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David McKeown

Dr. David McKeown is the Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto, the Executive Officer of the Toronto Board of Health and chief health advisor to Toronto City Council. He leads Toronto Public Health, the largest municipal public health agency in Canada, which provides a comprehensive range of health promotion and protection services to Toronto's diverse population of 2.6 million people.

Dr. McKeown is a physician specialist who has worked in the public health field for 24 years. He holds degrees in medicine from McGill University in Montreal and in community health and epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Certificant of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. McKeown has served on the boards of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and the Laidlaw Foundation Environment Program, and is currently a director of the Clean Air Partnership, an environmental non-governmental organization. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto.

As a public health leader Dr. McKeown has been an outspoken advocate for environmental health issues such as the health impacts of air pollution, the regulation of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, the closure of coal-fired power plants, the impact of environmental contaminants on children, and the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations.

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