Patrick Fafard has enjoyed a lengthy career that spans both government and academe. While with the Government of Canada he served as a Director General in the Intergovernmental Affairs Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, and at the provincial level he served in multiple capacities with three provincial governments, including as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Commission on Medicare (2000-2001), and Executive Director, Policy and Planning, Saskatchewan Department of Health.
Patrick’s academic interests are wide-ranging, and he is the author, co-author or editor of numerous publications on health, trade, and environmental policies, and federalism and intergovernmental relations in Canada. Patrick’s most recent work has appeared in the Evidence and Policy, Global Challenges, Canadian Public Administration, and the Canadian Journal of Public Health. He is the co-editor of the monograph series, Palgrave Studies in Public Health Policy Research, and currently Honorary Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London.
Patrick’s current teaching and research includes and health and human rights, examination of the role of the Chief Public Health Officer, building the political science of public health, and global health governance to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. Patrick also serves in leadership roles for the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics and the Ottawa Hub for Harm Reduction at the University of Ottawa. He a founding member of the International Research Alliance on Public Health Governance based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a long-time advisor on public health policy to the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.