Directors & Advisors

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Kim Perrotta

Kim is the founding director of CHASE. She manages and edits the CHASE website and Twitter account on a volunteer basis and does project work for CHASE as a contracted Associate.  Kim has a master’s degree in health science and 30 years of experience doing research, policy development, project management and knowledge translation on issues related to health and the physical and built environment.

Kim has spent the last 19 years working directly or indirectly for the public health sector with organizations such as Toronto Public Health, Halton Region Health Department, the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Clean Air Partnership (CAP).  She has prepared many reports for Boards of Health and more than 20 health-based background and/or policy reports.  For example, she prepared the report, The Walkable City, for Toronto Public Health in 2012, and the report, Public Health and Land Use Planning, for CAP and the OPHA in 2011.  She has also managed a number of innovative projects.  For example, she:

  • Co-managed the Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative in 2013-14;
  • Managed the health department’s involvement in the land use planning processes in Halton Region from 2006 to 2009;
  • Established the air monitoring and airshed modelling program in Halton Region from 2007 to 2009; and 
  • Secured $230,000 in funds and managed the OPHA Air Quality Program from 2002 to 2005.

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DIRECTOR – Daniel Tobias

Dan has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors including policy development positions with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and operating his own company in the telecommunications sector.  Currently working with Tobias & Associates, he assists aboriginal communities in Canada and Australia with land use planning in the area of use-and-occupancy research.

ADVISOR – Ronald Macfarlane 

Ronald is a Supervisor with the Healthy Public Policy Team in Toronto Public Health.  He has developed: a health impact assessment framework; prudent avoidance policies to minimize exposures from radiofrequencies from cell phone towers and electromagnetic fields; and the West Nile virus control contingency plan.  He participates in stakeholder consultations on provincial air standards.  He facilitated a multi-stakeholder process with Cancer Care Ontario that identified toxic use reduction as a complementary strategy for controlling carcinogens.  And he participated in negotiations for the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade and the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants.  

Prior to joining Toronto Public Health, Ronald worked as Senior Regulatory Toxicologist for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and for non-governmental organizations in Malaysia, where he was involved in influencing policy to address the health and environmental impacts of chemicals.

ADVISOR – Kristie Daniel

Kristie has a Master’s degree in Public Health and 12 years of experience working for Halton Region Health Department as: the Coordinator of the Heart Health Program, where she engaged key stakeholders and supported activities related to physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco-free living; and as a Senior Policy Analyst for five years, where she was responsible for policy development related to physical activity and the built environment, the review of planning and transportation documents, and participation in land use planning processes including the development of healthy community implementation guidelines.   In this latter role, Kristie prepared several reports including Creating Walkable and Transit-Supportive Communities in Halton.  Most recently, Kristie has joined the HealthBridge Foundation of Canada as the Manager of the Livable Cities Program.  In this role, Kristie provides technical support to local partners in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam.  Kristie is also the lead HealthBridge Manager participating in the deliberations for the UN Summit on Noncommunicable Diseases.