Dr. David Butler-Jones was Canada's first Chief Public Health Officer from 2004-2014. He headed the Public Health Agency of Canada, which provides leadership on the government's efforts to protect and promote the health and safety of Canadians. Prior to this position, Dr. Butler-Jones was chief medical health officer and executive director of the Population Health and Primary Health Services Branches for the Province of Saskatchewan from 1995 to 2002.
Dr. Butler-Jones has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been involved as a researcher in a broad range of public health issues. He is a professor in the faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba as well as a clinical professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine.
Dr. Butler-Jones has served with a number of organizations, including as: president of the Canadian Public Health Association; vice president of the American Public Health Association; chair of the Canadian Roundtable on Health and Climate Change; international regent on the board of the American College of Preventive Medicine; member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Population Health Initiative; chair of the National Coalition on Enhancing Preventive Practices of Health Professionals; and co-chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century.