Ann Silversides & Terrence Sullivan

Ann Silversides is an independent journalist, editor and broadcaster who specializes in health policy issues. She is a former newspaper reporter (Calgary Herald, the Globe and Mail), and was a long-time freelancer and also a staff writer at the CMAJ. In addition to her journalism (for magazines, newspapers, radio and journals), Ann has written for a wide range of Canadian health research institutes and labour organizations. She has received numerous journalism awards, is the author of AIDS Activist, Michael Lynch and the Politics of Community (Between the Lines) and, for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions,  Conversations with champions of  medicare. Ann has a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, a BJ from Carleton University, and has taught writing at York University.  Follow Ann on Twitter @ASilversides Dr. Terrence Sullivan was President and CEO of Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) from 2001-2011. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Sullivan held the position of President of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). He has held senior roles in the Ontario Ministries of Health, Intergovernmental Affairs and Cabinet Office. He served two successive Premiers Ontario as Executive Director of the Premier's Council on Health Strategy from 1989-1991, including a period of time as Deputy Minister. He is an active behavioral scientist with research and practice interests in cancer prevention and health system performance. He holds faculty appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His current commitments include roles as the Vice Chair of the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion and the independent chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health.


Articles and Opinion Pieces by this author

Canadian alcohol pricing research makes waves abroad, not so much at home

Canadian research that shows how alcohol price policies can reduce alcohol-related harm is making waves in the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States—but not yet at home. International attention has far outstripped domestic attention for a surge of public health-related alcohol research coming out of the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of…

Hospital crowding: despite strains, Ontario hospitals aren’t lobbying for more beds

Patients languishing on stretchers in hospital hallways, hospitals issuing capacity alerts when they can’t take more patients, tension in emergency departments as patients wait hours and even days to be admitted. That’s too often the reality in our hospitals. And, given the statistics, you’d think that hospital executives—especially in Ontario—would be pushing hard for more…

Cancer research: should investments reflect disease burden?

Vigorous patient advocacy over the past 25 years has pushed funding for breast cancer research in Canada to the top of the charts, outstripping the amounts devoted to research into other cancers. It’s a remarkable success story for a type of cancer that, just forty years ago, was spoken of only in hushed tones. But…

Absence of vaccine registry hampers ability to track vaccine-preventable outbreaks

The re-emergence of vaccine-preventable illnesses is a major concern for Ontario’s public health officials. Efforts to create a national vaccine registry have stalled. A real time, comprehensive vaccine registry and surveillance system in Ontario may be the best answer to the information deficit. Faced with a measles outbreak at an elementary school, nurse Susan Otten spent…