Paul Demers

Director and Member, OCRC Steering Committee

Paul comes to OCRC from the University of British Columbia, where he was a Professor in the School of Environmental Health. As well as being Director of the OCRC, he is also a Professor with the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He has an MSc in Industrial Hygiene and a PhD in Epidemiology, both from the University of Washington in Seattle. Paul is internationally recognized for his expertise on the health effects of workplace exposures and sits on many expert panels, including the International Agency for Research on Cancer working groups that evaluated carcinogens such as dusts and fibres, firefighting and formaldehyde. He has extensive research experience and accomplishments, including his leadership of a national program known as “CAREX Canada,” a workplace and environmental exposure database. Over his academic career he has held numerous research grants, supervised many graduate students and has published extensively.

Key Appointments

  • Senior Scientist, Prevention, Screening & Cancer Control, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Professor, University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health


  • M.Sc. (Industrial Hygiene), University of Washington (1987)
  • Ph.D. (Epidemiology), University of Washington (1991)

OCRC Projects