Expert Advisory Committee - Biographies

The committee's members occupy diverse senior positions or are experts in their field in the public, private and academic sectors. The initial members are as follows.

Paul Glover, Chair

The Prime Minister of Canada appointed Mr. Paul Glover to the position of President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency effective October 31st, 2016. Paul also serves as the Deputy Champion for Brock University.

Paul served as the Associate Deputy Minister of Health Canada from July 2013 onwards.

Prior to his appointment as Associate Deputy Minister of Health Canada, Mr. Glover was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB). HPFB takes an integrated approach to managing the health-related risks and benefits of health products and food through the regulatory system. Paul also served as the ADM Champion for the Community of Federal Regulators.

Paul was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch at Health Canada from September 2008 to January 2011. Previous to that, he was in the Privy Council Office's Operations Branch, where he worked on a wide range of social policy issues. He began his career at Health Canada in 1986, in the informatics area. Paul then moved on to health systems management and assumed progressively more responsible jobs, eventually leading, as Director General, a number of business units, including First Nations and Inuit Health Programs, the Non-Insured Health Benefits Program, and the Safe Environments Program.

Over the years Paul has served on numerous governing bodies, including the Board of Directors of the Queensway Carleton Hospital, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Canada Health Infoway, the Advisory Board for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Queen's University Board of Directors for the Centre for Water and the Environment. He has been a member of the National Academies of Science in the U.S.A. and the International Joint Commission.

Paul earned his Master in Business Administration from Queen's University.

Janice Baker

Janice Baker has held various technical positions at Nestlé in Research & Development in the USA, Nestlé Canada and Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada over the last 19 years. She currently leads a team of 8 providing support to marketing, sales and factory operations ensuring successful implementation of innovation and renovation projects (over 100 since 2004) in addition to ongoing regulatory affairs and technical support. She led Nestlé Purina through the successful transition to new CFIA regulations on the importation of pet food from the USA with no business interruption. She has led a number of cross functional teams resulting in the implementation of new policies, procedures, technology as well as enhanced learning and professional development in these areas. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Pet Food Association of Canada and is Treasurer for the 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology being held in Montréal in August, 2014. She was President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology from 2009-2010. She holds a master's degree in food science and a bachelor degree in food microbiology from the University of Guelph.

Dr. Bonnie Buntain

Dr. Buntain teaches at the University of Calgary and is also Assistant Dean of the Government and International Relations Committee within the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, where she was the Founding Interim Department Head of Ecosystem and Public Health. Dr. Buntain is a past Chief Public Health Veterinarian for the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

Dr. Charlebois is Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph. Dr. Charlebois is the author of "Pas dans mon assiette: Manger est-il devenu risqué?" which is an essay on food security and safety, and is co-author of Real People, Real Decisions. He is currently writing another book on global food safety systems.

Jackie Crichton

Effective July 1st, 2011, Jackie Crichton returned to consulting. Immediately prior to her return to consulting Jackie held the position Vice President Food Safety and Labelling with the Retail Council of Canada and prior to that the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors. Jackie has over 30 years experience in the food industry and during her career has provided quality assurance, food safety and regulatory affairs expertise to industry associations, supermarkets, restaurants, production facilities and warehouse and distribution centres. Ms. Crichton holds an Honours B. Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Guelph with post-graduate studies in the areas of food, industrial and medical microbiology, and environmental biology. Jackie is co-chair of the Canadian Supply Chain Food Safety Coalition and has been a member of the Global Food Safety Initiative Technical Working Group. She was also a member of the Health Canada Sodium Working Group and is a past Director of the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education.

Carolina Giliberti (ex-officio)

Carolina Giliberti was appointed Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), effective August 5, 2014. Before joining the CFIA, Ms Giliberti served as Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Management at Service Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada, from July 2010. Previously, Ms Giliberti held two consecutive Assistant Deputy Minister positions at Health Canada, first in the Public Affairs, Consultation and Regions Branch (2006-2008) and then in the Regions and Programs Branch (2008-2010). She also held various policy, research and analysis positions at the Department of Justice. Ms Giliberti holds a Master of Arts, Criminology, from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.

Dr. Grant Maxie

After completing his DVM at WCVM in 1969, and PhD in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at the Ontario Veterinary College in 1973, Dr. Maxie worked in Kenya investigating the pathology of trypanosomiasis and theileriosis. He has worked on faculty at the OVC and as a Veterinary Pathologist, and then as Guelph Laboratory Head, for the Veterinary Laboratory Services of OMAFRA. He is currently the Director of the Animal Health Laboratory and co-Executive Director of the Laboratory Services Division at the University of Guelph. Dr. Maxie was the editor-in-chief of the Canadian Veterinary Journal from 1986 to 1991, and chair of the editorial committee of the CVMA until 1998. His scientific publications include 10 book chapters and 50 peer-reviewed articles. He edited the 3 volumes, and co-authored 3 chapters, in the 5th edition of "Jubb, Kennedy and Palmer's Pathology of Domestic Animals", published in 2007, and is currently editing the 6th edition. He is a past-president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), and of the Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN).

Steve Morin

Steve Morin joined Olymel in 2003. As Vice President, Supply, Pork, he is responsible for supplying slaughtering facilities with hogs, as well as ensuring that deliveries respect deadlines and are fully coordinated with operations. As part of his duties, he must also administer payments for deliveries and maintain good business relations with hog producers. Before joining the Olymel team, Steve Morin worked as an auditor in a major chartered accounting firm. He also worked at the Société générale de financement du Québec (SGF-Soquia), where he held the position of Vice President, Investments. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Meat Council and chairs the Board of Directors of Cintech Inc. an agrifood technology transfer centre affiliated with the St-Hyacinthe community college.

Krista Outhwaite (ex-officio)

Krista Outhwaite is the Associate Deputy Minister and Chief Operating Officer of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Previously she was the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet within the Privy Council Office and Assistant Deputy Minister, Market and Industry Services Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mrs. Outhwaite also held posts within the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Mrs. Outhwaite holds a master's degree in science from the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Zamir Punja

Dr. Zamir K. Punja has made significant contributions plant pathology research using innovative approaches to disease management on vegetable and horticultural crops. His research program is focussed on basic and applied aspects of plant diseases caused by a range of pathogens using a multidisciplinary approach incorporating the use of biological control agents, disease resistance, and transgenic plants. Dr. Punja has worked closely with numerous industry groups and organizations, including the BC Greenhouse Growers Association, the Associated Ginseng Growers of BC, the BC Blueberry Council, the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, as well as provincial and federal government agencies. He received the NSERC Synergy Award for University-Industry collaboration in 2003 for his collaborative work with the BC Greenhouse Growers Association. He was the Director of the Centre for Pest Management from 1992 to 2002. He currently holds the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology and previously served as a Section Editor for Plant Disease. Dr. Punja is currently a Burnaby Mountain Endowed Chair at Simon Fraser University.

Timothy Sargent (ex-officio)

Timothy Sargent was appointed Associate Deputy Minister at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in April 2013. Prior to this position, Tim was at the Privy Council Office for 5 years, where he was responsible for advising the Prime Minister on range of economic and social issues, and was Assistant Secretary to several Cabinet committees. Tim grew up in the U.K., and has a B.A. in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester, a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Before moving to Privy Council Office, Tim held various positions in Finance Canada in the areas of macroeconomics and financial markets. He is married with two children and lives in Ottawa.

Dr. Gale West

Gale West received her doctorate in Applied Sociology from Iowa State University and teaches courses in Consumer Sciences at Laval University, including a course on consumer food choices. She is a researcher with the Centre for Research on the Economics of Agrifoods (CRÉA) and a member of the Institute on nutraceuticals and functional foods (INAF). An expert in survey research, she has completed many surveys of consumers, doctors, nutritionists and farmers. Her research has touched upon consumer perceptions of functional foods, their willingness to pay premiums for health claims and their responses to organic versus GM foods. Dr. West has also conducted research on the prevention of malnutrition in long-term care facilities.

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