loft, University of Saskatchewan
FOOD: 5-5:30 p.m. | DISCUSSION: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Lem, Community Veterinary Outreach, Ottawa, Ont. 

Community Veterinary Outreach is a registered charity with the mandate of improving the health and welfare of both people and pets who are socially marginalized in our communities.

Please visit to RSVP. 
RSVP deadline: March 1, 2019
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A world on the move: The link between One Health and the lives of migrating populations around the globe

5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Louis' Loft, University of Saskatchewan
FOOD: 5-5:30 p.m. | PANEL DISCUSSION: 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Dr. Hassan Vatanparast, Professor (joint appointment)
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition | School of Public Health

Dr. Hassan Vatanparast is an associate professor of Nutritional Epidemiology with a joint appointment in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the School of Public Health. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses such as Advances in Public Health Nutrition, Health Promotion, and Food, Culture, and Nutrition. Among his research activities, Dr. Vatanparast leads the SSHRC-funded multinational project Food Security, Culture, and Immigration comprising over 50 co-investigators, graduate students and research personnel. The project aims to provide a better understanding of food security status and social integration of refugees as well as aid policies and practices in Iran and Pakistan, the first points of entry, and at final destination in Australia, Switzerland and Canada.

Dr. Mahli Brindamour, Pediatrician and Faculty Member
General Pediatrics, College of Medicine

Mahli Brindamour is a general pediatrician with a special interest in global health and refugee health. She serves on the board of the North American Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers and was on the steering committee of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. She is the president-elect of the Canadian Paediatric Society Global Child and Youth Health Section, and a member of the Caring for Kids New to Canada Task Force. With the Saskatoon Refugee Health Collaborative, she co-founded the Refugee Engagement and Community Health (REACH) Clinic, where she provides regular paediatric care to refugee children. 

Dr. Kiran Banerjee, Assistant Professor
Political Studies, College of Arts and Science

Dr. Kiran Banerjee joined the Department of Political Studies in 2017. His research addresses global migration governance with a focus on the normative role of international institutions and domestic political actors in responding to forced displacement. Banerjee’s broader research interests include political theory, international ethics, the history of political thought, international relations theory, and migration studies, as well as legal theory. He holds a PhD degree from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where he concentrated in the fields of political theory and international relations.

Please visit to RSVP. 
RSVP deadline: February 8, 2019

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Let's talk about tapeworms: a One Health approach to talking about the emerging and zoonotic Echinococcus parasite

5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
Louis' Loft, University of Saskatchewan
FOOD: 5-5:30 p.m. | DISCUSSION: 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Dr. Emily Jenkins (PhD, DVM, BSc Honours Zoology), Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jenkins will lead an interactive discussion about communicating the animal and human health risks associated with Echinococcus to the public. E. granulosus and E. multilocularis are two tapeworms that can cause parasitic disease in animals and people.

Dr. Emily Jenkins is head of the Zoonotic Parasite Research Unit and associate professor at the WCVM Department of Veterinary Microbiology. She is an associate member of the USask School of Public Health and an affiliate of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. She teaches veterinary parasitology, emergency management for public health and One Health to veterinary and graduate students. Her research takes a One Health approach to diseases that transmit among animals and people via food, water, vectors and the environment.

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RSVP deadline: Jan. 22, 2019

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U of S One Health Club

The U of S One Health Club’s members are U of S students who are interested in collaborating for the health of people, animals and environment – the One Health Initiative. The club’s activities and projects bring together students from different colleges to have inclusive collaboration. If you are interested in becoming involved, visit the One Health Club's Facebook group.

University Library: One Health

The U of S University Library One Health guide is a resource for all those interested in One Health — the global movement to better understand the interactions between animal health, human health, and ecosystem health. For more information, visit the University Library website.

Graduate Certificate in One Health

The U of S offers a graduate certificate in One Health to students who are registered in the College of Graduate Studies and Research in a thesis-based master’s or PhD program. The program, which consists of six credit units, is to be completed during full-time enrolment during a one-year period. For more information, visit the U of S Course and Program Catalogue.