Sylvie Stachenko MD MSc FCFP

University of Alberta, Canada

Speaking Agenda — Thursday March 10

Value Proposition of Science for Healthier Societies 1:30 — 5.30pm
"Is public health policy enabled by science?"


Sylvie Stachenko is dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. She was appointed to the position for a five-year term, effective January 1, 2009.

Most recently, Dr. Stachenko served as the Deputy Chief Public Health Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Prior to this, she was the director general in the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at Health Canada. Dr. Stachenko also worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe located in Copenhagen, Denmark as the director of Health Policy and Services.

Dr. Stachenko was an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Université de Montréal, where she served as research director, until 1989.

Dr. Stachenko earned a doctorate in medicine from McGill University in 1975. She finished her residency in family medicine at the Université de Montréal in 1977 and she earned a master’s degree in epidemiology and health services administration from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1985.

During her career, Dr. Stachenko has been awarded several research grants and has written numerous scientific publications, books, and major reports. Well respected for her vast knowledge of public health policy, health promotion, and chronic disease prevention, Dr. Stachenko has frequently delivered presentations to audiences throughout the world. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Woman of Distinction Award for Science and Technology (YWCA), and is recognized as an Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences (Moscow) and an Honorary Professor of the Society of Polish Internal Medicine (Poland).