New Chief Public Health Officer Named

YELLOWKNIFE (October 1, 2018) – The Minister of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy, has appointed Dr. Kami Kandola as the new Chief Public Health Officer for Northwest Territories effective October 1, 2018.

Dr. Kandola replaces Dr. Andre Corriveau, who will assume the role of the Northwest Territories Health and Social Services Authority Acting Medical Director September 1st, 2018 for a period of one year.

Dr. Kandola has served as the NWT Deputy Chief Public Health Officer since 2011.  Previously, she was  the Chief Medical Health Officer from 2009 to 2011, and also held the position of Stanton Medical Health Officer from 2003 to 2009. 

She has extensive experience protecting the health of NWT residents, as well as the in surveillance of disease conditions and monitoring of public health program activities. She served as the President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health from 2012-2015. From 2005-2007 she was the President of the NWT Medical Association.

Dr. Kandola graduated from McGill University in the Faculty of Medicine in 1992. She trained in family medicine and holds a Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She also trained in public health and preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University from 1996-98 and is American Board Certified in Preventive Medicine.  Prior to moving to Yellowknife, Dr. Kandola had an extensive career as an international health consultant, working with the Government of Canada, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and a number of charitable organizations working in the developing world.

For more information, contact:

Damien Healy

Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9052 ext. 49034
Damien_Healy@gov.nt.ca