Not the Usual Suspects Breakfast featuring Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer

When: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 07:30 - 09:00

Where: Rideau Club, Ottawa

The Public Policy Forum, in partnership with Enbridge, hosted the fifth and final Not the Usual Suspects breakfast, this time featuring Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.

Heading up the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Dr. Butler-Jones is responsible for administering the PHAC’s mandate to “promote and protect the health of Canadians through leadership, partnership, innovation and action in public health.” Most recently, he was responsible for coordinating the federal government’s response to the H1N1 flu crisis. But beyond responding to public health emergencies, the Public Health Agency of Canada supports approximately 2,400 researchers and staff, as well as a wide variety of programs and services offered by both federal government and non-government agencies across Canada. With such a large network across the country, how does the PHAC interact with other health organizations across the country? And, specifically what distinguishes PHAC from Health Canada?

Dr. Butler-Jones discussed his responsibilities and shared his perspective on some of the challenges facing PHAC now and in the years ahead.

Previous speakers included: Kevin Page, Parliamentary Budget Officer; Mary Dawson, Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner; Cassie Doyle, Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada; and, Marie-Lucie Morin, National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Associate Secretary to the Cabinet.

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