Canada’s Halton Region appoints Mangalurean Dr Deepika Lobo as new health commissioner

Gerry D’Mello

Daijiworld Media Network - Toronto

Toronto, Feb 20: Canada’s Ontario Halton Region announced that Dr Deepika Lobo of Mangaluru origin will be Halton's next commissioner of health and medical officer of health. The position puts her in charge of the public health and paramedic services in the area, overseeing a budget of more than $100 million.

Almost a decade ago the Mangalurean brain Dr Deepika Delilah Lobo made not only her beloved family but the entire Indian Community in Canada proud by winning the prestigious Allan J Greve gold medal award for achieving the highest academic standing during the MBA in health services management at DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University in Canada.

Dr Deepika Lobo has served as an associate medical officer of health since joining Halton Region in 2019 and has been acting commissioner of health since September 2023. Gary Carr, Halton's regional chair, said he is confident the new commissioner will help keep residents healthy. “We are pleased to officially welcome Dr Lobo to this very critical position in our community. We are confident that Dr Lobo's experience, knowledge, and leadership capabilities will keep our public health services strong and keep our residents healthy.”

After completing initial schooling in St Mary’s School, Margil, Mangaluru, Deepika pursued medicine and completed MBBS at Kasturba Medical College Mangaluru with distinction. Deepika is the proud daughter of Denis and Dorothy Rodrigues from Mangaluru married to Ravi Kiran Lobo in 2005. Deepika and Ravi have two sons Raygan and Rohan Lobo.

When Deepika moved to Canada with her husband around fifteen years ago she knew nothing about Canada and as is the case with many skilled and educated immigrants could not get work in her field. In India, Deepika had trained as a physician and worked briefly as a family doctor and in public health. After moving to Canada from Mangaluru, following a stint in San Francisco, her credentials meant she could apply for only a residency program. In her case, that meant the five-year program at McMaster University. Knowing it would be tough to get in (there are only a few spots for international medical graduates), she searched for a ‘solid backup plan’. So Deepika looked for other prospects. To her surprise, the DeGroote School of Business offered an MBA specializing in health services management, which suited her perfectly. “I have always been into public speaking, and I love administration,” she says. Then with a toddler in daycare and family far away in India, the 28-month programme stretched her to her limit, but she thrived, even making the dean’s list.

With hard work and determination, Deepika completed her residency in public health and preventive medicine through the DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University and is a fellow with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She obtained her doctor of medicine from Kasturba Medical College at Manipal University in India and has master's degrees in public health and business administration from McMaster.


• Lobo D, DeBenedet C, Fehlner-Gardiner C, Nadin-Davis SA, Anderson MEC, Buchanan T, Middel K, Filejski C, Hopkins J. Raccoon rabies outbreak in Hamilton, Ontario: A progress report. Can Commun Dis Rep. 2018; 44(5):116-21.

• Dueck K, Morrison R, Brown K, Lobo D, and Loh L. Innovative public health response to an event on the fringe of regulatory changes. Can J Public Health (2018).


• Allan J. Greve gold medal (highest academic standing in MBA, Health Services Management) 2013
• MBA Dean’s Honor 2012
• MBBS Dean’s Honor 2004


• Workplace Mental Health Leadership 2023
• Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) 2016
• Introduction to Incident Management System (IMS 100) 2015


Member, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada 2019 - Present
Member, Ontario Medical Association (OMA) 2013 – Present
Member, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) 2013 - Present
Registered Physician, Karnataka Medical Council, India 2004 – Present

The Indian community commends Dr Deepika’s hard work and determination and salutes her incredible achievements. The Mangalurean diaspora living in Canada is very proud that one of them has reached such a high level in her professional career in Canada.





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  • Henry lobo, Borivali - Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 23 2024

    Congratulations to Deepika & all family.It is good news and a proud moment for all Mangaloreans. God bless.

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  • Sandya Helen Vas, Abudhabi

    Thu, Feb 22 2024

    Congratulations Deepika.

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  • Leeda Fernandes, Bellore-Denmark

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Hearty Congratulations Deepika. We Mangaloreans are very proud of you. God bless your work.

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  • Aboline & Rony DCunha, Mangalore/Dubai /Koppa

    Wed, Feb 21 2024

    Hats off to you dear Deepika. Very proud of your academic achievements. Hearty congratulations on securing the position of 'Commissioner of Health & Medical officer of Health, Ontario Halton Region'. Our felicitation to her proud parents Denis & Dora.

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  • Paul dsouza, balakunje

    Tue, Feb 20 2024


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  • Manohar Pais, Bejai / Canada

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Congratulations Deepika, Exemplary people excel at what they do and are excellent examples to others, and you are the best among them. We, Mangaloreans living in Canada, are really proud of your achievements here, in such a short period of time. Wishing you a very bright future and the very best in the medical field. - Manu & Violet.

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  • Everest vijay dante, Moodubelle / udupi / canada

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Hearty CONGRATULATIONS Deepika On your appointment as Haltons new Medical officer . You made entire mangaloreans proud . You set a role model , hope and great inspiration to all the young generation especially from Mangalore . We wish you all the great success ahead. Executive committee Mangalorean association of canada

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  • NM Prabhu, KIREM/Dubai

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Congratulations!! you have made Mangaloreans and India proud. Wish you all the best and keep up the good work.

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  • Silva, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Wow!! Bravo at least someone from Mangalore. Congrat Ma'am...

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  • Donald D'Souza, Mangalore/Canada

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Congratulations and wishing you success in all your future endeavours. We have many new comers to Canada, many are studying and they are finding it hard to cope on account of various reasons. You are now their icon and a symbol of hope.

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  • Ronald John Mathias, Mudarangadi/Mississauga/Canada

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Amcha mogacha Dr. Deepika, we are thrilled to extend our warmest congratulations on your appointment as Halton's New Medical Officer of Health. This is a tremendous achievement and a testament to your dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to public health. As a Mangalorean, we are very proud of you. We are wishing you all the best in your new role as Halton's Medical Officer of Health. God bless you. Ronald and Cynthia Mathias, Mudarangadi/Mississauga, Canada

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  • Leslie N rego, Bendur

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Hearty congratulations Deepika.. So proud and happy to note. May good lord bless you and your family. Wishing all success for your new responsibility.

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  • Arthur Rosario, Angelore/Muscat

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Congratulations 🎉

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  • Veena Vas, Mangalore

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Congratulations Deepika

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Tue, Feb 20 2024

    Congratulations ...

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