Board of Directors

Chair
Suzanne Jackson, PhD, MSc, BSc

Directors
Benita Cohen, RN, MSc, PhD
Annie Duchesne, MScPH
Josephine Etowa, PhD, RN, RM, FWACN
Nancy Laliberte, MPH
Richard Musto, MD, FRCPC
Manasi Parikh
Ann Pederson, MSc
Julie Stratton, BSc, MHSc
Ingrid Tyler, MD, CCFP, MHSc, MEd, FRCPC

Suzanne F. Jackson, PhD, MSc, BSc
Suzanne is Editor-in-Chief for Global Health Promotion, Head of the Global Health Promotion Consortium (WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Promotion) and Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jackson specializes in participatory health promotion planning and evaluation, and global public health, as well as health promotion education and training. In Canada, she was the Director for the Centre for Health Promotion for 9 years, had a leadership role in the development of national health goals in 2005 and provides technical support to the Canadian Best Practices Portal in Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She has been President of the Ontario Public Health Association, and vice-president of CPHA.
Suzanne F. Jackson
Benita Cohen, BA, BN, MSc, PhD
Benita is an Associate Professor in Nursing at the University of Manitoba, where she focuses on mentoring students to become health equity champions. Her research projects have included exploring public health nurses’ role in addressing child and family poverty; an equity scan of Canadian tobacco control policy; a health equity impact assessment of a provincial parenting program; development of a conceptual framework of organizational capacity for public health equity action; and a systematic review of public health’s role in advocacy for health equity. Benita received the 2013 Community Health Nurses of Canada Award of Merit for her contributions to the field of public/community health. As a CPHA Director, she will work to strengthen public health system capacity to promote health equity and social justice.
Benita Cohen
Annie Duchesne, MScPH
Annie is recent graduate of McGill University’s Masters of Science in Public Health program. Her interests include social justice, knowledge translation and the role of emerging technologies in public health messaging. Annie received her Bachelors of Science (major journalism, major biology, minor music) from Concordia University. Following her graduation from Concordia, Annie took a year off to travel and gain work experience when she interned with Physicians For a Smoke-Free Canada where she worked on flavoured tobacco legislative loopholes. Annie also spent a semester as an intern with CPHA where she worked on the Frontline Health: Beyond Healthcare project. She is currently the research coordinator at Quebec’s largest homeless shelter where she strives to increase knowledge about homelessness and improve organizational policies.
Annie Duchesne
Josephine B. Etowa, PhD, MN, BScN, RM, RN, FWACN
Josephine is a Full Professor and Loyer-DaSilva Research Chair in Public Health Nursing in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She is a senior investigator with the Nursing Best Practice Research Centre, and an internationally educated public health nurse, midwife and researcher, who has worked in various capacities within the Canadian health care system and abroad over the past 30 years. She is co-founder and past-president of the Health Association of African Canadians and has served on a number of non-profit organizations including the Board of Directors of African Caribbean Council of HIV in Ontario and the Board of Directors of Stephen Lewis Foundation for HIV/AIDS in Africa as well as the advisory Board of the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health (NCCDH). Josephine received her BScN and MScN degrees from Dalhousie University and her PhD in Nursing from the University of Calgary.
Josephine Etowa
Nancy Laliberte, MPH
Tansi, I am Cree/Métis from the Beaver River area of the prairies and I now live on the unceded land of the Coast Salish Nations. I have a history of over 20 years in research in the downtown eastside of Vancouver in homelessness, mental health, problematic substance use and opioid replacement. It was there that I was mentored in harm reduction, Indigenous rights and social justice. The remarkable people of the downtown eastside were a fundamental part of my education as they generously shared teachings with me. I completed a Masters of Public Health in 2012 from the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I am currently working with youth on the The’ye’lh Smuneem Indigenous Youth Wellness Project in my third year of study in the PhD program at UBC’s SPPH.
Nancy Laliberte
Richard Musto, MD, FRCPC
Richard is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine physician recently retired from Alberta Health Services but still enjoying his role as a Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary. His public health career began as a community medicine specialist with what is now the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada and continued with a sequence of Medical Officer of Health roles within the various manifestations of health services in Alberta. Over the years his areas of responsibility spanned the discipline with an increasingly sharp focus on matters of health equity. A privilege and abiding passion has been the opportunity to learn from and work with Indigenous communities.
Richard Musto
Manasi Parikh
Manasi is a second year student at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program with a specialization in Global Health. Her interests include health systems and policy evaluation, improving access to healthcare, population health research, and genetics. Manasi has held numerous leadership positions volunteering at hospitals as well as many charitable organizations. She is currently spearheading the Ambassadors Program, an initiative to involve undergraduate students in the field of public health. Additionally, she is a research student at the Adult’s Genetics Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as at the Genetics lab at the Population Health Research Institute. She is also a part of the McMaster Varsity Rowing Team.
Manasi Parikh
Ann Pederson, MSc
Ann is the Director of Population Health Promotion at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and is involved in both research and knowledge translation on health care reform and health promotion for women. She has co‐edited three books on Health Promotion in Canada and is currently leading a study using an equity lens to examine the introduction of the smoking ban on parks and beaches in Vancouver, is a co‐investigator on a research team into developing more effective health promotion interventions for women, and has recently completed several studies related to healthy living and women. She has created numerous guides, curricula and training packages on gender‐inclusive health planning and sex, gender and diversity‐based analysis in the health field.
Ann Pederson
Julie Stratton, BSc, MHSc
Julie is currently the Manager of Population Health Assessment with Peel Public Health. With a Masters of Health Science in Epidemiology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health, Julie has over 20 years of experience in public health as a public health inspector and epidemiologist. Julie recently completed an EXTRA (Executive Training Program) fellowship with the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement with a focus on enhancing competencies around assessment and analysis, and public health sciences among public health staff through the use of health data. She has been treasurer, vice president and president for the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario. Her interests and areas of expertise include epidemiologic methods, and using health status data to inform strategic thinking and planning.
Julie Stratton
Ingrid Tyler MD, CCFP, MHSc, MEd, FRCPC
Ingrid is a physician at Public Health Ontario (PHO), in the Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (HPCDIP) Directorate, and an Assistant Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Dr. Tyler engages with public health units, ministries and community partners, to inform health promotion, chronic disease and injury prevention policy and programming, primarily in the areas of health equity and early child development. Ingrid obtained her MD from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of British Columbia. She completed her residency training at the University of Toronto and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada in Family Medicine.  She is a proud mother to three wonderful young children and a menagerie of pets.
Ingrid Tyler