A Message from the Steering Committee Chair

Cate Dewey.

Cate Dewey | Associate Vice-President (Academic), University of Guelph

Hello! On behalf of the 2022 One Health and Development for a World Under Pressure Steering Committee, I am so pleased and proud to welcome you to this year’s Symposium, held virtually and in person, here at the University of Guelph.

This Symposium is especially meaningful for me. Ten years ago, we held the first ‘Global Development Symposium’ In 2012. Since then, many things have changed, but our desire to connect with scholars around the globe and to forge transdisciplinary connections to Improve Life has remained.

Grounded in our past success, we embark upon planning this Symposium with a firm eye towards the future. It is the first Symposium for our new One Health Institute, established in 2019, and it marks the first collaborative adventure between the One Health Institute and our co-organizers and sister U of G Institute, the Guelph Institute of Development Studies.

This Symposium would not be possible without the dedication and passion from our Steering Committee members, all of whom bring their unique voice, drive and scholarship to our University community, and to our One Health and Development community more specifically.

I hope you will browse through the Steering Committee section, below, and get to know the voices who are shaping this exciting transdisciplinary opportunity. And, of course, we all hope that you will consider submitting an abstract, a Pitch for Progress, and/or attending the Symposium, virtually, or in person.

Thank you for visiting us in our digital home; I hope to have the pleasure of meeting you in person this May.

Cate Dewey

Cate Dewey is a veterinarian, a professor in Population Medicine, associate vice-president (academic) at the University of Guelph, director of the One Health Institute, and chair of the Planning Committee for the 2022 One Health and Development Symposium.

Cate is an expert in global public health, and ecosystem approaches for health and swine health management. She chaired the planning committee for the 2012 and 2014 Global Development Symposia at the University of Guelph, which brought together social, environmental, medical and veterinary scientists with policy-makers, students, and community members who have an interest in positive global development.

Steering Committee

Meghan Brockington.

Meghan Brockington | PhD Candidate, Department of Population Medicine

Meghan Brockington is a PhD candidate in the Department of Population Medicine and International Development. She was a Division One, NCAA, scholarship athlete in swimming at the University of South Carolina, where she studied both marine science and public health. She holds a M.Sc. in global health, which focussed on the impacts of offshore drilling on Canadian Arctic marine food security. She is particularly interested in the adaptive capacity of health and food systems to climate change in the north.

Meghan brings a wide range of research and project management experience, both in Canada and internationally, working with academic, non-governmental and consulting organizations.

Katie Clow.

Katie Clow | Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine

Katie Clow is an assistant professor in One Health in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary CollegeUniversity of Guelph, and graduate program coordinator for the Collaborative Specialization in One Health. Her research focuses on the ecology and epidemiology of vectors and vector-borne zoonoses, with a specific emphasis on the blacklegged tick and Lyme disease.

Katie conducts research more broadly on One Health, including pedagogy and community-level applications. She has worked at the national and international level in One Health through internships at the Canadian Food Inspection AgencyDepartment of Food Safety, Zoonoses and Foodborne Disease at the World Health Organizationand the Global Disease Detection Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Katie is a member of the Canadian Lyme Disease Research Networkand regularly collaborates with public health professionals and veterinarians in private practice and industry.

Carmen Ho.

Carmen Ho | Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Carmen Ho is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and a faculty affiliate with the Institue of Development Studies and One Health Institute at the University of Guelph. She is a member of Harvard University's Research Cluster on Compartive Inequality and Inclusion at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and an affiliate with the Hospital for Sick Children's (SickKids) Centre for Global Child Health.

Previously, Carmen held a Fulbright at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with the Takemi Program in International Health.

Carmen specializein comparative politics and public policy, with a focus on health politics and policy.


Sally Humphries.

Sally Humphries | Professor Emerita, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Sally Humphries is professor emerita in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Guelph. Her interdisciplinary studies of rural and agricultural development in Latin America, led to a Rockefeller Social Science Fellowship in Agriculture, which she undertook at the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia. During this fellowship, Sally lived in Honduras where she initiated a pilot project in farmer participatory research with hillside farmers, co-founding SeedChange's partner organization in Honduras, the Foundation for Participatory Research with Honduran Farmers (FIPAH).

Today, following a recent five-year project to scale-out technology developed by farmers supported by FIPAH and SeedChange through Global Affairs Canada, there are 270 savings and credit, and farmer research groups spread out across five regions of Honduras, testing out farmer-developed seed and other technologies for adaptation to their local environments.

Dr. Humphries continues to work with FIPAH, particularly through graduate student evaluation and publication of the impacts of FIPAH programming.

Craig Johnson.

Craig Johnson | Professor, Department of Political Science

Craig Johnson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph, a senior fellow with the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, and director of the Guelph Institute of Development StudiesCraig’s research lies in the field of global environmental governance, focusing primarily on the role of cities and transnational city-networks in reducing the world's global carbon footprint. He has worked extensively in Asia and Latin America, leading and conducting empirical field research on the politics of urbanization, decentralization, and community-based conservation of water, land, forests, and fisheries in Thailand, Bangladesh, India, and Ecuador.

Craig is currently leading a five-year study (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) that is investigating the political economy of lithium extraction for climate change mitigation in Canada, Australia, and the "lithium triangle" of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile.

Grace Nichol.Grace Nichol | PhD Student, Department of Population Medicine

Grace Nichol is a PhD student studying epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. She is also enrolled in the Collaborative Specialization in One Health.

Grace's research investigates the distribution of Dermacentor ticks in the western Canadian provinces through a One Health lens.

Grace is co-president of the One Health Student Committee, the University of Guelph's first interdisciplinary student-led organization in One Health.

Silvia Sarapura.Silvia Sarapura | Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Design and Rural Development

Silvia Sarapura is an assistant professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. She is an interdisciplinary researcher specializing in agricultural systems, gender research and capacity development.

Silvia's experience includes gender research, teaching, facilitation, multi-stakeholder support, project monitoring and evaluation, participatory action research, organizational development, and capacity development for research. She has worked in South East Asia, Sub-Sahara Africa and South America.


Travis Steffens.Travis Steffens | Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

As an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Guelph, Travis Steffens works to understand the risk factors associated with zoonotic/anthroponotic transmission among humans and their domestic animals, wildlife and their shared environment.

Travis leverages conservation biogeography, spatial ecology, and One Health approaches to understand how lemurs interact with and respond to human caused disturbance. He is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Primate Specialist Group for Madagascaran international fellow of The Explorers Cluba fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Societyand founding director of Planet Madagascara charity focused on helping to create sustainable forest communities in Madagascar.

Scott Weese.Scott Weese | Professor, Department of Pathobiology

Scott Weese is a professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), and director of the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses at the University of Guelph. He is also chief of Infection Control at the OVC Teaching Hospital.

He is an expert in infectious and parasitic animal disease—including rabies, tick-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and emeging diseases.

His lab is dedicated to infectious and zoonotic diseases, multi-drug resistant pathogens, and interspecies transmission of pathogens.

Jeffrey Wichtel.Jeffrey Wichtel | Veterinarian, Dean, Professor, Chair, Ontario Veterinary College

Jeffrey Wichtel is a veterinarian, dean of the Ontario Veterinary Collegeprofessor in the department of Population Medicine, and chair of the One Health Institute's Advisory Board.

He is passionate about One Health and its role in veterinary medicine.

Jeff has extensive experience as a researcher, clinician, and administrator, and champions the critical roles that animal health and veterinary medicine play in One Health.