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 – 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.
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).
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.
COMMUNICATIONS – Allan McKee is an experienced communicator with expertise in translating academic research for policy makers, media producers, public health practitioners and members of the public. He develops content for HealthyDesign.City projects and manages its communications channels.
GEOSPATIAL DATA SPECIALIST – Andre has considerable expertise in the development and management of geospatial data. He developed national web-based applications for data analysis and visualization in Brazil. He developed and maintains the CANUE data browser and download site, and develops HealthyDesign.City datasets.
ADMINISTRATION – Natalia Calijorne brings extensive experience as an internal consultant for the Ministry of Attorney General, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Economic Development at the Minas Gerais State in Brazil. Her experience spans public policy development, implementation, and analysis.
School of Population and Public Health,
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
University of Toronto