A Canadian military veteran with more than 30 years of experience has been appointed to lead the country’s coronavirus vaccination, replacing another police officer who was fired for alleged sexual misconduct.
Krista Brodie is taking over as vice president of immunization for the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) after her predecessor Dany Fortin resigned on May 15.
Fortin left on Friday, as a spokesman for the national defense department said he had “left” the assignment “pending the outcome of a military investigation”.
Fortin was appointed to this important post by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November last year.
His departure comes as troops face institutionalized allegations of sexual misconduct, which led to the departure of the last two chiefs of security personnel.
Jonathan Vance resigned in January this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct and is facing an investigation. Vance’s successor Art McDonald has been sidelined for less than a month and a half as he is also under investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.
Iain Stewart, president of PHAC, said Brodie “played a key role in the selection of the vaccine as part of the center’s first deployment in November”, and her presence in leading the program “allows for seamless transformation as she resumes her leadership role with PHAC”.
PHAC teamed up with the military on November 27 last year to strengthen “planning, operations, and operations by adding a military team”, the organization said.
Brodie enlisted in the army in 1989 and has commanded officers, company, and army, and has been sent to Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. He works with both NATO and the UN.
Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan described him as an “expert in logistics”.