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Ontario Appoints New Chief Coroner

Web posted on March 12, 2014

Ontario has officially appointed Dr. Dirk Huyer as Chief Coroner for Ontario after serving as interim Chief Coroner since July 2013. "I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve the people of Ontario in leading a high-quality, collaborative death investigation system that contributes to public safety." Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chief Coroner for Ontario.

In 2008, he joined the Office of the Chief Coroner as a Regional Supervising Coroner. He has served as a coroner in Ontario since 1992 and was Regional Supervising Coroner for the regions of Peel and Halton, as well as the counties of Simcoe and Wellington.

Dr. Huyer has specific expertise in the medical evaluation of child maltreatment and has worked with the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program at the Hospital for Sick Children.

He has investigated more than 5,000 deaths and chairs both the provincial Deaths Under Five and Pediatric Death Review committees. He is also an assistant professor with the pediatrics department at the University of Toronto faculty of medicine.

"After conducting an extensive search, Dr. Huyer was identified as the best candidate to fill the position of Chief Coroner for Ontario. I would like to congratulate Dr. Huyer and thank him for his work and leadership during his assignment as Interim Chief Coroner. I am looking forward to continuing to work with him." Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

The Office of the Chief Coroner also holds inquests and issues reports on various types of deaths (children under five, patient care, etc.) to help reduce deaths and improve public safety. The Office of the Chief Coroner conducts approximately 16,000 death investigations each year.