Dr Kami Kandola took over as the Northwest Territories’ chief public health officer on Monday.

The post was previously occupied by Dr Andre Corriveau. In a statement, the territory said Corriveau had begun a new job a month earlier.

According to the territory, Corriveau started as the acting medical director of the territory’s health authority on September 1 on a year-long contract.

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Kandola assumes her new role having been the deputy chief public health officer since 2011. She has more than once served as the NWT’s chief public health officer in an acting capacity, between permanent appointees.

“She has extensive experience protecting the health of NWT residents, as well as in surveillance of disease conditions and monitoring of public health program activities,” read a territorial government statement, adding she has previously worked for the federal government, World Health Organization, and World Bank, among others.

Ordinarily, chief public health officers are considered the leading public health professional in their province or territory.

They are responsible for communicating with the public about issues affecting residents’ health, including the issuing of advisories, as well as advising ministers and working with a range of related agencies.