|André Picard, Health Reporter and Columnist for The Globe & Mail|
André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He
has been a health reporter and columnist for The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff
writer since 1987. He is also the author of five bestselling books.
André is an eight-time nominee for the National Newspaper Awards, Canada’s top journalism
prize, and past winner of the prestigious Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service
He was named Canada’s first “Public Health Hero” by the Canadian Public Health Association,
as a “Champion of Mental Health” by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental
Health, and received the Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Medal, for his dedication to
André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and has received
honorary doctorates from six universities, including UBC and the University of Toronto.
He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. He
enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his
audience, including anecdotes from patients and health professionals on the front lines.
Fluently bilingual, André will enlighten and pique a sense of curiosity of audience members
from all educational backgrounds. Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive
and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the official story.
The University of British Columbia recently announced André Picard as one of the Asper
Visiting Professors at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media for the 2020-2021
academic year, winter session.
In 2020, Picard was awarded the The Owen Adams Award of Honour. This award is the highest
CMA award available to a non-physician.