About the Keynote Speaker


Dr. Rikita Goel is a family physician and activist in Toronto. She completed medical school at McMaster University, residency at St. Michael's Hospital at University of Toronto and a Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Her clinical work is based in Toronto's inner city with people experiencing homelessness with the Inner City Health Associates. She serves as the Lead Physician at the Inner City Family Health Team and is a volunteer physician at the Scarborough Community Volunteer Clinic for the Uninsured. 

Dr. Goel has been involved in various social justice causes since medical school. She works on issues related to poverty and homelessness, support for a publicly-funded, not-for-profit healthcare system, access to healthcare for the uninsured and progressive immigration policies. She has organized with groups such as Health for All, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Medical Reform Group, Students for Medicare and is the current chair of the Ontario College of Family Physicians' Poverty and Health Committee. Dr. Goel is a regular media contributor to the Huffington Post Canada, Healthy Debate, her own blog and on Twitter - @RitikaGoelTO. Dr. Goel believes advocacy is fundamental to her work and a key way for healthcare providers to improve the health of our patients and society.