DIRECTOR – Jeffrey Brook has more than 25 years of experience as an Environment Canada scientist working at the science-policy interface. He is one of Canada’s leading experts in air quality, recognized at all levels of government and academically, including for his substantial contributions in air pollution health research. During this time he spent 15 years as faculty at the University of Toronto, where he was involved in research, lecturing and graduate student training.
DIRECTOR – Dany Doiron has been working as an environmental epidemiologist for 10 years, and has special expertise in linking environmental data with health data to support a wide range of studies on how people are affected by the built environment. His research focuses on the effects of ambient air pollution on respiratory health. Dany is a Research Associate in the Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit of the McGill University Health Centre and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Obstructive Lung Disease Cohort (CanCOLD), a population-based cohort that seeks to better understand Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). He is also the Managing Director of the Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE).
PREVIOUS DIRECTOR – Eleanor Setton brings 30 years of training and experience in the development, analysis, modelling, and visualization of environmental and socio-economic geospatial data. Her focus over the past 15 years has been on environmental exposures, from carcinogens in air, water and other pathways, to health-impacting urban factors including air quality, greenness, walkability, weather and others. She has a special interest in advancing the characterization of urban and rural environments using high resolution imagery and computer vision/machine learning, as well as developing data-driven tools for policy makers and the general public toward improving environmental conditions for all.
DATA DIRECTOR – Joey Syer has been the HealthyDesign.City Data Director since November 2022. He oversees the development of HealthyDesign.City datasets and projects dedicated to their improvement. Joey is also a part-time course instructor at the University of Victoria in Population Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Spatial Epidemiology and Outbreak Detection. Prior to HealthyDesign.City, he spent 10 years (2012-2022) as a geomatics specialist at Hemmera, an Ausenco Company. Joey holds degrees in GIS and Epidemiology. He has a strong interest in environmental epidemiology, using GIS, remote sensing, and machine learning to improve environmental exposure data quality, and a wide range of health outcomes.
DATA SCIENTIST – Priya Patel is an environmental engineer and data scientist with a background in urban environmental modelling. She worked for six years as an engineering consultant before returning to graduate school at the University of Toronto for a Master’s degree. Her research was focused on modelling air pollution and microclimates using satellite imagery and machine learning. Priya is passionate about using environmental data to create actionable insights that can lead to real-world changes in urban design.
POST DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW – Mohammad Noaeen is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDF) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. He joined HealthyDesign.City in June 2022, specializing in environmental health research and developing applications for data analysis and visualization. Simultaneously, he has been a PDF at the Ethical Intelligence Lab at Harvard Business School since January 2022, focusing on social and ethical studies pertaining to autonomous machines. Prior to his current appointments, Mohammad worked as a PDF in Transportation Engineering at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD in Software Engineering from the University of Calgary, where he concentrated on urban traffic network management using data analysis, traffic theory, and reinforcement learning.
School of Population and Public Health,
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Toronto