By Bree Rody
The Canadian Animal Health Institute has awarded its annual Industry Leadership to Dr. Mary Jane Ireland.
Dr. Ireland is the executive director of the Animal Health Directorate, as well as deputy chief veterinary officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The award, which recognizes key contributors to animal health in Canada, was presented to Ireland for her work in her current and previous roles, her influence in the industry and her streamlining of key processes at the Canadian Centre for Veterinary Biologics and the Animal Feed Division.
“Mary Jane’s expertise and leadership, coupled with her unique ability to understand both industry and government perspectives, have allowed her to champion innovative and risk-based approaches to meet the unique challenges of the Canadian animal health industry,” Dr. Catherine Filejski, CAHI president and CEO, said in a statement. “She is recognized and well-respected internationally for her innovative attitude, and her commitment to a high quality regulatory system to ensure a safe food supply for Canadians, support our export markets, and uphold animal welfare by ensuring the health of our pets and livestock through better access to veterinary products.”
Initiatives under Ireland’s leadership include the implementation of simultaneous veterinary pharmaceutical reviews through Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council; participation in joint veterinary pharmaceutical reviews with New Zealand and Australia, and others.