The Air We Breathe - Role of Technology, Industry and Regulations

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:10pm to 5:30pm

Room ES B149 (basement), Earth Sciences Building, 5 Bancroft Avenue, Toronto

CHUNG-WAI CHOW, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto CHRIS YACCATO, Provincial Manager, Government Relations and Public Affairs, Ontario Lung Association 

ABSTRACT: Although Canada enjoys one of the highest air qualities in the world, environmental air pollution still plays a role in contributing to the development of lung diseases and the exacerbations of pre-existing illness. Air pollution is comprised of a complex mixture of gases and particulate matter, which changes according to source emissions and physico-chemical modifications during its transit in the atmosphere. In this talk, Dr. Chow will review the common sources of air pollution in Ontario and review the health effects related to exposure. Chris Yaccato will discuss how scientific data is used to effect change in legislature to improve ambient air quality. 

BRIEF BIOS: Chung-Wai Chow completed her MD and PhD studies at the University of Toronto before pursuing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institute, Germany. She is a Clinician – Scientist at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine with cross appointments to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Her research interests are focused on the effects of air pollution on lung diseases, using clinical and animal models of health and disease. 

Chris Yaccato has been engaged in public service since 2003. He has worked on a wide range of leadership roles in City, Provincial and Federal election campaigns. He has been an insider at Queen’s Park for 8 years, serving as Executive Assistant, Parliamentary Assistant and later as Policy Advisor to several MPPs during his 8 year tenure at the Provincial Legislature. Since 2014, he is the Provincial Manager, Government Relations and Public Affairs of the Ontario Lung Association where he is charged with patient engagement, advocacy, public affairs and government relations.