Nawal Farhat is an epidemiologist with expertise in systematic reviews and database analysis. She collaborates with RSI on systematic reviews related to exposure-related health effects. Her doctoral research at the University of Ottawa focused on analyzing electronic medical records to study drug-drug interactions in cardiovascular patients. Nawal holds an MSc in Epidemiology, where she explored the health effects of air pollution in Canadian cities. Her background includes coordinating surveillance systems for communicable diseases at Lebanon's Ministry of Public Health and teaching epidemiology and biostatistics courses.
Dr. Sattar, with nearly five decades of research experience, specializes in microbial pathogens, their environmental influence, and safe technologies for combating infectious agents. His research delves into how pathogens survive and spread via water, food, air, waste, and surfaces. Funding for his work comes from peer-reviewed sources and research contracts. He offers expertise to national and international agencies and the private sector. With an extensive publication record and over 350 invited lectures worldwide, Dr. Sattar's contributions to the field are substantial. Notable works include the 2013 reference text "Principles and Practice of Disinfection, Preservation & Sterilization" (5th ed; Wiley-Interscience). He's received several professional honors, including the M.S. Favero Lectureship, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Hygieia Gold Medal.
Dr. Peter Aggett, a Pediatrician specializing in Gastroenterology, Metabolism, and Chemical Pathology, focuses on essential trace elements in health and disease. He holds the position of Emeritus Head at Lancashire School of Health and Postgraduate Medicine and is a Professor of Child Health and Nutrition at the University of Central Lancashire. His extensive career includes roles in public health nutrition, nutrient risk assessment, and food safety, contributing to scientific advisory committees worldwide. Following retirement, Dr. Aggett continued as an External Expert for EFSA, reviewing Dietary Reference Values for essential micronutrients.
Dr. Tee L. Guidotti is an esteemed international consultant in occupational and environmental medicine, specializing in risk management and sustainability. His work encompasses problem-solving, medical evaluation, medicolegal services, and extensive publishing and writing. Although retired from the George Washington University, he maintains active roles in teaching and research, holding adjunct faculty positions at West Virginia University and the University of Alberta. His interests span energy technologies, firefighter health, climate change adaptation, and science policy. Dr. Guidotti's contributions include over 300 papers, eight books, and numerous awards, notably the Knudsen Award for Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine in 2013. His focus now centers on environmental sustainability and health.
Dr. Bird is a distinguished professional with a Board Certification in Toxicology, Chartered Chemist status, and is recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He earned both an MSc and a PhD in Toxicology and Biochemical Toxicology from Surrey University, UK. Dr. Bird's contributions extend to over 40 publications, and his remarkable work in advancing regulatory science and policy in toxicology earned him the prestigious Achievement Award from the International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology in 2011.
Todd Ruthman graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1992 with a BASc in Systems Design Engineering. This educational background instilled in him a fascination for understanding the integrated interactions among people, nature, and technology. For nearly two decades, he has been applying this multidisciplinary perspective in the development of science-based and risk-based solutions for clients. His team specializes in creating IT solutions that support risk-informed decision-making, utilizing either custom web applications or off-the-shelf software such as Excel, Analytica, and R.
Don Mattison's career is an amalgamation of medicine, science, and public service. He started with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, followed by a Master's from MIT in Chemistry. He then pivoted to medicine, obtaining an MD from Columbia University and focusing on pharmacology and toxicology in reproductive health during his residencies. Mattison has held several prestigious appointments, including Dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and Chief Medical Officer at Risk Sciences International. Throughout his career, he obtained medical licenses in six U.S. states and served in the U.S. Public Health Service, retiring with the rank of Captain. Most recently, he became a Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology at the University of South Carolina.
Rosanna Wong holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo, with diverse co-op experiences ranging from aquaculture research in the Netherlands to botany collections in Canada. She transitioned into risk analysis, initially as a Junior Analyst at Risk Sciences International, focusing on food safety and public health. Currently, she conducts research on food safety, transportation, and climate change, and leads the development of a climate resilience tool that integrates both qualitative and quantitative data.
With 45 years of experience in exposure and risk assessment, Dr. Paul Price has worked with diverse organizations, including the U.S. EPA and Dow Chemical. Specializing in mixture risk assessments, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa and serves on the European Food Safety Authority’s committee on combined exposures. A prolific author, Dr. Price is currently focused on publications concerning mixture risk assessment and the Mixture Adjustment Factor.
Martin LeBlanc specializes in business development at RSI, focusing on client needs across various sectors including health, nuclear, and aerospace. With a background in electrical/mechanical technology and sales, he excels in assembling project teams and navigating complex procurement processes. He is adept at contract negotiation, proposal development, and is well-versed in Government of Canada procurement vehicles. Martin is also experienced in international projects and adapts quickly to new procurement processes.