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Public Health Preparedness in Canada
Thursday, January 26, 2012 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave. Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5G 1V2Boardroom 350 & Webinar



The public health system plays a key role in the prevention, detection and management of disease in populations. It is also a significant participant in the recognition of and response to public health emergencies including those that directly and indirectly impact population health. Public health agencies working together comprise part of an effective response to infectious disease outbreaks, potential bioterrorist attacks, and other human health emergency events. This session, the first in a four part series, will feature a panel discussion with representatives from public health agencies across the country. The discussion will focus on how far we have come with public health preparedness and ways we need to move forward in this area.


Geri Carroll
Director, Emergency Management Branch
Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

Geri Carroll joined the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in January 2011, as the Director of the Emergency Management Branch in the Public Health Division. Geri provides leadership and strategic direction to planning, preparedness and response of EMB to health -related emergencies.

Allison J. Stuart
Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief, Emergency Management Ontario
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Allison J. Stuart was appointed as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief, Emergency Management Ontario, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services on April 26, 2011. In this role, Allison provides executive leadership and strategic direction for Emergency Management Ontario and advises government and ministry leaders on emergency management issues that impact public safety in Ontario.

Robert J. Burgess
Senior Director
Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine

Rob Burgess is the Senior Director of the Sunnybrook Centre for Prehospital Medicine, the province’s largest base hospital program and operator of the Ontario Emergency Medical Assistance Team (EMAT).

Rob has extensive experience as Advanced Care paramedic, and has received the EMS Exemplary Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada and the Rubes Award for his demonstrated excellence and leadership in paramedicine.

Dr. Bonnie Henry
Director, Public Health Emergency Services, BCCDC
Assistant Professor, School of Population & Public Health, UBC
British Columbia 

Dr. Bonnie Henry is currently the Medical Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and is Medical Director for the provincial Emerging and Vector-borne Diseases program.

Prior to serving in this role, she was Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health, where she was responsible for the Emergency Services Unit and the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit. In 2003 she was one of the leads in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto.


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