National Executive

our health promotion leaders across Canada

HPC’s National Executive meets the first Thursday of every month. HPC members are invited to participate as guests anytime.

Terms of Reference, Meeting Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available upon request.

Lesley Dyck

Lesley Dyck

British Columbia Representative

Lesley is a health promotion and community development consultant with over 25 years of experience in Canada and internationally.

Before leaving to start her own consulting company, Lesley was a Knowledge Translation Specialist with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCDH). She has also worked as a public health program manager (population health, tobacco reduction, injury prevention), international volunteer (Public Health, Indonesia), a communication coordinator (well-being/active living) and community developer/programmer (fitness, recreation, women’s health). Lesley earned her BA in Mass Communication at Carleton University and her MA in Health Promotion at the University of British Columbia.

You can find Lesley working and volunteering on projects wherever people and organizations are collaborating to build healthy and inclusive communities. She lives in the Okanagan Valley with her partner John, where they can be found working in their garden or planning their next kayak, ski or travel adventure.

Irving Rootman

Irving Rootman

British Columbia Representative

Irving holds a PhD and is a global pioneer and a leader in health promotion research and practice in Canada for over thirty years.

Some of Irving’s accomplishments include: the first Director of the Centre for Health Promotion at the University of Toronto, stimulated the establishment of the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research, and developed a national program of research in literacy and health.

Currently Irving works as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria and a Visiting Professor in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. He is the Co-chair of the Capacity-Building Committee for the Public Health Association of BC and the Chair of the Steering Committee for the BC Health Literacy Network.

Jane Springett

Jane Springett

Alberta Representative

Jane holds a PhD and is the director of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies at the University of Alberta. She brings a wealth of experience to health promotion from working at the forefront of participatory evaluation and action research in many countries including: United Kingdom, Sweden, Mexico and Kyrgyzstan.

She works with international partners to coordinate both the International Collaboration on Participatory Health Research (ICPHR) and the Collaborative Action Research Network (CARN).

Jane is currently working in human ecology and is looking at the relationship between ecological sustainability, healthy choices and equity.

Teree Hokanson

Teree Hokanson

Alberta Representative

Teree holds a Master of Science in Health Promotion from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan. She currently works as a community health promotion facilitator for Alberta Health Services and is the Health Promotion Lead for the Highland Primary Care Network. A strong proponent of the Healthy Community Approach, she has been working beside rural communities to create their own paths to wellness for over 12 years. She is also committed to the importance of early childhood development, having started her health promotion career in that area over 15 years ago.

Teree believes in the value of a strengths-based approach and the power of solid facilitation and community engagement practices when working with communities and collaborators. She is a member of the International Association of Facilitators and IAP2 Canada.

Teree is proud to share your experiences and expertise as a preceptor for public health students from the University of Lethbridge School of Public Health.

Gift Madojemu

Gift Madojemu

Saskatchewan Representative

Gift holds an MPH - Population Health, from Memorial University of Newfoundland and BSc. Biochemistry from Benson Idahosa University, Nigeria. She is a Health Promotion Specialist and Tobacco Project Coordinator with the Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre.

Her professional experience spans across food security, disease/injury prevention, HIV/AIDS and adolescent reproductive health care, and commercial tobacco reduction. She is currently Vice President of the Saskatchewan Coalition for Tobacco Control and Health Coordinator for Truly Alive Youth and Family Foundation. She has a passion for health and wellness, and enjoys working primarily with youth and prenatal but works effectively across different population groups utilizing various core competencies of a Public Health Practitioner.

Among her many interests, she particularly enjoys music, theatre – volunteers with the Battlefords Community Players, and is a proud Big Sister with Big Brothers, Big Sisters Canada. She’s also found Google to be her all time e-bestie!

Tom Martin

Tom Martin

Saskatchewan Representative

Tom is currently re-locating from Ontario to the mid-west! Most recently, Tom worked as a Health Strategy Specialist at City of Hamilton and prior to that a Health Promoter with Peel Public Health in Ontario.

Tom’s interests in health promotion include policy, core and health promoter competencies, program development, and creating a more engaging health promotion community across Canada.

Away from work, Tom enjoys being active through cycling, hiking, paddling, camping, and orienteering. Tom brings lots of energy and ideas to improve the profession at both a micro and macro level.

Leslie Malloy-Weir

Leslie Malloy-Weir

Saskatchewan Representative

Leslie holds a PhD in health policy and is a postdoctoral fellow in the Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a sessional lecturer in the School of Public Health. Her research interests include health literacy, treatment decision making, adult education, dementia, and evaluation.

Leslie recently completed an evaluation for the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan. She is currently working in collaboration with the Saskatoon Health Region and Saskatchewan Government Insurance.

Don Gamache

Don Gamache

Manitoba Representative

Don works as a Manager Behavioural Health Community Development and Support Services with Northern Health Region.

Hannah Moffatt

Hannah Moffatt

Manitoba Representative

Hannah has a B.Sc. in Environmental Health from McGill University and a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. Originally from St. John’s, NL, Hannah has made herself at home from coast to coast. She has lived in Montreal, Vancouver, and Antigonish and moved to Winnipeg in 2014.

Hannah has always worked at the intersection of health, social justice, and adult education. Previously Hannah was a Knowledge Translation Specialist with the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, where she worked with public health practitioners across Canada exploring solutions to complex health, social, and economic challenges.

As the first ever Population Health Equity Initiatives Leader for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Hannah plays an active role in the region’s Health for All efforts. Hannah believes we need to work upstream and involve community members to alter the institutions, policies, and practices that cause health inequities.

Nancy McPherson

Nancy McPherson

Manitoba Representative

Nancy works as a Population Health Planner Analyst in Quality, Planning & Evaluation with Prairie Mountain Health Region.

Rebecca Fortin

Rebecca Fortin

Chair I Ontario Representative

Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Waterloo and a Masters in Health Promotion from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

In her early career she practiced health promotion with the Ontario Public Health Association focussing on alcohol policy and heart health promotion. She also worked a not-for-profit social planning council near Toronto on poverty reduction, newcomer health and food systems.

For six years, Rebecca worked as a senior-level Advisor in Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention with the Region of Peel in Mississauga, Ontario. Her work focussed on healthy built environments, oral health, and workplace health.

Starting September 2016, Rebecca is working as a freelance public health journalist with the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

She lives on a rural property north of Toronto with her husband, two dogs and cat. She is also a fine-arts photographer.

Angela Andrews

Angela Andrews

Vice Chair I Ontario Representative

Angela lives in Haliburton County, a rural area located about two hours north of Toronto. She works as a Health Promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. Angela has over 15 years of experience in various programs within the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Department. She currently focuses on advocating for seniors and planning for Age-Friendly Communities, in order to prevent falls, and thus preventing injury. This work is done through the Aging Well Committee, which she chairs.

Angela has also been a co-principal investigator/team lead for two Locally Driven Collaborative Research Projects through Public Health Ontario, with partnerships from various Health Units, as well as Academic institutions. Research has been focused on fall prevention.

Angela believes in Health Promotion and that an age-friendly community benefits everyone. Angela is a proud single mom who loves spending time outside with her daughter Ruby, either mountain biking, camping, skiing or going on adventures, she loves to encourage her to be brave and to believe in herself and is happy to be an adventure mama.

Kevin Churchill

Kevin Churchill

Treasurer I Ontario Representative

Kevin works as the Manager of Health Promotion at Lambton Public Health. His particular interests in health promotion include community engagement, tobacco control, cancer prevention, healthy public policy, and health promoter competencies.

Away from work Kevin enjoys spending time with his family, camping and enjoying the outdoors. In his spare time, Kevin also enjoys music as a listener and a player, he plays electric and acoustic guitar and enjoys live music from blues to folk and classic rock.

Josée Lapalme

Josée Lapalme

Quebec Representative

Josée is a PhD candidate in public health at the Université de Montreal, supervised by Dr. Katherine Frohlich. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from Laurentian University and a Master of Arts in Health Promotion from Dalhousie University.

Josée’s research interests involve exploring the potential impacts of tobacco control on social inequalities in health using qualitative methods.

Thierry Gagné

Thierry Gagné

Quebec Representative

Thierry is a PhD candidate in Health Promotion with the School of Public Health // École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (ESPUM).

Thierry researches social inequalities in smoking at the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal. His PhD thesis aims to better understand the mechanisms between socio-economic resources and health behaviours such as smoking among young adults.

Morgane Stocker

Morgane Stocker

Secretary I Atlantic Representative

Morgane earned her BSc in Health Education (now Health Promotion) from the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS, Canada. She has worked internationally as part of initiatives with the Coady International Institute, at St. Francis Xavier University and Canada World Youth.

Currently, she works as a health promotion coordinator with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Morgane has worked as part of a multidisciplinary Public Health team for over 10 years and has honed her skills and knowledge related to health equity, knowledge translation and program evaluation. During her career she has managed her time between fostering relationships with partners, working on a variety of projects and completing Public Health Agency of Canada courses towards core competencies.

Among her many interests, she enjoys photography, paddling and time with family.