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Dr. Evan Adams, Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Public Health in the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch, to Address Vancouver Graduates at 2021 Commencement Ceremony

University News | 11.17.21

Adler University is honored to announce Dr. Evan Adams will address Adler University Vancouver graduates at the 2021 Commencement Ceremony. This in-person event will celebrate students who have completed their degrees in 2020 and 2021. Adams will be the keynote speaker for the ceremony held on Saturday, November 20.

Dr. Adams is a Coast Salish Canadian actor, playwright and physician from the Tla’amin First Nation near Powell River, British Columbia. In 2002, Adams completed a medical degree at the University of Calgary, where he then went on to complete his residency at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver. In 2009, Dr. Adams received his master’s degree in public health from John Hopkins University.

In 2007, Adams became the first Aboriginal Health Physician Advisor in the Office of the Provincial Health Officer in British Columbia. He then served as the Deputy Provincial Health Officer from 2012 to 2014. Since then, Dr. Adams has been Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Public Health in the First Nation and Inuit Health Branch in British Columbia. He has worked closely with First Nations health programs to expand HIV/AIDS education and alcohol and drugs abuse treatment. In addition to his medical advocacy, Dr. Adams has been a strong proponent for reconciliation in Canada. He was awarded the Indspire Award in 2014, the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its people.

Adler University Vancouver is honored to have Dr. Adams address the 2020 and 2021 graduates at our commencement ceremony. Follow along with the 2021 Vancouver Commencement Ceremony by using #AdlerClassof2020 and #AdlerClassof2021.

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