Dr. Sharon Batt

Co-founder Breast Cancer Action Montreal

Sharon Batt had worked as a journalist and community activist with a focus on women’s issues and consumer rights when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1988. Turning her attention to breast cancer, she co-founded Breast Cancer Action Montreal, wrote numerous articles, radio documentaries, and the book Patient No More: the Politics of Breast Cancer. In 1999 she was appointed to the Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, and in 2001 to the Elizabeth May Chair in Women's Health and the Environment at Dalhousie University. She completed her PhD at Dalhousie University in 2012, winning an award for her study of pharmaceutical funding of patients’ groups. A book manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation is being published UBC Press and set for release in the fall of 2016.


Dr. Lise Parent

Biologist, Ecotoxicologist, Professor at Teluq

Dr. Parent is a biologist with a doctorate in Water Sciences from the Institut national de recherche scientifique. She is a specialist on endocrine disrupting chemicals, measuring exposure in humans as well as their impact on ecosystems. She is also a research member of CINBIOSE, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Well-being, Health, Society and the Environment, as well as CIRODD, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sustainable Development Operationalization and EcoBIM, the Réseau international d'ecotoxicologie aquatique. She is a founding member and board member of the Réseau des femmes en environnement as well as vice president of Breast Cancer Action Quebec. 


Dr. Irena Buka MB, ChB, F.R.C.P.(C)

Director Paediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)

Dr. Buka is a clinician with special interest in environmental influences on the health and development of the foetus and child in the context of clinically relevant disorders and determinants of health. Among her many projects, Dr. Buka is currently serving on a consultative group for building capacity in health care professional training in paediatric environmental health with the World Health Organization.