AMS 80th Anniversary

AMS 80th Anniversary and Symposium

On May 11th and 12th 2017 AMS held an Invitational Symposium entitled Medicare: Past Reflections, Future Directions as part of our 80th Anniversary Celebrations. The event included a free Public Lecture and a full-day Symposium, bringing together international experts and global thought leaders from around the world. A huge thank you to all of our presenters, facilitators and especially our event Co-Chairs, Drs. Colleen Flood and Greg Marchildon, without whom this wonderful event wouldn’t have been possible.

The free Public Lecture by Professor Sally Sheard of the University of Liverpool, and Dr. Marchildon of the University of Toronto was a terrific kick off to our 80th Anniversary celebrations.

Dr. Naylor, Dr. Marchildon, Prof. Sheard and Mr. Sapsford


On May 12th AMS hosted, in collaboration with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a full day invitational Symposium discussing the Past and Future of Medicare, with presenters from Australia, Canada, England, France Israel and the United States sharing their knowledge on how to solve present and future challenges in Canadian Medicare.  Leading historical, economic, public policy, medical nursing and legal minds came together to debate the merits of modernizing the financing of Medicare, pharmacare, mental health and Medicare for First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, private health insurance and constitutional challenges.

Dr. Rosen (Israel) and Dr. Duckett (Australia)


Prof. Stabile (France) and Prof. Flood (Canada)


Dr. Duffin (Canada), Prof. Propper (UK), Prof. Rafferty (UK)


The 80th Anniversary celebrations also included a  gala dinner for those who have helped shape AMS over the past 80 years. Many of our past Board Members were in attendance and we had the honour of hosting Ms. Katherine Hannah, the daughter of our Founder, Dr. Jason Hannah and her grandson. Also in attendance were Mss. Dorothy and Lindsay Wilson, daughter and granddaughter of the late Dr. Donald Wilson, former AMS Board Chair and world renowned physician.

Dr. Susan Lamb, Hannah Chair, Ms. Katherine Hannah


Mss. Dorothy and Lindsay Wilson


If you attended the event and would like to share your thoughts, we would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below and help us shape AMS for the next 80 years.

One thought on “AMS 80th Anniversary and Symposium

  • As a medical student leader I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend many interesting meetings. This AMS conference stands out as one of the best I’ve ever attended. First of all the sheer timeliness of it was impeccable – falling on the 80th anniversary of AMS, the 50th of Medicare and the 150th of Canada! Secondly it captured my attention throughout thanks to interactive panels and a theme that weaved us through the story and history of Medicare and called us to action at the same time. The speakers represented countries from around the world and shared their learning lessons both good and bad so that we could learn for our own system. Others showed immense courage and bravery and laid the landscape clearly for all of us to see. The participants of the conference itself represented leadership of all stripes, formal and informal, big L and little L, provider and public. Being a part of this group was a real privilege.
    Advocating to protect Medicare can sometimes feel like a lonely activity but I certainly do not feel that way now. I feel inspired and committed to tackle the challenges that lie ahead without compromising the fundamental duty we have to provide equitable healthcare for all.

    Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this.

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