Executive Director – Kim Perrotta, BES, MHSc
Kim has a master’s degree in health science and 35 years of experience researching, analysing, promoting and implementing policies and programs that improve and protect public health and the environment. She has worked directly and indirectly for the public heath sector for 20 years – with Toronto Public Health, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), Halton Region Health Department, the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative, and the Clean Air Partnership (CAP). She also spent 10 years working on occupational health issues.
She was the Executive Director for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) from 2015 to 2020. During her tenure, she re-invigorated the board, established regional volunteer committees, and doubled the funding and staff complement. She also produced and co-authored the 240-page Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals and the Prescribing Active Travel for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet toolkit to support education and advocacy by CAPE members. In addition, she led the health sector in advocating for the accelerated phase-out of coal-fired power plants nationally, a national active transportation strategy, and on a Call to Action on Climate Change and Health.
Kim has authored or co-authored over 30 health-based background reports, policy reports and toolkits on issues related to climate change, air pollution, land use planning, coal plants, school buses, and active transportation. A number are linked below:
- Fractures in the Bridge: Unconventional (Fracked) Natural Gas, Climate Change and Human Health, With Ronald Macfarlane, CAPE, 2020.
- Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals, 240 pages, With Alice McGushin, Helen Doyle, Bora Plumptre, Linda Varangu, Carol Mee and Ronald Macfarlane. CAPE, 2019.
- Prescribing Active Travel for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet, With Kristie Daniel, CAPE, 2018.
- Cosmetic Pesticides – Provincial Policies & Municipal By-laws: Lessons Learned & Best Practices. With Ian Arnold, BHSc, MPH, JD. CAPE, 2016.
- Building a community of practice: Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Renewal–Postscript. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2014.
- The Walkable City: Neighbourhood Design and Preferences, Travel Choices and Health. Toronto Public Health. 2012.
- School Buses, Air Pollution & Children’s Health: Follow-up Report, CHASE, Clean Air Partnership, OPHA. 2010.
- Public Health and Land Use Planning: How Ten Public Health Units are Working to Create Healthy and Sustainable Environments. 240 pages. CHASE, CAP & OPHA, 2010.
- Air Monitoring as a Tool for Assessing and Addressing Local Air Quality. Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. 2010.
- Halton’s Comprehensive Air Quality Program – Update. Halton Region Health Department, 2009.
- Air Quality and the Built Environment. Halton Region Health Department, 2007.
- School Buses, Air Pollution & Children’s Health: Improving Children’s Health & Local Air Quality by Reducing School Bus Emission, CHASE, CAP & OPHA. 2005.
- The Health Impacts Associated with Traffic Corridors. Toronto Public Health. 2005.
- Ten Key Carcinogens in Toronto Workplaces & Environment. Toronto Public Health. 2005.
- Agenda for Action on Air and Health. Toronto Public Health, 2004.
- Fuelling Clean Air: Municipal Fuel Purchasing Policies that Reduce Emissions that Contribute to Poor Air Quality & Climate. CHASE, OPHA & CAP, 2003.
- Beyond Coal: Power, Public Health & the Environment. OPHA, 2002.
- Pesticides on Private Property-Policy Review. Hamilton Health & Community Services. 2002.
- Regional Models for Air Quality Improvement. CAP. 2000.
- Air Pollution Burden of Illness – Summary Report. Toronto Public Health (TPH), 2000.
- Ontario’s Changing Electricity sector: Implications for Air Quality and Human Health, Toronto Public Health, 1999.
- Global Climate Change. Toronto Public Health. 1997.
Associate – Carol Mee, BScN, MEd
Carol Mee has extensive experience in policy analysis and development, research and engaging/collaborating with other organizations and the community. She was a Manager with Toronto Public Health and developed health policy. Policy areas included Toronto’s Environmental Plan, the pesticide bylaw, active transportation, air quality and climate change with a focus on protecting vulnerable people from extreme heat.
Carol is a citizen member of the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change and is a member of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Environmental Health Working group. She has a B.Sc.N (nursing) and a M.Ed. in adult education.
She recently authored Module 6 of CAPEs Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals entitled “Preparing for Climate Change in Our Communities”.
Associate – Ronald Macfarlane, BSc, MSc, MLS
Ronald Macfarlane is an advocate for environmental health and sustainable development. With 35 years of experience in Africa, Asia and Canada, he uses is critical thinking and writing skills to prepare easily understood summaries of the impacts of environmental determinants on health that serve as background information to advocate for equitable and healthy public policy.
Between 1999 and 2018 Ronald was with Toronto Public Health where he led environmental health projects addressing a wide-range of issues such as air pollution, noise, green space, urban form and climate change. He developed a health impact assessment framework and applied it to various proposals transportation and waste management proposals.
His experience also includes work at the United Nations Environment Programme, Pesticides Action Network, Consumers International and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.He has advanced international chemical policy through development of educational materials and position papers, training, provision of expert advice, program evaluation, and participation in international negotiations including the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Some of the reports that Ronald authored, co-authored or edited include:
- Health effects of extreme weather events and wildland fires – a Yukon perspective. Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Yukon. 2020.
- Fractures in the Bridge: Unconventional (Fracked) Natural Gas, Climate Change and Human Health, CAPE, 2020.
- Avoiding the Trap: Traffic-related Air Pollution in Toronto and Options for Reducing Exposure, Toronto Public Health, 2017.
- Green City: Why Nature Matters – An Evidence Review. With Tara Zupanic, Timothy Jason, Marianne Kingsley.Toronto Public Health 2015.
- Int’l J. of Environment Research and Public Health 15(11), 2018. Zeuli, K. et al. Climate change on the food system in Toronto.
- Diets for a cool planet: Healthy, sustainable diets for Toronto. Toronto Public Health, 2017.
- Path to healthier air: Toronto air pollution burden of illness update. Toronto Public Health. 2014.
- Active city: designing for health. Toronto Public Health , 2014.
Board Member – Helen Doyle, BSc, CPHI(C)
Helen Doyle is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and the Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group, which works with public health partners to promote, and advocate for, action on environmental health issues including: climate change, air quality, water quality, housing, built and natural environments and children’s environmental health.
She is a also Board Member with the Windfall Ecology Centre, a Green Communities Canada non-profit organization that delivers environmental programs and services in York Region and Toronto. Helen retired from York Region Public Health in 2018 following a very rewarding and exciting 30 year career.
She recently authored Module 3 of CAPEs Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals entitled “Climate Change Health Risks in Canada”.
Board Member – Kristie Daniel, BA, MPH
Kristie is the Director of the Livable Cities program at HealthBridge, a role she has held since 2011. She provides technical assistance to local partners, program planning and implementation, and monitoring of local programs. Kristie’s head office is in Ottawa but she travels extensively to meet with HealthBridge’s local partners.
Prior to joining HealthBridge, Kristie worked for over 10 years at Halton Region Public Health Department, in a variety of roles. She was responsible for coordinating a network of organizations interested in collaborating on programs supporting healthy eating, tobacco-free living and physical activity. From 2006-10 she was a Senior Policy Analyst working with local government, planners and engineers on issues related to health and the built environment. Kristie also spent a year in Tanzania, working as a program coordinator supporting local schools and organizations to implement sport and play activities.
Kristie has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Waterloo (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts, in psychology, from the University of Guelph (1997). Some of the reports that Kristie has authored include:
- Prescribing Active Travel for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet, CAPE, 2018.
- Creating Walkable and Transit Supportive Communities. Halton Region Health, 2009.
See Kristie Daniel/LinkedIN for more information.
Board Member – Amanda Mongeon, BES, MEd
Amanda is a Program Manager at Timiskaming Health Unit in Northeastern Ontario, where she supports work in Community and School Health. She is a founding member of Climate Action Timiskaming, a local group that works to foster productive conversations around climate in the Timiskaming region. Amanda holds the Credentialed Evaluator designation, has a M.Ed focused on Adult Education, Community Development and Environmental Studies and is currently a PhD Student in the Rural Studies program at University of Guelph. She works to promote health and well-being at the local level, with particular interests in governance, health equity and climate change.