David Butler-Jones was the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada (Head of the Public Health Agency of Canada) from 2004 to 2014 and was the first person to hold this office. Throughout his distinguished career, he has worked in many parts of Canada in both public health and clinical medicine.
He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been actively involved as a researcher and consultant in public health issues. He has served in many professional organizations, including in Canada as President of the Canadian Public Health Association; Chair of the Canadian Roundtable on Health and Climate Change; Member of the Governing Council for the Canadian Population Health Initiative; Chair of the National Coalition on Enhancing Preventive Practices of Health Professionals; and Co-Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century. He has received the Canadian Public Health Association Robert Davies Defries Award and the Canadian Medical Association’s Medal of Service. In June, 2015 he receive an honorary doctorate from Carleton University.
Currently, he is the Senior Medical Officer and Atlantic Region Medical Officer for the First Nations and Inuit Health division of Health Canada.