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IITAC Lecture Series – Spring Event 2015
Organized by IIT Alumni Canada and City of Markham
Saturday March 28th. 2015, 2 to 5 PM, Markham Pan Am Centre
Theme: Knowledge Based Economy – Roles of Information Technology and Public Health
Links to Lecture Presetations: Karna Gupta-Presentation Arun Chockalingam-Presentation
Link to all the pictures of the Event: Pictures
IITAC along with City of Markham was proud to organise the IITAC Lecture Series - Spring 2015 event consisting of two incredible and informative presentations from Karna Gupta, President and CEO of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Dr. Arun Chockalingam from the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. IITAC was also thankful for the support of the City of Markham and attendance of His Worship Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Mayor of the City of Markham.
Dr. Mathabo Tsepa, High Commissioner of Lesotho, Karna Gupta, Presoden and CEO of ITAC, Frank Scarpitti, Mayor city of Markham, Dr. Arun Chockalingam, Professor University of Toronto, Dr. Khaliq Zaman, President IITAC and Ashraf Ali, VP Events, IITAC
In his presentation, Mr. Gupta illuminated the audience on how information based technologies are redefining trade, finance and healthcare in Canada. IT is being recalibrated to improve access, reduce inefficiencies and ultimately making systemic advances that are both economically and socially beneficial. ITAC is a leading organization that promotes these advances and continues to champion the ongoing growth of this sector. Mr. Gupta highlighted the role of ITAC in helping the Government in formulating policies beneficial to IT organisations
Dr. Chockalingam provided the audience with a new lens on health: a concept which no longer spans just the absence or treatment of illness, but has grown to encompass broader determinants of health including aspects that affect both our mental and social well-being. In his lecture, Dr. Chockalingam encouraged audiences to think differently about chronic diseases and illness. His lecture highlighted the importance of looking at the broader determinants of health and acting upstream to influence and prevent illness by targeting root causes through innovative policies and collective action.
Frank Scarpitti described city of Markham’s privilege of having the Pan Am games centre and its involvements in the games.
The IITAC lecture series helped attendees experience a brief foray into two innovative fields that are shifting traditional paradigms within Canadian society.
As a bonus to the Event, participants of the Event also had the opportunity to take a tour of the Pan Am Games facility in the city of Markham where the Event was held