Ronald Macfarlane is an advocate for environmental health and sustainable development.
With 35 years of experience in Africa, Asia and Canada, he uses is critical thinking and writing skills to prepare easily understood summaries of the impacts of environmental determinants on health that serve as background information to advocate for equitable and healthy public policy. Between 1999 and 2018 Ronald was with Toronto Public Health where he led environmental health projects addressing a wide-range of issues such as air pollution, noise, green space, urban form and climate change. He developed a health impact assessment framework and applied it to it to various proposals including the proposed expansion of the Toronto Island airport, biosolids management options in Toronto, and the long-term solid waste management strategy.
Ronald has advanced international chemical policy through development of educational materials and position papers, training, provision of expert advice, program evaluation, and participation in international negotiations including the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. He developed the framework for the evaluation of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
Ronald’s experience also includes work at the United Nations Environment Programme, Pesticides Action Network, Consumers International and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. In 2018-19 he led a climate change and health project for the Yukon Department of Health and Social Services in Whitehorse.
"Ronald Macfarlane is one of the most competent and efficient professionals I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He is highly motivated, organized, and respectful in his approach. His work is always thorough and evidence-informed.Ronald demonstrates his expertise and shares his thoughtful insights." Kathy Fredrickson, Director, Yukon Health and Social Services