Scientists and Affiliated Scientists


Paul Demers

Director, OCRC

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...

Minh T. Do


Minh joined the Occupational Cancer Research and Surveillance Pilot Project in 2002 when he was a Doctoral student with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Upon completion of his PhD studies, he began his post-doctoral training at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (IS Global...

Shelley Harris


Shelley Harris first became interested in occupational and environmental health while travelling in India and Jamaica as part of her undergraduate minor in International Agriculture, where poor working conditions led to exacerbated risk for serious acute illness due to environmental and occupational exposures. Now focusing on chronic disease in Canada...

Loraine Marrett

Senior Scientist Emeritus

Loraine Marrett was thrust into the field of occupational cancer research during her first position as a cancer epidemiologist shortly after completing her PhD, and has maintained an interest throughout her career. She played a critical role in the development of the OCRC, advocating for a dedicated research environment to...

Affiliated Scientists

France Labrèche

Affiliated Scientist

After graduating in epidemiology from McGill University, France worked for most of her career in the Québec public health sector, focusing on occupational and environmental health surveillance. In the last 20 years, she has been involved in a few cancer cluster studies in the workplace, and in research on mesothelioma...

Jérôme Lavoué

Affiliated Scientist

Jérôme graduated from the Université de Montréal Department of Environmental and Occupational Health with a Ph.D. in public health in 2006. His main research area is exposure science, with particular interest in occupational exposures, exposure databanks, and statistical modeling. Major projects involve building a general population Canadian job exposure matrix...

Chun-Yip Hon

Affiliated Scientist

Dr. Chun-Yip Hon is an Assistant Professor with the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University. He received his PhD in occupational and environmental hygiene from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Hon is also a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) as well as a Canadian registered safety professional...

Cheryl Peters

Affiliated Scientist

Cheryl is nearing completion of her PhD at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health. She also completed her MSc at UBC in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, where she studied the effect of early-career exposures in the construction trades on subsequent lung health, including asthma and...

Anne-Marie Nicol

Affiliated Scientist

Anne-Marie graduated from the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia in 2003. Her thesis research focused on exposure to pesticides in Canada, with a particular emphasis on para-occupational exposure. Her post-doctoral work developed a series of outreach materials for farmers and farm families aimed at reducing...

Hugh Davies

Affiliated Scientist

Hugh graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2002, and has been accredited as a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) by the American Bard of Industrial Hygiene. Dr. Davies is Principle Investigator of the Canadian Workplace Exposure Database Project, or CWED, a repository of nearly a half million occupational exposure...

Paul Villeneuve

Affiliated Scientist

Paul graduated from the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto in 2000, and has been accredited as a Professional Statistician (P.Stat) by the Statistical Society of Canada. Paul has long been involved in epidemiological studies dating back to his time spent at the Laboratory Centre for Disease Control...

Chris McLeod

Affiliated Scientist

Dr. Chris McLeod is an assistant professor in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC and the co-research lead of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety. His research focuses on the program and policy evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences...

Nancy Lightfoot

Affiliated Scientist

Dr. Nancy Lightfoot is a Professor in the School of Rural and Northern Health at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She has training in microbiology and community health epidemiology and has over 30 years research experience. Her research interests include: a) issues relevant to northern and rural health, b) environmental health...

Thomas Tenkate

Affiliated Scientist

Thomas Tenkate is an Associate Professor and Director of the School of Occupational and Public Health at Ryerson University. He has worked in Australia, the USA and now in Canada in the fields of environmental health, public health and occupational health and safety. He has been in academia for over...

D. Linn Holness

Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease, University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital

Dr. D. Linn Holness, MD, MHSc, FCBOM, FRCPC, FFOM(Hon) Dr. Holness graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto in 1977 and has a MHSc from the University of Toronto. She is certified in Occupational Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is an...

John McLaughlin

Affiliated Scientist , Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute

John McLaughlin is an epidemiologist and leader in Canadian cancer research. He leads interdisciplinary teams in large population-based studies that aim to discover environmental and genetic factors involved in the development of cancers, such as colorectal, ovarian and lung, and to determine the impact of these factors across the population.

Victoria H. Arrandale

Associate Director

Victoria Arrandale holds an MSc in Occupational Hygiene and a PhD in Medical Science (Occupational Health). She is an Assistant Professor with the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Victoria’s interest in occupational exposure and disease stems from her experience in the pulp and paper industry as...

Anne Harris

Affiliated Scientist

Anne was OCRC's first postdoctoral fellow from 2011-2012. Her research focuses on occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic disease, and she is particularly interested in studying and improving the methods used to conduct this type of research. Anne has studied risk factors for Parkinson's disease (including whole body vibration,...