Coady International Institute
St. Francis Xavier University
June Webber joined Coady Institute at StFX University on September 1, 2015. She brings a wealth of experience as a recognized leader in global health policy and development.
Prior to joining the Coady Institute, June worked as a health and development expert (consultant) with national and multilateral organizations, including the World Bank on strategies designed to advance Universal Health Coverage. She was the inaugural director of the Department of International Policy and Development at the Canadian Nurses Association, where she provided leadership in multiple global and national settings, leading the organization’s contribution to nursing, health and social policy. She expanded the depth and reach of CNA’s global health program while building a strong policy and programmatic base grounded in the principles of global health and equity. She has travelled extensively throughout her professional career, working with national and global counterparts to advance health and health system leadership and capacity.
As a health and development professional in Southern Africa from 1988 to 1999, Dr. Webber first worked in Zimbabwe, on community development strategies focused on HIV and AIDS, then in South Africa where she supported the efforts of professionals and activists in the early post-apartheid years to form the first racially-unified health professional association. Dr. Webber studied, lectured and undertook sociological research while at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in Durban. Her ethnographic study of nurses in early post-Apartheid South Africa earned her the Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Sciences (Sociology).
Over the years, June has served in a variety of board positions and committees in Canada and internationally, notably with the World Health Organization Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV and AIDS and as a director with the national board of the Canadian Council of International Cooperation. She was appointed Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa in 2014.
Selected Publications and Papers
Webber, J., Peterson, C. 2014. The Marriage of Politics and Policies that Impact Global Health. Paper presented at Leadership in Global Health: Developing Pathways for Effective Advocacy and Action. Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. 27-28 February 2014
Webber, J., Grinspun, D., Denney, D. 2013. The Healthcare Innovation Working Group: Governments’ partnership with nurses to scale-up innovation. Paper presented at International Council of Nurses Scientific Congress, Melbourne, Australia
Webber, J. 2011. Nursing and Health Policy Perspectives: Nurses must influence governments and policy. International Nursing Review 58, 145-146. Blackwell Publishing: Oxford.
Webber, J., Mildon, B., Douglas, J., Ashley, L. 2013 Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases: A social determinants of health focus. Paper presented at International Council of Nurses Scientific Congress, Melbourne, Australia
Webber, J. (2009). Building Professional Nursing in Improving Health through Nursing Research. Holzemer W. (Ed). Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.
Pauly, B., Christie, T., Goldstone, I., Webber, J. 2009. Harm Reduction in Global Society. Paper presented at International Council of Nurses Scientific Congress, Durban, South Africa.
Webber, J. 2009. Supporting African and Caribbean Nurses to Lead Health systems Strengthening and Policy Change in HIV and AIDS. Paper presented at International Council of Nurses Scientific Congress, Durban, South Africa
Davison, CM; Edwards, N; Webber, J; Robinson, S. (2006) Development of a Social Justice Gauge and Its Use to Review the Canadian Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Advances in Nursing Science. Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. E13-E26. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.