Alberta / Northwest Territories / Nunavut

CIPHI Alberta is the provincial branch of CIPHI that represents the field and professionals of Environmental Public Health in Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Branch Opportunities

Volunteer – CIPHI AB Membership Committee

The CIPHI Alberta/NWT/NU Branch is looking for a regular, retired, life or student member residing in Alberta to serve as as our membership chair. This is an exciting opportunity to promote the benefits of membership, encourage renewal of membership and to welcome new members.

Please email if you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions.

Get Involved

Throughout the year the branch has numerous opportunities for members to get involved. This includes:

  • Assisting with the planning the annual CIPHI AB/NTU/NU Fall Workshop
  • Participating in student activities
  • Organizing monthly education learning sessions
  • Social media accounts and presence
  • Organizing CIPHI Social events like the hockey pool, golf tournaments, etc.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with your professional association, send an email to

CIPHI AB Branch Fall Workshop 2022

Thank you to all sponsors, speakers, and attendees for a very successful event!

Educational Lunch and Learns

Upcoming sessions:

  • Radon – What you need to Know
    Presenter: Madison Pecoskie, Health Canada, Regional Radiation Specialist
    Nov. 1, 2022. 12 pm to 1 pm
  • Teams link
  • Passcode provided in your email




Meaghen Allen

Branch President

Meaghen became a certified Public Health Inspector in 2006 after completing her After Degree in Environmental Public Health form Concordia College. She spent the first two years of her career working in Northern Alberta and later relocated to the Edmonton area to work as a generalist in a rural office.

In 2009, Meaghen left the profession to pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Policy and Management from the University of Alberta but later returned in 2012. Since this time Meaghen has worked in both the Safe Food and Safe Built programs with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone. Currently, Meaghen is the Director, Environmental Public Health - South Zone.

Meaghen served as the CIPHI Alberta Branch, Edmonton Zone councilor for two years, was the co-chair of the 2018 CIPHI Alberta Branch Fall Workshop and is in her second year as the branch president.

Scott Budgell

President Elect

Scott was born in Marville, France. He moved to Alberta when he was 5 years old.

After obtaining his undergrad degree in 1992, Scott became an instructor at Alberta Vocational College and later moved out west to attend the BCIT School of Public Health. After becoming certified in 1995, he started working as a Public Health Inspector in Red Deer later that same year.

Scott became the local Chair to HSAA in 2007 and continued until 2016 when he was elected HSAA board member to the Central Zone
Scott held that position until earlier this year.

Most recently Scott became a lobbyist to the federal government on two important issues facing Canadians:
1) National Pharmacare, and
2) Bloodwatch Canada.

In his spare time, Scott enjoys sitting by the fire, landscaping, cooking and spending time with his wife, three daughters, two cats and two dogs.

Danny Thepsouvanh


My name is Danny Thepsouvanh and I am your Alberta Branch Treasurer. I’ve been a certified Public Health Inspector since 2007 and have spent the past 10 years employed with Indigenous Services Canada (formerly known as Health Canada), First Nations & Inuit Health Branch working with First Nations communities in Northern Alberta. I have sat on a number of Branch Workshop Organizing Committees and am an active examiner with the Board of Certification. In my personal life I have a passion for extreme inline skating and caring for my two young daughters.

Chloe LeTourneau

Artic Zone Councilor

Born in Manitoba and raised in the Northwest Territories, Chloe had long dreamt of a career that would challenge her and keep her learning. In 2019, after graduating from BCIT’s Environmental Health BTech program, she joined the glamorous, if not a little underrated, ranks of certified public health inspectors in Canada.

As an Environmental Health Officer working for the Government of the Northwest Territories in Yellowknife, NT, Chloe represents the NWT and Nunavut in her newly appointed role as Arctic Zone Councilor. With a smaller number of members to represent over two territories, she welcomes Arctic Zone members to email her with any and all questions, thoughts and concerns that they would like to see addressed at an executive level.

In her free time, she likes to cuddle with her dog Wrigley from Wrigley (the small community where she was born), spend time outdoors (even in 40 below) and work on home renos with her partner Bradley.

Ashley Yu

Northern Zone Councilor

Ryan Boyd

Federal Zone Councilor

Ryan graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary AB in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Directly after graduation, Ryan entered into the Bachelor of Environmental Health program at Concordia University of Edmonton. His first position after certification was working as a transfer EHO at Battle River Treaty 6 Health Center, a First Nations owned and operated Health Service provider located in North Battleford Saskatchewan. He spent 2 years working with the Nations around the Battleford area before accepting a position as an EPHO with First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Alberta Region.
In the past, Ryan has volunteered to help plan at CIPHI professional development conferences as well as to facilitate Mock BOC exams with the CIPHI Saskatchewan Branch. Ryan is looking forward to being given the opportunity to represent the Federal and Transferred Health Inspectors across Alberta, as well as being more involved with CIPHI.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and fishing and is always looking for his next adventure.

Anca Nastase

Edmonton Zone Councilor

Anca is passionate about Environmental Public Health, with a demonstrated history of working within Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health since 2011. She gained much of her experience in food safety and health education from working as a Food Supervisor in acute and long-term care and as an Educator for the food service and nutrition industry. She is currently working as a Public Health Inspector in the Edmonton Zone, within the Rural team. Anca has a Bachelor's Degree in nutrition and Food Service from the University of Alberta and an After Degree from Concordia in Environmental Health. She is currently registered in the Master in Health Science Education at the University of Alberta. She welcomes anyone to approach and talk to her about how we can help our profession grow.

Andrew Kong

Central Zone Councilor

Andrew graduated from the University of Alberta and Concordia University of Edmonton with a BSc in Chemistry and a BEH(AD), respectively. He currently works as a Public Health Inspector at Alberta Health Services in Red Deer. During his leisure time, Andrew enjoys travelling and listening to music.

Jacqueline Schnider

Calgary Zone Councilor

Calgary Zone councilor is Jacquie Schnider. Jacquie has been an active member of CIPHI since 1985 when she joined as a student member at BCIT.

Jacquie has served at the Branch level previously in the position of secretary and co-editor of the Alberta Branch News. Jacquie has also served as a board member for the Alberta Public Health Association, Toastmasters International (one of 14 people around the world on the board) and is just completing 10 years as a member of the Environmental Health Foundation of Canada. Although never having served on the board Jacquie has also been a member of the National Environmental Health since 1989.

Jacquie tries to follow the motto of her alma mater, “Ducere et Servire” which means to lead and to serve. She continues to take on volunteer roles with community organizations like CIPHI and Girl Guides.

Amanda Hepp

South Zone Councilor

Amanda obtained a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Alberta in 2019 after which she worked with Alberta Health Services as a supervisor of patient food services. While working to ensure consistent, safe meals to patients and customers at 3 hospitals in Edmonton Zone, Amanda studied Environmental Health at Concordia University of Edmonton. She began working as a Public Health Inspector in High Level in 2020 gaining much experience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Working in a rural and remote community with many diverse cultures, Amanda's passion for reducing health inequities strengthened. This is what led her to pursue a MSc - public health specialization at the University of Lethbridge and brought her to South Zone where she works part time as a PHI with AHS.

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Get in Touch

Alberta (and Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

PO Box 35012 Midtown PO 10818 Jasper Avenue NW Edmonton AB, T5K 0L0 (general inquiries) Meaghen Allen, President