Scientific Program Committee

Public Health Summer School 2020

Think Globally, Act Locally

Public Health and the Anthropocene

Thursday July 9th & Friday July 10th, 2020
Registration is Now Open!!

Online this year due to COVID-19 but just as engaging as ever. Sign-up and attend anywhere you have internet

Scientific Program Committee


We are pleased to introduce Dr. Trevor Hancock and Dr. Maya Gislason, our Scientific Program Committee co-chairs. They have worked tirelessly with the rest of our committee to oversee the development of this year’s program and as such we would like to take this time to thank everyone involved with putting on the 2020 summer school. This event would not have been possible without the contributions and countless hours of work from the following individuals.


Dr. Trevor Hancock – SPC Co-Chair

University of Victoria

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician, health promotion consultant and recently (July 2018) retired Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism.

Trevor is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and co-authored the original background paper for the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization in 1986. Over the past 30 years he has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences as well as small community group engagements and since the end of 2014 has written a regular weekly column on population and public health for Victoria’s Times Colonist – available at

He has a long-standing interest in the relationship between health and the natural and built environment. For four years Trevor led a Canadian Public Health Association workgroup that has resulted in a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the ecological determinants health (May 2015). He has been a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a member of the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada from 2010 to 2015, and has recently established a new, Victoria–based NGO, Conversations for a One Planet Region. . He co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and in the 1980’s was the first leader of the Green Party in both Canada and Ontario.

In 2015 Trevor was awarded Honourary Fellowship in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health for his contributions to public health, and in 2017 he was awarded the Defries Medal – the Association’s highest honour – by the Canadian Public Health Association.

Outside work life, he is an enthusiastic Morris dancer and enjoys creating new dances and parody songs, as well as performing as the Green Man in the annual Mummers Play and at the annual Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings, UK. He has also been a semi-professional outdoor photographer and his photography has been shown in a number of juried art shows in southern Ontario and BC.



Dr. Maya Gislason– SPC Co-Chair

Simon Fraser University

Dr. Maya Gislason is a medical sociologist who is recognized for her international and transdisciplinary efforts to bring the ecosystems approach to social epidemiological research both within the contexts of Medical Sociology and Public Health. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, continues to retain her position as a Research Associate at the Centre for Global Health Policy at the University of Sussex in the UK and is a member of the EcoHealth Knowledge to Action Research Team based at the University of Northern British Columbia.

In 2012, Maya completed a D.Phil in Sociology in the Department of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex which was generously funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship in the United Kingdom and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Maya’s doctoral thesis argued that a crucial contemporary public health issue is the construction and contestation of the relevance of the natural environment to human health. Maya also holds a Masters in sociology and a double major in sociology and women’s studies both from the University of Victoria, BC.

More generally, Maya writes and speaks about Ecological Health and Sociology in a variety of academic milieu and has recently edited a book for Emerald’s Advances in Medical Sociology Series titled ‘Ecological Health: Society, Ecology and Health’ in which she has sought to bring critical social theory to ecohealth research and to strengthen medical sociological engagement with ecological health issues. She has been a a guest lecturer and associate tutor for Sociology at the University of Sussex and the University of Victoria.

Maya collaboratively founded, managed and served as a community educator for the Wheels of Change Non-Profit Educational Society (1992-2002), running programs in North and Central America. Maya has also held the title of Co-Principle Investigator for the Arts Ability Research Project (2003-2004) and has served as a research manager and lead researcher on a variety of investigative initiatives ranging from narrative and archival research through to participatory action research and mixed methods qualitative and quantitative research projects.

In 2012, Maya was awarded the Early Career Contributions to the Field of EcoHealth, which reflects her deep commitment to working upstream on public health issues and addressing the interconnection between the social and environmental determinants of health. Maya has also received the University of Victoria Blue and Gold Circle Award (Silver), the Jane Glavin St. Peter Prize for Academic Excellence in Women’s Studies, & the Tom Perry Award for Social Responsibility in 2001-2002 and the Blue and Gold Circle Award (Bronze) in 200-2001.


Scientific Program Committee Members

Shannon Turner Executive Director, Public Health Association of BC
Maureen Rowan Capacity Building Committee Co-Chair, Public Health Association of BC
Christina Harding Project Coordinator, Public Health Association of BC
Chris Munkacsi Administrative Officer, Public Health Association of BC
Dr. Irving Rootman  Health Promotion Consultant
Dr. Margot Parkes Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern BC
Dr. Wanda Martin Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
Nicole Braun Population Health Promotion Practitioner, Saskatchewan Cancer Agency
Sarah Prowse  Community Health Services Specialist, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Hannah Moffatt Population Health Equity Initiatives Leader, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Amy Hickmott Foster MPH Student, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
Pemma Muzumdar Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCC for the Determinants of Health
Dr. Samantha Salter
Epidemiologist, Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon