In 2007, over 50 representatives from academic, government, non-profit, and community sectors from across the country gathered in Hamilton, Ontario to explore a pan-Canadian agenda to address the harmful effects of environmental hazards on Canada’s most vulnerable populations.
The meeting inspired a vision for more unified research and policy action among academics, policy influencers, practitioners, non-profit organizations, community groups and students.
This vision to “promote healthy environments for all” lead to the emergence of the Canadian Network on Environment, Health, and Social Equity (CNEHSE) and the launch of several new research projects centred around community-driven knowledge to understand the causes of environmental health inequity and how to address them.
Over time, growing interest and expanding partnerships in support of these projects led us to recognize the need to establish a formal Centre dedicated to collaborative environmental health equity research and action. In 2011, the Centre for Environmental Health Equity was launched at the University of Manitoba with the support of Dr. Masuda’s CIHR New Investigator Award, and in 2014 we moved to Queen’s University with the support of a Canada Research Chair. In 2017, Dr. Elijah Bisung joined CEHE as our Associate Director, ushering in an expanded focus on issues of food and water security and global health research.