keynote speaker Laurie Hing Man Chan

Laurie Hing Man Chan, PhD                                   
Director, Center for Advanced Research in Environmental GenomicsProfessor and Canada Research Chair in Toxicology Environmental HealthUniversity of Ottawa, Canada 

Impacts of Environmental Change on Food Security in the Canadian Arctic

Prof. Laurie Chan was born in Hong Kong and obtained his B.Sc. and M.Phil. at the University of Hong Kong and Ph.D. at the University of London in Toxicology.  He held faculty positions at McGill University and the University of Northern British Columbia and joined the University of Ottawa as Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Toxicology and Environmental Health and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics in 2011.

Prof. Chan is a world renowed expert in mercury toxicology has worked with Arctic populations for over two decades.  His research in environmental and nutritional toxicology spans from the lab developing new techniques for contaminant analysis, to participatory research in the community on the risk and benefits of traditional foods and impact of environmental change on food security.

Prof. Chan has published over 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers and supervised over 60 graduate students.  He has also served as an advisor for international and national governments and organizations and numerous Aboriginal communities on environmental health issues.  Prof. Chan is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.