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M.E. (BETTE) MEEK

Manager

Existing Substances Division

Safe Environments Programme

Health Canada

  

Telephone (613) 957-3129

Fax (613) 954-2486

E-mail: Bette_Meek@hc-sc.gc.ca

Bette manages the Existing Substances Division in the Safe Environments Programme of Health Canada.  Her responsibilities relate primarily to development and implementation of process and methodology for the assessment of the effects on human health of Existing Substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. This mandate was expanded in the most recent renewal of the legislation to include a requirement to systematically set priorities for assessment and testing from among all 23, 000 of the Existing Substances in Canada by September, 2006.

She has considerable experience in the development of methodology for and evaluation of health-related data on environmental contaminants, acting as an advisor to several international organizations and authoring over 150 scientific publications in this area. Specific areas of experience include development of frameworks to increase transparency in the assessment of human relevance of animals modes of action, replacement of default uncertainty factors with chemical specific data and development of predictive exposure and hazard modelling.