Ontario Branch


Leading, promoting and advocating for Environmental Public Health Professionals in Ontario

CIPHI Ontario Branch Executives

Shain Mergulhao

President Elect, CIPHI, Ontario Branch


Lisa Fortuna

President, CIPHI Ontario Branch


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.

Kwesi Douglas

Communication and Partnership Councillor, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Kate Beath

Secretary - Treasurer, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Lori Holmes

Membership Councillor, Ontario Branch


Rachael McArthur

Professional Development Councillor


Fatih Sekercioglu

Advocacy & Policy Councillor, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Fatih Sekercioglu is an assistant professor in the Ryerson University School of Occupational and Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Research Lab. He graduated from Ryerson University in 2004. He holds a master’s degrees in food safety and quality assurance from the University of Guelph and business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He completed his doctoral studies in geography at Western University. He also holds an adjunct professor appointment at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine Dentistry.

Before joining Ryerson University in July 2019, he was a lecturer in the Department of Geography at Western University and an environmental health manager with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Throughout his 15-year public health career, he also worked as a child and family health manager, and vector-borne disease program coordinator and public health inspector. Fatih has been a CIPHI Board of Certification (BOC) examiner for ten years and was a CIPHI National Exam Panel member (2012-2019). He was also appointed as the CIPHI ON Branch BOC Committee representative between May 2018 and July 2019.

Protecting your community, Ontario and all of Canada

CIPHI Ontario is one of eight branches under the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. It has the largest branch membership, with 550 of the 1,200 national members.

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors exists to protect the health of Canadians, to represent all Environmental Public Health Professionals also referred to as Public Health Inspectors, across Canada, and to advance the profession, science and field of environmental public health through certification, advocacy, education and setting standards.

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors is the only national professional association for Environmental Public Health Professionals in Canada. No other organization covers the continuum of environmental public health: food protection; drinking-water quality; on-site wastewater disposal; indoor air quality; epidemiology; tobacco reduction; communicable diseases and many other environmental health initiatives.

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