CCHE Seminar Series: Health and Pharmaceutical Policy in Canada’s Dynamic Political, Fiscal and Legal Context

Health and Pharmaceutical Policy in Canada’s Dynamic Political, Fiscal and Legal Context

Bill Dempster
3Sixty Public Affairs

Friday November 19, 2021, 10am-12pm, Zoom

Abstract: How policies are developed, prioritized, supported, reviewed, adopted and implemented is a complicated and multifaceted process. Policymakers rely heavily on economists and other analysts to review and identify problems and develop potential solutions, however, a “policy window” opens fully when there is a political driver for a policy change (Kingdon, 1984). In this seminar, longtime government relations and health policy expert, Bill Dempster, will go beyond Political Science 101. He’ll use real-life case studies and elicit questions and discussion, drawing on two decades of experience working with politicians, economists, jurists and health stakeholders to engage on key health, pharmaceutical and life sciences issues. He will also be joined for part of the seminar by Dr. Jason Field, PhD, who will discuss his leadership over the past decade at the helm of Life Sciences Ontario. Jason will help explain how his organization works extensively with experts, economists and policymakers to grow the dynamic life sciences sector in the province and at the national and global levels.

As CEO of 3Sixty Public Affairs, Bill Dempster develops and implements high-impact government relations, policy and business strategies for clients in the health and life sciences sector. For over a decade, Bill has drawn on deep business, legal and government experience to help clients find mutually beneficial solutions to complex regulatory, reimbursement and policy problems. Bill has previously worked for Pfizer Canada, a Member of Parliament, the United Nations and major Canadian law firms. He is fluently bilingual and has degrees in history (King’s College, University of Western Ontario), law (Queen’s University), and a Masters of Arts in international affairs (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University). Bill was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2002.