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Council Members 2024


Dr. Alyssa Ness

Doctor Ness is a public health and preventive medicine specialist and family physician based in Calgary. As a Medical Officer of Health in Central Zone, her particular focus in Environmental Public Health and Health Promotion. She enjoys teaching undergraduate medical students about population and public health topics and introducing them to the specialty early in their training. Dr. Ness also provides locum coverage at East Calgary Family Care Clinic. 

Prior to public health residency, Dr. Ness completed her Bachelor of Nursing degree, with Distinction, at the University of Calgary. She worked as a registered nurse in vascular surgery and with The Alex Pathways to Housing program before completing medical school and the initial years of general surgery training at the University of Alberta. In life outside of medicine, Dr. Ness enjoys writing, weightlifting, and quality time with her husband and daughter.

Past President

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.


Dr. Isabelle Samson

A medical graduate of Queen's University, Dr. Isabelle Samson completed her residency in Family Medicine (McGill, 1997). After several years as a family doctor in the Northwest Territories, she specialized in public health and preventive medicine (Université de Montréal, 2007) and completed a master's degree in health services administration. Since 2022, Dr. Samson has been the Director of Public Health at the CIUSSS de l'Estrie-CHUS. She has been based in Sherbrooke since 2012, focusing on environmental public health, although she worked in public health for Montréal's North Shore in 2020 and 2021. Previously, Dr. Samson worked in Montréal's Department of Public Health in perinatal and early childhood health promotion and prevention. She was president of the Association des Spécialistes en Médecine Préventive du Québec from 2015-2020.



PHPC members interested in the Secretary role are invited to contact Kaitlyn Shannon at 

Members at Large

Dr. Maulik Baxi (PHPC CPD Co-Chair)
Dr. Catherine Elliott
Dr. Emily Groot
Dr. Moliehi Khaketla
Dr. Julie Kryzanowski

Resident Representatives

Dr. Angela Silveria
Dr. Yipeng Ge

Ex-Officio Members

Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, American College of Preventive Medicine
Dr. David Kaiser, Association des Spécialistes en Médecine Préventive du Québec
Dr. Kathryn Koliaska, Specialty Committee for Public Health & Preventive Medicine
Dr. Barry Pakes (PHPC CPD Co-Chair)

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