Dr Bonnie Henry obtained her medical degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, then practiced as a general practitioner, Diving Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon with the Canadian Armed Forces and in general practice in Victoria, British Columbia. Dr. Henry completed a Preventive Medicine Residency and Masters of Public Health with the University of California, San Diego and obtained her Community Medicine (Public Health) training at the University of Toronto. Dr Henry is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
She worked for the World Health Organization on the Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2000 and the STOP polio program in Pakistan. Most recently she was the Associate Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto and led the operational response to the SARS outbreak in the City in 2003. She led the development of public health emergency management protocols for Ontario and was an executive member of the Ontario SARS Scientific Advisory Committee. Her research interests are in establishment of effective surveillance systems for communicable disease, including new and emerging diseases, public health emergency response and the continuum of community and hospital infection control.
Dr. Bonnie Henry was appointed as Deputy Provincial Health Officer for the Province of BC effective August 5, 2014.