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Chris Boyd

General Manager

Building Water Health, North America

North America

Chris Boyd has worked with communities, elected officials, governmental agencies, and non-governmental and private sector stakeholders for more than 25 years, addressing a wide range of pressing social, economic, environmental and public health challenges. In his current role as General Manager for Building Water Health with NSF International, his team supports stakeholders’ efforts to consistently control risks across diverse building water systems and building typologies. Mr. Boyd and his team organize the Legionella Conference, the largest conference in North America focused on waterborne disease prevention in building water systems.

Prior to coming NSF, Mr. Boyd was Assistant Commissioner for Environmental Sciences & Engineering at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City, where he led the agency’s environmental response to one of the largest Legionella outbreaks in the United States and oversaw the implementation of the first proactive risk management standards for cooling towers in North America. As Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Boyd was responsible for regulatory oversight of NYC’s municipal and recreational water systems, radiation-producing equipment and radioactive materials, and he supported the planning and response efforts to significant natural and manmade emergencies. Mr. Boyd managed a team of more than 100 engineers, water ecologists, research scientists, public health sanitarians and medical physicists.

Mr. Boyd has published numerous reports and articles and has received multiple recognitions for his work throughout his career.

His areas of expertise include:

  • Building water health
  • Environmental and public policy
  • Outbreak response management
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Water safety
  • Municipal water systems
  • Waterborne diseases