Global Initiatives



  • The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee works in 70 countries to alleviate hunger and hardship, rescue Jews in danger, create lasting connections to Jewish life, and provide immediate relief for victims of natural and man-made disasters.

  • The Bethune Round Table is an annual interdisciplinary meeting hosted at a Canadian academic centre to discuss challenges and solutions to improving surgical care to underserviced and marginalized patients.  The objective of BRT is to bring together health professionals from across disciplines to share their experiences in delivering safe surgery in low-resource settings.

  • Black Lion Hospital is the largest general public hospital in Addis Ababa and the training center for undergraduate and postgraduate medical students, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, laboratory technicians, and others who shoulder the health problems of the community and the country at large. Its Neurosurgical Department is the only local public hospital group in Addis performing instrumented spine surgery.

  • The Canadian Association of General Surgeons is the only national organization representing the interests of General Surgeons in Canada. CAGS advocates for manpower issues, transition of practice for the aging General Surgeon, pay equity for General Surgeons, access to resources needed to provide care for patients, and for quality of care for surgical patients.

  • The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) delivers Canada's official development assistance around the world, working to reduce poverty, promote human rights and support sustainable development.

  • The Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) is committed to empowering low-income countries to create an environment where the risk from injuries is minimal and that all people receive adequate healthcare.

  • The Canadian Red Cross mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

  • The Cruz Roja Mexicana (Mexican Red Cross) is a humanitarian assistance organization affiliated with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. It participates in disaster relief as well as training in first aid and emergency medical services.

  • Developed to help engineers understand and appreciate the needs and uses of technology in health care, the Engineers in Scrubs program helps biomedical engineers learn to navigate the interfaces among engineering research, medical research, clinical practice and product development. 

  • Founded in 1994 by ophthalmologist Dr. Paul Dubord, Eyesight International is dedicated to eliminating blindness and bringing self-sustaining eye care to rural communities in the developing world.

  • FIENS serves to address the critical lack of trained neurosurgeons in developing countries through provided hands-on training and education to neurosurgeons around the world.

  • FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine) and its international and local team of volunteers and medical providers evaluates patients and performs corrective orthopedic procedures to help alleviate a life of pain and disability.

  • The Hearing Foundation of Canada is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating the devastating effects of hearing loss on Canadians by promoting prevention, early diagnosis, leading edge medical research and successful intervention.

  • The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health, with over 4,000 students and more than 1,000 staff working in over 100 countries across the world.

  • Medtronic is a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions. Its mission is to contribute to human welfare by the application of biomedical engineering to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.

  • The McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) is one of the world’s foremost academic health centres. The MUHC continues to shape the course of adult and pediatric medicine by attracting clinical and research expertise from around the world, assessing the latest in medical technology, and training the next generation of medical professionals.

  • The National Brain Center in Indonesia is dedicated to providing infrastructural facilities and a coordinated multidisciplinary team to work at the frontiers of neuroscience research.

  • Officially formed in 1983, the Operating Room Nurses Association of Canada (ORNAC) is the national voice for perioperative registered nurses across Canada. ORNAC works to promote excellence by demonstrating leadership in patient safety and by enabling best practice, career advancement, and professional development for perioperative nurses.

  • Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and hygiene, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.

  • The Hearing Foundation of Canada developed a new and innovative bilingual program called ‘Sound Sense: Save your Hearing for the Music!’ in response to the rising incidence of noise-induced hearing loss in young people. Sound Sense educates children about the dangers of noise exposure.

  • Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies, active in over 100 countries around the world. It offers a diverse array of innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine.

  • The UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH) works in respectful collaboration with Indigenous leadership to improve wellness, health care, and patient outcomes, and will advance the health of Indigenous people through innovative thinking, research, and education.

  • The Uganda Sustainable Trauma Orthopaedic Program (USTOP) emerged in 2006 to collaboratively and sustainably improve fracture care education in Uganda, a country suffering one of the highest rates of traumatic injury in the world and with very limited human health resources and supplies to manage the overwhelming burden of injury.

  • WomenforWomen is a charity program supported by female plastic surgeons whose goal is to help women suffering from disfiguring or socially excluding injuries and trauma, with the goal of enabling such women to continue on to lead happy and prosperous lives despite their injuries and trauma they have suffered in the past.