Dr. David Buckeridge, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
David Buckeridge is a Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University in Montreal where he holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Chair in e-Health Interventions. He is also a Medical Consultant to the Montreal Public Health Department and the Quebec Public Health Institute. Dr Buckeridge has consulted on surveillance to organizations such as the Public Health Agency of Canada, the US Institute of Medicine, the US and Chinese Centers for Disease Control, the European Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. He holds a M.D. from Queen’s University, a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. in Biomedical informatics from Stanford University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
Dr. Raymond Copes, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Health, Public Health Ontario
Dr. Ray Copes completed his undergraduate degrees in psychology and biology at Simon Fraser University. He subsequently attended McGill University where he obtained his MD and MSc. After medical school Ray did his residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Western Ontario and in Occupational and Environmental medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. He has worked as an occupational physician, first in industry and then with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Division as Senior Medical Consultant and later as Director of Health Services. In 1990, he moved to British Columbia to become Medical Consultant in Environmental Health, Risk Assessment and Toxicology with the BC Ministry of Health in Victoria. Later Ray moved to the BC Centre for Disease Control where he was Director of Environmental Health and the founding Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health. Ray has taught courses in environmental health, toxicology, risk assessment, risk management and risk communication at the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and University of Toronto. He holds appointments as a Clinical Professor at the University of British Columbia and Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Since July 2009, Ray has been with Public Health Ontario, and is the Chief of Environmental and Occupational Health in Toronto.
Dr. Shelley Deeks, Chief, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Public Health Ontario
Dr. Shelley Deeks is the Chief of Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response at Public Health Ontario and an Associate Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has a long-standing interest and passion for communicable disease control and immunization in general, and vaccine safety in particular, with over 120 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization and past Chair of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. Dr. Deeks holds Fellowships in Public Health in both Canada and Australia and completed the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program. She has over 20 years’ experience as a public health physician and has worked at all levels of the public health system in Canada, and at the national level in Australia.
Dr. Sarah Funnell, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health
Dr. Sarah Funnell is an Associate Medical Officer of Health at Ottawa Public Health who also provides primary care to underserved populations within Ottawa at an inner city community health centre and also at Akwesasne First Nation. She is also Director of Indigenous Health within the Department of Family Medicine here at Queen’s University. Her area of research (so far) is in Indigenous End of Life Health Care issues.
Sarah recently completed Public Health and Preventive Medicine training this past summer. She passed her exams thanks in part to attending the National Review Course twice!
She is of Algonquin and Tuscarora First Nations ancestry. Is co-Chair of the Indigenous Health Working Group at the College of Family Physicians and also sits on the Indigenous Health Advisory Committee at the Royal College. She is currently working with both colleges to improve Indigenous Health Curriculum in all residency programs. She is lives in Ottawa with her husband and 3 daughters. In her spare time, she loves to spin.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, Deputy Provincial Health Officer, Province of British Columbia
Dr. Bonnie Henry was the deputy provincial health officer for three years starting in August of 2014 and prior to that served as the interim provincial executive medical director of the BC Centre for Disease Control from December 2013 until August 2014. Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as provincial health officer for the Province of BC effective February 1, 2018.
She was also the medical director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and medical director for the provincial emerging and vector-borne diseases program as well as a provincial program for surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections; a position she started in February of 2005. She joined Toronto Public Health in September 2001 as associate medical officer of health where she was responsible for the Emergency Services Unit and the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit. In 2003, she was the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto. She was a member of the executive team of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee. She is a specialist in public health and preventive medicine and is board certified in preventive medicine in the U.S. She graduated from Dalhousie Medical School and completed a Masters in Public Health in San Diego, residency training in preventive medicine at University of California, San Diego and in community medicine at University of Toronto.
Dr. Henry has worked internationally including with the WHO/UNICEF polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the World Health Organization to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda. Dr. Henry is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. She is the past chair of Immunize Canada and a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the National Infection Control Guidelines Steering Committee. She chaired the Canadian Public Health Measures Task Group and was a member of the Infection Control Expert Group and the Canadian Pandemic Coordinating Committee responding to pandemic H1N1 (2009) influenza. She has been involved with planning, surveillance and response to mass gatherings in Canada and internationally, including with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is the author of “Soap and Water and Common Sense” a guide to staying healthy in a microbe filled world.
Dr. Matthew Hodge, Physician Executive, Matthew Hodge Medicine Professional Corporation
Dr. Matthew Hodge is Associate Professor in McMaster University's Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics and the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is currently working as an Emergency Department physician and previously served as Chief Medical Information Officer at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), Chief, Evaluation at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Associate Medical Officer of Health (AMOH) for the City of Hamilton. Read his blog at www.cmio.ca for more information.
Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla, Associate Medical Officer of Health, The Regional Municipality of York
Dr. Fareen Karachiwalla is a Public Health & Preventive Medicine physician with the Regional Municipality of York, primarily working in the area of communicable disease control (including case and contact management, TB, and vaccine preventable diseases). Previous to joining York Region, she worked as an Associate Medical Officer of Health at KFL&A Public Health in Kingston Ontario where her main portfolios included: Chronic Disease & Injury Prevention, Primary Care engagement, Health Equity, and Social Determinants of Health. Fareen completed her Public Health & Preventive Medicine residency program at the University of Toronto, her Master's in Public Health degree (with a focus on health systems and policy) at Johns Hopkins University, as well as Family Medicine training at St. Michael's Hospital. She continues to maintain a part time clinical practice mostly serving equity seeking groups.
Dr. Pamela Leece, Public Health Physician, Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
Dr. Pamela Leece is currently working as a Public Health Physician with the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) department at Public Health Ontario. She also practices part-time as a Clinical Associate in the Substance Use Service at Women’s College Hospital. Her current research focuses on opioid overdose prevention, and substance use health services research.
Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Peel Public Health
Dr. Lawrence Loh serves as Associate Medical Officer of Health at Peel Region, where he oversees the Environmental Health portfolio. He holds faculty appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and Clinical Lecturer with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Queen’s University, through which he has conducted broad research on public health training and medical education, the built environment and chronic disease, global health ethics, and the effectiveness of short-term volunteer experiences abroad. He volunteers in his spare time as Director of Programs for The 53rd Week, a global health non-profit based in Brooklyn that aims to optimize the outcomes and minimize the harms of short-term volunteer experiences.
Dr. Kieran Moore, Medical Officer of Health, KFL&A Public Health
Dr. Kieran Moore is the Medical Officer of Health and CEO of KFL&A Public Health based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is also a Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine at the Queen’s University. He received his Medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 1985 and subsequently received his specialty certification in Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has a Masters degree in Disaster Medicine as well as Public Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He has completed a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Fellowship in Public Health and Preventive Medicine (PHPM) at Queen’s University and is Queen’s PHPM Program Director.
Dr. Barry Pakes, Program Director, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program, University of Toronto
Dr. Barry Pakes is a Public Health specialist physician, who also works in primary care and emergency medicine. He is a Royal College Fellow in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, has an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Public Health Ethics. He has experience working globally, in Northern communities, in local public health, with the WHO Ethics Group and as Deputy Chief MOH in Nunavut. He is currently AMOH in Middlesex London Health Unit, the Program Director of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency program at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Program Director for the Global Health Education Initiative and is Global Health Lead for Post Graduate Medical Education at the University of Toronto. His main areas of interest are in Global Health Ethics, Post-Graduate Global Health Education, Vaccinology and Tobacco Control.
Dr. Michael Rachlis, Private Consultant, Health Policy Analysis
Dr. Michael Rachlis was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1951 and graduated from the University of Manitoba medical school in 1975. He interned at McMaster University and then practiced family medicine at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre in Toronto for eight years. He completed specialty training in Public Health at McMaster and was made a fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physicians in 1988.
Dr. Rachlis practices as a private consultant in health policy analysis. He has consulted to the federal government, all ten provincial governments, and two royal commissions. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. In 2010, the University of Manitoba conferred upon Dr. Rachlis an honorary doctor of laws in recognition of his service to Canadian health policy.
Dr. Rachlis is based in Toronto but consults and lectures widely on health policy issues. He has been invited to make presentations to committees of the Canadian House of Commons and the Canadian Senate as well as the United States House of Representatives and Senate. He is a frequent media commentator on health policy issues and the author of three national bestselling books about Canada's health care system. In his spare time, Dr. Rachlis enjoys cycling and duplicate bridge.
Dr. Michael Schwandt, Medical Health Officer, Fraser Health Authority
Dr. Michael Schwandt is a public health physician and researcher with an interest in health equity. After completing his medical doctorate at the University of Manitoba, he carried out specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto. During this time, he also completed a residency in Family Medicine at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, as well as a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.
Dr. Schwandt has studied and worked internationally with NGOs including Clinton Health Access Initiative in Rwanda, as well as conducting research in Kenya. Within Saskatoon Health Region, he provides physician leadership to environmental public health programs, as well as working with community-based organizations, non-governmental agencies and government partners to study and promote healthy environments. He leads a new program of research on social determinants of health among migrant workers.
Dr. Peter Tanuseputro, Clinician Investigator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Dr. Peter Tanuseputro is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician, a Family Physician, and health services researcher. He is an Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute and the Health System Performance Research Network. He uses linked big data held at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) to develop population perspectives on aging and end of life in Ontario. Dr. Tanuseputro is currently leading several projects that aim to inform and improve the care trajectories of the aging population, including for those with dementia. This includes works to: measure the performance of care delivery across health care sectors, build tools to improve risk prognostication for those nearing end-of-life, and ultimately improve care planning for Ontarians with long-term care needs. Dr. Tanuseputro also practices family medicine in the community.