Dr. Courtney Howard
Dr. Howard is an Emergency Physician in Chief Drygeese Territory, and a globally recognized leader on the impacts of climate change on human and planetary health.
She has advanced policy and advocacy on active transport, ecoanxiety, movement-building, plant-rich diets, fossil fuel divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing, vaccine equity, and health impact assessments.
She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers, was the 2018 international policy director for the Lancet Countdown, and has researched wildfires and menstrual cups.
Dr. Howard is Past-president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association and the Global Climate and Health Alliance.
She is part of the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance, the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health and the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Lancet Planetary Health and the Journal of Climate Change and Health. She is delighted to be spending 2022/2023 in the UK completing a Master in Public Policy at Oxford.
When not deep in a literature review or seeing patients in the ER, Dr Howard can often be found enjoying the great outdoors and dancing with her two daughters.