Board and Associates

Executive Director, Kim Perrotta

Kim has a master’s degree in health science and 35 years of experience researching, analysing, promoting and implementing policies and programs that improve and protect public health and the environment.

She was the Executive Director for the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) from 2015 to 2019. She worked directly and indirectly for the public heath sector for 20 years – from 1995 to 2015 – with Toronto Public Health, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), Halton Region Health Department, the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative, and the Clean Air Partnership (CAP). She also spent 10 years working on occupational health issues with the labour movement in Ontario.

Kim has produced, edited and/or prepared over 30 health-based background reports, policy reports and toolkits on issues related to climate change, air pollution, land use planning, coal plants, school buses, and active transportation. She has prepared more than 20 op-eds and many press releases, blogs and factsheets, and given many presentations and media interviews.

She has secured nearly $1 million in foundation/government funding for environmental health projects in her work with the OPHA, CAP and CAPE.

In the coming years, Kim plans to work with public health organizations, and other partners, to use health arguments to win policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gases and/or reduce the impacts of unavoidable climate change on human health.

See LinkedIN for more information. Check out her reports on this website. Contact her at kim.perrotta@cogeco.ca.

Board Member – Kristie Daniel

Kristie is the Director of the Livable Cities program at HealthBridge, a role she has held since 2011. She provides technical assistance to local partners, program planning and implementation, and monitoring of local programs. Kristie’s head office is in Ottawa but she travels extensively to meet with HealthBridge’s local partners. 

Prior to joining HealthBridge, Kristie worked for over 10 years at Halton Region Public Health Department, in a variety of roles. She was responsible for coordinating a network of organizations interested in collaborating on programs supporting healthy eating, tobacco-free living and physical activity.  From 2006-10 she was a Senior Policy Analyst working with local government, planners and engineers on issues related to health and the built environment. Kristie also spent a year in Tanzania, working as a program coordinator supporting local schools and organizations to implement sport and play activities.

Kristie has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Waterloo  (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts, in psychology, from the University of Guelph (1997). See Kristie Daniel/LinkedIN for more information.

Board Member, Helen Doyle

Helen Doyle is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and the Chair of the Environmental Health Work Group, which works with public health partners to promote, and advocate for, action on environmental health issues including: climate change, air quality, water quality, housing, built and natural environments and children’s environmental health.

She is a also Board Member with the Windfall Ecology Centre, a Green Communities Canada non-profit organization that delivers environmental programs and services in York Region and Toronto. Helen retired from York Region Public Health in 2018 following a very rewarding and exciting 30 year career.

Associate – Ronald Macfarlane

Ronald Macfarlane is an advocate for environmental health and sustainable development. With 35 years of experience in Africa, Asia and Canada, he uses is critical thinking and writing skills to prepare easily understood summaries of the impacts of environmental determinants on health that serve as background information to advocate for equitable and healthy public policy.

Between 1999 and 2018 Ronald was with Toronto Public Health where he led environmental health projects addressing a wide-range of issues such as air pollution, noise, green space, urban form and climate change. He developed a health impact assessment framework and applied it to various proposals transportation and waste management proposals. His experience also includes work at the United Nations Environment Programme, Pesticides Action Network, Consumers International and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.

He has advanced international chemical policy through development of educational materials and position papers, training, provision of expert advice, program evaluation, and participation in international negotiations including the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

See RonaldMacfarlane/LinkedIN for more information.

Associate, Carol Mee

Carol Mee has extensive experience in policy analysis and development, research and engaging/collaborating with other organizations and the community. She was a Manager with Toronto Public Health and developed health policy. Policy areas included Toronto’s Environmental Plan, the pesticide bylaw, active transportation, air quality and climate change with a focus on protecting vulnerable people from extreme heat.  She recently authored Module 6 of CAPEs Climate Change Toolkit for Health Professionals entitled “Preparing for Climate Change in Our Communities”.

Carol is a citizen member of the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change and is a member of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Environmental Health Working group. She has a B.Sc.N (nursing) and a M.Ed. in adult education.

See Linkedin for more information. She can be contacted at carolgmee@gmail.com.