Kathleen Laberge

Director, Canadian Field Epidemiology Program

Dr. Kathleen Laberge is Director of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program at the Public Health Agency of Canada. She manages a team of field epidemiologists who are responsible for providing surge capacity to support responses to health threats and emergencies domestically, and conducting applied public health work that informs action. She empowers these individuals to produce results in rapidly changing and stressful environments, and provides them guidance with the analysis of public health issues. Within this role, she also conducts technical assessments of domestic epidemiological requests for assistance, and provides scientific and strategic advice to senior executives. 

Prior to this, Kathleen led the design and delivery of competency-based training for public health practitioners and responders. She also built public heath capacity at the human-animal health interface and designed a competency-based veterinary public health Master’s embracing the One Health Concept at University of Montreal, Canada. She chaired the organization of national and local scientific conferences at the human-animal health interface.

Kathleen earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, and Masters in Epidemiology from University of Montreal. She is a graduate from the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program.