Chief Veterinary Officer, Chief Food Safety Officer and Chief Plant Health Officer for Canada

Canada has a strong food safety system founded on sound science and aligned with international standards.

The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) provides national leadership to ensure that Canada's animal and veterinary public health infrastructure is positioned to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal and human health.

The Chief Food Safety Officer (CFSO) plays a key role in ensuring our food safety activities benefit from the latest science and continue to contribute to the health of Canadians and to Canada's overall economic performance.

The Chief Plant Health Officer (CPHO) plays a key leadership role in the policies related to plant health in Canada at the domestic and international level.

Acting Chief Veterinary Officer / Acting Delegate to the World Organisation for Animal Health

Doctor Jaspinder Komal
Dr. Jaspinder Komal

Dr. Jaspinder Komal is the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate, within the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Policy and Programs Branch, and the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer and Acting OIE Delegate for Canada (A/CVO and A/OIE Delegate).

Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in a practice in the Eastern Townships of the province of Quebec.

In 1994, Dr. Komal joined the CFIA as a Veterinary Inspector as well as a Laboratory Supervisor in the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In 2000, Dr. Komal and his family moved to Ottawa where he held various positions of increasing responsibility within the CFIA and other departments such as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and Health Canada. Most recently, he worked as the Director General of the Strategic Directions Directorate of the Science and Technology Branch and as the Director General of the Operations and Emergency Management Directorate with the Market and Industry Services Branch, both within AAFC.

As acting CVO/OIE Delegate, Dr. Komal leads Canada's efforts to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal and human health, and to maintain international trust in Canada's inspection and certification systems in support of market access.

As the OIE Delegate, Dr. Komal represents Canada on the international stage, and plays an integral role in Canada's participation in the OIE's standard setting process for the development and adoption of animal health standards and guidelines. It is his role to ensure that the standards are appropriately and consistently implemented in Canada, and he is responsible for notifying the OIE of reportable animal disease occurrences in Canada.

Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada

Barbara Jordan
Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan was appointed to the position of Associate Vice President, Policy and Programs Branch, at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in November 2014. She is responsible for leading the development of policies and regulatory programs to support the CFIA's mandate relating to food safety, plant protection, and animal health.

In January 2016, Ms. Jordan was appointed Chief Risk Executive for the CFIA. She serves as the principal advisor on the effective application and integration of risk management.

In February 2017, Ms. Jordan was asked to take on the additional role of Chief Food Safety Officer for Canada. The Chief Food Safety Officer plays a key role in ensuring food safety activities benefit from the latest science and continue to contribute to the health of Canadians and Canada's economy.

Chief Plant Health Officer

Darlene Blair
Darlene Blair

Darlene Blair, Director of the CFIA's Plant Protection Division, was appointed Chief Plant Health Officer for the CFIA in November 2015.

Ms. Blair has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a Master of Science degree in Crop Physiology, both from the University of Guelph. She joined the CFIA from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada when the CFIA was formed in 1997. During her career with the CFIA, Ms. Blair has served as National Manager of the Fertilizer Section, Director of the Ontario Plant Program Network, Director of Policy Research Division, Director of Program Policy Integration Division, and Director of the Plant Production Division (which has included the Seed, Fertilizer, Plant Biosafety, Plant Breeders' Rights, and Grains and Oilseeds programs). This varied experience, with its focus on building strong relationships and responsive programs, has prepared Ms. Blair well for her current role.

In her role as Chief Plant Health Officer, Ms. Blair is responsible for domestic and import policies related to the protection of plants, crops and forests from regulated pests and diseases, and for export-related plant health policies.

Ms. Blair is also the CFIA's lead plant protection representative internationally. This work involves bilateral negotiations with key trading partners to improve market access opportunities, and representing Canada at the International Plant Protection Convention, the North American Plant Protection Organization, and other international venues.

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