Judges

Matthew Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and at the University of Toronto, Scarborough. He is also Co-Director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Chair of the Board of Directors of Sustainability Co-Lab. Professor Hoffmann’s research and teaching interests include global governance, climate change politics, and international relations theory. He is the author of Climate Governance at the Crossroads: Experimenting with a Global Response after Kyoto (Oxford University Press 2011) and Ozone Depletion and Climate Change: Constructing a Global Response (SUNY Press 2005). He also is a co-author on a recent collaborative book Transnational Climate Change Governance (Cambridge University Press 2014).

Lilian Knorr is an ethnographer and discovery researcher at the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to joining RBC, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Lilian holds a BA in Political Science from McGill University, an MA in Comparative Politics from the Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in Urban Policy and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Will Mitchell is Professor of Strategic Management in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, where he holds the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization. Will studies business dynamics in developed and emerging markets, investigating how businesses change as their competitive environments change and, in turn, how the business changes contribute to ongoing corporate and social performance. Will is co-author of Build, Borrow, or Buy: Solving the Growth Dilemma, Harvard Business Review Press (with Professor Laurence Capron of INSEAD). He teaches courses in business strategy, emerging market strategy, entrepreneurship, and healthcare and life sciences strategy. He has a visiting appointment at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, in Durham, North Carolina. Will is a faculty associate of associate at Rotman’s Center for Health Sector Strategy and co-academic director of Rotman’s new Global Executive MBA in Health and Life Sciences (GEMBA-HLS). Will is co-editor of Health, Management, Policy, and Innovation (HMPI), a consulting editor for the Strategic Management Journal, and a board member of Neuland Laboratories in Hyderabad, India.

Blake Poland is a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Director of the Collaborative Specialization in Community Development at UofT, and co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion. His areas of expertise include community resilience, ecological determinants of health, sustainability transitions, social movements as agents of change, community development as an arena of practice for health and social service professionals, critical social theory, and qualitative research methods.

Sarah Gingrich is a Health Policy Specialist with Toronto Public Health (TPH). TPH’s mission is to reduce health inequities and improve the health of Toronto’s whole population. Sarah has 15 years of experience leading and contributing to research, policy analysis and advocacy on a range of environmental health issues, including climate change, air quality, and conservation of green space. Current work includes addressing traffic-related air pollution and issues resulting from climate change, including extreme summertime heat in apartment buildings. Formerly, Sarah was a manager in the City of Toronto’s Fleet Services Division where she led development of policy aimed at reducing fuel consumption by municipal vehicles. Sarah has a Master of Science degree focused on the movement of organic air pollutants in urban environments.

Paul Bozek is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Division of Occupational & Environmental Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto.  Initially educated as an engineer, he has graduate degrees in occupational/environmental health and business administration.  Paul has over 32 years of experience, spanning both private sector consulting, and academic research and teaching.  He is a licensed professional engineer and has Canadian and U.S. accreditations in occupational hygiene.  His primary focus is on chemical exposure assessment and interventions for healthier environments.  Currently, Paul is the Program Director for Dalla Lana’s MPH field in occupational and environmental health.

Tina Assi is a Program Officer at Grand Challenges Canada and supports the funding of innovations in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in low‐ and middle‐income countries. Tina is an experienced health professional aiming to move the needle on pressing health issues by leveraging the traction at the intersection of business, health, and society. Trained as an epidemiologist, she has over 6 years of experience in research and project management at the University of California at Los Angeles, McGill University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Recently, she completed her MBA at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Tina’s research has focused largely on the optimization of vaccine cold chain logistics in middle and low-income countries, global immunization policy, and surrounding regulatory frameworks; as well as globally comparative public policy research across 193 UN member states.

Dr. Jeff Brook (PhD, The University of Michigan) is a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto.  He has had a 25 year career as research scientist with the Air Quality Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada.  Dr. Brook recently launched a new national consortium, the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium, focusing on urban form and health for which he is the Scientific Director.  Dr. Brook also co-leads a Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (AllerGen) program on Genes and Environment and leads the environmental exposure assessment component of a national birth cohort, known as CHILD, examining the influences of environmental factors on children’s health.

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