CARRFS eNews Pan-Canadian Editorial Advisors.

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Jostein Algroy, Editor-in-Chief

Jostein Algroy, Editor-in-Chief for CARRFS eNews is a founding member of the CARRFS. He has been a member of the CARRFS' Canadian Coordinating Committee (CCC) since its inception in 2008 and was co-chair for the CCC from 2011 to 2013. He was also co-chair for the First National Symposium for CARRFS in 2009. 

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Paul Webster, Health Science Writer

Paul Webster is a writer based in Toronto. His work has been published in Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, Nature, New Scientist, Science, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Ecologist, The Globe and Mail, The Lancet, The Nation, The Toronto Star, The Walrus, Readers Digest, Report on Business Magazine, The Tyeeand Vancouver Magazine. He has reported from 23 countries and has won four national magazine awards. In 2013 he won the Dan Greber Award for freelance writing, and the Canadian Bar Association’s Stephen Hansen Award for best magazine article on a legal topic. 



Dr. Bernard Choi, Senior Research Scientist, Public Health Agency of Canada

Bernard Choi has a PhD in epidemiology (University of Toronto).  Prior to joining the Government of Canada, he was a professor in the University of Toronto.  He has conducted original research and published widely in the epidemiology and surveillance of chronic diseases and risk factors, occupational and environmental health, knowledge translation, policy research, program evaluation and global health.  He has developed a series of statistical procedures for public health. 

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Dr. Elizabeth Rael, Senior Epidemiologist, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Elizabeth GS Rael is the Senior Epidemiologist in the Health Promotion Division of Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  Since 1999, as Senior Epidemiologist in Ontario’s health ministries, she has contributed to diverse national, provincial and local (public health unit) health surveillance planning and development initiatives.  Elizabeth completed her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto in 2001.  Elizabeth’s work ranges from the strategic to the operational and technical, from strategies, to standards, to indicators and evaluation.  She enhances traditional epidemiology work with a focus on the design and application of accessible (Excel-based) Decision Aid and Support Interactive (DASI, pronounced daisy) Tools that enable the transfer and mobilization of key decision-making skills.

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Larry Svenson, Alberta Ministry of Health

Larry Svenson is the Director for Epidemiology and Surveillance within the Surveillance and Assessment Branch of the Alberta Ministry of Health and holds Adjunct Associate Professor positions with the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health.. He was also one of four Canadians selected to sit on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s expert group on asthma surveillance. Larry is the current chair of the National Surveillance Infrastructure Task Group to the Public Health Network Council of Canada leading the development of a public health surveillance blueprint for Canada.  

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Dr. Drona Rasali, Director, British Columbia Provincial Health Services Authority

Drona Rasali served as the Provincial Chronic Disease Epidemiologist at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health for seven years prior to his current position. He holds the Adjunct Professor position at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan since 2009.  He has received a PhD in Quantitative Analysis (University of Manitoba). In early 2014, he has received the professional designation as a Fellow of American College of Epidemiology (FACE).  He has a professional background of veterinary medicine, with specializations in health-related sciences including pathology, endocrinology, quantitative genetics and epidemiology.

Anne Simard, Chief Public Affairs, Public Health Ontario

Anne Simard is the Chief Public Affairs Officer at Public Health Ontario where she is responsible for strategic communications, issues management, and external relations with government, clients and partners. She acts as a strategic support to a number of cross-cutting initiatives and public health program areas, with oversight for PHO's website and online service delivery. Anne has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and worked as a writer, broadcaster and producer at CBC Radio. She completed a Master of Health Science degree at the University of Toronto. Her work at PHO often bridges the worlds of communications and public health.

Mary Lou Decou, Epidemiologist, Public Health Agency of Canada