Dr. Patsy Thompson
Vice-Chair for the sixty-fourth and sixty-fifth sessions
Dr. Thompson is the Director General of the Directorate of Environmental and Radiation Protection and Assessment at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission since 2007.
Dr. Thompson completed a Ph.D. in Aquatic Sciences (Toxicology) in 1990 and from 1991 to 1993 was a National Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow. Her research focused on physiological and adaptive responses to toxic stress from exposures to environmental contaminants (trace metals, organics).
Dr. Thompson has been with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (formerly Atomic Energy Control Board) since 1993. Her initial focus was on the development of approaches for and conducting assessments and research on environmental impacts and effects on biota of radioactive discharges from nuclear facilities. More recently, her work has included research and assessments of the health risks of exposure to ionizing radiation.
Dr. Thompson has participated in technical committees, coordinated research projects, and technical cooperation missions at the IAEA, was chair of the sub-committee on genotoxicity of the Inter-Governmental Aquatic Toxicity Group, and a member of the ICRP task Group on Environmental Protection. She has also acted as an expert advisor to various governments on the environmental fate and effects of radioactivity in the environment.
Dr. Thompson was appointed as Scientific Advisor on the Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire (IRSN) Conseil Scientifique in 2009. She has been the Canadian representative on the IAEA's Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC) since 2009.
Dr. Thompson has been representative of Canada to UNSCEAR for its 61st, 62nd, 63rd and 64th sessions.