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Dr. Danielle Brulé

Director of the Bureau of Food Surveillance and Science Integration, Health Canada

Since 2012, Dr Danielle Brulé has been the Director of the Bureau of Food Surveillance and Science Integration, in the Food Directorate at Health Canada. Dr. Brulé is a Registered Dietitian, member of the Dietitians of Canada and the College of Dietitians of Ontario. She obtained her doctorate degree in nutrition from the Université Laval in Quebec City. After 27 years in the federal public sector, Danielle has significantly contributed to providing expertise and leadership in food and nutrition surveillance over the years, as well as bridging scientific evidence and nutrition policy development in her contribution to the revision of the 2007 Canada's Food Guide. Danielle oversaw the development of the Dietary Reference Intakes: The Essential Guide to Nutrient Requirements, published in both English and French, a major accomplishment in terms of knowledge transfer for the nutrition community. She was also involved in the revision of the DRIs for vitamin D and calcium. Currently, Danielle leads a multi-disciplinary group of 21 employees that supports the Food Directorate in the development and management of food premarket submissions, standard settings, policies and regulations pertaining to food safety and nutrition by providing sound planning, advice and analysis on statistical and bioinformatics issues. Danielle is the current Chair of the Departmental Task Force on Science Risk Assessment. Under her management, a coordinated intra- and inter-departmentally team approach to national food and nutrition surveillance activities is well established, including a significant contribution and collaboration to Statistics Canada Health and Nutrition surveys.