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New Interim Chief Coroner for Ontario Selected

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New Interim Chief Coroner for Ontario Selected

Ontario Government Welcomes Dr. Huyer to the Role

Starting today, Dr. Dirk Huyer will act as Chief Coroner for Ontario.

Dr. Huyer's assignment will be for up to six months or until the position is filled on a permanent basis. He replaces Dr. Dan Cass, who will return to his role as Deputy Chief Coroner now that his six-month assignment is complete.

In 2008, Dr. Huyer joined the Office of the Chief Coroner as a Regional Supervising Coroner. He has investigated more than 5,000 deaths and is chair of both the Deaths Under Five and Pediatric Death Review committees. Dr. Huyer is also an assistant professor with the pediatrics department at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.

Quick Facts

  • The Office of the Chief Coroner conducts approximately 16,000 death investigations each year.
  • 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.

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“I want to welcome Dr. Huyer and to thank him for taking on the role of Chief Coroner on an interim basis, while we continue our executive search to fill the position on a permanent basis. I also want to thank Dr. Cass for his work during his assignment as Interim Chief Coroner.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to serve in this important role on an interim basis. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Ontario during my leadership of the Office of the Chief Coroner.”

Dr. Dirk Huyer

incoming interim Chief Coroner for Ontario

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