I am a public health physician and health promotion consultant and in July 2018 retired from my position as a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. Since December 2014 I have written a regular weekly column on population and public health for the Times Colonist, the daily newspaper in Victoria. Links to all my articles are now available through this website. I am a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences, but am equally comfortable speaking to and working with small community groups.

My main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism. I am one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement, co-authoring with the late Len Duhl the original background paper for the European Regional Office of the World Health Organisation in 1986. Over the past 30 years I have worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization.

I have a long-standing interest in the relationship between health and the natural and built environment. For four years I led a Canadian Public Health Association workgroup that resulted in a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the ecological determinants health (May 2015). In the past I co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and in the 1980s I was the first leader of the Green Party in both Canada and Ontario.

Nationally, in recent years, I was a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a member of the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada from 2010 – 2015, and on the Advisory Council of the Arts and Health Network Canada. In BC I was Vice-President of the Board of BC Healthy Communities for many years, until 2019. In 2019 I established a new Victoria-based and locally fociued NGO, Conversations for a One Planet Region.

In 2015 I was awarded Honourary Fellowship in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health for my contributions to public health, and in 2017 I was awarded the Defries Medal – the Association’s highest honour – by the Canadian Public Health Association.

Outside of my work life, I am an enthusiastic Morris dancer – a traditional English folk dance, think ‘non-violent rugby’! – and enjoy creating new dances and parody songs, as well as performing as the Green Man in the annual Mummers Play.  I have also been a semi-professional outdoor photographer and my photography has been shown in a number of juried art shows in southern Ontario and BC; at one point I was part of co-op art gallery near our then home in Kleinburg, ON.



11 thoughts on “About Trevor Hancock

  1. Dear Dr. Hancock, Thanks for your weekly perspective column in the TC. My wife and I esp. appreciated Mar. 11, Sun. Somewhere, biblically, it is stated that we are custodians of this planet and that we are to take care of it. There is currently so much waste and disrespect for our resources that it is very alarming !! My background with Canada Forestry was collecting and assessing forest insect and forest disease conditions in BC and the Yukon. Every tree holds an amazing assortment of living creatures. Without forests we would live in a barren landscape. We appreciate your views. Thank you. Sincerely, John Holms and Janet McGuinty.


  2. Hi Trevor,
    Thank you for continuing your path-breaking work on Healthy Cities!
    I have an update: you gave me feedback about dance and health at UC Berkeley when you visited as a guest lecturer around 2012 … I just wanted you to know the Danceable City has finally been published! https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2018.1526645
    Thanks again and best wishes,


  3. Thank you Trevor for your balanced and passionate essays in the TC. They feed our souls! Are you familiar with the work of Alfred Adler? He advanced the concept of gemeinschaftsgefuhl (Social Interest) as an attitude to life which is opposed to the cult of individualism.
    Carry on and enjoy a thoughtful Christmas.,


  4. Your articles make me feel like I’m actually from this planet and not a visitor from another universe who can clearly see all the tragic injustices created by humans.


  5. Your impact lives on. In my work in the city counsil i Horsens, Denmark, I often Think back at our talks.
    Hope you are well.
    Susan Gyldenkilde


  6. Whilst one can quote voting figures prior to the pandemic.
    Mayor and some councillors policies around 24/7 tenting in Victoria, which no other municipality engaged in has damaged Victoria.
    The quality of life here has completely deteriorated. The terrible violent attacks on women, the destruction of property downtown.
    I have not been able to safely use any green space. With signs placed near all children’s play grounds “ deep sweep” before using has had a deteriorating affect on mental health.

    Once again you say the Mayor and some councillors not the” devil” what does that even mean!
    Do you mock how upset we are,? petition signed by 27,000 residence called just loud voice by councillors.
    It does does not change my view, they have brought this City to its knees. Embracing a hate acronym against the police was the start of their down fall.


  7. Your recent comment on logging protestors refers to all humanity. Apparently that excludes the vile screaming and expletives directed at RCMP Officers who are upholding the law. Regardless of your views on colonialism these officers are part of all humanity and should be treated like the people who are protesting.
    If you were as genuine as you purport to be you would give some voice to the need for responsible law and order in respect to referring to all humanity.


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