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Dr. William Yan

Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate, Health Canada

Dr. William Yan obtained his Masters degree in Microbiology and his Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases from the University of Alberta.  He completed his post-doctoral training at Tufts University Medical School, Boston, MA before beginning his career at Health Canada as a Research Scientist in 1995.  He was Head of the Office of Biotechnology, Food Directorate, from 1999-2002, Chief of the Evaluation Division, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, from 2002-2008 and Director of the Health Effects Division of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency from 2008-2009.  He was head of Canadian delegations for Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnologies as well as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Task Force for the Safety of Novel Foods and Feeds.  In June 2010, Dr. Yan was appointed as Director of the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences in the Food Directorate.  Since then, he has provided leadership in the Bureau's work on developing nutritional standards and regulations as well as pre-market assessment of novel foods, novel fibres, health claims and infant formulas.  Recently, Dr. Yan led the transition of food-like natural health products to the food regulatory framework.  He is currently leading the Food Directorate's work on improving how nutritional information is provided on food labels in Canada.