Who We Are

C-PREP is a charitable organization formed in 2012 to support research and education in peace from a health perspective. We are associated with Physicians for Global Survival (PGS), the Canadian affiliate of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize winning International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).


Our Board Members

Dr. Neil Arya, MD


Neil Arya is a family physician in Kitchener Ontario and founding Director of the Global Health Office at Western University. He is former Vice-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize and of President of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) and has written and lectured around the world about Peace through Health.

Dr. Arya continues as founder Director of the Kitchener/Waterloo Refugee Health Clinic in collaboration with the Kitchener Waterloo Reception Centre where he provides case-specific care to newcomers and those in need of specialized care and was lead physician developing the Psychiatric Outreach Project, providing mental health for those homeless or at risk in St. John’s Kitchen in Kitchener, tasks which led to him receiving the 2009 College of Family Physicians of Canada Geeta Gupta Award for Equity and Diversity. He remains Assistant clinical professor in Family Medicine at McMaster University (part-time) and Adjunct Professor in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.

In 2011 Dr. Arya has received an honorary doctor of letters D. Litt from Wilfrid Laurier University on their 100th anniversary, the Advocacy Award from KW Reception Centre celebrating 25 years of refugee health work and the mid career award in international health from the American Public Health Association.



Dr. Doug Alton, MD


Doug, a recently retired Pediatric Radiologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, has been involved with the Canadian Affiliates of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War for more than 30 years as supporter, board member and current treasurer.


Dr. Barbara Birkett


Barbara Birkett, BA(Dal.),MD,CM(McGill) is a semi-retired dermatologist who had an office in Oakville for 35 years and is still on courtesy staff at Oakville- Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. She does dermatology consults at Allendale Long Term Care Facility in Milton, ON. For many years she was a lecturer at University of Toronto, teaching at clinics at Women’s College Hospital.

She has been a member of PGS since 1987, was on the board for many years and was President 1999-2000.She has benefited from her long association with fellow members of the Hamilton chapter. Through her PGS connection she works with ICAN-Oakville and the Toronto Hiroshima Day Coalition and with other peace –seeking organizations.

She is married to Richard, and they have four daughters and six grand-children.

She has been a board member of C-PREP for the past year.


Dr. Thomas Piggott


Thomas Piggott is currently pursuing specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at McMaster University. Previously, he completed his medical training at McMaster and BSc at the University of Guelph. He is interested in public health issues as they concern underserved populations in Canada and abroad. His research has focused on indigenous health issues, climate change and health, the politics of public health, and conflict and health. Internationally he has been involved in research on indigenous health issues relating to alcohol abuse policy in Botswana and has worked clinically in Uganda. In Canada he has worked clinically with the inner city homeless and new Canadian refugee populations.

In public health, Dr. Piggott has worked with the Public Health Agency of Canada with the Population Health Assessment and Scenarios Team, involved in scenario planning to inform policy and assessing neglected diseases in underserved populations. He led a research project looking at the political context of adaptations to climate change in a number of indigenous populations. An additional research project has looked and the impact that the political climate has on conflict and health outcomes.

Dr. Piggott has presented research on engagement in medical education and has been involved in numerous academic committees and community organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors of Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace and provides health policy input to the Canadian Public Health Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


Andrea Levy

Administrative Officer

Andrea has been the Administrative Officer at Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) since 1995 and recently assumed this title with C-PREP. She is very committed to the mandates of both organizations and feels privileged to work with such a dedicated team of physicians.

In addition to her work at PGS and C-PREP, Andrea is a certified fitness instructor and teaches a variety of classes in Ottawa.