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.
Daniel Krewski began his career in the federal government of Canada, focusing on programs within Health Canada, particularly in food safety and environmental health. Trained in mathematics, statistics, and biostatistics, his multidisciplinary background reflects the complex nature of risk science. He later transitioned to academia, founding the McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment at the University of Ottawa. There, he developed new methodologies and collaborated internationally. In 2006, he co-founded Risk Sciences International, aiming to provide expert advice on diverse risk issues. His contributions have been instrumental in shaping risk assessment frameworks used by organizations like Health Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2023, Dr. Krewski passed the CEO's baton to Greg Paoli; he remains active as RSI Chief Risk Scientist.
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.
Franco Momoli transitioned from animal sciences to become an epidemiologist and biostatistician. Initially intrigued by human aging and Alzheimer's Disease, he later focused on cancer etiology and innovative statistical methods. As a professor at the University of Ottawa, he mentored graduate students and led multinational studies. He also worked at research institutes in Ottawa, contributing to diverse clinical research. Currently, he is the Practice Lead for Chemical and Product Safety at Risk Sciences International and an adjunct professor. His work spans from assessing environmental contaminants to innovating public health approaches in chemical management.
Mina Maksimovic holds a BSc and MSc in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, specializing in biomechanics. Her master's thesis explored spine range of motion in scoliosis patients undergoing corrective surgeries. Joining Risk Sciences International in 2021 as a Project Coordinator, Mina focuses on project coordination and timeline management, aided by her implementation of project management software. She also contributes to research-based tasks, leveraging her multidisciplinary academic and clinical background.
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.
Dr. Andersen's illustrious 45-year career in toxicology and risk assessment includes key positions such as Chief Science Officer at The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health at Colorado State University. His significant contributions include developing biologically realistic models for toxic chemical and drug effects, notably in physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling, advancing the field of chemical risk assessment. Dr. Andersen's prolific research output consists of over 500 papers and book chapters, earning him prestigious awards like the Lehman and Merit Awards from the US Society of Toxicology and the Mildred S. Christian Award from the Academy of Toxicological Sciences.
Monique Macdonald brings 35 years of experience in office management and financial administration to her role as Office Administrator at RSI. Specializing in stakeholder liaison, data management, and bookkeeping, she also supports sales, marketing, and workshop administration. Monique holds a diploma in Business Administration and Accounting and has a background in both aerial surveying and industry association firms. Additionally, she serves as RSI’s Alternate Security Officer for federal government contracting services.
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. Patricia Larkin's career is dedicated to policy and regulatory assessments, focusing on the intersection of social determinants of health and health equity. Her expertise lies in managing human health and environmental risks, particularly in energy, water resources, and climate change. Patricia's research explores Canadian innovation in energy regulatory decision-making and its impact on risk management. She has led interdisciplinary international research projects, addressing risk management in public decision-making and environmental issues like carbon capture and storage. As Chair of the Applied Risk Management Specialty Group of the Society for Risk Analysis, she continues to contribute to this field.