Advisory Group Members

The NCCMT National Advisory Group provides knowledge, experience and sound advice to the Scientific Director and the Centre staff.

The responsibilities of the Advisory Group include:

 

The Advisory Group members are

Victor Akande

Victor Akande has been working in various fields of public health since 1994. He is currently Manager, Public Health Strategy Implementation, at the Department of Health, Government of Nunavut, where he explores innovative strategies for capacity development and health systems improvement for public health programming. Victor’s recent work in Nunavut has largely focused on developing a critical mass of Inuit public health workers with relevant educational profiles and understanding of the complexity of factors affecting Inuit health. He had previously served as the Territorial Lead, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, in Nunavut. Prior to moving to Nunavut in 2012, Victor was Risk Prioritization Officer and Food Defense Specialist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa. In this role, his responsibilities included risk profiling, prioritization and ranking of foodborne illnesses in Canada, in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial partners, as well as international partners such as the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Victor also worked in Nigeria between 1994 and 2004.

He was Project Manager on a National Immunization Project that involved vaccine distribution and community mobilization, coordinated by a consortium of organizations (Federal Government of Nigeria, UNICEF and the European Economic Community). The goal was to decrease infant mortality rates and improve child health by eradicating poliomyelitis and other vaccine-preventable diseases. He also worked as Veterinarian and Manager at Selcon Farms Limited in northern Nigeria. Victor holds a BA in Business from Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, United Kingdom; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; MSc from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS; and MPH from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON. Victor is currently completing his PhD thesis in Health Promotion from Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, England.

Danielle Charron

Danielle Charron is the City of Hamilton Public Health Services Library Coordinator, working in the Planning and Business Improvement division. She is a member of the Ontario Public Health Libraries Association, having served as its president from 2014 to 2015, and is also a member of the Hamilton and District Health Libraries Network. Her past work experience includes acting as a Trial Search Coordinator during her time as a co-op student with Cochrane’s Effective Practice and Organisation of Care group. Danielle has a background in health science, education and information science and has combined these skills during her tenure as a knowledge broker in NCCMT’s Knowledge Broker Mentorship Program from 2015 to 2016. 

Connie Clement
Connie Clement

Connie Clement joined the NCCDH as scientific director in January 2011. Previously, Connie has been executive director of Social Venture Partners Toronto, a venture philanthropy collaborative, and Health Nexus/Nexus Santé, Canada’s premiere health promotion consultancy. She was Director of Planning and Policy at Toronto Public Health when six public health units merged, and previously held varied health promotion and sexual health management and front-line positions. Connie holds a BSc in Biology/Sociology from Trent University. She played a key role in the development of innovative initiatives including: Women Healthsharing, community grant programs, round tables on pesticide use, prostitution and food policy.

Tracy Lovett
Tracy Lovett

Tracy Lovett is a public health nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has worked in this field since 2001. She holds a BScN from The University of Western Ontario and an MN from Dalhousie University. She is currently a Nurse Coordinator with Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Atlantic Region and part-time faculty with Dalhousie University School of Nursing. Her prior public health experience was at the local level in Ontario and Nova Scotia. Tracy is currently the Public Health Lead for Health Canada, First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Atlantic Region.  


Deborah Ann McNeil

Deborah Ann McNeil is the Scientific Director for the Population, Public and Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) and the Maternal Newborn Child and Youth SCN in Alberta Health Services. She also leads a team of scientists and research associates who use integrated knowledge translation approaches to generate and translate scientific evidence of importance for Population, Public and Indigenous Health. Deb is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Nursing and Cummings School of Medicine. She received a BSc in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has both an MN with specialization in neonatal care and a PhD with specialization in epidemiology from the University of Calgary. Deb has a 25-year clinical background in Neonatal Intensive Care and has held research positions in maternal child health and population public health for the past 15 years. Deb’s current research is focused on perinatal depression and anxiety, measuring health inequities, childhood immunization, and group pre- and postnatal care. She has expertise in a variety of research approaches including epidemiologic and qualitative research methods, as well as synthesis and systematic evidence reviews.


Natalie Moody

Natalie Moody is Regional Director, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, with Eastern Health in Newfoundland.  Natalie completed a BSc in Health Education at Dalhousie University and a MHS (Health Promotion) from the University of Toronto.  She has been working in her position with Eastern Health for the past 20 years.  Prior to this role, Natalie worked in the federal, municipal and non-profit sectors in the area of health promotion and prevention. In 2016, Natalie completed a Per-Course Appointment for MED 6721 – Disease and Injury Prevention, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. In her spare time Natalie enjoys many outdoor activities and sports with her family and friends.


Andrew Papadopoulos

Andrew Papadopoulos is an Associate Professor and the Co-coordinator of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Guelph. He joined the Department of Population Medicine in July 2008. Previously, he was an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University for four years.

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, for six years and working for the Etobicoke Health Department for nine years prior to that.


Katrina Plamondon

Katrina Plamondon is a Registered Nurse with a clinical background in critical care and street outreach, as well as being an academic with a focus on global health research and knowledge translation. She currently serves as a Regional Practice Leader for Research & Knowledge Translation at Interior Health, where she uses her expertise as a facilitator and systems-thinker to enable people across health systems to use and do more research as part of their everyday work. She teaches courses and provides guest lectures on global health, research, knowledge translation and health policy. She has been actively involved in programs and leadership for the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR) since 2004 and currently co-chairs the organization’s Policy & Advocacy Committee. She is the lead facilitator of dialogue-based research on issues of research governance, the results of which led to the development of the equity-centred 2015 CCGHR Principles for Global Health Research.

She is currently completing doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and is a Banting & Best Canada Graduate Scholar. Her PhD research explores relational dimensions of knowledge-to-action practices in research that aims to address health inequities.

Anne Simard
Anne Simard

Anne Simard is the Chief Public Affairs Officer and Acting Director, Knowledge Services at Public Health Ontario (PHO). Anne has public health and not-for-profit sector expertise in strategic and operational planning, accreditation and performance management, communications and issues management, policy analysis and development, and partnership and network development. Prior to pursuing her Masters in Health Science, Anne worked as a radio and print journalist. At PHO, Anne is responsible for several departments including external relations, communications and knowledge services (i.e., analytic, education, library, and research and ethics services) in addition to overseeing the Sheela Basrur Centre’s programs and activities.


Sandra Song 

Sandra Song is the Director of Public Health Department at Concordia University of Edmonton. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Alberta and has both national and international teaching experience. She has extensive experience in the federal government in areas such as social and cultural policy, and health policy focused on vulnerable groups. Sandra’s current research interests focus on the relationship between public health and interpretive policy making in a broad range of areas including food security and food safety, as well as developing holistic interventions to environmental health challenges in Aboriginal reserve communities.

Mark-Andrew Stefan

Dr. Mark-Andrew Stefan is a Queen's University medical graduate who completed his Masters in Public Health and residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Université de Montréal. Since 2010, he's been working at the Laval Public Health Department in Laval, Québec, as medical advisor on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Since 2012, he has accumulated several other roles in the Department, namely Chief of Preventive Medicine and Health Surveillance, and Head of both the Teaching and the Continuing Medical Education Committees. As clinical supervisor with Université de Montréal's School of Public Health, he has been actively involved in sharing his passion for prevention while supervising Masters students and medical residents in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.  

Megan Ward
Megan Ward

Dr. Megan Ward is an Associate Medical Officer of Health for Peel Region in Ontario. A specialist in Public Health and Preventative Medicine, she has practiced in local public health for 26 years, the last ten in Peel. Since 2007 she has been leading a departmental strategic priority for evidence-informed decision making. From 2008 to 2010 she used an Executive Training in Research Application (EXTRA) Fellowship from the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to launch this ten-year strategy.