National Executive Council

The National Executive Council is comprised of the elected representatives of each of CIPHI’s branches, a president-elect, president and past president. The NEC is responsible for the day-to-day operation of CIPHI as outlined by the Constitution and Bylaws. It is responsible for identifying and pursuing initiatives that support the objectives of CIPHI including, but not limited to, advocacy and provision of educational opportunities. All business units within CIPHI, including the Board of Certification, Council of Professional Experience and Environmental Health Foundation of Canada report to the NEC.

Ann Thomas, CPHI(C)

National President –
Ann graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 1988. She started her career as an Environmental Health Officer in Fort St. John, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. In 1993 she returned to northern BC as Chief Environmental Officer. In 2000 Ann accepted a promotion with the BC Ministry of Health and headed south. Since 2003 she has held the position of Regional Manager of Health Protection and Environmental Services for the Island Health Authority.

Ann has participated in various CIPHI activities and committees over the years including Editor for the “BC Page” newsletter, Member of the Board of Certification (BOC), and BOC representative on the BCIT Environmental Health Advisory Committee. Many of our members will know Ann from her role as Chair of the BOC from 2002-2010.

Ann lives on Vancouver Island, BC on a rural property she shares with her husband and assorted creatures.

Kari Engele-Carter, CPHI(C)


Kari Engele-Carter attended Concordia University College of Alberta’s After-Degree Program in Environmental Health and certified in 2003. Since April 2004 she has been employed by the Saskatoon Health Region as a Public Health Inspector (2004-2015, 2017-present) and Senior Public Health Inspector (2015-2017).

Kari has been an active CIPHI member since 2002.  She has been a member of National Executive Council (2013-present), President of SK Branch (2013-2017), Secretary of SK Branch (2011-2013), Chair of the SK Branch 6th Annual Professional Education and Development Seminar (2013), a BOC Examiner, BOC Appeals Panel Chair (2017), CIPHI National Awards Committee (2014-present).

Kari lives in small town Saskatchewan with her husband and 8 year old daughter.  She enjoys camping, traveling, reading, spending time with family, volunteering in small town SK and with CIPHI and parenting a committed Scottish Highland dancer.

Dale Chen, CPHI(C)

BC Branch President

Dale Chen graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2007 majoring in Cell Biology & Genetics.  After spending some time in research settings, he entered the Environmental Health program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology, graduating in 2010.  After completing his practicum in Abbotsford BC, he immediately joined the environmental health team with the Northern Health Authority in Prince George BC.  During this time, he pursued his Master of Science in Environment and Management at Royal Roads University, completing it in 2015.  He joined the CIPHI BC Branch executive as a councillor in 2012 and became the President-elect in 2014.  He assumed the BC Branch Presidency at the end of 2015 and is currently still a member of the public health team at Northern Health.

Raymond Ramdayal, CPHI(C)

Ontario Branch President

Raymond is currently an Environmental Health Specialist with Toronto Public Health and holds a Master’s degree from Ryerson University where he has also taught. He has been a public health inspector for 17 years and has worked in the private sector in the occupational health and safety field.

Since 2007 Raymond has also been a government appointed Adjudicator on several Tribunals under the Ministry of Attorney General. He holds a postgraduate certificate in Adjudication and Decision Making from Osgoode Law School and is a past Board Director of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. Raymond was recently asked to Chair the first public disciplinary hearing for the Ontario College of Trades, one of the largest regulatory bodies in Canada. He has also worked extensively with Indigenous peoples and has conducted Aboriginal Circle Hearings across the province.

Volunteer work is a passion for Raymond, who has worked as a firefighter with the City of Brampton, a monthly columnist for Desi News magazine and mentor for at risk youth in the City of Toronto.

Nina van der Pluijm, CPHI(C)

New Brunswick Branch President

Nina graduated from Ryerson University with a degree in Environmental Health and a certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. She has been working with the NB Dept. of Health for over 15 years. During this time she has worked as a Public Health Inspector, a Regional Director for Health Protection and since 2008 she has been a Senior Program and Policy Advisor in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Heath.

Her work currently focuses on public health policy/ legislation and strategic initiatives.
Prior to being on the NB CIPHI Branch Executive, Nina was a member of the BOC for 7 years, which included a term as BOC Chair. In 2016, she was the co-recipient of the National and the NB Branch President award for her dedication and contributions to CIPHI.

Nina lives in Moncton NB, and in her spare time she enjoys exploring nature with her husband, backpacking the wilderness and capturing memories with her camera.

Thomas Cheung, CPHI(C)

Alberta Branch President

thomas cheungAs native of Edmonton, Alberta, Thomas graduated from the University of Alberta with an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences and Chemistry in 2010 and immediately entered the Environmental Public Health after degree program at Concordia University of Edmonton. Upon receiving his CPHI(C) certification in 2012, he started his career in Edmonton with Alberta Health Services.

Thomas has been an active member of CIPHI since 2010. In 2015 he was elected into the position of President of Alberta Branch after serving as Edmonton Zone Councillor for two years.

Thomas currently works as the Edmonton Zone Coordinator for Personal Services with Alberta Health Services. He is also currently completing a Masters of Public Health at Lakehead University.

Kevin Kapell, CPHI(C)

Saskatchewan Branch President

Kevin was born and raised in small town Saskatchewan. He attended the First Nations University of Canada and completed his degree in Environmental Health and Science in May 2007. He received his CPHI (C) in October 2007.

Since that time, Kevin has worked for Heartland Health Region based out of Rosetown, SK. This is a rural region that covers a good portion of west central Saskatchewan. The rural region provides the opportunity for a health inspector to cover a vast array of program areas. Kevin enjoys the independent work that is offered by the rural region and enjoys the fact that no two days are the same.

Kevin has been a councillor with CIPHI Saskatchewan Branch since 2011 and was the chair of the Saskatchewan Branch 2017 Professional Education and Development Seminar.

Kevin currently lives in Rosetown with his wife Amanda and their son Aiden. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys playing and coaching hockey, golfing and taking family vacations.

Gregory Barrett, CPHI(C)

Newfoundland & Labrador Branch President

Gregory graduated from the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University in 2010.  In addition, he completed his practicum training and gained his CPHI(C) certification the same year.  Gregory has continued his studies by becoming a Certified Canadian Playground Inspector, and completing a certification in Occupational Health and Safety.

Gregory currently works as an Environmental Health Officer for Service NL.  He has worked in the St. John’s Environmental Health office since 2013.  His work for Service NL includes multiple program areas, but the majority of his work is in child care facilities and playground inspections.  Gregory has been instrumental in developing and delivering numerous health education presentations for inspectors across the province and for child care operators.

Since moving to Newfoundland, Gregory has been an active member of the CIPHI NL branch.  This includes helping to run the 2014 National Education Conference in St. John’s, working on several committees, and planning yearly Environmental Public Health Week activities.  He is currently the editor-in-chief of the branch publication, Field Notes.

At this time, Gregory lives with his wife and daughter outside the St. John’s area.

Ali Rana, CPHI(C)

Manitoba Branch President

Ali Rana graduated from the University of Manitoba in 2006 with a BSc in Microbiology.  One year after completing his undergraduate degree, he gained acceptance into the Environmental Health degree program at Concordia University College of Edmonton.  He graduated from Concordia University College of Edmonton in 2008 and became a Certified Public Health Inspector in October of 2008.

Ali completed his practicum with Manitoba Health in a southern Manitoba community.  He worked in a rural environment from 2008 until 2012 with Manitoba Health.  In late 2012, Ali accepted the position as the Public Health Standards Specialist with Manitoba Health which brought him to the downtown area of Winnipeg, Manitoba.  While working as a Public Health Inspector, Ali decided to pursue additional academic learning and received acceptance into the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at the University of Waterloo.  He completed his MPH in the spring of 2015.

Ali has been involved with the Manitoba CIPHI Branch since 2009-2010 serving as a Councillor, Vice President, and as of October 2016 the Branch President.

Sara Baird, CPHI(C)

Nova Scotia/PEI Branch President

Sara grew up on Cape Breton Island and graduated from Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Technology (Public Health) in 2005. After graduation and certification Sara moved to Halifax and started her career as a Public Health Officer with the Government of Nova Scotia where she is currently employed. Over the years Sara’s specialty has become food safety, taking particular interest in food safety education, temporary events and public markets. Sara resides in Dartmouth with her husband Andrew and two young boys, Liam and Logan. In her spare time she enjoys reading, staying active and time with family and friends.