The National Executive Council is comprised of the elected representatives of each of CIPHI’s branches, a president-elect, president and past president. The NEC is responsible for the day-to-day operation of CIPHI as outlined by the Constitution and Bylaws. It is responsible for identifying and pursuing initiatives that support the objectives of CIPHI including, but not limited to, advocacy and provision of educational opportunities. All business units within CIPHI, including the Board of Certification, Council of Professional Experience and Environmental Health Foundation of Canada report to the NEC.
Kari Engele-Carter, CPHI(C)
National President – president@ gclub www.aleksandrzelenskiy.com
Kari Engele-Carter attended Concordia University College of Alberta’s After-Degree Program in Environmental Health and certified in 2003. Since April 2004 she has been employed by the Saskatoon Health Region as a Public Health Inspector (2004-2015, 2017-present) and Senior Public Health Inspector (2015-2017).
Kari has been an active CIPHI member since 2002. She has been a member of National Executive Council (2013-present), President of SK Branch (2013-2017), Secretary of SK Branch (2011-2013), Chair of the SK Branch 6th Annual Professional Education and Development Seminar (2013), a BOC Examiner, BOC Appeals Panel Chair (2017), CIPHI National Awards Committee (2014-present), and Co-Chair of 2018 National Annual Education Conference in Saskatoon.
Kari lives in small town Saskatchewan with her husband and 8 year old daughter. She enjoys camping, traveling, reading, spending time with family, volunteering in small town SK and with CIPHI and parenting a committed Scottish Highland dancer.
Ann Thomas, CPHI(C)
Past-President – past.president@ gclub www.aleksandrzelenskiy.com
Ann graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 1988. She started her career as an Environmental Health Officer in Fort St. John, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. In 1993 she returned to northern BC as Chief Environmental Officer. In 2000 Ann accepted a promotion with the BC Ministry of Health and headed south to Victoria. In 2003 she became the Regional Manager of Health Protection and Environmental Services for the Island Health Authority. Ann held this position until her retirement in March 2017.
Ann has participated in various CIPHI activities and committees over the years including Editor for the “BC Page” newsletter, Member of the Board of Certification (BOC), and BOC representative on the BCIT Environmental Health Advisory Committee. Many of our members will know Ann from her role as Chair of the BOC from 2002-2010.
Ann settled into retirement at her home on Vancouver Island, BC and has embraced the opportunity to devote even more time to CIPHI activities ! She also manages to find time to spend with her two and four legged family members.
Gregory Barrett, CPHI(C)
President-Elect – pres.elect@ gclub www.aleksandrzelenskiy.com
Gregory graduated from the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University in 2010. In addition, he completed his practicum training and gained his CPHI(C) certification the same year. Gregory has continued his studies by becoming a Certified Canadian Playground Inspector, and completing a certification in Occupational Health and Safety.
Gregory currently works as an Environmental Health Officer for Service NL. He has worked in the St. John’s Environmental Health office since 2013. His work for Service NL includes multiple program areas, but the majority of his work is in child care facilities and playground inspections. Gregory has been instrumental in developing and delivering numerous health education presentations for inspectors across the province and for child care operators.
Since moving to Newfoundland, Gregory has been an active member of the CIPHI NL branch. This includes helping to run the 2014 National Education Conference in St. John’s, working on several committees, and planning yearly Environmental Public Health Week activities. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the branch publication, Field Notes.
At this time, Gregory lives with his wife and daughter outside the St. John’s area.
Casey Neathway, CPHI(C)
BC Branch President
Casey Neathway is the Interior Regional Manager of Environmental Public Health Services for British Columbia’s First Nations Health Authority, the first province-wide, indigenous-led health authority of its kind in Canada. Casey graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a BSc. in cellular, molecular, and microbial biology and subsequently attended BCIT for his Environmental Health training, graduating in 2008. Since then, Casey has continued his education, obtaining Graduate Certificates in Public Health Strategic Communications and Public Health Leadership. Throughout his career, Casey has worked in varied programs in population and public health, including environmental health, community care licensing, and First Nations community programming.
Prior to joining the BC Branch Executive Council as President-Elect, Casey was (and continues to be) an Associate Editor of the BC Page branch newsletter, and spent multiple years as a BOC examiner.
Casey currently lives in Vernon, BC where he enjoys the ideal Okanagan climate by backpacking, kayaking, camping, and snowshoeing with his family and dog.
John Cannan, CPHI(C)
Ontario Branch President
John Cannan was born in Utica, New York but grew up in Stratford, Ontario. Once he graduated from high school, he joined the US Marine Corps, serving with the Marines from 1986 to 1990. He was stationed in California, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.
John graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1996 and was hired at the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit. He worked in Chatham until 1996 then moved to Belleville, Ontario and started working with Hasting Prince Edward Public Health.
John was a councillor with CIPHI Ontario Branch Executive from 2007 to 2013. He was the councillor for the Health Promotion portfolio which is now known as Membership Support & Engagement. John was elected to the position of president-elect in October 2016 and took over as branch president in October 2018. He has been a CIPHI member since 1994.
John’s hobbies include golf, scuba diving, sky diving, camping and kayaking.
Shaun Crawley, CPHI(C)
New Brunswick Branch President
Shaun graduated from Cape Breton University (then UCCB) in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science and then in 2002 with a Bachelor of Technology (Environmental Health). After graduation Shaun completed his practicum with the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit in Ontario and then continued to work there after certification until 2010 as a Public Health Inspector. From 2010 to 2017 Shaun was a Public Health Inspector with the Health Protection Branch of New Brunswick Department of Health. In December of 2017, PHIs with the Department of Health moved to the Department of Justice and Public Safety. Since that change, Shaun has taken on the acting role of Regional Director for Health Protection Services within the Department of Justice and Public Safety in Saint John, New Brunswick. Prior to taking on the roles of NB Branch President-elect and President, Shaun served as the NB Branch Secretary from 2012 to 2017.
Shaun resides in Quispamsis with his wife, Jessica and their two daughters. In his spare time, Shaun enjoys fishing, archery and just being with his family.
Geoffrey Tomko, CPHI(C)
Alberta Branch President
Geoffrey Tomko has experience in health care as a communicable disease control practitioner. He currently has a particular focus on disease control and prevention areas based in non-acute care centers including continuing care, community/home care and ambulatory care programs. Passionate for health care improvement programs, he works to improve quality and safety of patient care areas.
Geoff is a committed front line program leader and works towards supporting health partners achieve quality increases in disease prevention and control within differing care environments.
He is a Certified Public Health Inspector (CPHI), currently holds a master’s degree in infectious disease, a bachelor’s after-degree in environmental public health, and a bachelor’s degree in immunology and infection.
Kevin Kapell, CPHI(C)
Saskatchewan Branch President
Kevin was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan. He attended the First Nations University of Canada and completed his degree in Environmental Health and Science in May 2007. He received his CPHI (C) in October 2007.
Since that time, Kevin has worked for Heartland Health Region based out of Rosetown, SK. This is a rural region that covers a good portion of west central Saskatchewan. The rural region provides the opportunity for a health inspector to cover a vast array of program areas. Kevin enjoys the independent work that is offered by the rural region and enjoys the fact that no two days are the same.
Kevin has been a councillor with CIPHI Saskatchewan Branch since 2011 and was the chair of the Saskatchewan Branch 2017 Professional Education and Development Seminar.
Kevin currently lives in Rosetown with his wife Amanda and their son Aiden. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing and coaching hockey, golfing and taking family vacations.
Tammy A. McDonald, CPHI(C)
Newfoundland & Labrador Branch President
Tammy holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology and Diploma in Environmental Health Technology from Cape Breton University. She has 10 + years in health and environment fields. She has been a member of Ciphi since 2005.
Tammy has worked as a health educator for the Canadian International Development Agency in Lusaka, Zambia. She returned to Canada to work as an Environmental Health Officer in 2008 with Service NL. She has held several positions within the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador including; Environmental Protection Officer, Senior Environmental Scientist and is currently employed as Manager of Operations (Environmental Health).
Tammy was the Educational Chair and a co-chair for the 80th National Education Conference held in St. John’s in 2014. She is an active columnist for the branch publication Field Notes.
Tammy resides in St. John’s with her family and she enjoys camping, hiking and cooking.
Natalie Lowdon, CPHI(C)
Manitoba Branch President
Natalie completed her Environmental Health After-Degree program at Concordia University College of Edmonton in 2006, and certified as a Public Health Inspector in May of 2007. She started her career in northern Manitoba as an Environmental Health Officer. Subsequently, she obtained a position with the City of Winnipeg’s Environmental Health Services as a Public Health Inspector. The City’s inspection program amalgamated in 2012 with the Province of Manitoba’s Environmental Health Branch where she continued to work as a public health inspector. Currently Natalie is an acting Regional Manager for the Winnipeg Region. She has participated intermittently on the MB Branch committees over the last ten years. Most recently, Natalie was the MB Branch Secretary and member of the MB Branch Advocacy Committee. She chaired the 2018 MB Branch Educational Conference. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for her children’s daycare. Past CIPHI MB branch involvement includes chairing the venue committee from 2011-2013 in preparation for the 2013 National CIPHI Conference, 2010 Educational Co-Chair, and Educational Conference Chair in 2009.
When she’s not working, Natalie enjoys spending time with her husband Terry and two girls, Ma?lle (7) and Annalie (5), her extended family, playing volleyball, taking camping trips, being active and catching up with friends.
Vanessa Nickelo, CPHI(C)
Nova Scotia/PEI Branch President
Vanessa was born and raised in Cape Breton before moving to the West Coast, graduating from Concordia University College of Alberta’s After-Degree Program in Environmental Health in 2010. She has worked as a Public Health Inspector at New Brunswick Department of Health in 2010 before moving back to Nova Scotia practicing as a Public Health Officer with the Government of NS from 2011-2018. She recently accepted the role as Emergency Preparedness Program Officer for the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Vanessa has been an active CIPHI member, mentoring students, BOC Examiner, presenting at the 2016 AEC, and is the NS PEI Branch Webmaster. Vanessa resides in Halifax with her partner Mark. In her spare time she enjoys the gym, video games, and spending time with her dog, Loki.s.