Canadian Environmental Health Atlas

Understanding Our Environment is Key to Promoting Health and Preventing Disease

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Dr. Kate Bassil is a Manager in Healthy Public Policy at Toronto Public Health and an Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She has a variety of experience in applied health research including previous appointments at Mount Sinai Hospital and Simon Fraser University. Kate has expertise in epidemiological research methods with particular knowledge of infant/neonatal health and environmental health (i.e., climate change, heat response, air pollution, geospatial applications, pesticides, and integrating environmental and health datasets for public health surveillance). Kate holds a PhD and MSc in Epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Michael Buzzelli is Professor at the University of Western Ontario and Executive Director of the Canadian Policy Network. He has held prior appointments at UBC, as Queen’s National Scholar and as Urban Studies Visiting Fellow at the University of Glasgow. Michael’s research explores use of geographic information systems and spatial analysis on the social and environmental determinants of health. He has been the lead investigator on a number of research and knowledge translation projects including the Health Canada Border Air Quality Strategy (British Columbia and Washington State) aimed at Canada-US negotiations of air quality standards.  Michael brings expertise in social and environmental health inequities and on the treatment of spatial data in analysis and visualization.

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH, is a Clinician Scientist at the Child & Family Research Institute, BC Children’s Hospital and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.  His research goal is to help quantify and ultimately prevent disease and disability that result from exposures to environmental contaminants, like lead, tobacco and pesticides.  His research on the epidemiology of lead toxicity was pivotal in quantifying the effects of low-level lead toxicity and the downward revision of the levels of lead in blood that are now considered harmful.  Over the past decade, Bruce has become increasingly vexed by our inability to control the “pandemic of consumption” – the largely preventable, worldwide epidemic of chronic disease due to industrial pollutants and excess consumption.

Dr. Paul Peters is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and is a researcher in the Federal Government. His research includes environmental health, spatial analysis in the health and social sciences, and population health methodology. Paul is interested in promoting a greater awareness of the relationship between the environment and health.

Hannah Moffatt has a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University and a B.Sc. from McGill University’s School of Environment. She is particularly interested in using new and different communication platforms to share information, build networks, and support public health action.  Hannah was Project Coordinator for the Atlas team from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Hannah took a position at the National Collaborating Center for Determinants of Health as Knowledge Translation Specialist.

Joanne Telfer has recently completed her Master of Public Health degree at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.  Joanne’s interest in environmental health began during her undergraduate studies in Toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan. She is particularly interested in environmental contaminants, and the impact of the built environment on human health. She is also interested in the knowledge translation process and is inspired by the use of creative approaches for communicating environmental health knowledge across various populations.


Erica Phipps serves as Partnership Director for the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE), a national partnership of environmental, public health, medical and child-centred organizations that work together to advance the protection of children’s health from exposures to toxic chemicals and pollution ( Her work focuses on multi-disciplinary approaches to knowledge translation and policy advocacy for environmental health, with an emphasis on equity issues and the empowerment of disadvantaged populations. Erica has a background in public health and has worked on environmental health and toxics issues both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol began her academic career in the social sciences at SFU (Communications BA) and then developed a strong interest in environmental and occupational health during her Master’s degree at York University (MES). She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at UBC where she currently teaches Risk Assessment and Toxicology in the School of Population and Public Health. Her areas of research span the diverse subjects of human health risk assessment, environmental health and knowledge translation. In particular, she investigates how to improve the communication methods that are used to describe population level exposures to cancer-causing substances, specifically using techniques such as geographic information systems (GIS) and data visualization. Anne-Marie has also produced a number of short videos to promote awareness of environmental hazards such as pesticides (Wash with Care) and tick-borne diseases (the Tick Talk). She currents works at UBC as an Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health. Her research centres on the CAREX project ( investigating knowledge translation techniques for complex exposure data and she spends time at the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health as a Knowledge Translation/Environmental Health Scientist.

Lisa Gue coming soon


Robert Lanphear is a award-winning, independent graphic designer with over two decades experience producing print and internet solutions with a focus on education, sustainability and public awareness. His interests include making complex information engaging and accessible through design and technology.


David Murphy is a senior lecturer in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, teaching in the area of Media Analysis and Acoustic Communication. His research interests are in educational media design and pedagogy, specializing in the communication of heath and environmental messages.


Jeremy Mamisao is a videographer and motion designer who is a recent graduate from Simon Fraser University. His speciatlity is in creating media for communication, with a focus in developing videos for public health and health literacy. He has worked with a number of health organizations, including the Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and the Transforming Pain Research Group.



Ms. Prabjit Barn, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Karen Bartlett, University of British Columbia
Dr. Cynthia Bearer, University of Maryland
Dr. Michael Brauer, University of British Columbia
Dr. Barry Castleman
Ms. Joyce Cheng, Public Health Agency of Canada
Ms. Christina Chociolko, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Donald C. Cole, University of Toronto
Dr. Hugh Davies, University of British Columbia
Dr. Paul Demers, Cancer Care Ontario
Ms. Joanne Edwards, Interior Health Authority of British Columbia
Ms. Manon Fleury, Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. François-Pierre Gauvin, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy; McMaster University
Dr. Pierre Gosselin, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
Dr. Stephanie Gower, Toronto Public Health
Ms. Lisa Gue, David Suzuki Foundation
Dr. Judith Guernsey, Dalhousie University
Mr. Doug Haines, Health Canada
Dr. Sarah Henderson, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Marie Louie, Alberta Health Services
Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol, Simon Fraser University, CAREX Canada
Dr. Ian Pike, British Columbia Injury Research and Prevention Unit
Ms. Kyla Madden, McGill Queens University Press
Dr. Jeff Masuda, University of Manitoba
Ms. Hilary McGregor, National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
Dr. Margot Parkes, International Association for Ecology and Health
Ms. Erica Phipps, Canadian Partnership for Children's Health & Environment
Ms. Mona Shum, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Nadine Shuurmann, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Sylvia Struck, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Tim Takaro, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Cheryl Teelucksingh, Ryerson University, Center for Urban Health Initiatives
Dr. Sylvanus Thompson, Toronto Public Health
Dr. Erna van Balen, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Helen Ward, National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
Dr. Kue Young, University of Toronto

*Note: The advisors and peer reviewers listed above graciously provided their input during the development of the Canadian Environmental Health Atlas, but they are not responsible for the final content of the Atlas.

University Publications Fund, Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Asbestos-related Research, Education, and Advocacy (AREA) Fund
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)