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Council of Canadian Academies newsletter


Assessing Risk

Issue 6, October 2011



Welcome to the sixth issue of Council E-News, your source for updates on the Council's assessments, corporate activities, its Member Academies, and science in Canada.



President's Message


Elizabeth Dowdeswell, President and CEOAnimal health has a direct impact on the health of Canadians, the environment and economy. Applying the proper risk assessment techniques, based on scientific knowledge and international best practices, can help to mitigate negative impacts of animal health events. The Council's latest expert panel report, Healthy Animals, Healthy Canada, addresses this critical subject. The report was released this September at the University of Calgary and is available on the Council's website. Read more.



Expert Panels at Work

AH reportThe recent launch of the Healthy Animals, Healthy Canada report has capped off an especially busy summer at the Council. The next Council assessment set for release is the Expert Panel report on the Integrated Testing of Pesticides, to be published in early 2012. Several other assessments remain ongoing. Read more.



Fellow in Focus


Dr. DohooAs global trade and migration continue to expand, and both animal and human population densities increase, the risks associated with animal disease transmission also rise. Effectively managing infectious disease risks, for both animals and humans, is of pressing importance for governments globally, including Canada. Dr. Ian R. Dohoo, member of the Council's Expert Panel on Approaches to Animal Health Risk Assessment, believes that risk assessment methodologies can help to substantially reduce these risks. Read more.



Increased global trade and migration, higher population densities, and climate change all affect the nature of risks associated with animal diseases and human health. The pace of these changes, the growing interconnectedness of so many risks and consequences, and the potential impact of mitigation strategies make the process of assessing and managing risks increasingly complex. Read more. 





Over the last decade, there have been substantial advancements in information and communication technologies (ICTs) which have led to increased interconnectivity between communities of all shapes and sizes. This new level of interaction is bridging the divide between the global north and south, rural and urban centres and has dramatically reconstituted our idea of the "global village." Paramount to this development has been the affordability and accessibility of ICTs, particularly to marginalized people around the world. Read more




Around the Council

Interns 2011/2012 

The Council extends a warm welcome to three new staff members: Stefan Jungcurt, a new Research Associate; Elizabeth Roosien joining us as a new Program Coordinator; and Andrea Hopkins who also comes on board as a Program Coordinator. Read more.



News From the Academies

This section features news from the Council's Member Academies: the Royal Society of Canada; the Canadian Academy of Engineering; and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
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Fellow in Focus

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