Job Title:Manager
Employer:Health Canada
Grad Year:2001
Degree(s):PhD Chemistry
Industry:Public Service

What makes you a good mentor?

I strongly believe in mentoring because it is part of bringing one’s life to a full circle. I have had great mentors in my life whose guidance helped to shape who I am today. While I continue to benefit from my mentors, I also see great value in mentoring others who may benefit from my experience to shape their lives. Mentoring is about sharing. I like to share my experience with others, learn from their lives, and continue to improve as a person.

About Bio Aikawa

Dr. Bio Aikawa is a Manger of Information Management Division at Health Canada with over 15 years of experience working in various scientific and regulatory programs in this department. She received her Ph.D in Chemistry from Carleton University in 2001. After completing a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship as well as Post-Doctoral Fellowship via the Health Canada Office of Chief Scientist, she worked in the Veterinary Drugs Directorate ensuring human safety of veterinary drug residues in food producing animals. She then spent a number of years in the Risk Assessment bureau conducting human health risk assessment of chemicals in the Canadian environment.

Her current role involves information gathering for risk assessment and related stakeholder engagement domestically and internationally. She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her significant contributions to chemicals management through international engagement.