Council Member Biographies

  • Dr. Robert Strang - Public Health Network Council Provincial/Territorial Co Chair
    Chief Public Health Officer, Department of Health Promotion and Protection, Nova Scotia
  • Dr. Gregory Taylor - Public Health Network Council Federal Co-Chair
    Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Mr. Bruce Cooper - Deputy Minister Liaison
    Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Community Services, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Ms. Sherri Wright - Yukon
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Dr. André Corriveau - Northwest Territories
    Chief Public Health Officer, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Dr. Maureen Baikie - Nunavut
    Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health and Social Services
  • Dr. Perry Kendall - British Columbia
    Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Health
  • Ms. Linda Mattern - Alberta
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Acute Care and Population Health, Alberta Health
  • Dr. Saqib Shahab - Saskatchewan
    Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan Health
  • Ms. Anita Moore - Manitoba
    Executive Director, Public Health, Manitoba Health
  • Dr. Horacio Arruda - Québec
    Directeur national de santé publique et sous-ministre adjoint, Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
  • Dr. Jennifer Russell - New Brunswick
    Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health, Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • Dr. Heather Morrison - Prince Edward Island
    Chief Health Officer, Department of Health and Wellness
  • Ms. Élaine Chatigny - Newfoundland and Labrador
    Assistant Deputy Minister, Population Health, Department of Health and Community Services
  • Dr. Robert Cushman - Federal
    Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Health Canada

Dr. Robert Strang - Public Health Network Council Provincial/Territorial Co-Chair
Chief Public Health Officer, Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia

Dr. Robert Strang is the Chief Public Health Officer and Acting Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of Nova Scotia. He completed his medical degree (1990), family practice residency (1992) and Community Medicine Residency (1997) at the University of British Columbia. He was an Associate Medical Officer of Health in British Columbia from 1997-1999. In 1999, he moved to Halifax to become Medical Officer of Health for Capital District Health Authority. In January 2007 he became Acting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for the province. Dr. Strang was appointed Nova Scotia's first Chief Public Health Officer in August, 2007.


Dr. Gregory Taylor - Public Health Network Council Federal Co-Chair
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. Gregory Taylor is the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Dr. Taylor obtained his MD from Dalhousie University in Halifax where he also completed a family medicine residency. After several years in active primary care in Ontario, he completed a fellowship in Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa and joined Health Canada's Laboratory Centre for Disease Control. His initial responsibilities focussed on cardiovascular disease and he has been involved with a wide range of Federal chronic disease activities.

He joined the Public Health Agency of Canada's Office of Public Health Practice in 2007, with primary responsibilities focussed on building public health capacity in Canada, and a number of key leadership roles within the Agency and in the Public Health Network.

Dr. Taylor became the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada in 2014.

He maintains his connection with the University of Ottawa as adjunct professor of Epidemiology and Community Medicine.


Mr. Bruce Cooper - Deputy Minister Liaison
Deputy Minister, Health and Community Services, Newfoundland and Labrador

Bruce Cooper is the Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Community Services with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Prior to his current role, Bruce held several other senior executive leadership positions in the public, health and non-profit sectors including Assistant Deputy Minister roles in the Province's Labour Relations Agency, Departments of Child, Youth and Family Services and Health and Community Services. Bruce is also a former Executive Director with Health and Community Services - St. John's Region, and Executive Director and Registrar of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers.

Bruce holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Ms. Sherri Wright - Yukon
Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Health and Social Services

Sherri Wright has worked for the Yukon government for over twenty years in a variety of departments - the past 12 years of which have been with the Department of Health and Social Services. Ms. Wright was formerly the Director of Insured Health and Hearing Services for four years before being appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Services. She has represented Yukon on a variety of federal, provincial and territorial committees and working groups. Ms. Wright is Yukon's Board Member for the Canadian Association of Drugs and Technology in Health (CADTH) and also chairs the finance committee for that organization.


Dr. André Corriveau - Northwest Territories
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health and Social Services

On June 2012, Dr. André Corriveau was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwest Territories. His responsibilities include health promotion, disease surveillance, communicable disease control, chronic disease prevention, and environmental health.

From March 2009 to June 2012, Dr. Corriveau served as the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for the province of Alberta.

April 1, 2010, Dr. Corriveau became the Provincial/Territorial Co-Chair of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network. He is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Institute of Health Information's Population Health Initiative, as well as the Advisory Council of the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health.

From 1998 to March 2009, Dr. Corriveau served as the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Northwest Territories.

Dr. Corriveau received his degree in medicine from McGill University in 1981 and completed a residency in community medicine as well as a Master in Business Administration at Laval University in 1986.

Prior to moving to the Northwest Territories in 1994, Dr. Corriveau worked in Nova Scotia and Nunavik.


Dr. Maureen Baikie - Nunavut
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health and Social Services

Dr. Maureen Baikie is a Specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine with experience in a range of public health issues including communicable disease control, surveillance, environmental health, emergency preparedness and response, public health law, and public health information systems. She has a long standing special interest in circumpolar health.

Dr. Baikie is currently the Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nunavut. Before that she was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in Nova Scotia for many years. She has also worked extensively in Labrador as both a family physician and a public health physician.


Dr. Perry Kendall - British Columbia
Provincial Health Officer, Ministry of Health

On May 3, 1999, Dr. Kendall was appointed Provincial Health Officer for the province of British Columbia. Dr. Kendall has more than 25 years of experience practicing public health and community medicine in Ontario and British Columbia at both the municipal and provincial levels of government.

He has served as Medical Officer of Health for the Capital Health Region in British Columbia and the City of Toronto in Ontario, has spent time as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister in Ontario, was President and CEO of the Ontario Addiction Research Foundation for three years and spent one year as Vice President for Seniors Health in the Capital Health Region.

Dr. Kendall has served on numerous Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Committees and co-chaired the Public Health Network Council from 2005-2010. Born in the United Kingdom in 1943, Dr. Kendall completed his undergraduate medical training at University College Hospital Medical School in 1968 and his specialty training in community medicine at the University of British Columbia in 1984.


Ms. Linda Mattern - Alberta
Assistant Deputy Minister, Acute Care and Population Health, Alberta Health

Linda began her career in the health sector in the mid 1980s with the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary. She worked in Strategic Planning and Operations Research where she led the development of planning models and facilitated service planning with clinical teams. She also led or contributed to a number of initiatives to improve service delivery.

She joined the Ministry in 1992 in the workforce area as the Implementation Coordinator for Midwifery. Her work focused primarily on removing barriers to non-physicians practicing as clinical leads and developing policies and legislative changes to promote collaborative practice. She was also ministry lead in the development and implementation of the Health Professions Act. Linda was the Executive Director, Workforce Policy and Planning for 10 years.

After serving as the ADM Policy Coordination and Issues Management for Alberta Health, Linda returned to the Workforce area as the Executive Lead for Strategic Health Workforce Initiatives in order to develop the workforce policies and workforce design for the newly created primary health care Family Care Clinics being implemented in Alberta. In July 2013, she assumed the position of ADM Acute Care and Population Health.

Linda has an honors undergraduate degree in sociology from McGill University focused on the sociology of complex systems. She continued her studies at the University of Western Ontario where she received her MBA.


Dr. Saqib Shahab - Saskatchewan
Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatchewan Health

Dr Saqib Shahab took over as Saskatchewan's Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer in July 2012. Dr Shahab was Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health July 2009 till July 2012. Prior to joining the Ministry of Health, Dr Shahab has worked as a regional Medical Health Officer, as well as internationally as an internist, faculty at a school of public health, and public health expert with multilateral health and donor agencies. He is a past chair of the Medical Health Officers Council of Saskatchewan and past president of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association.

Dr Shahab is a Fellow in Public Health and Preventive Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, having completed his training at the University of Alberta, has a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, US, and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians UK. He received his primary medical degree from the Rawalpindi Medical College, University of Punjab, Pakistan, from where he graduated at the top of his class. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health.


Ms. Anita Moore - Manitoba
Executive Director, Public Health, Manitoba Health

On April 1, 2011, Anita Moore joined the Public Health and Primary Care Branch to fill the position of Executive Director of Public Health Branch.

Anita was previously with the Winnipeg Regional Healthy Authority and held several positions. She was the Community Area Director responsible for integrating planning and operations of 13 community health and social services programs, including primary care. Anita was also Director of Long Term Care Community Services focusing on prevention, health promotion and supportive housing for seniors. Prior to this Anita worked with the City of Winnipeg Public Health Program in several field positions and senior management position responsible for public nursing program.

Anita brings 28 years of experience in community services, community health and public health. She has her Bachelors of Arts and Nursing Degrees and Masters of Public Administration. She has participated on numerous boards in leadership positions: Chair of Manitoba Healthy Communities Network, Manitoba Gerontologist Nursing Association, Vice President of Manitoba Public Health Association, Co-chair of the Summer Population Health Institute and served as President of the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg.

Anita has worked within the public health network structure and understands the public health issues, challenges and opportunities. She has experience in developing integrated and collaborative systems that involve public health with other systems, research, community and other sectors.

Anita strives to develop healthy public policy, address the infrastructure issues for public health, work on reducing disparities and promoting a civil society.


Dr. Horacio Arruda - Québec
Director of Public Health Protection, Ministry of Health and Social Services

Dr. Arruda is a physician specializing in community health. He has worked specifically in the areas of surveillance, monitoring, intervention epidemiology, and infectious disease prevention and control.

Since 2000, he has been Director of Public Health with the Quebec Department of Health and Social Services, with responsibility for infectious and communicable diseases, hospital-acquired infections, and occupational and environmental health. He and his team are also responsible for the public health and civil emergency plans (pandemic readiness plan) components. He is Quebec's representative on the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network's new Communicable Disease Control Expert Group

On May 9, he was appointed National Director of Public Health and Assistant Deputy Minister by Dr. Yves Bolduc, Quebec Minister of Health and Social Services. He took up his position on August 1.


Dr. Jennifer Russell - New Brunswick
Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health

Dr. Jennifer Russell was appointed as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for the Province of New Brunswick in August 2014.

Dr. Jennifer Russell studied Medicine at Memorial University. She joined the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Training Program and served for 10 years, including 5 years in Ottawa as the Base Surgeon at the National Defense Medical Clinic, which served 8000 CF members in the Ottawa area. She was involved with the Preventative Medicine team as well as the travel and immunization clinics. She was very interested in cervical cancer screening and set up a pap registry for female CF members in Ottawa.

After moving to Fredericton, she left the CF and worked briefly with Veterans Affairs. She spent six years at Addiction Services at the Methadone Clinic at the Victoria Health Centre. Most recently she was working as a hospitalist looking after in-patients who did not have family doctors and filling in for Family Physicians on maternity leave.

Dr. Jennifer Russell's clinical work combined with her interest in preventative medicine attracted her to Public Health. She wanted to make a difference in the health of New Brunswickers as a whole, using all of her knowledge and various clinical and administrative experiences.

Dr. Jennifer Russell is married to Dr. Randy Russell (Ret'd LCol) and has two children.


Dr. Heather Morrison - Prince Edward Island
Chief Health Officer, Department of Health and Wellness

Dr. Heather Morrison was appointed Chief Health Officer for PEI in July 2007. As PEI's first female Rhodes Scholar, she completed both a Master's and Doctorate degree at University of Oxford in Comparative Social Research and Social Policy with a thesis dissertation in health policy decision-making. Dr. Morrison returned to Canada for her medicine training, completing her MD at Dalhousie University, followed by residency training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto.

In addition to her involvement and interest in public health as PEI's Chief Health Officer, Dr. Morrison continues to practice emergency medicine in Charlottetown, where she lives with her husband and 3 young children.


Ms. Élaine Chatigny - Newfoundland and Labrador
Assistant Deputy Minister, Population Health, Department of Health and Community Services

Élaine Chatigny is the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Population Health Branch with the Department of Health and Community Services. Ms. Chatigny is responsible for providing leadership, advice, and management oversight to six divisions in her portfolio; they include public health, communicable diseases, healthy living which includes chronic diseases, seniors and aging, mental health and addictions, and environmental public health. As part of her role, Ms. Chatigny works in partnership with a number of provincial and federal government departments, the province's Regional Health Authorities, and non-governmental organizations to advance population health policies and programs.

Prior to moving to Newfoundland in November of 2013, Ms. Chatigny was A/ADM of Strategic Policy, Planning and International Affairs at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She provided the Minister of Health, the Chief Public Health Officer, and the Associate Deputy Minister with strategic policy analysis and advice on domestic and international public health issues and on relations with provincial/territorial governments and key stakeholders. Ms. Chatigny also provided corporate leadership and management direction to the Agency's governance structure and processes, strategic and operational planning and reporting, and risk management.

From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Chatigny was Director General of Communications at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She was responsible for crisis and risk communications, strategic communications planning, media relations, social marketing, and Web communications. Ms. Chatigny has been an external advisor to the World Health Organization on pandemic influenza communications planning, co-chair of the Communicators' Network of the Global Health Security Initiative (G7 plus Mexico), and co-chair of a Federal, Provincial, and Territorial communications task group reporting to the Public Health Network Council.

Prior to joining the public service, Ms. Chatigny worked for 14 years in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a journalist and a manager.


Dr. Robert Cushman - Federal
Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Minister and Director General of the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate

Dr. Cushman is the Senior Medical Advisor at Health Canada and the Director General of the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate. From 2005 to 2011, he served as the inaugural CEO of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, and prior to that as Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health. Dr. Cushman has worked as a primary care physician in a variety of health-care settings, including the emergency room of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Somerset West Community Health Centre in Ottawa, and along the James and Hudson Bay coasts. Early in his career, he worked at a large African mission hospital for three years. He received his undergraduate degree in economics at Harvard University and his medical degree at McMaster University. He also earned an MBA from the University of Ottawa.