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Pierre Bilodeau

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Executive Director, Plant Health Science Directorate

In his current position, Dr. Bilodeau is responsible for plant health science leadership in protecting Canada's plant resource base. His Directorate provides a valued source of scientific knowledge, analysis, risk assessment, and advice for stakeholders to support policy making, program design and program delivery.

His responsibilities for risk assessments of plant pests, diseases and environmental impact of plant with novel traits are directly linked to Canada`s commitments as a signatory to the International Plant Protection Convention. He also serves as member of the CFIA`s Plant Business Line Management Board, an oversight and decision-making body accountable for monitoring, reporting on and managing the performance of the plant business line, including the alignment of resources and risks, both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Bilodeau has 20 years of experience in managing S&T partnerships, program delivery, and R&D activities. He previously served in various senior management positions including Chief Operating Officer at International S&T Partnership Canada, an Ottawa-based national not-for-profit organization, Director in Research Partnerships and Research Grants & Scholarships directorates at the Natural Sciences an Engineering Research Council (NSERC) a federal granting agency, and prototype/research manager at Medicago Inc, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. 

Pierre was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend the Australian National University for his PhD (1997) in plant sciences. He holds a bachelor degree (1990) and a Master’s degree (1992) in biochemistry from Université Laval in Quebec City.