Prime Minister appoints new CFIA President

February 26, 2019

Dr. Siddika Mithani has been appointed President of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, effective February 27, 2019.

CHC works closely with the CFIA on a number of issues, including the Canadian Plant Health Council, the Plant Health Network, food safety (including recalls), and ensuring that the Safe Food for Canadian Regulations are implemented as smoothly as possible.

Biographical notes


  • Doctorate of Psychopharmacology, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Professional Experience

Since April 2016
President, Public Health Agency of Canada

2015 – 2016
Associate Deputy Minister, Environment and Climate Change

2012 – 2015
Assistant Deputy Minister, Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

2010 – 2012
Assistant Deputy Minister, Ecosystems and Oceans Science, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

2007 – 2010
Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada

2005 – 2007
Director General, Veterinary Drugs Directorate, Health Canada

2003 – 2005
Director, Bureau of Cardiology, Allergy and Neurological Sciences, Health Canada

1997 – 2003
Scientific Manager, Health Canada

1988 – 1997
Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada