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Building on opportunities

August 8, 2016

Building on opportunities
Name: Andrew Scarffe, BHSc’13, MSc’16; Age: 25; Hometown: Milton, Ont.; Current role: Research Associate, Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation

When Andrew Scarffe read articles condemning international agreements between Ontario Academic Health Science Centres and foreign governments, his interest was piqued.

“I thought ‘This can’t be the whole story.’ I felt they needed to objectively critique the benefits and challenges of these agreements equally,” said Scarffe, a research associate at the Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation.

Having always been interested in health systems, Scarffe decided to focus his master’s degree on researching multiple organizations participating in international agreements to find out what’s involved in creating the agreements and what benefits there are to hospitals, taxpayers and the province.

In addition to his earnings from work and support from his parents, Scarffe relied on financial assistance to fund his education. He was the recipient of the M.E. (Peggy) Collins Memorial Graduate Award, given to part-time graduate students who are in the workforce and involved in the community.

Hoping to continue his research and considering a possible PhD in the future, Scarffe appreciates the doors his education has opened for him. On a recent trip to Beijing, China, he helped lead a series of development and leadership workshops for the Beijing Municipal Education Commission’s Leadership Institute.

“I gave a keynote on the relationship and parallels between health care and education. Without my experience at Ivey and having my master’s degree, I wouldn’t have been in a position to confidently make those connections. They all build on a plethora of opportunities and experiences I’ve had as a result of attending Western.”

This article appeared in the 2016 edition of Annual Impact
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