Advisory Group Members

The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (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:

Chair


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.

Members

Victor Akande

Victor Akande has been working for the Government of Nunavut since 2012, and is currently serving as Executive Director Health Operations within the Department of Health. He had worked previously in the same department as Territorial Lead Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, and as Manager Public Health Strategy. Prior to working in Nunavut, Victor was Risk Prioritization Officer and Food Defense Specialist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa, where he conducted risk profiling, prioritization, and ranking of foodborne illnesses, in collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial authorities, and international partners such as the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. Before moving to Canada in 2004, Victor served as Project Manager on a national immunizations project in Nigeria, coordinated by a consortium of organizations (UNICEF, the European Economic Community and the Federal Government of Nigeria). He also worked in the private sector as Manager Selcon Farms Limited. Victor holds a BA in Business from Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom; DVM degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; MSc from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; and MPH from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Victor is currently completing his PhD thesis in Health Promotion at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, United Kingdom.

Olivier Bellefleur

Olivier Bellefleur is the administrative and scientific Lead of the National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy. He joined the Centre in 2010 as research officer and was appointed Lead in June 2017. As research officer he worked primarily in two areas: public health ethics, and the built environment. His academic background is in philosophy (B.A., UQAM; M.A., Université de Montréal, doctoral studies, McGill University) and in environmental sciences (M.Sc., UQAM). He lives in Montréal's Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.

Claire Betker

Claire Betker, PhD, RN, CCHN(C) is the Scientific Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health located at STFX University in Antigonish Nova Scotia. As registered nurse and CNA certified community health nurse, Claire has worked in public health, primary health care and home health at a local, regional, provincial and national level. Claire is currently the president of the Canadian Nurses Association and a past president of the Community Health Nurses of Canada. Her PhD research focused on the capacity for public health leadership to advance health equity, a knowledge base that greatly informs her contributions to the public health field.

Holly Buhler

Holly Buhler is a Regional Practice Lead, Research and Knowledge Translation, with British Columbia’s Interior Health Authority.  Prior to joining Interior Health in 2013, she worked in various research and evaluation roles at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. She holds a Masters of Medical Science from Uppsala University, a Masters of Geographic Information Systems from Lund University, and is a Credentialed Evaluator through the Canadian Evaluation Society.  In her current role, Holly supports research-related activities within her organization with a goal of promoting the production and use of evidence for effective decision making across the healthcare system.

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. 

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.


Nancy Ramuscak

Nancy Ramuscak is a Program Manager with the Education and Research team at the Region of Peel – Public Health. Nancy has a MSc (Community Health and Epidemiology) from the University of Toronto. She started her career as a Research Coordinator at the University of Toronto and has worked in local public health for ten years. Nancy and her team support effective public health practice within the department, including the use of data and evidence to make decisions.

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.