Upcoming Events For All ONIG Members

Posted on Jan. 14, 2022, 3 p.m.

Dear members,

Check the ONIG website for updates and registration for upcoming events.

SAVE THE DATE - January 27, 2022 6:30 pm, for our next education event. 

Irene Duah-Kessie will present research that deals with racial bias in health algorithms.

Irene Duah-Kessie is a multifaceted, first-generation Ghanaian Canadian woman, encapsulating all dimensions of a community builder, mentor, advocate, researcher, and entrepreneur. Her interests sit at the intersection of health equity, technology, and sustainability. She is the founder of Rise In STEM, a grassroots organization that aims to increase access to STEM learning and leadership opportunities for Black and underserved youth. Through her work, the hope is to uplift and support young people to recognize and pursue their talents across STEM disciplines and increase representation in the field. She is also a Research Coordinator at the Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre. Irene leads the ‘Young Black Women’s Anti-Racism Insights to Action Project’, which explores the unique employment and justice barriers Black women experience in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. 

Irene holds a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences from McMaster University and a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto. Most recently Irene was a recipient of the University of Toronto's Leading Social Justice Fellowship and the Toronto Data Workshop, where she explore algorithmic biases in health technology. For leisure, Irene enjoys bird watching, learning French, hiking, and baking new treats.

In other news, ONIG Members will have an opportunity to hear from the following CNIO about their experience in what we hope will a series of interviews of informatics leaders.

Bren Cardiff CNIO from Sick Kids Hospital and Petroiya Paterson CNIO from Mt. Sinai Hospital will be among the first contributors in the CNIO interview series. The interviews will be published on the onig website in the months ahead.

Thank you
ONIG Executive