Earl Nowgesic, RN, BScN, M.H.Sc., PhD, is Anishinaabe and a member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek. He has over 25 years of experience working in the health sector. Dr. Nowgesic is the Assistant Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is also a Status-Only Assistant Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) with a cross-appointment to the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and an Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto (U of T). Dr. Nowgesic is a Registered Nurse in Ontario.
Dr. Nowgesic has held leadership and research positions across many organizations including the U of T DLSPH Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, the First Nations Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization, and with Health Canada as a Canadian Field Epidemiologist. He was the first epidemiologist for the Assembly of First Nations. Dr. Nowgesic has held competitive grants, including the CIHR Fellowship in Health Services and Population Health HIV/AIDS Priority Announcement. He has published papers on nursing, public health, HIV, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases, health services, research capacity and infrastructure, and Indigenous Peoples (i.e., First Nations, Inuit and Métis).
Dr. Nowgesic volunteers on the Canadian Academy of Nursing Advisory Committee of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), and he is on the Board of Directors of Public Health Ontario. He has participated on numerous other national and international councils, boards and committees including: the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (now the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association) Board of Directors; the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network Community Advisory Committee; the CIHR HIV/AIDS Research Advisory Committee; the CIHR Institute Advisory Board on Health Promotion and Prevention; the CNA Aboriginal Health Nursing and Health Advisory Group; the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, Guiding Consortium for the Development of the Tri-Council Policy Statement Guidelines for Research Involving Aboriginal People; the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS; and the PHAC-supported National Collaborating Centre for Indigenous Health Advisory Committee. Dr. Nowgesic is a past President of the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and past Vice-President of the International Union for Circumpolar Health.
Dr. Nowgesic holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health Science (specializing in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) and a Master of Health Science in Community Health and Epidemiology from U of T and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa.