Dr. Bonnie Henry – Provincial Health Officer for the Province of British Columbia andAssociate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Henry is the first woman to be appointed Provincial Health Officer in BC. She has been praised as “one of the most effective public health officials in the world” by The New York Times due to her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in this province. A specialist in public health and preventive medicine, her international work experience includes working with the World Health Organization on polio eradication in Pakistan and control of the Ebola outbreak in Uganda. Dr. Henry chaired the Canadian Public Health Measures Task Group and was a member of the Infection Control Expert Group and the Canadian Pandemic Coordinating Committee responding to pandemic H1N1 (2009) influenza. In 2003, she was the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto. Dr. Henry has been involved with planning, surveillance and response to mass gatherings in Canada and internationally, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is the author of Soap and Water and Common Sense (2009) a guide to staying healthy in a microbe-filled world.