Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Petra Hauf


We are proud to announce that the keynote speaker for the 2021 Diversity Champion Awards is none other than the Vice-President of UNBSJ, Dr. Petra Hauf


Dr. Petra Hauf joined the University of New Brunswick (Saint John Campus) from Saint Francis Xavier University, where she was a doctor of many titles and talents. She worked as a Psychology Professor, Department Chair of psychology, Dean of Science and the Acting Director of the Rankin School of Nursing
While at StFX, she was named Canada's research chair in cognitive development. Her research involves "investigating cognitive development during infancy and early childhood, especially understanding actions and emotions, the interrelation of perceptual and motor development and the acquisition of physical knowledge" as described by the Government of Canada website.

After StFX, she became UNBSJ's vice-president in 2019. She is extremely involved in the UNB and Saint John community, working with groups such as the integrated Health Movement, community engagement at living Saint John, Regional Economic Development Agency for the greater Saint John, opportunities Saint John, and Atlantic centre for energy. 

Dr. Hauf also started the Bachelor of Health program at UNBSJ, which will address health care issues in the province. 

"We all know that we have to reform our health care system to make it more effective and also financially stable. We will require new approaches and new ideas, and UNB wants to be apart of finding solutions by providing integrated health education to create a new generation of problem solvers in healthcare" she stated in an interview.

We are very excited to see her and hear her speech November 19th, 2021 at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre!


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