Ontario Branch

CIPHI Ontario Branch Executive

John Cannan

President, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic University in 1996 and worked for Chatham-Kent PHU from 1996-2006. He worked for Hasting Prince Edward Public Health from 2006 until he retired in July 2023.

John was the Health Promotion Councillor from 2007-2013. In 2016, he became President-elect, and President in 2018. John accepted the position of Branch Historian in 2021. In Jan 2023 he took over again as Branch President.

John has been a CIPHI member since 1994, and has participated on numerous BOC exams as well as CoPE, BOC and NEC appeal panels.

His hobbies include golf, scuba diving, sky diving, camping and kayaking.

Ken Diplock

President Elect, CIPHI, Ontario Branch


Ken Diplock is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Environmental Public Health (BEPH) program at Conestoga College, where he is devoted to educating and training future environmental public health professionals. Ken’s focus areas include food safety, public health inspection and investigation practices, and environmental health. Before joining Conestoga, Ken was a certified public health inspector with the Region of Waterloo Public Health. Ken was previously engaged with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), serving as the Ontario Branch Food Safety Councilor (2006-08), and Branch President (2010-2012).

Past President, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Abby Tabaco

Communication and Partnership Councillor, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Abby is a graduate from BCIT and started her career as a Certified Public Health Inspector in 2019 with Saskatchewan Health Authority. She then moved to Ontario in April 2020 to work as a PHI with Haliburton Kawartha Pine RIdge District Health Unit. She is currently the Emergency Management Health Hazard Coordinator with HKPRDHU.

Rachael McArthur

Professional Development Councillor


Rachael is a graduate from the University of Guelph and Ryerson University with degrees in Biological Sciences and Public Health & Safety.

In 2009, Rachael was hired as a student public health inspector at the Durham Region Health Department (DRHD), which turned into a full-time position after certification. Rachael has worked with the DRHD for 13 years in various program areas. Since 2020, Rachael has worked as the Food Safety Senior Inspector with the DRHD.

Rachael has also been the Professional Development councillor on the CIPHI Ontario Branch Executive since 2014.

Fatih Sekercioglu

Advocacy & Policy Councillor, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Fatih Sekercioglu is an assistant professor in the Ryerson University School of Occupational and Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Research Lab. He graduated from Ryerson University in 2004. He holds a master’s degrees in food safety and quality assurance from the University of Guelph and business administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. He completed his doctoral studies in geography at Western University. He also holds an adjunct professor appointment at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine Dentistry.

Before joining Ryerson University in July 2019, he was a lecturer in the Department of Geography at Western University and an environmental health manager with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. Throughout his 15-year public health career, he also worked as a child and family health manager, and vector-borne disease program coordinator and public health inspector. Fatih has been a CIPHI Board of Certification (BOC) examiner for ten years and was a CIPHI National Exam Panel member (2012-2019). He was also appointed as the CIPHI ON Branch BOC Committee representative between May 2018 and July 2019.

Lori Holmes

Membership Councillor, Ontario Branch


Lori is a graduate from Ryerson University. She is currently a Manager at Huron Perth Public Health (formerly PDHU). Lori has been actively involved in CIPHI Ontario for several years.

Kate Beath

Secretary - Treasurer, CIPHI Ontario Branch


Kate is a graduate from the University of Waterloo and Toronto Metropolitan University with degrees in Health Studies and Occupational and Public Health.

In 2009, Kate was hired as a student public health inspector at the Perth District Health Unit, which turned into a full-time position after certification. Kate continues to work for Huron Perth Public Health (formerly PDHU) and has held roles in many program areas. She has a keen interest in safe water and infection control, and has made an effort to specialize in these areas over the last few years.

Kate has been the Secretary-Treasurer on the CIPHI Ontario Branch Executive since 2011.

Protecting your community, Ontario and all of Canada

CIPHI Ontario is one of eight branches under the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. It has the largest branch membership, with 550 of the 1,200 national members.

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors exists to protect the health of Canadians, to represent all Environmental Public Health Professionals also referred to as Public Health Inspectors, across Canada, and to advance the profession, science and field of environmental public health through certification, advocacy, education and setting standards.

Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors is the only national professional association for Environmental Public Health Professionals in Canada. No other organization covers the continuum of environmental public health: food protection; drinking-water quality; on-site wastewater disposal; indoor air quality; epidemiology; tobacco reduction; communicable diseases and many other environmental health initiatives.

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