Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products: Membership

The Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products (SAC-PCP) is a committee of scientific experts with expertise related to pesticide human health, environment and value assessment.

The SAC-PCP provides Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) with independent scientific expertise to support PMRA in evidence-based decision making on pesticides. PMRA maintains the responsibility and the sole authority to make regulatory decisions on pesticides taking into consideration the advice provided by the Committee.

Membership

Co-chairs

Dr. Bruce Lanphear, MD
Professor of Children's Environmental Health,
Faculty of Health Sciences,
Simon Fraser University,
Burnaby, British Columbia

Bruce Lanphear has been Professor of Children's Environmental Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University since 2008. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Missouri and a Masters and Masters in Public Health & Tropical Medicine from the Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. His research focuses on understanding the impact of toxic chemicals on children's health, especially from exposures that occur during early brain development. Dr. Lanphear is consultant or principal investigator in nine on-going research projects initiated since 2017 involving funding, chiefly from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has an extensive network of collaborators in the United States academic and government expert community where his academic career began in the late 1980s.

Dr. Valérie Langlois, PhD
Professor,
Institut national de la recherche scientifique - Centre Eau Terre Environment
Québec, Québec

Valérie Langlois is a full professor at the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) and holder of a Research Chair in ecotoxicogenomics and endocrine disruption. Dr. Langlois has studied effects of environmental contaminants, including pesticides, on vertebrate health to understand the effects of individual or mixed pesticides on the health of amphibians and other aquatic vertebrates. Dr. Langlois also produced studies funded by the Product Management Plan of Canada and filed and presented a brief on the effects of pesticides on the environment during of the Parliamentary Committee on Pesticides held by the Government of Quebec in 2019.

Members

Dr. Christy A. Morrissey, PhD
Professor, with tenure,
University of Saskatchewan,
Department of Biology
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Christy Morrissey obtained a PhD in Avian population ecology and Wildlife ecotoxicology from Simon Fraser University in 2003. Since 2010, she has been a Professor (with tenure) in Biology with Associate appointments in the School of Environment and Sustainability, and Toxicology, at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Morrissey has been studying the ecotoxicological effects of current and legacy pesticides for over 20 years and has participated in research on Monosodium Methanearsonate (MSMA) used to control Mountain Pine Beetle in BC forests and more recently, the fate, distribution and effects of pesticides in aquatic ecosystems and avian wildlife in Canada. Additionally, Dr. Morrissey has also been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Dr. Eric Liberda, PhD, MASc, MES
Associate Director (Student Life),
School of Occupational and Public Health,
Toronto Metropolitan University,
Toronto, Ontario

Eric Liberda is Associate Director (Student Life) at the School of Occupational and Public Health, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto. Dr. Liberda has a PhD in environmental health sciences from New York University and Masters in Medical Science, Toxicology and Risk Assessment from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University. His career focus has been organic (pesticide) and metal contaminants and health outcomes, particularly in Indigenous populations. He has won several awards, including Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Researcher Award (DRA (2008-2011), Novartis Fellowship (2010-2011) and Mary Amdur Inhalation and Respiratory Toxicology Award (2010-2011). Dr. Liberda is a current member of several professional organizations including the Society of Toxicology, Society of Toxicology of Canada, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Canada.

Dr. Maricor Arlos, PhD, MASc,
Assistant Professor,
Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta

Maricor Arlos obtained a Ph.D. Biology from the Collaborative Water Program, University of Waterloo in 2018 and an MASc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2013. Dr. Arlos has been in the position of Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, since 2020.

Between 2018 and 2020, Dr. Arlos completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). Dr. Arlos' work focused on the implications of pesticide dynamics and changing concentrations in receiving streams by quantifying exposure from the source and linking pesticide behaviour to effects using the toxicokinetics-toxicodynamics approach.

Dr. Sean Prager, PhD, BA,
Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Plant Sciences,
Associate Member, Department of Biology,
University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sean Prager received a PhD in Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolution from Brock University in 2008 and a BA with a major in Biology (Ecology & Evolution) from Clark University, Worcester, MA in 2000. Since 2017, Dr. Prager has been an Assistant Professor, with a recent promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure, in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Prager has been an Associate Member, Department of Biology, at the University of Saskatchewan since 2020. As the sole entomologist in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan and one of several university entomologists in the prairies, Dr. Prager conducts applied research on insect management. This includes development of economic thresholds for insecticide application, testing of new and alternative insect control materials, and studies of ecological impacts of insect control. He has also performed studies that examined insecticide levels in plants and soil.

Dr. Xianming Zhang, PhD, MSc,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
Concordia University,
Montreal, Québec

Xianming Zhang received a PhD in Chemistry and the Collaborative Program of Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto in 2012, and an MSc in Physical Geography and the Collaborative Program of Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto in 2008. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Concordia University, Montreal. He previously worked as a scientific evaluator at the Pest Management and Regulatory Agency, Health Canada. With his current research, Dr. Zhang aims to develop and apply novel monitoring and modeling tools to advance the science on the environmental processes and impact of organic chemicals. These monitoring and modelling tools can be applied for chemical management and regulations, which would help maximize the benefit the chemicals used and ensure safety of the products. Through his prior work experience at PMRA as a scientific evaluator, Dr. Zhang has gained in depth understanding of the science used for pesticide assessment and regulation.

Dr. Kyle Bobiwash, PhD, Msc,
Assistant Professor and Indigenous Scholar
Department of Entomology,
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences,
University of Manitoba,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Kyle Bobiwash is currently Assistant Professor and Indigenous Scholar in the Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. He received a PhD in pollination ecology from Simon Fraser University in 2018, and an MSc in pollination biology from McGill University in 2012. Dr. Bobiwash also holds a BSc in biomedical science from the University of Ottawa. Dr. Bobiwash's current research focuses on understanding the ecology of beneficial insects in agro-ecosystems and the greater landscape, to better characterize the landscape and resources utilized by insects to understand how land management might affect insect community composition and ecosystem service delivery. Dr. Bobiwash was a member of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council charged with developing Simon Fraser University's Indigenous Reconciliation strategy.

Dr. Stéphane Bayen, PhD, MSc,
Associate Professor,
McGill University,
Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec

Stéphane Bayen graduated in 2001 from the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie in Montpellier (France) and obtained his PhD in analytical chemistry from the National University of Singapore in 2005. Dr Bayen is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at McGill University where he has worked since 2014. Since joining McGill, Dr. Bayen has been focused on building a research program concentrating on developing novel non-targeted approaches to monitor contaminants and to provide a more in-depth understanding of their behavior from the field to the consumer. Dr. Bayen is leading the Food Toxicants Laboratory and his research interests include: (i) analytical chemistry applied to the detection of trace contaminants and their metabolites in food and the environment, (ii) the fate of contaminants and (iii) ecological and human health risk assessments. He has authored or co-authored scientific articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals and chapters in books in fields such as analytical chemistry, food science and toxicology. Dr. Bayen is an active member of the American Chemical Society, the Ordre des chimistes du Québec and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Conflict of interest

To help ensure objectivity of the advice and maintain public trust in the scientific integrity of the Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products (SAC-PCP) a robust assessment of potential or perceived conflicts of interest of members was conducted.

All SAC-PCP nominees were required to complete the Affiliations and Interests Declaration Form at the time of nomination. Nominees were screened for conflicts of interest during the selection process by an external conflicts of interest Advisor. Conflicts of interest were determined based on an assessment of a nominee's declaration of affiliations and interests and their curriculum vitae.

Once appointed, it is the responsibility of each SAC-PCP member to update their declaration:

The SAC-PCP Co-Chairs are accountable to assess members' affiliations and interests on a regular basis. If there are any circumstances of a conflict involving a member, that member would be asked to step down in order to uphold the impartiality of the scientific advice provided by the Committee.

In a view to increase transparency, the following information is made public:

Summary of conflict of interest assessment

Each nominee for the SAC-PCP was screened by an External Advisor for high, medium, low or no conflicts of interest. All members selected to the SAC-PCP were identified as having low or no conflicts of interest.
Name Conflict of Interest Assessment
Dr. Bruce Lanphear, MD Low
Dr. Valérie Langlois, PhD Low
Dr. Christy A. Morrissey, PhD Low
Dr. Eric Liberda, PhD, MASc, MES None
Dr. Maricor Arlos, PhD, MASc None
Dr. Sean Prager, PhD, BA Low
Dr. Xianming Zhang, PhD, MSc None
Dr. Kyle Bobiwash, PhD, MSc None
Dr. Stéphane Bayen, PhD, MSc Low

Summary of affiliations, and interests of SAC-PCP members

The following summarizes details regarding the affiliations and interests relevant to the Science Advisory Committee on Pest Control Products mandate declared by committee members. Health Canada considered these declarations as part of the selection process and has made this summary available as part of its commitment to be transparent about the membership of its advisory bodies.

Members are asked on an ongoing basis to declare the following affiliations and interests:

Responses are provided in the table below

1. Direct financial interests

2. Indirect financial interests

3. Intellectual interests

4. Other

The table below provides a summary of the responses to each corresponding question above from committee members as of June 17, 2022.
Name 1. 2. (a) 2. (b) 2. (c) 3. (a) 3. (b) 3. (c) 4.
Dr. Bruce Lanphear, MD No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Comments:
Received honorarium for participation in workshop sponsored by international company. Provided advice to a non-governmental organization. Testified in state legislatures and author of scientific articles on topics related to mandate of the committee.
Dr. Valérie Langlois, PhD No No No No Yes Yes Yes No
Comments:
Presented to Parliamentary Committee on Pesticides held by the Government of Quebec. Published research related to mandate of the SAC-PCP. Director of the Intersectoral Center for Endocrine Disruptor Analysis.
Dr. Christy A. Morrissey, PhD No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Comments:
Received research funding from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Provided advice to government and non-governmental organizations. Published research and has spoken about research related to mandate of the committee. Member of scientific societies.
Dr. Eric Liberda, PhD, MASc, MES No Yes No No No Yes Yes No
Comments:
Received research funding from governmental organizations. Published research and has spoken about research related to mandate of the committee. Member of scientific societies.
Dr. Maricor Arlos, PhD, MASc No No No No No No No No
Comments:
Dr. Sean Prager, PhD, BA No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No
Comments:
Received research funding from commodity groups. Provided advice to government and commodity groups. Published research and has spoken about research related to mandate of the committee. Member of scientific societies.
Dr. Xianming Zhang, PhD, MSc No Yes No No No No No No
Comments:
Previously employed by Health Canada from January 2020 to April 2021.
Dr. Kyle Bobiwash, PhD, MSc No No No No No No Yes No
Comments:
Member of scientific societies.
Dr. Stéphane Bayen, PhD, MSc Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Comments:

Holds shares in a foreign agri-food company that has no activities in Canada or interests related to the mandate of the committee. Received research funding from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Published research and has spoken about research related to mandate of the committee. Member of scientific societies and previously served on a government advisory committee.

Community of Specialized Experts

In addition to the SAC-PCP membership, a community of specialized experts has also been established to support the SAC-PCP on specific issues or assessments under consideration. Where necessary the SAC-PCP will call upon members of the community of specialized experts to provide expert advice or serve as guest member on the SAC-PCP for a specific charge question.

The community of specialized experts undergo the same Conflict of Interest assessment as the members of the SAC-PCP. When a specialized expert is called upon to support the SAC-PCP, their Summary of Affiliations and Interests, as well as summary of their Conflict of Interest assessment, may be posted here.

The community of specialized experts includes persons with expertise related to:

Members of the Community of Specialized Experts

Dr. Subrata Chowdhury, PhD, DVM
CEO and Chief Scientist, RPS BIologiques, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada and Adjunct Professor, Adjunct and Graduate Faculty, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Natural Products.

Dr. Christopher Fernandez-Prada, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Animal Parasitology, Human Parasitology, and Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. John (Jack) Gray, PhD
Full Professor, Tenured, Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Pesticides, Neuroethology, Insect Habits, and Neurophysiology.

Dr. Caroline Jolly, PhD
Researcher, Ergonomist, The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Occupational Health and Safety, particularly amongst persons working where pesticides are used.

Dr. Carolina Koutras, PhD
Director of Clinical Studies, R-Zero Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America and Founder, Mindelio Inc, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Ultraviolet-C technologies, Clinical Research, and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. David Lobb
Full Professor, Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Soil Science, Agronomy, Watershed Management, Wetlands, and Riparian Areas.

Dr. Rafikali Momin, PhD
Co-Executive Director, Laboratory Services Division
Director, Agriculture and Food Laboratory
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Areas of expertise: Agriculture, Food, Biochemicals, Biotechnology, and Toxicology Industry.

Dr. Medhat Nasr, PhD
Apiculture Research Scientist, Saskatchewan Technology Adaptation Program Team Lead, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Bee Health Consultant.
Areas of expertise: Apiculture, Honey Bee Health, Pollination Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture Systems.

Dr. Manjeet Singh, DVM, MVSc, PhD, Postdoc
Senior Scientist, Research and Development and Regulatory Affairs, Roshni Biotech Inc, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Developmental Neurotoxicity, Reproductive Toxicity, and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment of Pesticides.

Dr. François Tardif, PhD
Professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
Areas of expertise: Weed Science, Physiological Effects of Herbicides, Herbicide Resistance, and Weed Biology.

The community of specialized experts will be a rolling list that continues to evolve depending on the needs of the SAC-PCP. PMRA is currently seeking to add experts to the community of specialized experts with sectoral expertise in aquatic, forestry, structural, microbials or public health use of pesticides.

If you are interested in serving as a member of the community of specialized experts, please contact the SAC-PCP secretariat by e-mail: pmra.sacpcp-ccspa.arla@hc-sc.gc.ca

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