Previous Canadian Youth Delegates

Surabhi Sivaratnam

2021 Canadian Youth Delegate

Surabhi Sivaratnam was the 2021 CYD and is a Sri Lankan-Canadian, first-generation immigrant, who grew up in Toronto, Ontario. She is a research assistant at SickKids Hospital and a medical student at McMaster Univesity, Michael DeGroote School of Medicine. Surabhi is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students and prior Co-Director of TEDxMcMasterU.

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Yipeng Ge

2020 Canadian Youth Delegate

Yipeng Ge was the 2020 CYD and is a Chinese-Canadian, first-generation immigrant, who grew up in Waterloo, Ontario. He is a resident physician in Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Ottawa. Yipeng is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Public Health Association and Canadian Doctors for Medicare.  

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Ayah Nayfeh

2019 Canadian Youth Delegate

Ayah Nayfeh is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation with research interests in health equity, implementation research and population health. Prior to starting her doctoral degree, Ayah worked at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), where she helped manage a multi-million dollar implementation research program aimed at improving women's, adolescent and refugee health in the Middle East and West Africa.

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Charles-Antoine Barbeau-Meunier

2018 Canadian Youth Delegate

Charles-Antoine is a physician, empathy scholar and digital wellbeing expert from Quebec, with training in media studies (B.A.), sociology (M.A.), medicine (M.D.) and neuroimaging (PhD, ongoing). He was the Canadian Youth Delegate to the WHA in 2018.

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Ramya Kancherla

2016 Canadian Youth Delegate

Ramya Kancherla was the first youth delegate to the WHA and PHAC in 2016 with a background in public health with previous experience working for UNAIDs and the World Bank. She is currently a final year General Surgery resident at McMaster University with a strong interest in global surgery, specifically in the ethics of global surgery.  Her experiences as a youth delegate inspired her to found the Canadian Global Surgery Trainees Alliance which aims to encourage research, advocacy and education in trainees across Canada.

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