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Dr. Alfred Aziz

Chief, Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate, Health Canada

Dr. Aziz holds a bachelor and master degree in Nutrition from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and PhD in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto. In 2005, he received the Health Canada's Office of the Chief Scientist postdoctoral fellowship award and two years later, was appointed as a research scientist in Health Canada's Bureau of Nutritional Sciences. His graduate, post-graduate and independent research programs included food intake regulation, as well as lipid and carbohydrate metabolism. Concurrently, Dr. Aziz became involved in several policy files, such as health claims and the development of a framework to curb childhood obesity. Between 2012 and 2015, he was a participant of the Health Canada Science Management Development Program, and occupied several leadership positions and worked on different files, including paediatric initiatives; medical marihuana regulations; risk assessment and risk management. Since 2014, he's been the Chief of the Nutrition Regulations and Standards Division, where he's been responsible for leading a team of over 20 regulatory scientists and the work on several initiatives, including nutrition labelling, food fortification, health claims, and commitments identified in the mandate letter to the Minister of Health related to sugars, sodium and trans fat.