The Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO) is a Canadian
registered, charitable, non-governmental organization (NGO), based at Mount Sinai
Hospital in the Peter A Silverman Centre for International Health, at the University of
Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and at York University in the Faculty
CISEPO's mission is to promote international development by advancing health
education, health care, health care systems, scientific exchange, research and public
health thus connecting Canada, the Middle East and international partners in common
To create a network of peaceful professional cooperation, beginning in an academic
setting in the health sector, and reaching out to better the lives of ordinary people and
those marginalized through disability, in communities at home and in the Middle East.
Our product is knowledge transfer and we rely on cooperative
people-to-people on-the-ground activities, social entrepreneurial enterprise and
technology and innovation to work with and share a common mission to improve
health systems with like-minded partners.
Our collaborative partnerships and projects in education, training, research and service,
bring together Canadian, American, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian and other
international students, faculty, physicians, nurses, scientists and health care
professionals, thus uniting hospitals, universities and communities in advancing
professional development and continuing education and, ultimately, public health.
To contribute, without engagement in politics, to building bridges of academic and
service cooperation, and to fostering trust and confidence among health sector partners,
their institutions and communities, in a health-as-a-bridge-to-peace initiative in the
Middle East across the Arab and Israeli frontier, now in operation across borders for 16
The program originally honoured the memory of Isabel Silverman and continues to bring recognition to the Saul A Silverman Family Foundation who provided the initial support on the road to today's programmatic sustainability more than a quarter of a century ago.