Dr. Arnold, a former general surgeon and occupational health consultant in Labrador and Nouveau Quebec, served Quebec Cartier Mining Ltd and the Iron Ore Company of Canada from 1973 to 1981. He has held teaching positions at various Canadian medical faculties and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at McGill University. Dr. Arnold earned his M.D. from Queen's University in 1968 and has an extensive publication and presentation record with over 100 papers. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to occupational health and workplace psychological health and safety.
Emma Hartnett is an internationally recognized expert in risk assessment, specializing in toxicological, microbiological, and nutritional hazards. She holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Statistics and Modelling Science, where her thesis work focused on quantitative risk assessment for campylobacter infection from chicken. Hartnett has developed a variety of decision support tools addressing issues from infectious diseases to bioterrorism preparedness. She frequently contributes to WHO and FAO initiatives, and has been selected for the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbiological Risk Assessment Roster of Experts for 2018-2022.
With interdisciplinary training in Life Sciences, Public Health, and Public Administration, Dr. Michael G. Tyshenko specializes in health risk communication and policy. He collaborates globally on infectious disease research, including SARS, MERS, and COVID-19, and leads chemical peer reviews at Risk Sciences International (RSI). His work also extends to pandemic planning in Nepal, focusing on drone delivery of medical supplies to remote areas. Tyshenko's expertise is sought by various government departments in Canada and abroad.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Al-Zoughool, an associate professor at Kuwait University's College of Public Health, conducts interdisciplinary research on public health risks, including chemical, biological, physical, and lifestyle factors' impact on chronic diseases such as cancer and asthma. His work involves projects like modeling emerging infectious diseases, assessing occupational asthma in healthcare, and studying air pollution's cardiovascular disease risk. He previously held positions at King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, the University of Ottawa, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. With 38 peer-reviewed articles, three book chapters, and extensive involvement in classifying human carcinogens, Dr. Al-Zoughool is a distinguished researcher in the field.
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.
Since 2002, Mr. McNair has led key aspects of Cerner's Big Data operations, ensuring data quality for over 700 healthcare institutions. His role focuses on using this data for predictive models and decision-support solutions. McNair's career at Cerner began in 1986, where he co-invented Discern Expert®, a real-time decision-support engine used globally. He held positions in regulatory affairs, served as a General Manager, and worked in pharmaceutical roles. McNair is a prominent figure in mathematical modeling, AI, and health finance, with over 100 patents and numerous publications. He's also active in volunteer work and academic pursuits.
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.