Promoting and protecting the health of the public through advocacy, partnerships and education

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Dr. Lindsay McLaren, President Katrina Milaney, Director-at-Large
Benjamin Kung, Director-at-Large, President-elect (in name only)
 Aslam Bhatti, Director-at-Large
Angeline Webb, Treasurer  Kenn Bur, Director-at-Large
Kenda Swanson, Secretary  Ashley Drobot, Director-at-Large
Temi Famuyide, Director-at-Large
Zainab Suleman, Director-at-Large
Kristyn Berry, Director-at-Large
Ali Walker, Director-at-large

Dr. Lindsay McLaren, President

Lindsay McLaren is Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences and the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. She holds an Applied Public Health Chair funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions. Her research focuses on population health and health inequities in various thematic areas including community water fluoridation and dental public health, dietary sodium reduction policy, and body weight related issues. She is a Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Public Health. She has taught the Social Determinants of Health course to undergraduate students at the University of Calgary for over ten years and has a particular interest in advancing the APHA’s connections and activities in that domain.

Benjamin Kung, Director-at-Large, President-elect (in name only)

Ben Kung is the Program Manager of Infection Prevention & Control with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta.  He holds professional registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics, Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, and Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology. Having worked at both the provincial and national levels, Ben has diverse experience in public health systems, including past employment with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Vancouver Island Health Authority, Alberta Health Services and Canadian Standards Association. Ben serves as the Lead for the APHA’s Governance Committee.

Angeline Webb, Treasurer

Angeline Webb is a Senior Public Policy Advisor with the Canadian Cancer Society, Alberta/NWT Division, where she has been engaged in health policy advocacy for the last 10 years. She develops, implements, and administers all policy development programming for the Canadian Cancer Society in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and at the federal level. Angeline’s focus is healthy public policy with most of her attention devoted to tobacco reduction policy.

Kenda Swanson, Secretary

Kenda Swanson is currently a Masters student in the Population/Public Health stream in the University of Calgary’s Department of Community Health Sciences. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from the University of Calgary, but has also studied German culture and language, economics and chemistry. Her primary research interest is a better understanding of the social/environmental correlates of physical activity and sedentary behaviours among children and youth. She has been a Board Member of the APHA since 2013, and is currently co-chair of the Student Committee and a member of the Governance committee, in addition to serving as acting Secretary during 2015/16.

Temi Famuyide, Director-at-Large

Temi Famuyide currently works as a Research & Strategy Manager at Vecova. She has over 10 years’ experience in public health and not-for- profit sector with emphasis in the areas of applied research and evaluation, community capacity building, strategic planning and policy development.  Prior to joining Vecova, Temi held various positions working with Alberta Health Services and at the Region of Peel as a Research and Policy Analyst. She also held a Health System Planner position with the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network in Ontario.  Temi holds Master of Science degree in Public Health and she is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Temi recently completed The Executive Education program through the Haskayne Business School at the University of Calgary. She is passionate about public health and is an avid believer in improving the health system for vulnerable populations through multi-sectoral action.

Aslam Bhatti, Director-at-Large

Aslam Bhatti has extensive experience in health administration and board governance. He started his career in banking management and subsequently moved to his calling for public service where he held several senior positions with Government of Alberta and not for profit organizations.

Within the Government of Alberta he has worked for Treasury Board, Solicitor General Department and for 12 years as Assistant Deputy Minister at Alberta Health. This was followed by three years with Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry as Chief Operating Officer; six years as Vice President with Alberta Cancer Board; three years as Vice President with Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and since 2013 as Executive in Residence with School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Aslam as a consultant has reviewed the health system organization for the Government of Brunei; assisted with strengthening of the Department of Health for the provincial Government of Mpumalanga, South Africa and consulted for Long Term Care Association of Alberta.  Through his public service he has participated in numerous federal provincial initiatives. He has served in various capacities (i.e. corporate secretary, treasurer) as a board member on national boards and community organizations.  He has ICD.D (Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada) designation and is currently teaching board governance through the Board Development Program of Government of Alberta to strengthen non-profit boards. 

Kenn Bur, Director-at-Large

Kenn Bur is a communications/marketing professional with a passion for bringing people and creative ideas together to help achieve strategic objectives. A community-minded father, he is honoured to have the opportunity to join the APHA Board to help increase government leadership and citizen awareness of many important public health matters. 

Kenn has 25-plus years of experience leading communication and marketing teams in Alberta’s public sector. He also has a Master of Arts degree in Journalism (University of Western Ontario) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, With Distinction (University of Calgary). Kenn’s health-related experience includes roles as: (a) a crisis line volunteer for the Calgary Crisis Centre; (b) a provincial social worker in southeast Alberta with a diverse portfolio that included a regional AISH (Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped) caseload; (c) a healthcare reporter for the now-defunct Alberta Hospital Association; (d) a volunteer director with Action on Smoking and Health for five years; (e) a co-founder of Homeless Connect Edmonton; and, (f) the marketing director for a leading medical assessment company (a client of his current communications/marketing consultancy).

With deep roots in rural Alberta, Calgary and Edmonton (where he now resides), Kenn has been disappointed that his home province has frequently been slow (and sometimes even reluctant) to adopt common-sense public health initiatives — from seat belts and bicycle helmets … to farm safety regulations and tobacco reduction. “All Albertans who want improved public health protection are stakeholders in APHA’s continued success.”

Ashley Drobot, Director-at-Large

Ashley Drobot has a Master of Public Health from Queen’s University. She works as a Research and Evaluation Consultant with Alberta Health Services. In this role, she and her team have undertaken developmental, process and outcome evaluations related to provincial wait-time policies, local childcare nutrition policies, referral automation, patient engagement, and chronic disease management. Her evaluation and research experience is grounded in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Ashley is a strong advocate of advancing the science and dissemination of public health evaluation. She is actively involved in her department’s Growth and Development Committee, continually seeking opportunities to grow professionally and make thoughtful contributions to her team. As a result, she has recently co-authored two publications providing information about the public health system in Canada and Ontario, and is working with colleagues to transform these into a publicly accessible web-based resource that would provide up-to- date public health organization and leadership information.

 Her research interests include: the social determinants of health, health policy, and evaluation. She is currently working toward obtaining her Credentialed Evaluator and Project Management Professional designations. Ashley hopes to contribute to the growth of the Alberta Public Health Association as an organization in expanding its reach and engagement among public health practitioners alike through organizing conferences, speaker series, and other public health events. 

Katrina Milaney, Director-at-Large

Dr. Katrina Milaney has an interdisciplinary academic background that includes sociological and gender-disability theory frames and has several years in community-based research. Correspondingly, Dr. Milaney’s research track record was established in communities where she spent 15 years on projects related to public policy development. She is a qualitative researcher with a particular interest in participatory action designs and uses critical theory frameworks to study social determinants of health including disability, homelessness, gender, culture, domestic violence, and mental health. Dr. Milaney has several years of experience in senior leadership roles including as Vice President of Research and Strategy for the Calgary Homeless Foundation where she oversaw a $42 million dollar portfolio. She currently sits on the Executive Steering Committee for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and has served on several community and government committees including as an advisor to the Premier of Alberta on homelessness and health strategies. Part of her critical theory driven study of social determinants revolves around her interest in political and economic ideology and their impact on public systems and service delivery.

Zainab Suleman, Director-at-Large

Zainab Suleman is an Informatics Analyst with the Occupational Health and Safety Branch of the Ministry of Labour, Government of Alberta. With a Masters of Public Health in Applied Biostatistics from the University of Alberta, she is most interested in using statistics and analytics to inform policy decisions and program delivery. Zainab has previous experience with the Public Health Agency of Canada, where her work focused on food safety initiatives. In her current role, she has done extensive work on developing selection tools and algorithms for focused inspection programs at worksites across Alberta. Her goal is to prevent workplace injury and illness which affect Albertans on a daily basis. Zainab is certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners and is currently pursuing project management training.

Kristyn Berry, Director-at-Large

Kristyn Berry is a public health professional with extensive experience in health promotion, public policy and community engagement. A graduate of the University of Alberta, she has an interdisciplinary academic background that includes sociology and political sciences, and she was heavily involved in several student health organizations during her time on campus. Kristyn has carried her passion for community health through to her professional career. She worked for several years with the Canadian Cancer Society, where she led tobacco-control initiatives, an Alberta-wide smoking cessation project and far-reaching media advocacy. She is now working with the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan to integrate workplace wellness and health promotion strategies into school districts throughout Alberta. Kristyn’s background in chronic disease prevention has led to her involvement with several key health organizations where she volunteers to achieve meaningful and sustainable change.

Ali Walker, Director-at-Large

Ali has a strong background in both clinical nursing practice and international public health initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from the University of Alberta and Master of Public Health Degree from Brigham Young University. She has been an educator in the health sciences field for over 10 years, and is currently the coordinator of the Bachelor of Health Sciences Public Health program at the University of Lethbridge.  Ali is committed to advancing the work of public health and supporting initiatives that build and strengthen public health capacity to promote health for all.

Students and Volunteers

Chelsea Tan is a final year Communications student at the University of Calgary with a background in Nursing and the healthcare industry. She began her internship with APHA in November 2017, as part of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP).

Christian Ladores is a fourth year business student at the University of Calgary majoring in International Business. He also began his internship in November 2017 and has been assisting with the fundraising and events planning of the 75th anniversary event.

Qendresa Beka is a recent graduate from the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, where she completed her Master's in Epidemiology. Following her internship with the APHA, Qendresa continued to volunteer with the organization. Qendresa is currently a policy advisor with Alberta Health.

Megan Thomas is a BHSc student at the University of Calgary. Megan is majoring in Health and Society, with a concentration in Psychology. She worked with the APHA as part of her practicum project (MDSC 408) during the 2016-17 academic year.

Erika Roy is a recent graduate of the University of Calgary, with a major in Philosophy and a minor in Health and Society. She worked with the APHA from January to August 2018, as part of the Serving Communities Internship Program (SCiP).

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