WORK HISTORY Canadian Food Inspection Agency [June 2008 to Present]Ottawa, ONSENIOR HORTICULTURE SPECIALIST (AG-04) + Leadership role in the development of policies for plants for planting, fruits for consumption, soil imports.+ Provide advice and recommendations to senior management.+ Lead teams during foreign-site audits (China, Korea, Japan, Italy).+ Represent the Agency’s interests and lead meetings with foreign dignitaries.+ Government chairperson of the Fruit and Tree Nut Biosecurity Advisory Committee under GoC’s Growing Forward 2 Initiative.+ Lead consultation sessions with stakeholders in all Canadian areas.+ Develop and provide training to colleagues (Lead auditor, Bulb inspection)+ Representative for Canada at working groups for the North American Plant Protection Organization and the International Plant Protection Convention.+ Supervise and mentor junior colleagues.+ Act as National Manager on occasional basis.+ Trainer for the Lead Auditor Course and the Flower Bulbs Inspection Course.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency [Sept 2013 to Apr 2014 & Feb to May 2016]Ottawa, ONACTING NATIONAL MANAGER (AG-05)
+ Manage staff and financial resources.+ Budget forecast and strategic prioritization of activities based on resource availability and upcoming trends.+ Participation to management meetings at the directorate level.+ Briefing of the Minister’s office on high visibility issues.+ Facilitate the work of employees.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency [May 2007 to June 2008]Ottawa, ONFOREIGN LEGISLATION OFFICER (AG-04)
+ Consult with industry to establish the business requirements for CFIA’s eCERT project.+ Provide interpretation of foreign policies to inspection staff.+ Negotiate import requirements with foreign countries’ National Plant Protection Organizations.+ Negotiate the release of Canadian shipments held in foreign countries.+ Provide analysis, considerations and options to solve phytosanitary issues for exports.+ Maintain database on export requirements. + Contribute to the development of the Export Certification System (ECS). + Lead the hiring of a student, supervise and coach the student in conjunction with other officers.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency [April 2003 to May 2007]Ottawa, ONCOMMODITY OFFICER (AG-03)
+ Determine, interpret, and communicate import, export and domestic plant health requirements for fresh plant commodities. + Develop and review audit-based certification programs. + Conduct foreign site audits. + Prepare and participate to bilateral negotiations regarding import and export requirements. + Lead and participate in the management of plant health emergencies.+ Maintain relationships with industry, provincial, and foreign agencies staff. + Develop and interpret regulations, policies, procedures, and regional standards.+ Representative for Canada at working groups for the North American Plant Protection Organization (fruit panel).
Insecterra Inc. [August 1999 to March 2003]St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QCRESEARCH ASSISTANT, ENTOMOLOGY
Supervise experimental projects at Agriculture Canada’s Horticulture Research Center. Supervise summer students. In charge of Lepidoptera and parasitoids rearing installations. Communication of research results at national and international science meetings.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières [Fall 1998]Trois-Rivières, QCTEACHER, CELL BIOLOGY
Prepare and teach courses. Prepare and mark evaluations. Provide support to students.
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières [Fall 1996, 1997, & 1998]Trois-Rivières, QC ASSISTANT TEACHER, ZOOLOGY
Prepare and teach the hands-on portion of the course. Prepare and mark evaluations. Provide support to students.
Bio-Contrôle Inc. [Summer 1995, 1998, & 1999]Ste-Foy, QCTECHNICIAN, ENTOMOLOGY
Perform pest monitoring in corn production. Apply biological control agents in field. Evaluate efficacy of different formulations. Communicate with growers. Communicate field results at national science meetings. EDUCATION
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières [December 1999]M.Sc. in Biophysics and Cell Biology Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières [May 1996]B.Sc. in Biology - Graduation project in appliedentomology
+ Advanced RDIMS training [May 2015]+ CFIA lead auditor training [Dec 2012]+ Respectful workplace [Aug 2014]+ Security awareness CFIA [Jul 2014]+ Internal communications [Aug 2012]+ ISO 9001:2008 Lead Auditor [Feb 2012]+ Training for decision makers [Dec 2011]+ Essentials for Supervisors [Feb 2011]+ Intercultural effectiveness [Jun 2010]+ Tactical communications [Feb 2010]+ Understanding Audits [Sep 2008]+ Managing for Success [Sep 2008]+ Well written regulatory documents [Jun 2008]+ Authorized Certification Official (ACO) Training [May 2008]+ International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) + Training Course (Michigan State UNiversity) [Fall 2006] + Negotiation Course [Nov 2004] INTERNSHIPS
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France) [May to July 1997] École Centrale de Lyon (France) [January 1998] Learned various laboratory skills: Langmuir lipid monolayers, Protein-lipid interactions at air-water interface. HOBBIES Anything that combines arts and sciences, more particularly: running, cycling, photography, reading, cooking.
GOV OF CANADA SECOND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (ENGLISH): E (reading), E (writing), C (oral)