Victoria L. Edge

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Senior Science Advisor

Science Advisor, providing support and strategic development to internal and external Public Health Agency of Canada scientific activities.

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Edge mainly contributes to publications on Infectious disease, climate change, indigenous populations.

Research and/or project statements

  • Provide support and strategic advice to advance scientific excellence in PHAC public health activities both internally and externally
  • Contribute to strategic advice, development and planning for PHAC Open Science actions and activities
  • Focus on Indigenous Health issues through participation in working groups within the Department (PHAC Indigenous Working Group), and across Department collaborations 
  • Contributes strategic advice and information relating to Arctic, Climate Change and Indigenous public health issues

Professional activities / interests

  • Project Management Team – Public Health Advisor for Indigenous Health Adaptations to Climate Change ( initiative – an international study (Canada, Peru, Uganda) of climate change impacts and resiliency in the context of food water and vector-borne infectious illness, food and water security.  {2010-current}

Education and awards


PhD Epidemiology, University of Guelph, 2006

MSc Biostatistics, University of Guelph, 1993

Dipl Applied Statistics University of Guelph, 1991

BSc Wildlife Biology, University of Guelph, 1983


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012

Public Health Agency of Canada Creativity and Innovation Award, 2012

International experience and/or work

International study (Canada, Peru, Uganda) of climate change impacts and resiliency in the context of food water and vector-borne infectious illness, food and water security from 2010 to 2021.

Epidemiologist with the Scottish Agricultural Agency, Inverness, Scotland in 1999.

Statistical consultant and lecturer at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute in Oslo, Norway in 1998.


Key publications

Huston P, Edge VL, Bernier E. Reaping the benefits of Open Data in public health. Can Commun Dis Rep 2019;45(10):252–6.

Wright, C.J., Sargeant, J.M., Edge, V.L., (...), Flowers, C., Harper, S.L.  Water quality and health in northern Canada: stored drinking water and acute gastrointestinal illness in Labrador Inuit. 2018 Environmental Science and Pollution Research 25(33), pp. 32975-32987.

Wright, C.J., Sargeant, J.M., Edge, V.L., (...), Gordon, A.C., Harper, S.L. How are perceptions associated with water consumption in Canadian Inuit? A cross-sectional survey in Rigolet, Labrador 2018.  Science of the Total Environment. 618, pp. 369-378.

Huet, C., Ford, J.D., Edge, V.L., (...), King, N., Harper, S.L.  Food insecurity and food consumption by season in households with children in an Arctic city: A cross-sectional study. 2017 BMC Public Health, 17(1), 578.

Ford, J.D., Sherman, M., Berrang-Ford, L., (...), Maillet, M., Edge, V. Preparing for the health impacts of climate change in Indigenous communities: The role of community-based adaptation. 2018 Global Environmental Change. 49, pp. 129-139

Bunce, A., Ford, J., Harper, S., Edge, V., IHACC Research Team. Vulnerability and adaptive capacity of Inuit women to climate change: a case study from Iqaluit, Nunavut. Natural Hazards. 2016. 83(3), pp. 1419-1441.

McDonald, M.E., Papadopoulos, A., Edge, V.L., (...), Sumner, A., Harper, S.L. What do we know about health-related knowledge translation in the circumpolar north? Results from a scoping review. 2016. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 75(1), 1-18.

Harper, S.L., Edge, V.L., Ford, J., (...), Lwasa, S., Namanya, D.B. Climate-sensitive health priorities in Nunatsiavut, Canada. 2015 BMC Public Health, 15(1),605.

Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S.L., Edge, V.L.  Storytelling in a digital age: Digital storytelling as an emerging narrative method for preserving and promoting indigenous oral wisdom. Qualitative Research. 2013. 13(2), pp. 127-147.

Cunsolo Willox, A., Harper, S.L., Edge, V.L, Landman, K., Houle, K., et al. The land enriches the soul: On climatic and environmental change, affect, and emotional health and well-being in Rigolet, Nunatsiavut, Canada. Emotion, Space and Society. 2013. 6(1), pp. 14-24.

Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, Sherilee L. Harper, James D. Ford, Karen Landman, Karen Houle, Victoria L. Edge, the Rigolet Inuit Community Government.  "From this place and of this place:" Climate change, sense of place, and health in Nunatsiavut, Canada. 2012 Social Science and Medicine 75(3), pp. 538-547.