Brian O’Connor

Brian O'ConnorI served as the Medical Health Officer for the North Shore for 27 years, retiring in 2014.  All told I have 30 years of experience in the areas of public health, health promotion and population health in both Alberta and British Columbia.  I am a Graduate in Medicine from the University of Toronto and have a Master of Health Sciences degree from the same university.

I have a keen interest in the health of populations and communities and the ways in which these can be improved through advocacy, political action and partnerships to influence policy development.

Some of my relevant involvements have included; Chair of the North Shore Homelessness Task Force from its inception in 1998 until 2007; co-chair of the Health Officer’s Council (HOC) subcommittee on child poverty and early child development; HOC representative to the Poverty Reduction Coalition and an adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

I have also been involved in the promotion of Heart Health and the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases for the past 25 years.  I was the Principal Investigator of the British Columbia Heart Health Survey and the Co-Principal Investigator of the British Columbia Heart Health Demonstration and Dissemination Programs.

My volunteer activities have included the Board of both the Heart and Stroke Foundation of British Columbia and Yukon (President; Chair of Health Promotion) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (Chair of Health Promotion and member of several other committees) as well as St. John Ambulance BC (Provincial Medical Officer) and the Board of the Corps of Commissionaires of BC. I have also served one term in the past on the Board of Directors of the PHABC.

In retirement I have lots of time to indulge a passion for cooking (over 175 cook books and needing all that help); watching my favourite sport of baseball and occasionally travelling to see games in person and keeping in contact with colleagues in population health.