Council Member Biographies

  • Dr. Arlene King – Public Health Network Council Provincial/Territorial Co-Chair
    Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario
  • Dr. David Butler-Jones – Federal [Public Health Network Council Federal Co-Chair]
    Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Dr. Gregory Taylor – Federal [Public Health Network Council Acting Federal Co-Chair]
    Deputy Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Mr. Bruce Cooper - Deputy Minister Liaison
    Deputy Minister, 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 Medical Officer of Health, 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
  • Ms. Kate Manson-Smith - Ontario
    Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Promotion in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Dr. Horacio Arruda - Québec
    Director of Public Health Protection, Ministry of Health and Social Services
  • Dr. Eilish Cleary – New Brunswick
    Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health
  • Dr. Heather Morrison – Prince Edward Island
    Chief Health Officer, Department of Health and Wellness
  • Dr. Robert Strang – Nova Scotia
    Chief Public 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 and Director General of the Biologics and Genetic Therapies Directorate

Dr. Arlene King - Public Health Network Council Provincial/Territorial Co-Chair
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario

Dr. King assumed the position of Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario on June 15, 2009.

She is an internationally recognized expert in immunization, infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness. Prior to joining the ministry, Dr. King was the Director General of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), a position that she held since 2007. Also she held several other positions with Health Canada/PHAC between 1999 and 2007, including the position of Director General, Pandemic Preparedness.

Dr. King received her medical degree from McMaster University in Hamilton, certification in Family Medicine from the University of Calgary, and served as a family physician in northern Alberta from 1985 to 1989. In 1990, she received a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of British Columbia, and in 1992, became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Community Medicine.

Dr. King has been in the public health field since 1992. She held various roles in communicable disease control at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, and served as a Unit Medical Officer of Health in Vancouver and Medical Officer of Health in Burnaby, B.C. She is an adjunct professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia.

Dr. King is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) International Health Regulations Review Committee and has been a consultant to the WHO on polio, SARS and influenza. She is a member of the Pan American Health Organization technical advisory group on immunization and the WHO Africa Region Polio Eradication Certification Commission. She has also been an advisor to the World Bank and Canadian International Development Agency on emerging infectious diseases. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Board of the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).


Dr. David Butler-Jones – Public Health Network Council Federal Co-Chair
Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada

Dr. David Butler-Jones is Canada's first Chief Public Health Officer. He heads the Public Health Agency of Canada which provides leadership on the government's efforts to protect and promote the health and safety of Canadians.

He has worked in many parts of Canada in both Public Health and Clinical Medicine, and has consulted in a number of other countries.

Dr. Butler-Jones has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been involved as a researcher in a broad range of public health issues. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba as well as a Clinical Professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine.

From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Butler-Jones was Chief Medical Health Officer and Executive Director of the Population Health and Primary Health Services Branches for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Butler-Jones has served with a number of organizations including as: President of the Canadian Public Health Association; Vice President of the American Public Health Association; Chair of the Canadian Roundtable on Health and Climate Change; International Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine; Member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Population Health Initiative; Chair of the National Coalition on Enhancing Preventive Practices of Health Professionals; and Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.

In recognition of his service in the field of public health, York University's Faculty of Health bestowed on Dr. Butler-Jones an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.


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

Dr. Gregory Taylor is the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer at the Public Health Agency 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 Agency'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 Deputy Chief Public Health Officer in 2012 directly supporting the Chief Public Health Officer and Associate Deputy Minister.

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.


Ms. Kate Manson-Smith - Ontario
Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Promotion in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Kate Manson-Smith has worked for the Ontario government for fifteen years in several Ministries. Ms. Manson-Smith is the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health Promotion in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Before being appointed as the Assistant Deputy Minister she held Director level positions in the Ministries of Health Promotion and Sport, Community Safety and Ontario's Cabinet Office. She has represented Ontario in federal/provincial territorial work on a number of files in health, housing and justice, and currently is a member of the Healthy People Healthy Communities Steering Committee.


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. Eilish Cleary – New Brunswick
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Department of Health

Dr. Eilish Cleary became the Chief Medical Officer in 2008 after coming to New Brunswick from Manitoba, in 2007, to take on the position of Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

Dr. Cleary worked as a Regional Medical Officer for several years before becoming the Medical Officer for Emergency Preparedness and Response for Manitoba. She has a lot of experience in the public health aspects of Emergency Preparedness and Response. She was also an associate of the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and an assistant professor, with the Department of Community Health Sciences, at the University of Manitoba.

Before working in the Public Health field, Dr. Cleary was trained as a Primary Care Physician. She has worked in a variety of settings including Ireland, England and Sierra Leone. She has also served as Chief of Staff in the Norway House Hospital, at a Cree First Nations community in Northern Manitoba.


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.


Dr. Robert Strang – Nova Scotia
Chief Public Health Officer, Department of Health and Wellness

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.


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

Biography to follow


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.