The National Executive Council comprises elected representatives from each CIPHI branch, and a CIPHI president-elect, president, and past president. The NEC is responsible for:
The day-to-day operation of CIPHI as outlined by our constitution and bylaws
Identifying and pursuing initiatives that support CIPHI’s objectives, including, but not limited to, advocacy and the provision of educational opportunities
Meet the council
Kevin Kapell, CPHI(C)
Appointed national-president elect on October 31, 2019, Kevin has been a valuable, dedicated and outspoken member of the NEC since May 2017. In spring 2007, he obtained his BASc in Environmental Health and Science at the First Nations University of Canada/University of Regina and obtained his CPHI(C) in the fall that same year. Since then, he has worked with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly Heartland Health Region) as a field public health officer. During this time, he has worked in rural offices in both Outlook, SK and Rosetown, SK and covers a large rural area in west central Saskatchewan.
Kevin became interested in CIPHI after he attended the Annual Education Conference in Regina in 2006 and the provincial conference in 2007, both organized by the Saskatchewan Branch. Inspired by the dedicated volunteers working hard to put on two great events, Kevin got involved, and has been a part of the CIPHI Saskatchewan Branch executive since being elected to a councillor position in 2011, and served as branch president from 2017 to 2019.
Kevin currently lives in Rosetown, SK with his wife Amanda and son Aiden. When he’s not working, he coaches both hockey and baseball, plays recreational hockey and golf, travels, and spends time at the family cabin.
Casey Neathway, CPHI(C)
Casey is the interior regional manager of Environmental Public Health Services for British Columbia’s First Nations Health Authority, the first province-wide, Indigenous-led health authority of its kind in Canada. Casey graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a BSc. in cellular, molecular, and microbial biology, and subsequently attended BCIT for his environmental health training, graduating in 2008. Since then, Casey has continued his education, obtaining graduate certificates in public health strategic communications and public health leadership. Throughout his career, Casey has worked in varied programs in population and public health, including environmental health, community care licensing, and First Nations community programming.
Prior to joining the BC Branch Executive Council as president-elect, Casey was (and continues to be) an associate editor of the BC Branch newsletter, and spent a number of years as a BoC examiner.
Casey currently lives in Vernon, BC where he enjoys the ideal Okanagan climate by backpacking, kayaking, camping, and snowshoeing with his family and dog.
Kari Engele-Carter, CPHI(C)
Former National President
Kari attended Concordia University College of Alberta’s After-Degree Program in Environmental Health and obtained CPHI(C) certification in 2003. Since then, she has been employed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority (formerly Saskatoon Health Region) in various roles as a public health inspector and senior public health inspector.
Kari has been an active CIPHI member since 2002. She has been a member of National Executive Council (2013-present), secretary of the Saskatchewan Branch (2011-2013), president of the Saskatchewan Branch (2013-2017), and co-chair of the National Annual Education Conferences in Saskatoon, SK (2018) and Halifax, NS (2019). Kari was national president for 2019 and 2020 and is currently the national past president.
Kari lives in small town Saskatchewan with her husband and daughter. She enjoys camping, traveling, reading, spending time with family, and volunteering in small town Saskatchewan and with CIPHI.
Stephanie Tooke, CPHI(C)
British Columbia and Yukon Territory Branch President
An environmental public health officer with the First Nations Health Authority in Westbank, B.C., Stephanie has been a CIPHI member since 2015. She holds a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Alberta and a BASc in Public and Occupational Health from Ryerson University.
Stephanie joined the NEC in 2021 in order to make a meaningful contribution to CIPHI and to support members in their important and challenging responsibilities. She sees CIPHI as vital to ensuring that each and every certified member has access to knowledge, the professional guidance to adapt to the evolving public health landscape, and the ability and encouragement to acquire new skills.
Outside of work, Stephanie keeps bees, spends too much time in the garden, and has been known to instigate spontaneous dance parties. But not with bees.
Meaghan Allen, CPHI(C)
Alberta Branch President
Meaghan became a certified public health inspector in 2006 after completing her After-Degree in Environmental Public Health from 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 then, Meaghen has worked in both the safe food and safe built programs with Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone. Currently, she is the coordinator for the Safe Built, Environmental Health Program.
For the last two years, Meaghen has served as the CIPHI Alberta Branch, Edmonton Zone councillor and was the co-chair of the 2018 CIPHI Alberta Branch Fall Workshop. She has guest lectured at Concordia, participated in student mentorship programs, and continues to work closely with Edmonton Zone practicum students.
Outside of work, Meaghen keeps busy with her two active boys Russell and Hugh.
Ryan Philipation, CPHI(C)
Saskatchewan Branch President
Currently working as a senior public health inspector for the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Ryan began his inspection career in 1998 in Melfort, Saskatchewan, where he continues to work and live.
A CIPHI member for his entire career, Ryan has worked with many great professionals at both the Saskatchewan Branch and the national level, including on the Saskatchewan Branch Executive (1999-2017, 2020) and the National Executive Council (2013, 2020). In this time, CIPHI has provided him many networking and personal growth opportunities that have resulted in both professional connections and friendships.
Ryan joined the NEC after Life Member Doug Terry encouraged and supported his CIPHI participation. His interest and passion for CIPHI grew from there, and he encourages all members to recognize that CIPHI unites their profession and that their work ensures that CIPHI continues to grow and move forward.
In addition to holding a B.Tech in Environmental Health, Ryan’s professional achievements include being recognized with the Alex Cross Award (2009), in the 100 Members of Distinction project (2013), and with the President’s Award (2015). He is also particularly proud of playing a part in the development and delivery of the Saskatchewan Branch Professional Education and Development seminars.
Outside of work and CIPHI, Ryan enjoys travelling with his wife, Lana, and their two children, Kaylee and Jacob. Big Disney fans, they try to enjoy the parks when they can. The rest of their free time is consumed by following kids’ sports, including hockey, volleyball, and basketball!
Cristina Bueti, CPHI(C)
Manitoba Branch President
A public health inspector in Winnipeg, Cristina has been a CIPHI member since 2015 and a council member since 2016. She holds an undergraduate degree in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba, and an after degree in Environmental Public Health from Concordia University of Edmonton.
Cristina values CIPHI for its work in advocating for environmental public health professionals across Canada; the role it plays in the environmental public health community, building across branches and capacity building within each provincial branch; and the networking and engagement opportunities it affords in other public health-related fields.
Having participated in media advocacy campaigns with CIPHI Manitoba and the Manitoba Government and General Employees' Union (MGEU), Cristina joined the NEC to continue to support the Manitoba Branch in its advocacy, education, and engagement efforts.
In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking and travelling.
Lisa Fortuna, CPHI(C)
Ontario Branch President
Lisa started her career as a certified public health inspector in Halton, ON in 1988. In 2010, Lisa joined the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and then Public Health Ontario (PHO) where, as the director of Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, she was responsible for the department that provides scientific and technical advice on infectious disease cases and outbreak response across Ontario, as well as oversight and coordination of PHO’s emergency preparedness and response.
Currently, Lisa is a director in Health Protection at the Durham Region Health Department.
Joel-Andre Hachey, CPHI(C)
New Brunswick Branch President
A full-time public health inspector for the Province of New Brunswick Health Protection Services, Inspection and Enforcement branch for the Department of Justice and Public Safety, Joël-André has been a CIPHI member since 2005. Since getting involved with the CIPHI New Brunswick Branch in 2011, he has served as webmaster, newsletter editor, and now as branch president. Valuing CIPHI for its role in maintaining credibility and integrity within the field of environmental public health, Joël-André joined the NEC to give a hand in any way he can.
Joël-André received a diploma in Industrial Chemistry from New Brunswick Community College in 2004 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health Technology from the University of Cape Breton in 2006. Throughout his career, he has gained a wide range of experience, from dealing with carnival inspections/dog bits, to opening one of the largest waterparks in Canada, Calypso Park in Limoges, Ontario, to handling and supervising more than seven exhumations.
Together with his spouse, who is also a public health inspector, Joël-André has 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats. He loves the outdoors, and, if you look hard enough, you might find him somewhere in the World of Warcraft.
David MacDonald, CPHI(C)
Nova Scotia/PEI Branch President
primarily on environmental health programs. He has been a member of CIPHI since 2012, and a member of the NEC since 2020. He joined the NEC because he feels it is an opportunity to provide a renewed perspective on our profession. He sees policy work as an “outside the box” approach to successfully solving problems, and would like to bring his skills to the council so together they can make the best collective decisions to address whatever challenges arise.
David holds a Bachelor of Science with an Advanced Major in Biology from St. Francis Xavier University, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) from Cape Breton University. Career highlights include working as a public health inspector during the COVID-19 pandemic, including conducting infection control assessments of COVID-19 positive workspaces and communicating Medical Officer orders at the Halifax Airport. He values tactful diplomacy, determination, and good communication to achieving compliance with health orders and practices, striving to engage in positive knowledge sharing in order to make our communities safer.
David is a huge advocate for active and sustainable transportation, biking and bussing to work every chance he gets and taking his electric vehicle when he has to drive. While you likely won’t hear his Tesla coming (no combustion, you know), you might hear a little electronic dance music, as he’s a big fan. David’s also the proud dad to Isla Catherine.
Jillian Young, CPHI(C)
Newfoundland and Labrador Branch President
An environmental health officer with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Jillian lives and works in Clarenville, NL.
Jillian holds a Bachelor of Health Science from Cape Breton University, and has been a CIPHI member since 2014. In 2021, she joined the NEC because she wanted to give back to the environmental health profession and help spread knowledge and information about what CIPHI is and what it does. Jillian’s career highlights include serving as lead inspector in addressing a number of foodborne illness outbreaks in eastern Newfoundland, and being a member of the COVID-19 contact tracing team in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In addition to operating her own small business, Jillian loves to travel.