Paradigm Consultants

Paradigms are shifting. New knowledge of the health impacts of environmental factors is infusing every sector of human endeavor. For everyone involved in health and environmental fields, the intersection of the two is posing new tasks and new challenges. Paradigm Consultants work with you at that point of intersection to get the job done.


Welcome to Paradigm Consultants. We provide research, policy development, planning for health services and programs, science writing, advocacy, and educational and communications expertise in any area where environment and health come together. And since the environmental changes of the last century have had an impact on every single aspect of human life, we work in a wide and varied terrain.

Varda Burstyn and David Fenton are the principals at Paradigm. Varda brings more than thirty years of experience in environmental and health fields, both in a policy and planning capacity and in a public education and campaign capacity. She is an accomplished strategist and communications expert. David brings a background in human geography, environmental management, science research and writing, technical communications and international organizational leadership, in both the public and private sectors.

Depending on the project, Varda and David work with a network of other consultants with expertise in fields ranging from medical and health to public administration and government relations, to green housing and safe building. Together Paradigm offers customized expertise to assist governments, health and educational systems, non-profits and businesses for a great variety of projects and assignments.

As well, Paradigm offers unique depth of expertise in the emerging area of chronic, co-morbid environmentally-linked illnesses, such as environmental or multiple chemical sensitivities (ES/MCS), myalgic encephalomyelitis – chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) – and fibromyalgia syndrome (FM). These serious, disabling conditions affect more than 1.4 million Canadians and their families and communities, and more than 11 million Americans. They’re linked to the proliferation of hazardous everyday chemicals and have been spreading at a rapid pace — we saw an average cross-condition jump in incidence of 25 per cent between 2005 and 2010 in Canada, with ES/MCS climbing at a whopping 34 percent.

If your organization has needs in the developing field of environmental health, please visit our services page and see if we can assist you to meet the challenges ahead.