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Dr. Hasan Hutchinson

Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Health Canada

Hasan Hutchinson is the Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health Canada.  As the focal point for public health nutrition within the federal government, the office strives to promote the nutritional health and well-being of Canadians.  The Office's main functions include dietary guidance, food and nutrition surveillance, research and data analysis, health promotion and public health nutrition policy. Hasan is the co-chair of Canada's Federal/Provincial/Territorial Group on Nutrition and of the multi-sectoral Network on Healthy Eating.  He serves on a number of nutrition-related committees at the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the World Cancer Research Fund International and has served on health-related committees both at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and at the United Nations.  He served as Chair of the Multi-Stakeholder Working Group which produced the Sodium Reduction Strategy for CanadaPrevious to his current role, Hasan was Associate Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Before working in the public service, Hasan was a faculty member in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University.  His formal education includes a PhD in Quantitative Genetics and an ND in Naturopathic Medicine.