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Council Members 2019-2021


Dr. Jasmine Pawa

Dr. Pawa is a public health and preventive medicine specialist and family physician based in Toronto.  She works as a public health physician consultant to a range of organizations at local, provincial/territorial, and federal levels. In addition, she provides medical officer of health locum services as Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health for Nunavut. Her teaching commitments include co-leading the Public Health Theme for undergraduate medical education at the University of Toronto and leading the public health module of the Global Health Education Initiative.

She completed her undergraduate studies (biological sciences and history) and medical school at the University of Alberta before moving to Toronto for the public health residency. She has a master’s degree in health policy obtained in the UK jointly from LSHTM and LSE. Her professional focus is on health policy and health systems - including  the intersection of public health and health care.

Past-President &
Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Sandra Allison

Dr. Sandra Allison is the Chief Medical Health Officer for Northern Health.  Dr. Allison is a public health physician and is responsible for all public health programs in Northern Health, and advises the NH Executive Team and the Board on issues of importance to the health of Northerners.  Dr. Allison is also a Clinical Assistant Professor with UBC and an Adjunct Professor at UNBC.  She holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Calgary, a Medical Degree and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Manitoba. Sandra has completed a residency in Family Medicine, is a certificant of the College of Family Physicians, a residency in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada.


Dr. Jia Hu

Jia Hu is a medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services in Calgary. He previously worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. Jia received his medical degree from the University of Alberta and completed his public health and preventive medicine residency at the University of Toronto. He was previously involved with PHPC as one of the resident co-chairs. 


Dr. Karla Gustafson

Dr. Karla Gustafson is a Medical Officer of Health for Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services and holds a Clinical Associate appointment with the University of Calgary. She has a particular focus in the area of health promotion and equity. She is a Certified Associate in Project Management. Prior to joining Alberta Health Services, Dr. Gustafson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular, Molecular, Microbial Biology, a Master of Biomedical Technology degree, and a Doctor of Medicine degree all from the University of Calgary before completing post graduate medical training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine. In time available outside of medicine and as the “CEO” of her household with two small children, she is an avid golfer.

Resident Representatives

Dr. Angela Silveira

Dr. Ahmed Faress


Dr. Michael Schwandt


Dr. Lawrence Loh


Dr. Eric Young


Dr. Shovita Padhi


Dr. Helena Swinkels

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Isabelle Samson

Association des Spécialistes en Médecine Préventive du Québec

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Jane Buxton
Chair, Specialty Committee for Public Health & Preventive Medicine

Ex-Officio Memeber

Dr. Barry Pakes
Chair, PHPC CPD Committe

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