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.


James R. Dunn
Associate Vice-President, Research (Acting), McMaster University
Professor, Department of Health, Aging & Society, McMaster University
Senator William McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity
Scientist, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital
Co-Editor, Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

James R. Dunn, Ph.D. (Jim) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He holds a Senator William McMaster Chair in Urban Health Equity at McMaster University and is the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments. He is the recipient of numerous awards and appointments, including the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University (2011-2012) and a CIHR Applied Public Health Chair (2008-2014). Trained in urban health geography and social epidemiology, he has published widely in geography, public health, urban planning and epidemiology journals. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, and also sits on the Editorial Board of Housing, Theory & Society. His research program includes projects on the health, social and child development impacts of public housing redevelopment in Toronto's Regent Park, the development of policy implementation tools for healthier urban form, and the effects of a basic income pilot on a variety of health, work and social outcomes. He previously served on the Institute of Population and Public Health IAB from 2005-2011.


Michelle Gagnon, MBA, PhD
President, Palix Foundation
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary

Michelle Gagnon is President of the Palix Foundation based in Alberta, Canada and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Department of Community Health Sciences. Through the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative (AFWI), the Palix Foundation catalyzes evidence-informed system level change to benefit all children and families. Over the course of her career, Dr. Gagnon has worked in a variety of prominent organizations with a primary focus on research impact and knowledge mobilization, including the Policy Research Initiative in the Privy Council Office, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research where she held several roles, including Director of Knowledge Translation, Director of Research Capacity Development and Assistant Director with the Institutes of Health Services and Policy Research and Population and Public Health, and with Alberta Health Services, Strategic Clinical Networks as Director, Provincial Research Strategy and Priorities. Dr. Gagnon is a recognized opinion leader and expert in population health, child development and mental health and addiction, and is active in the community as a member of boards and committees for local, national and international organizations. Dr. Gagnon holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in population health, a Master of Business Administration and undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and nursing. Her research focuses on public policy as a determinant of population health and on the policymaking process in the global context.


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.


John McLaughlin, PhD, FCAHS
Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist, Public Health Ontario, Toronto
Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

John McLaughlin is Chief Science Officer and Senior Scientist at Public Health Ontario, and a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. As an epidemiologist he has earned an international reputation for his work in health studies to advance evidence of disease determinants and in the strategic application of research findings to improve health. As an active scholar he has more than 290 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. McLaughlin has established and directed large collaborative teams for major studies of the role of environmental and genetic causes of disease across Canada's diverse populations, and for the delivery of major programs to improve health at individual and community levels. A feature of his work is the integration of population and biological sciences in building platforms that support a wide range of research, development and disease management approaches. He has applied new knowledge to improve chronic disease prevention and control, such as in leading the launch of Canada's first population-based colorectal screening program. While remaining active as a professor, mentor and supporter of local initiatives, he also advises national and international organizations on how to improve the impact of health research and services, with an emphasis on disease prevention and in focusing on the greatest needs and potential health benefits.


Gail Tomblin Murphy
Director, School of Nursing
Assistant Dean, Research, Faculty of Health
Full Professor, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology
Director, WHO/PAHO

Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy is the Director of the School of Nursing, Assistant Dean of Research in the Faculty of Health, full professor in the School of Nursing and Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, and Director of the World Health Organization (WHO)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research at Dalhousie University. Gail is an internationally recognized expert in population needs-based approaches to health systems and human resources for health (HRH) planning, evaluation and research. She leads/co-leads national and international research teams consisting of clinicians, health care leaders, senior policy-makers, and researchers from government, universities and health care organizations and has been an Expert Advisor on HRH to the WHO and PAHO since 2005. In Canada, Gail has led national projects spanning many provinces as well as provincially-based projects in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Ontario and Nunavut. Internationally, she has led/co-led projects in Brazil, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, and Zambia as well as a number of more globally based projects. Gail is actively involved in a number of national and international networks, including the World Health Innovation Network, the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research, Primary Health Care to Communities (PHC2C), and the Canadian Health Human Resources Network. Her research has been widely published in peer-reviewed publications and she has authored many policy documents and commissioned reports. Her work garners wide-spread interest from governments and other stakeholders because of its potential to significantly impact health policy in Canada and abroad.


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.


Christine Straehle
Associate Professor
Ethics and Applied Ethics
University of Ottawa

Christine Straehle is Associate Professor of Ethics and Applied Ethics at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs with a cross appointment in the department of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa.

She has written on issues of global justice, health and migration. Her latest research examines vulnerability as a concept in health justice theory, and questions of provision of health in the context of migration and refuge. She has published on questions raised by surrogacy, health inequality and health risk. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, such as Bioethics, Politics, Philosophy and Economics and the Journal of Applied Philosophy. She is the editor or co-editor of several books, including Health Inequalities and Global Justice (EUP, 2012) and Vulnerability, Autonomy and Applied Ethics (Routledge, 2017).


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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