Bonnie Henry

Deputy Provincial Health Officer
Province of British Columbia

Dr Bonnie Henry is currently the Deputy Provincial Health Officer for BC, a position she started in August 2014. Prior to this she was the interim Provincial Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control from December 2013 until August 2014. She was the Medical Director of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control and Public Health Emergency Management with the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Medical Director for the provincial Emerging and Vectorborne Diseases program as well as a provincial program for surveillance and control of healthcare associated infections; a position she started in February of 2005. Previously she was Associate Medical Officer of Health for Toronto Public Health, where she was responsible for the Emergency Services Unit and the Communicable Disease Liaison Unit. She is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine in the US. Dr Henry worked with the WHO/UNICEF Polio eradication program in Pakistan and with the World Health Organisation to control the Ebola outbreak in Uganda. She joined Toronto Public Health in September 2001 and in 2003 was the operational lead in the response to the SARS outbreak in Toronto. She was on the executive of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee and is an Associate professor at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine. She is the past Chair of Immunize Canada and a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization and the National Infection Control Guidelines Steering Committee. She 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. She has been involved with planning, surveillance and response to mass gatherings in Canada and internationally, including with the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She is the author of “Soap and Water & Common Sense” a guide to staying healthy in a microbe filled world.