IHPC 2021



The Ismaili Health Professionals Conference (IHPC) was established under the Aga Khan Health Board for Canada (AKHBC) to create an invigorating and uplifting platform for healthcare practitioners, health professionals, and healthtech entrepreneurs across all disciplines and sectors to come together to grow, connect, and prepare for the future.


This year, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Health Boards for the UK & USA, the conference will take place virtually from Friday, August 13 to Sunday, August 15, 2021. Registration closes August 8, 2021.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the conference schedule.


Focusing on the little virus that could (and did!) impact the entire world in unprecedented ways, this year’s conference theme, COVID-19: A catalyst for resilience, innovation, and advancement, gives us the opportunity to:

  • reflect back to the start of the global pandemic crisis,

  • dive into the novel solutions, unprecedented collaborations, and digital innovations that resulted in response to the pandemic,

  • and to look ahead with readiness, bringing forth the learnings highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


IHPC 2021 will give you the opportunity to learn from and network with international health professionals, attend various speaker and keynote sessions, participate in live Q&As, take part in team building activities and wellness breaks, and grow your professional network by connecting directly with other attendees.


Registration is closed!  

Registered participants will access the virtual conference platfrom through Whova.  Please download the Whova app on your mobile device or use the Web App link to access the conference from any computer.  After downloading, use the email address you registered with to sign up and you should be taken directly to our IHPC 2021 platform.


Get our official IHPC conference app

To access on a web browser, Click HERE



How do I know which price category I fall under?

If you do not see your category listed above, please contact us at ihpc.info@iicanada.net and we would be glad to help you identify the right category you belong to.

I’m located outside of Canada and would like to register, how will payment work? Will I be charged extra fees?

All conference prices are listed in Canadian dollars. You may be charged a foreign exchange fee for the transaction.

What is your refund policy?

A refund can be processed, however an administration fee of C$10 will be charged. Refunds will not be issued after July 31, 2021.

Where and how can I access the conference?

Closer to the conference date, you will be provided with additional information on how to login and access the event platform.

What happens after the registration payment is completed?

Once you complete your registration, you will receive a receipt confirming your payment and a welcome email, including a participant survey to fill in.

I've completed registration but don't see the registration email confirmation in my inbox.

If you registered with a Gmail account, look into your inbox Promotions folder. Also look into your Spam or Junk folders. If you are still not able to locate the IHPC 2021 Registration email after processing your payment, please contact us at ihpc.registration@iicanada.net




Dr. Anees B. Chagpar is Professor in the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine. She completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the Breast Surgery Section editor for UpToDate, the Assistant Director for the START@Yale Program, and co-leads the Yale Global Surgery Faculty Network. She has published over 170 manuscripts, including her landmark investigator-initiated clinical trial in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Chagpar also teaches a course called “An Introduction to Breast Cancer” on Coursera with over 40,000 learners worldwide. In 2020, she won the American Medical Association’s Giambalvo Award for the Advancement of Women for her project on the creation and assessment of a virtual negotiation workshop for women physicians. She currently serves on a number of global advisory boards and professional associations aiming to foster diversity and inclusion in healthcare.


Professor Izzeldin Abuelaish is a Palestinian Canadian physician and an internationally-recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist. His experience working as both an insider and outsider to conflict has led him to believe that doctors are particularly well-poised to serve as peacemakers, based on the moral doctrine of their profession. He works as both a healthcare practitioner and a peace advocate, mobilizing health as a tool for peace. A five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist, known as the “Martin Luther King of the Middle East”, and often referred to as the “Gaza Doctor” in the media, Dr. Abuelaish is devoted to advance health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through his research and his charitable organization, the Daughters for Life Foundation. https://daughtersforlife.com

Mr. André Picard is one of Canada’s top health & public policy observers and commentators. He has been a part of The Globe and Mail team since 1987 as a health reporter and columnist. He is also the author of five bestselling books, an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism. André was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association, a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health, and he has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2020, Mr. Picard was awarded The Owen Adams Award of Honour. This award is the highest award available to a non-physician by the Canadian Medical Association. https://andrepicard.com


Zayna Khayat is Future Strategist with SE Health (formerly, Saint Elizabeth Health Care) a health and social impact enterprise with a major focus on creating a better future for aging adults in their homes and communities. Dr. Khayat is adjunct faculty with the Rotman School of Management in the Health Sector Strategy stream where she teaches a health MBA course on Healthcare Innovation. She has been on the Faculty of Singularity University (Exponential Medicine) since 2016. Dr. Khayat was previously the lead of health system innovation at MaRS Discovery District, a health innovation hub in Toronto, Canada. In 2017 she was seconded to the REshape Innovation Centre at Radboud university medical centre in the Netherlands. Dr. Khayat completed her Ph.D. in diabetes research from the University of Toronto (2001), followed by a career in strategy consulting, including as a Principal in the healthcare practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).


Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed is currently David Weatherall Chair in Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and a Consultant Physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He holds the only NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics in the UK, and is Director of the M.R.C. Centre for Drug Safety Sciences, and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine. He was awarded a Knights Bachelor in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2015. An inaugural NIHR Senior Investigator and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in the UK, he is also Chair of the Commission on Human Medicines, a member of the MRC Governing Council, a non-executive director of NHS England/Improvement, and Director of HDR North. His research focuses on personalised medicine in order to optimise drug efficacy and minimise toxicity, move discoveries from the lab to the clinic, and from clinic to application.



Are you interested in sponsoring the Ismaili Health Professionals Conference 2021 event?  If so, please get in touch with us by emailing ihpc.sponsorship@iicanada.net or click HERE to complete the sponsorship form.


Please note the live conference will stream on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC/GMT - 04:00) in Toronto, Canada. If you are unable to attend a live session, recordings will be available in the event platform for later viewing.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need support with your registration process, please email ihpc.info@iicanada.net.


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