Council Members 2017-2019



Sandra Allison MD MSc FRCSC FRCPC

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.

Past-President & Ex-Officio Member


Associate professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba;
Senior knowledge broker, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases, University of Manitoba;
Adjunct professor, Department of Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Winnipeg;
Medical director and senior knowledge broker, International Centre for Infectious Diseases;
Medical advisor, Canadian HIV Vaccine Research and Development Initiative Alliance Coordinating Office, International Centre for Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Kettner was raised in the north end of Winnipeg and obtained his medical degree at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1976.  After two years of work in emergency medicine, he undertook his first residency program, obtaining his general surgery specialty certificate in 1984 (University of Manitoba).  Following that, he obtained a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the University of London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine in 1986.  He obtained his Community Medicine specialty certificate (University of Manitoba) in 1991.

Since then, he has worked at the University of Manitoba and as a Medical Officer of Health, first in rural and northern Manitoba and then in Winnipeg before his appointment as the Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health in 1999 and as Manitoba’s first Chief Provincial Public Health Officer in 2007, a job he had until 2012.

After leaving government, Dr. Kettner has taken on a number of new roles. He was a director of the board of the Canadian Public Health Association from 2012-2014, and is currently a member of the board of the Canadian Association of Medical Education Foundation. He has been president of PHPC since 2013.


Dr. Helena Swinkels


Position currently vacant

Resident Representative

Dr. Yassen Tcholakov

Dr. Emily Manthorp

Member-at-Large & Chair, PHPC Advocacy and Current Issues Committee

Dr. Michael Schwandt


Dr. Thomas Piggott

Dr. Thomas Piggott is pursuing training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine, with Family Medicine, at McMaster University, and an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He has worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada, and has diverse interests in research and the practice of public health, global health and leadership.  In his spare time he enjoys running, hiking, climbing, and travelling


 Dr. Isaac Sobel


 Dr. Eric Young


 Dr. Shovita Padhi      


Dr. Jasmine Pawa

Jasmine Pawa is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist based in Toronto. She is originally from Edmonton and moved to Ontario for residency in 2012. She completed her family medicine training in 2014 with St. Michael’s Hospital and has a master’s degree in health policy from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (joint degree). Her interests include health policy, primary care, and global health. She currently works as a public health physician consultant to range of organizations at local, provincial, and federal levels. Her personal interests include reading, soft rock music, and travel (particularly by train).       


 Dr. Karla Gustefson

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Barry Pakes

Chair, PHPC CPD Committee    

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Jane Buxton, Chair, Specialty Committee for Community Medicine

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Lawrence Loh, PHPC Representative to the American College of Preventive Medicine

Ex-Officio Member

Dr. Isablelle Samson
Quebec Community Medicine Association Representative

Spécialisée en santé publique et médecine préventive depuis 2008, Dre Isabelle Samson c’est joint à l’équipe de la direction de santé publique du CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS en 2012.  Elle œuvre en santé environnementale; son rôle consiste notamment à agir au niveau de la protection, ce qui comprend la gestion des risques en lien avec la qualité de l'eau, de l'air et du sol, mais surtout à prévenir ces risques et leurs conséquences en collaborant avec diverses instances pour réduire leurs présences, proposer des mesures d'atténuation et se préparer à mieux agir en cas de sinistre. Auparavant, elle travaillait à la Direction de santé publique de Montréal dans le domaine de la promotion-prévention en périnatalité et petite enfance. Elle est aussi présidente de l’Association des médecins spécialistes en santé publique et médecine préventive ou en médecine du travail.

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