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Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine
Coordinator, Master of Public Health Program
University of Guelph
Dr. Andrew Papadopoulos is an Associate Professor and Coordinator, Master of Public Health Program. He joined the Department of Population Medicine in July 2008. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and Director, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University. Much of his research is conducted in partnership with public health agencies and is focused on environmental public health, public health policy and administration, and the development and delivery of public health education. Andrew uses various quantitative and qualitative methodologies including conjoint analysis and economic epidemiology, to assess and improve population health. His professional experience includes being the Executive Director of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies, the organization that represents the 36 Boards of Health in Ontario, and working in local public health as a public health inspector. He continues to remain active within the public health system by sitting on numerous provincial and federal boards and committees. Andrew is currently the editor of the Environmental Health Review, the journal of the Canadian Institute of Public health Inspectors in Canada. Dr. Papadopoulos received his PhD (Population Medicine) from the University of Guelph, his MBA from York University, and his BASc (Environmental Health) from Ryerson University.
Director, Institute of Agricultural Rural & Environmental Health (IAREH)
University of Saskatchewan
James A. Dosman is considered the “Father of Agricultural Medicine” in Canada. Dr. Dosman received his undergraduate training at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in Medicine in 1963. In 1986 he became founding Director of the Centre for Agricultural Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. He also became founding Director of the Institute of Agricultural Rural and environmental Health (I.ARE.H) when it was formed in 2001, and that of the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture when it was established in 2006. He was the founding Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Rural Health and founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society.
Dr. Dosman is credited with establishing the Agricultural Health and Safety Network in Saskatchewan, a farm safety and rural public health municipal based grass-roots knowledge translation organization involving, by 2014, 30,000 rural families. Dr. Dosman received the Award for Meritorious Service to the People of Saskatchewan from the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities in 2001. He was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Award for Distinction in Public Service and Extension in 2003, was inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2005, and received the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2005. In 2007 he received the Dean Stueland Scholar Award from the National Farm Medicine Centre, Marshfield, WI, USA. In 2007 he was instrumental in founding and was named President and CEO of Agrivita Canada Inc, a not-for-profit company aimed at promoting research, public health and safety in agriculture. In 2009 he was bestowed an Honourary Membership in the Canadian Medical Association and was named among the 100 most influential alumni in the 100 year history of the College of Arts & Science, University of Saskatchewan. In 2010 he was named Distinguished Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan, inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and named an Officer of the Order of Canada, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. He is married to Susan McKay Dosman. They have 5 children.
Former Executive Director and CEO, National Environmental Health Association (US)
Nelson E. Fabian M.S., was the longest serving executive director and CEO in the history of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) – having occupied that position for over 31 years until his departure in July of 2014. Over that time, NEHA grew substantially in influence, size, staff and budgets. He is now leading a new initiative that aims to drive innovation and creativity in the public sector and environmental health.
In 2007, he was named by the Journal of Environmental Health as one of the United States’ 15 leaders in environmental health. He is also the recipient of a number of awards including the prestigious Walter Snyder Award and the NEHA Award for Innovation and Creativity that was actually named after him.
Nelson serves on numerous committees and boards and is the past president of the Health and Energy Alliance and the International Aquatics Foundation. He has also held elected office having served as Mayor Pro Temps for Berkley, Michigan. He has his B.S. degree in (Systems) Engineering from Oakland University and his M.S. in Management Engineering from Wayne State University. He also has additional coursework in philosophy/religious studies from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Adjunct Professor, Concordia University College of Alberta
Nelson Fok has been active in the Environmental Public Health field for 30 years. He began his work as a certified Public Health Inspector after graduating from BCIT and obtained his graduate degree in Environmental Science from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta. He worked as the Provincial Manager, Scientific Advisory Team, Environmental Public Health with Alberta Health Services in Alberta until 2013. He now work as the Associate Director and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Public Health, Concordia University College of Alberta.
Chief Medical Officer, Urban Environment and Healthy Lifestyle Division, Santé publique de Montréal
Adjunct Professor, University of Montreal
Dr. Perron is a physician specialized in public health and preventive medicine. He worked at Montreal’s Public health Department from 2007 to 2018, first as a medical consultant and after as the chief medical officer for the urban environment and healthy lifestyle division. In September 2018, he joined the toxicological and radiological unit of the Insititut National de Santé Publique du Québec. He works as a clinician in the Université de Montréal Hospital Center’s occupational and environmental medicine clinic. He is adjunct professor at Université de Montréal’s department of preventive and social medicine and at McGill University’s department of epidemiology and biostatistics. His field of activities focuses on health related outcomes associated with physical and chemical risk factors, emergency preparedness and response, housing, transportation and urban design.
Manager, Environmental Health Services, First Nations Health Authority
Linda Pillsworth has 17 years of experience in environmental public health. Her team of Environmental Health Officers, managers, technicians, and program experts support the promotion of healthy environments, and the prevention of health risks through assessment, monitoring, and capacity-building programs for First Nations communities. The last 10 years leading First Nations environmental health programming communities has progressively enriched her understanding of First Nations connections to land, reliance on traditional food systems, and the importance of both to the physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual health of individuals and communities. Through strong collaborations and partnerships with communities and regional, provincial, and federal agencies, her goal is to create opportunities to enhance public health and environment systems to better support the holistic concepts of First Nations well-being, and overall improvement of health in BC First Nations communities. Linda is supported by her husband and 2 lively sons.
Director, Healthy Environments, New Brunswick Department of Health
Karen is the Director of the Healthy Environments Branch, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health in New Brunswick. The Healthy Environments branch mandate is to anticipate potential environmental health hazards and protect New Brunswickers by reducing or preventing exposure through policy and program development, education, advocacy and collaboration, and technical support.
From 2001 to 2007, Karen worked with the New Brunswick Department of Environment as an approvals engineer for industrial air and water quality approvals, then focused mainly in municipal drinking water. In July 2007 she began work with the New Brunswick Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health as a public health engineer for the environmental health programs until she was promoted in early 2010 Karen to lead the newly created Healthy Environments Branch.
Karen obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and masters in chemical engineering with a focus in environment at the University of New Brunswick.