Global Minds, Global Impact

At Women for Women's, you will hear directly from internationally recognized Women’s College Hospital leaders and learn more about the global impact of WCH.

Our Presentations and Speakers:

Women’s Virtual: Technology in service of a healthier, more equitable world.

Dr. Danielle Martin

Speaker: Dr. Danielle Martin
Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Executive, WCH

Danielle Martin is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Medical Executive of Women’s College Hospital (WCH), where she is also a practicing family physician.

Danielle’s policy, clinical and academic expertise, combined with her commitment to health equity, have made her a highly regarded health system leader. She regularly provides expertise and formal advice to lawmakers both nationally and abroad. Danielle holds a Masters of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. She is an active scholar and an internationally recognized researcher on health system issues.

As a well-recognized media spokesperson, Danielle frequently provides commentary on health issues through her work as a health contributor at the CBC.

In conjunction with her work at WCH, Danielle is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. The recipient of many awards and accolades, she became the youngest physician ever to receive the F.N.G Starr Award, the highest honour available to Canadian Medical Association members in 2019.

Gender in healthcare: Closing the research gap for women.

Dr. Paula Rochon

Speaker: Dr. Paula Rochon
Vice President, Research, Women’s College Hospital
Retired Teachers of Ontario Chair in Geriatric Medicine


Dr. Paula Rochon is a geriatrician, health services researcher and the Vice-President of Research at Women’s College Hospital, which is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. In 2015 she was appointed as the inaugural Retired Teachers of Ontario Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Rochon received her medical degree from McMaster University and subsequently completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Toronto. Her research training included the completion of a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at St. George's Hospital Medical School, U.K. and a Master in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, followed by a research fellowship in gerontology.

Dr. Rochon’s research career focuses on understanding the unique needs of older adults, particularly women. She is one of the leading Canadian health-services researchers in geriatric medicine. In particular, her research explores how to promote health and well-being in older adults by optimizing their drug prescribing.

In 2013, she was elected to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). CAHS Fellows are those who have a history of outstanding performance in the academic health sciences in Canada.

Advancing refugee healthcare and international partnerships for a healthier, more resilient world.

Dr. Praseedha Janakiram

Speaker: Dr. Praseedha Janakiram
Family Physician, Crossroads Refugee Clinic, Women’s College Hospital

Dr. Praseedha Janakiram is a family physician at Women’s College Hospital’s Crossroads Refugee Clinic and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. With Sri Lankan origins, Dr. Janakiram immigrated to Canada after a youth spent in West Africa – an upbringing that inspired her primary care practice interest in the care of refugees, with a focus on women’s health and HIV primary care.

In addition to work with Crossroads, Dr. Janakiram is also the Program Director of the Enhanced Skills Residency Year in Global Health and Vulnerable Populations at the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and serves as the Program Lead for the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration in Family Medicine – an innovative collaboration that is supporting the development of the first family medicine training program in Ethiopia.

Dr. Janakiram recently completed a six-month secondment as Acting Vice Chair in Global Health and Social Accountability with the Department of Family and Community Medicine, representing Women’s College Hospital in this leadership role.

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Layne the Auctionista

The Auctionista is not your average auctioneer! Layne ignites the power of philanthropy with their signature high-octane, live fundraising style. A bold and entertaining “Philanthro-tainer”, Layne’s performance combines philanthropy with entertainment, equalling full-on engagement as an International Live Auction Performer and MC at every event. To standing ovations and wild applause, Layne never disappoints a room! As a valued guest on Breakfast Television (Canada’s #1 Morning Show), giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a good laugh and through sharing a stage with figures such as Sarah McLaughlin and Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujuri, Layne is a Canadian sweetheart and brings that charm internationally. But don’t expect any apologies from Layne if you miss out on an item you didn’t bid on!

When speaking to fundraising events, Layne says, “I am devoted to sharing joy and making people feel appreciated and inspired to donate to charity. I want them to feel great about philanthropy, just as I do.”

Trained at World Wide College of Auctioneering and a former Director of Development in the charitable sector, Layne applies their experience and profound niche knowledge to every aspect of fundraising planning and performance. As a TOP Benefit Auction Specialist with over 1,000 events under their belt, Layne raises millions of dollars for charities every year and believes that “by inspiring giving, we make communities stronger”, which is why they have made a career of fundraising for decades. Through the development of LayneWay™ Fundraising Techniques, Layne travels across the country educating non-profit staff and volunteers; giving them a step by step break down on how to move the dial on philanthropy and make the most of their fundraising events. Layne also acts as a keynote speaker; engaging various audiences about the importance of breaking down barriers and the power of finding your voice.