Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Ron De Burger

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Ron De Burger

Article excerpt

NEHA was saddened to learn that Ron de Burger passed away on August 5, 2016. Over his 52-year career, de Burger was a highly respected leader in environmental public health in Canada, as well as the U.S and abroad. He began his career as a public health inspector in 1965. He went on to work at Ryerson University (1969-1982), the Province of British Columbia's Preventive Health Services (1982-1988), Dalhousie University (1988-1991), Ottawa's AIDS Education and Awareness Program (1991-1998), and Health Canada (1998-2001). De Burger finished his career as the director of Toronto Public Health's Healthy Environments department, retiring in 2014.

De Burger had a longstanding history of involvement with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), serving as its national president from 1976-1980. In recognition of his contributions and dedication as a member and strong supporter of CIPHI, he was awarded life membership in 1983. In addition, he was president of the Canadian Public Health Association, an honorary member of the Ontario Public Health Association, a member of the advisory board to the National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health (NCCEH), and served on the advisory council for the National Collaborating Centres for Public Health.

His involvement in environmental public health did not know borders. De Burger had been an active member of NEHA since 2001. …

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