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Sylvanus Thompson

Sylvanus Thompson

Associate Director
Toronto Public Health


Sylvanus Thompson is an Associate Director at Toronto Public Health. His Formal Education includes a BSc (Environmental Health), a MSc (Food Safety), and PhD (Public Health Administration). Additionally Sylvanus is a Fellow of the Canadian Health Service Research Foundation (EXTRA Program) which is focused on evidence –based decision making. He has extensive training and experience in developing, implementing and evaluating public health programs and services. He is a major resource personnel on environmental public health issues particularly in food safety and quality assurance. Sylvanus is a member of several local, national and international professional organizations including National Environmental Health Association, International Federation of Environmental Health, and the American Society for Quality, the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors, and the Association of Supervisors of Public Health Inspectors of Ontario. He is the Secretary for the International Federation of Environmental Health, a Technical Advisor for the National Environmental Health Association and the ASPHIO Food Safety lead. Sylvanus was very instrumental in the development of Toronto’s award winning food inspection and disclosure system, DineSafe, and has since provided consultation to a number of countries, including the UK, Australia, China, Hong Kong and parts of the US in implementing similar systems. Toronto Public Health was the recipient of the prestigious Samuel Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for this effort. Sylvanus is a recipient of a number of professional and community awards including the National Sanitation Foundation /CIPHI Award for outstanding contribution to food safety. He has been awarded the Crumbine Medal, USA (2011) for outstanding contribution to food safety and consumer protection, the Canadian African Unsung Heroes Awards for ground-breaking contribution to public health Awards, the Public Sector Quality Fair Gold Award for consumer protection and was recognised among the "140 Faces of OEC", University of Guelph. Most recently he was recognized by Toronto Public Health and the Government of Ontario for Outstanding Community Contribution.

Research Interest

Food Safety, Public Health etc..