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Sylvain Quessy

Sylvain Quessy, DVM

Dr. Sylvain Quessy is a 1984 graduate of the University of Montreal (DVM).  He worked as a private practitioner and as a meat hygienist for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) before the completion of his PhD in microbiology and immunology (Montreal, 1994).

He then worked for Health Canada as scientific researcher and head of the environmental microbiology section of the Heath of Animals and Food Laboratory at St-Hyacinthe where he studied the molecular epidemiology and the control of food-borne and water-borne pathogens.  In 1999, he accepted a position as professor in veterinary hygiene and food safety at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal.  He was, up to 2005, holder of a research chair in food safety where he supervised so far the works of over 30 MSc and PhD students, on the genetic characterization, control and epidemiology of food borne and environmental pathogens. From 2006 to 2013, he served as Head of the veterinary microbiology and pathology department and Vice-Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, of this veterinary medicine faculty.  On several occasions, he acted as scientific advisor for governmental, professional and producer organizations in the development of food safety policies, on-farm HACCP-based models and in risk analysis. Since 2013, he has been working for the Science Branch of CFIA, where he was appointed as Chief Scientist, responsible for the development of the new risk assessment model for food producing establishments in Canada. He published and presented numerous scientific papers on molecular epidemiology, pathogenesis and control of pathogens such as Salmonella, Yersinia, Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium.  From 2007 to 2014, he was director of the Canadian Coordinating Agency, responsible for a $16M Canadian International Development Agency project that aimed to improve the food safety control system in Vietnam. He is currently the Scientific Director of the GRESA, a food safety research group bringing together 20 scientists from various academic and governmental institutions in the province of Quebec.

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