IPPH Institute Advisory Board Members – Biographies

David Buckeridge (Chair)
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
Medical Consultant, Montreal Public Health Department and the Quebec Public Health Institute

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.

Dr. Buckeridge holds a MD from Queen's University, a MSc in epidemiology from the University of Toronto, a PhD 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.

He uses methods from biomedical informatics, computer science, epidemiology, biostatistics, and behavioral science to develop and evaluate the impact of software technologies that use Big Data to monitor population health and health systems.

Dr. Buckeridge advises governments in Canada and internationally regarding the implementation and effective use of evidence-based software technologies for health monitoring, and has helped the Public Health Agency of Canada to define and evaluate its surveillance mandate. He has also contributed to the development of nationwide health surveillance systems in the US and China and advised the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on how to effectively use new technologies for health monitoring.

Elaine Hyshka (Vice-Chair)
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Scientific Director, Inner City Health and Wellness Program, Royal Alexandra Hospital

Dr. Hyshka completed a Master of Arts in political sociology and Certificate in addiction studies at the University of Toronto, prior to graduating from the University of Alberta with a PhD in health promotion and socio-behavioural sciences. Her scholarship is focused on advancing a public health approach to substance use in Canada. As the Scientific Director of the Inner City Health and Wellness Program she collaborates with affiliated clinicians, senior hospital leaders, and people with lived experience of substance use, homelessness, and poverty to implement and evaluate practice and policy changes designed to improve health outcomes, and advance health equity. Outside of the hospital, she conducts research and advocacy activities alongside service provider, non-profit, and government partners at local, provincial, and national levels. In 2017, she was appointed Co-Chair of the Alberta Minister of Health's Opioid Emergency Response Commission.

Linda Bauld
Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health
Co-Director, Centre for Population Health Sciences, Usher Institute, The University of Edinburgh
Cancer Prevention Advisor, Cancer Research UK

Professor Linda Bauld PhD OBE FRCPE FRSE FAcSS FFPH holds the Bruce and John Usher Chair in Public Health in the Usher Institute, College of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Linda is a behavioural scientist whose research focuses on the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions and the primary prevention of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the UK and further afield. Since 2014, she has combined her academic role with a secondment to Cancer Research UK (CRUK), the world’s largest cancer charity, as their Cancer Prevention Adviser. She currently leads two research consortia - the GCRF Tobacco Control Capacity Programme in Africa and South Asia, supported by UK Research and Innovation via Overseas Development Aid funding, and the SPECTRUM Consortium, involving teams in 10 UK Universities and partner organisations funded by the UK Prevention Research Partnership. She currently chairs or is a member of research funding and policy committees for CRUK, National Institute for Health Research, the Medical Research Council, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Public Health England, Institute for Alcohol Studies and the Scottish Government. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has been a regular contributor to UK and international media on public health and currently serves as an adviser to Scottish Parliament on COVID-19 and post-pandemic recovery.

Nicole Damestoy
Chief Executive Officer, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Dr. Nicole Damestoy has been the CEO of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec since February 2015, and has nearly 25 years of experience in the field of public health.

She previously held a variety of positions at the regional level, managing programs and services in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention for seniors, safety promotion and injury prevention, and healthy lifestyles. She then spent eight years as a regional director of public health. Prior to joining the INSPQ, she contributed to the development of the Politique gouvernementale de prévention en santé (government policy on health prevention) and the Programme national de santé publique du Québec 2015-2025 (Quebec public health program 2015-2025).

Dr. Damestoy is an associate clinical professor at Université de Montréal’s school of public health and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. A graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, she holds a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the same university and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Public Health and Preventive Medicine).

Lise Gauvin, PhD, FCAHS
Full Professor, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine &
Vice-Dean, School of Public Health
Université de Montréal
Researcher & Associate Scientific Director for Population Health Research
Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM)

Lise Gauvin is Vice-Dean for Research at the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal and Associate Scientific Director for Population Health Research at the Centre de recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CRCHUM). She completed her doctoral work in physical activity sciences in 1985 at the Université de Montréal. In addition to her current academic position, she has held positions at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and Concordia University in Montreal, Québec. Between 2014 and 2016, she was a member of the Institute Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Institute for Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes. In September 2015, she was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Her research focuses on socio-environmental and individual determinants of involvement in physical activity, the reach, acceptability, and impact of interventions to promote physical activity and prevent eating disorders, and social inequalities in health. She uses innovative data collection and analysis techniques including real-time data capture, multilevel modeling, and natural experiments to gain new insights into intervention. In addition to publishing her work in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, Dr Gauvin is actively engaged in knowledge-transfer and -exchange activities developed in partnership with researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners working in public health.

Dr. Margo Greenwood
Academic Leader
National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health

Dr. Margo Greenwood is the Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health, is an Indigenous scholar of Cree ancestry with years of experience focused on the health and well-being of Indigenous children, families and communities. She is also Vice-President of Aboriginal Health for the Northern Health Authority in British Columbia and Professor in both the First Nations Studies and Education programs at the University of Northern British Columbia. While her academic work crosses disciplines and sectors, she is particularly recognized regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally for her work in early childhood care and education of Indigenous children and for public health. Margo has served on numerous national and provincial federations, committees and assemblies, and has undertaken work with UNICEF, the United Nations, the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health, Public Health Network of Canada, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research, specifically, the Institute for Aboriginal Peoples' Health. In 2010, she was named 'Academic of the Year' by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia, and in the following year, she was honoured with the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education.

Professor Kelley Lee
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

Kelley Lee is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance and Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, and previously Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Trained in international political economy and public administration, her research and teaching focuses on collective action to mitigate globalisation’s impacts on population health. She led international efforts to secure access to British American Tobacco documents, and researched tobacco industry activities worldwide. She has been awarded Cdn$20 million in research funding to date from the NIH, CIHR, New Frontiers in Research Fund, European Research Council, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, ESRC and other funders. Her current research includes the commercial determinants of health, commercial tobacco control in BC First Nations communities, and compliance with the WHO International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has served in several academic leadership roles including chair of a WHO resource group, director of a WHO collaborating centre, faculty head, and associate dean. She has published 200+ papers, 60+ book chapters and 15 books including co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics (2020).

Cordell Neudorf
Associate Professor
University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine
Lead Medical Health Officer
Saskatchewan Health Authority

Dr. Neudorf is the Saskatoon area Lead Medical Health Officer with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan, a Master's of Health Science degree (Community Health and Epidemiology) from University of Toronto, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with Certification in the specialty of Public Health & Preventive Medicine. He has held various leadership roles in Public Health at the national level in Canada, including Chair of the Canadian Population Health Initiative Council, President of the Canadian Public Health Association and President of the Public Health Physicians of Canada.

He is currently serving on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Public Health and the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institutes for Health Information. He is coordinator of the Urban Public Health Network of Canada and is a liaison member with the Regions for Health Network (WHO Europe).

His research interests include intervention research to improve health equity; health status indicators and surveys; and integrating population health into health system performance improvement and strategic planning.

The Honourable Jane Philpott MD, CCFP, MPH, PC
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences and Director, School of Medicine, Queen’s University
CEO, Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization

Dr. Jane Philpott is a Professor of Family Medicine, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Director of the School of Medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization and serves as Ministers’ Special Advisor for the Ontario Health Data Platform. Dr. Philpott is a medical doctor, educator, and former Member of Parliament. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Western Ontario. She completed a Family Medicine residency at the University of Ottawa, then both a Tropical Medicine fellowship and a Master of Public Health from the University of Toronto. Dr. Philpott spent the first decade of her medical career in Niger, West Africa. In 1998, she moved to Stouffville, Ontario, where she served as a family physician for 17 years. She was Chief of Family Medicine at Markham Stouffville Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2015, Dr. Philpott was elected as the Member of Parliament for Markham-Stouffville. She served in numerous federal cabinet positions from 2015 to 2019, including Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services, President of the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.

Andrew Pinto, MD CCFP FRCPC MSc
Director, Upstream Lab, MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Unity Health Toronto
Clinician-Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine & IHPME & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Associate Director for Clinical Research, University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN)

Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab, a research team focused on integrating health and social care, population health management, and data to enable proactive care. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist and family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, and Scientist at MAP, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Unity Health Toronto. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Department of Family and Community Medicine, the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He also serves as lead for artificial intelligence at EXITE and is an Associate Director of the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network.

Theresa Tam
Chief Public Health Officer
Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Theresa Tam was named Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer on June 26, 2017. She is a physician with expertise in immunization, infectious disease, emergency preparedness and global health security.

Dr. Tam obtained her medical degree from the University of Nottingham in the U.K. She completed her paediatric residency at the University of Alberta and her fellowship in paediatric infectious diseases at the University of British Columbia. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and has over 55 peer-reviewed journal publications in public health. She is also a graduate of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program.

Dr. Tam has held several senior leadership positions at the Public Health Agency of Canada, including as the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer and the Assistant Deputy Minister for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. During her 20 years in public health, she provided technical expertise and leadership on new initiatives to improve communicable disease surveillance, enhance immunization programs, strengthen health emergency management and laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. She has played a leadership role in Canada's response to public health emergencies including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), pandemic influenza H1N1 and Ebola.

Dr. Tam has served as an international expert on a number of World Health Organization committees and has participated in multiple international missions related to SARS, pandemic influenza and polio eradication.

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