When Ann received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1976, she had already worked for Ontario Hydro for several years, specializing in research on air pollution. In 1990 she joined the federal government as the Chief of Air Quality Modeling. The group she supervised supported the incorporation of air quality models directly into weather models. They saw the link between air quality and human health and initiated, with Health Canada, the move from the Air Quality Index (AQI) to the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). Ann went on to work at DFO where she participated in a climate risk analysis for the department which resulted in DFO obtaining funding for a Climate Adaptation Program.
Ann had the opportunity to lead numerous external program activities from within government. As one example, from 2003 to 2011, she was the Canadian Cochair of the International Joint Commission’s International Air Quality Advisory Board (IAQAB).
Beyond the job, Ann was a member of the Waterloo Alumni Development Council and Issues Committee from 1988-94, the first woman president of the Canadian Association of Physicists from 1993-94, and Chair of the National Science Societies of Canada from 1994-96. In 2012, she became the Vice-Chair for the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographical Society (CMOS) Ottawa Chapter and after her term as Chair she has continued to be a Member-at-Large on the Executive. She is also a Director of the Prior Chest Nuts dragon boat team, a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team from Arnprior.
Now retired, Ann is pursuing a second career as a writer. She ponders words while she weeds the gardens on her rural ten acres. Some of her books include: Air Quality Management: Canadian Perspectives on a Global Issue, with Eric Taylor (co-editor) (Springer, 2014); The New Devil’s Dictionary, with Duane Chartier and Irene Agoulnik (Amazon, 2019); Naked In Time, with Duane Chartier (co-editor) (Amazon, 2020); Plague Take It, with Jon Peirce (co-editor) (Loose Cannon Press, 2021); and Tales from the Boat, (Loose Cannon Press, 2022). The last of these is an anthology of stories written by the Prior Chest Nuts.
Ann feels close to her local hospital, the Queensway Carleton, because she has been a regular customer. As a single, accident-prone Mom of two horseback-riding daughters there were visits to Emergency. Ann is a breast cancer survivor, who explored the orthopedic facilities after falling down a flight of stairs and seriously injuring her left arm. She was also the caregiver for her partner who passed away from pancreatic cancer. Volunteering with the hospital is a natural next step for her.