Photo of Jim Chan

Jim Chan began his career as a Public Health Inspector at Toronto Public Health in 1977 after completing his science degree at University of Guelph and the Environmental Health program at Ryerson University. Throughout his 36-year career, Jim has been responsible for managing and implementing programs and activities dedicated to the protection of public health. Programs such as Food Safety Inspection (DineSafe Toronto), Communicable Disease Control (including case management during the SARS outbreak in 2003 and health & safety during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009), Infection Control, Tobacco Control Enforcement and Health Hazard Investigation.

Jim retired on October 31, 2013 from his role as the manager of the Food Safety Program in Toronto and the media spokesperson for food safety and tobacco control enforcement issues for Toronto Public Health. After retirement, Jim began an interesting career developing his comic strip The Health Inspector’s Notebook with his son, Chris. Their work can be viewed at