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Dr. David Jones

Former Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

Dr. David Butler-Jones

Dr. David Butler-Jones (MD MHSc LLD(hc) CCFP FRCPC FACPM) was the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (Head of the Public Health Agency of Canada) from 2004 to 2014. He stepped down following a stroke in 2012. He was the first person to hold this office. Throughout his career, he has worked in many parts of Canada in both Public Health and Clinical Medicine

He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been actively involved as a researcher and consultant in public health issues. He is a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, as well as a Clinical Professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine.

From 1995 to 2002, Dr. Butler-Jones was Chief Medical Health Officer and Executive Director of the Population Health and Primary Health Services Branches for the Province of Saskatchewan.

In professional organizations, he has served as President of the Canadian Public Health Association; Vice President of the American Public Health Association; Chair of the Canadian Roundtable on Health and Climate Change; International Regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine; Member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Population Health Initiative; Chair of the National Coalition on Enhancing Preventive Practices of Health Professionals; and Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.

He has received honorary degrees (LLD) from Carleton University (Ottawa) and York University (Toronto). He is also recipient of The Canadian Public Health Association Robert Davies Defries Award, it’s highest honour, The College of Family Physicians, ScotiaBank Family Medicine Lectureship, and the Medal of Service, from The Canadian Medical Association for, “his outstanding and exceptional contribution to health care in Canada”. In 2017 he received the Presidents Award from the Public Health Physicians of Canada.

Dr. Butler-Jones serves currently as Senior Medical Officer and Atlantic Region Medical Officer for the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada. He is on the National Board for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. He also continues to speak, teach and advise on a range of Health Issues.


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