Impacts and issues of African swine fewer; will be ready to face them?

With African swine fever spreading to many parts of the world and affecting international trade, how can the various field stakeholders prepare for and react to a possible infection? Be up to date on the progress of this hot issue and come listen well-known professionals who can speak openly about the situation and how it is being managed.


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Dre Aline Dimitri, Ph. D.
Executive Director, Animal Health, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Dr. Aline Dimitri is the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Dr. Dimitri is responsible for leading the design and development of programs to protect the health and welfare of terrestrial and aquatic animals and to ensure the safety of animal feeds, veterinary biologics, and animal products and by-products, all of which are integral to maintaining a safe and accessible food supply, as well as to public health.

As the executive lead of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) initiative within CFIA, she collaborates extensively across the Government of Canada, with international partners, and with stakeholders in the development and implementation of the pan-Canadian action plan in response to the global threat of AMR.

Dr. Dimitri has held a range of positions in the CFIA, including that of Deputy Chief Food Safety officer. Throughout her career, she has gained a wide range of experience in the areas of policy design and program delivery in highly complex scientific and corporate areas.

Aline is a graduate of McGill University where she received her Ph.D. in Food Science.

Martin Pelletier, agr., MBA
Coordinator, Équipe québécoise de santé porcine

Holding a Bachelor Degree in Agronomy from Laval University since 1990 and a Masters in Business Administration from HEC Montreal since 2006, Mr. Pelletier worked mainly for the Canadian Pork Council, the Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council and the Union des producteurs agricoles.

Mr. Pelletier is self-employed since December 2007 and has worked since in the development of disease intervention plans for the Quebec swine and poultry industries. He is currently acting as the coordinator of the Équipe québécoise de santé porcine (EQSP, Quebec Swine Health Team) and similarly for the equivalent organization of the Quebec poultry industry.

Sylvain Fournaise
DMV, M. Sc., Vice-president, Food Safety and Technical Services, Olymel S.E.C/L. P.

Dr. Fournaise is Vice President of Food Safety and Technical Services at Olymel, which he joined on April 1st, 1998.

He has a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine completed at the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Saint-Hyacinthe, and a Masters in Food Science and Technology completed at Université Laval.

For more than 20 years at Olymel, he orchestrated the development and implementation of corporate programs such as food quality and safety management, animal well-being, crisis management and business continuity, product traceability, facility biosecurity, SQF certification, etc.

He now leads a team responsible for the quality assurance and food safety programs throughout the plants, including pork and poultry slaughtering processing, veterinary service and animal well-being, regulatory affairs linked to food processing, labelling, export, biosecurity and traceability. He is also responsible for relations with the regulatory bodies of the various governments.

He is also very involved in numerous committees of various associations including the Canadian Meat Council, Canadian Eggs and Poultry Processors Council, Canadian Pork Council, Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, Food and Beverage Canada and many others.

He has more than 32 years experience in food processing, including 12 in key positions at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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