The BCCDC Foundation is indebted to its dedicated Board of Directors and is thrilled to announce the newest member of our team: Dr. Perry Kendall.

Most BC residents recognize Perry Kendall’s name from his nearly 19 years as Provincial Health Officer.  However, his career has taken him back and forth between BC and Ontario. After two years in general practice in Toronto, he first moved to Vancouver to work at a free clinic (Pine Community Clinic) while working on his Masters in Health Care Planning and Epidemiology and a Fellowship in Community Medicine.

Returning to Ontario to manage the Ministry of Health’s Disease Control and Epidemiology Services for three years brought him along the path of returning to BC as Medical Officer of Health in the Capital Regional District for a couple years before returning to Toronto as the city’s Medical Health Officer, where he pioneered AIDS/HIV programs and implemented innovative harm reduction policy regarding substance abuse and was involved in developing tobacco control by-laws.

Dr. Kendall’s time as President and CEO of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario was notable for its collaboration with the World Health Organization. Moving back to BC in 1999, he became Vice President, Senior’s Health in Victoria, until his appointment to Provincial Health Officer.

Dr. Kendall retired from public service in January 2018 and joined the Board in March 2018. For his full biography and more info on our entire board, please visit our website

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