Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and northern communities within Canada. Director of PaRx, Canada’s national nature prescription program powered by the BC Parks Foundation, she is a long-time advocate for the health benefits of time spent in nature and ecosystem conservation. She has been involved in advocacy and policy work on a broad range of issues including climate change, heat illness, wildfires, fracking and LNG, air pollution, active transportation, toxics, and sustainable health care.
Currently a senior writer for the CBC, she was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit lifestyle show Steven and Chris for four seasons and continues to appear on-air as a regular contributor to CTV News. Her writing on the environment and human well-being has also been published by national media including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, The Narwhal, National Observer, and Alternatives Journal.
Dr. Lem was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, a 2020 Joule Innovation grant recipient from the Canadian Medical Association, a 2021 World Parks Week Ambassador, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia.