AAPS Faculty

AAPS Faculty

“Best in Industry” Faculty

AAPS leading industry faculty utilizes years of global expertise to bring training sessions to life with engaging instructional methods and real world examples. We always match faculty members that suit your organization’s culture.

Ms. Noura Abdul, RD, CDO, OPDQ

Registered Dietitian

Noura Abdul is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO) and l’Ordre Professionel des Diététistes du Québec (OPDQ) including the Dietitians of Canada.

Noura always had a passion for healthy eating and a better lifestyle. In her first undergraduate studies in psychology, she was working as a Specialized Educator for a mental health clientele. After completing her BA in psychology at the Université de Montréal, her interest in nutrition became more evident when she noticed that some of her clients were suffering from eating disorders leading her to continue her academic studies in nutrition. During her nutritional studies, her interest for mindful eating helped people enjoy food peacefully. Despite her interest in eating disorders, Noura also developed a significant passion for clinical and sports nutrition. Noura’s appreciation for the variety of cultural meals worldwide has bestowed on her great knowledge about the significant impact of nutrition and dietetics in a lifestyle. As a motivated and passionate RD, Noura finds joy in helping people setup and achieve their optimal nutritional goal and health in a reasonable, efficient approach and helping improve their quality of life.

After completing her undergraduate studies in nutritional sciences (BA), Noura started conducting nutritional research during her Masters in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. The aim of the projects was focused on nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and its impact on the offspring’s behaviour and auditory functions, making Noura’s interest more evident towards nutrition and pregnancy.

Noura is also a Teaching Assistant at the University of Ottawa. The remarkable education and teaching experience help her provide better assistance in her current work field. She helps students with assessments and projects. She also prepares and provides presentations to students related to nutrition and other social and health fields such as psychology and microbiology.

During her graduate studies, Noura founded Shero NutriClinic, a private nutritional and dietetic practice with an emphasis on eating disorders, weight management and pregnancy but not limited to any other nutritional and diet related health conditions. SNC is located in Pickering, ON with services offered through out the GTA.

Noura also works as a Dietitian at Womens Fitness Clubs of Canada in Pickering, ON. She enjoys working with women and provides nutritional education and counselling for mainly weight loss management but not limited to other health conditions related to food and nutrition. Noura constantly works with personal trainers to help optimize better results for her clients. Her efficient and positive collaboration in a multidisciplinary team makes the world of nutrition and physical activity not only complementary, but keeps it also balanced.

Dr. Chaitanya Baliga

Instructor
AAPS

Dr. Chaitanya Baliga has over twenty years of Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Compliance experience in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical devices, toy, food, drug, cosmetics, natural health products and other consumer / service industries in Canada and other parts of the world.

Chaitanya has a strong understanding of regulations that pertains to Health Canada, FDA, ICH, EU MDD, ANVISA, CSA/UL, and ISO 13485/14971. Chaitanya has successfully developed process improvement / operational excellence/ regulatory compliance / licensing and auditing/inspection training programs in pharmaceutical, medical device and other regulated industries. He is technical committee member for medical devices quality management systems standards.

Chaitanya holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from University of Surrey, UK. In addition, he holds ASQ certifications for Quality Auditor (CQA), Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB), and Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).

Mr. Mohammad Bashar, M. Sc., B.Sc., PGD

Quality Assurance Executive and NPD
Beverage Industry

Mohammad is an accomplished Quality Assurance and Food Safety professional, with 10+ years of working experience in the food processing industry, specifically in beverage industry. He specialized in Food Safety and Quality, Food Safety Management System (FSMS), Product Development and Formulation, Sensory Evaluation, Shelf Life Study, Plant Sanitation and Hygiene, HACCP, GMPs, Pre-requisite program (PRP), SOPs, Food and Environmental Microbiology, Food Defense, Food Fraud and Bioterrorism, Products Labeling and Nutritional Facts Analysis, Coordinate Regulatory and Third Party Audit, Process Product Regulation Compliance with Health Canada, CFIA, FDA and USFDA, Allergen Management, Risk Management, Traceability and Product Recall Management.

Mohammad holds an M.sc degree from Agricultural University of Norway with a NORAD Fellowship, B.sc from Bangladesh Agricultural University and Advance Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Bio-technology from Centennial College. He is certified in HACCP, GFSI: FSSC22000 and SQF. Mohammad has been working for a renowned beverage industry since 2010. He performed as a QA and HACCP Coordinator. He took over the role of Quality Control Executive and NPD from 2012. Prior to this he held the QA Technologist position at Annette’s Donut.

He is an affiliated member of Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST), Centennial College and Agricultural University of Norway Alumni.

Ms. Sara Berdugo, MAN, RD, CDE

Registered Dietitian
VHA Rehab Solutions

In addition to instructing nutrition courses at AAPS, Sara works as a clinical dietitian in home care. She provides nutrition assessment, education, and counselling to adult and pediatric clients of CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) in their homes on a variety of topics, including cancer, tube feeds, diabetes, unintentional weight loss, wound healing, and swallowing difficulties. Sara also has clinical experience in community nutrition, diabetes education, and long-term care.

Sara graduated, with distinction, from University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science with majors in Nutritional Science and Physiology. She also graduated from Ryerson University, with honours, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food. Sara was awarded the Ryerson Gold Medal, Ryerson University’s highest honour, in recognition of high academic standing in combination with extensive participation in co-curricular activities. She completed her Master of Applied Nutrition degree at University of Guelph, which included her accredited dietetic internship with placements in a teaching hospital, long-term care, and Family Health Team. She also received a certificate in Adult Education from Mount Royal University and is working towards a Geriatric Certificate at McMaster University. She is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario, as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator. She is also a member of Dietitians of Canada.

Sara has a passion for nutrition and food and is excited to share her knowledge and experience with the students at AAPS.

Stephanie Boville, M.Sc., RD

Stephanie graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree. She then followed her passion and completed her Masters of Science degree where she specialized in exercise, nutrition, and metabolism. Her research was focused on the effects of dehydration on thermoregulation, mental and physical fatigue in female ice hockey players. During her time there she was able to conduct hydration testing and exercise performance testing on various varsity, semi-professional and professional athletes. She then went on to complete her dietetic internship at London Health Sciences Centre and is now a Registered Dietitian with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and is also a member of Dietitians of Canada.

In addition to instructing the sport nutrition courses at AAPS, Stephanie is starting her own consulting business, focusing on athletes and nutrition for athletic performance.

Irene Cheung

Nutrition, Health and Sport Instructor
AAPS

Irene Cheung is an instructor for the Nutrition, Health and Sport Diploma Program at the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Community Nutrition at the University of Western Ontario and her Master’s by research work in Community Nutrition and Health Promotion at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Following graduate school, she returned to Canada to become a Registered Dietitian. Since then, Irene has mainly worked in food security, community capacity building, public health research, nutrition counselling, and program planning/evaluation in Toronto and Edmonton. She has served clients from the less privileged, including the homeless and Aboriginals, to top public health officials, namely Medical Officers of Health. While she has received public recognition from front-line to senior managers and community leaders, it is the private recognition from her less privileged clients and dietetic interns that she finds most dear. Her main interest in life includes improving the health and welfare of the community, animals, friends, and family through pro bono or volunteer services.

Mr. Jason Chu, B.Sc

Lead QA/QC Program Coordinator and Laboratory Manager
AAPS

Jason Chu is an experienced laboratory instructor at AAPS focusing on quality control and research and development functions in the pharmaceutical industry. He is an expert in HPLC, Dissolution, Pharmaceutical Laboratory Tests and GMP regulations. Beyond the classrooms at AAPS, he has led corporate training covering topics on WHMIS, health and safety, GMP regulations and data integrity.

Prior to joining AAPS, he was an Analytical Research and Development Chemist at Apotex Inc. – task with laboratory investigations, method validation, API screening and process validation support. During his time in R&D, he was appointed as a Designated Compliance Coordinator (DCC) to conduct regularly scheduled self-audits for continuous compliance improvement. At Apotex, he also held position as a Quality Control Chemist – testing raw materials, in-process products, finished products using a variety of laboratory techniques and instruments. In that role, he was also designated as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) task with responding to audit requests conducted by Health Canada and FDA.

Before starting his career at Apotex, Jason earned his B.Sc in Chemistry from York University (2008) and continued as a research assistant specializing in Synthetic and Analytical Inorganic Chemistry. His projects primarily focused on electrochemical reduction of CO2 to useful fuels and structure elucidation of novel complexes. During his time at York University, he taught various undergraduate laboratories in Organic, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry as a teaching assistant.

He brings with him wealth of teaching and GMP laboratory experience and a thorough understanding of process validation, cleaning validation testing, analytical techniques as well as regulatory requirements in the pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. John Eisenhoffer

Dr. John Eisenhoffer is a medical professional with over 22 years of pharmaceutical industry experience in Drug Safety, Medical Information, Clinical Research and Medical Liaison. As the Canadian Drug Safety Head he developed and directed a highly functional team to meet all compliance standards in Drug Safety and Medical Information Services to complete many successful Health Canada Audits. He has also directed drug development for Canadian products, managing Phase I-IV clinical studies with successful approvals from Health Canada. Dr. Eisenhoffer has mentored graduates and Health Care Professionals in Drug Safety and Clinical Research as well as providing scientific education to Sales, Marketing, and prescribing Health Care Professionals. He was the Scientific representative on many life cycle product teams and provided scientific review and approval of marketing material. He was also the Medical Reviewer for the International Signal Evaluation Group and authored Risk Management Plans and Periodic Benefit Risk Evaluation Reports to support Canadian products. He has a very strong scientific background with 17 published peer reviewed papers.

He received his Medical training in Europe, and a Masters of Science from University of Toronto.

Currently Dr. Eisenhoffer is an independent consultant for the pharma Industry focusing on drug safety and clinical research.

Dr. Aaijaz Ahmed Khan

Instructor
AAPS

Aaijaz is highly qualified, motivated and accomplished instructor in the field of Food Service and Health Sciences. He has more than 25 years of teaching experience at the university and college levels. He has taught Food Service Worker and Medical Office Administration programs in 3 career colleges in the Greater Toronto Area. Apart from that, he is a certified trainer for Basic Food Safety and Sanitation. His teaching is always student centered which includes both traditional and modern approaches. He is a self motivated professional with the ability to meet deadlines, and work under pressure. He also has excellent communication, observational, analytical and interpersonal skills.

Dr Pauline McGregor CChem MRSC, Ph.D.,

PMcG Consulting

Pauline McGregor is a pharmaceutical consultant and owner of PMcG Consulting. She has thirty years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry and holds a Ph.D in chemistry. She is an expert in quality systems and procedures, GMP regulations and analytical chemistry. Pauline brings the experience and ability to customise and install the quality systems required to allow manufacturing and testing companies to operate to GMP regulations and review and improve on current quality systems to allow more efficient operations. She also brings a technical expertise to laboratories which enable her to assist them to develop analytical procedures, validate them and optimise efficiency with regards to laboratory operations in a QC environment.

Pauline has been involved with and has had a passionate interest in the evolution of method development, validation, transfer and verification of analytical methods and has been actively involved in authoring papers and presenting short talks and training courses on the application of QbD to analytical methods.

Pauline is currently a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and is listed on the RSC Directory of Consultants. She is also a proud member of the USP expert panel for Validation, Verification and Transfer of Analytical Procedures and is part of a USP Chemical Medicines expert committee.

Mr. Eran Oz

Director, Technical Operations
APOTEX

After completing and graduating with his Biotechnology Engineering degree (B.Sc.Eng) from Ben Gurion University, Israel, Eran began his pharmaceutical career at a startup company as a researcher.

In 2003, Eran joined TEVA Pharmaceutical , Israel, as a Project Development Manager in the R&D division and was both directly and indirectly responsible for the development, executions , validations and launches of dozens of solids, semi-solids, nasal sprays , otic and ophthalmic products to the US, EU, CA and local market, as well as site transfers within TEVA sites across the world.

In 2007, Eran completed and graduated with his Master Degree in Industrial Engineering and Management (M.Sc.Eng). He was relocated to TEVA Canada, and held several progressive management positions since in the Technical Operations group, where he was mainly responsible for the executions of Process Validation activities related to TEVA Canada solid dose products.

In January 2014, Eran joined the Apotex Pharmaceuticals Group in the capacity of Director, Global Technical Operations for all OSD sites.

Ms. Terry Pilkey

Director of QA/QC
Experchem Laboratories Inc.

A Chartered Chemist, her career spans 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry. She started as a stability chemist at Sterling Drug and soon moved to Health Canada where she worked over 13 years in various capacities with the Health Product Branch Inspectorate (HPBI) in the Ontario region. Her expertise include Medical Devices Inspection, Drug GMP Inspection and Compliance issues. She is currently the director of QA/QC at Experchem Laboratories Inc. where she is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the GMP compliance of the chemistry and microbiology laboratory, Auditing, and providing Quality Control Services to importers and distributors.

She has a degree in chemistry from York University and a diploma in Pharmaceutical Chemical Technology from Seneca College.

Ms. Mia Spiegelman, B.Sc., RAQC

National Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance Director
Cardinal Health Canada

Mia Spiegelman was educated in Israel, Argentina and Toronto and holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from York University and a Post Degree Certification if Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance from Seneca College. She brings to the table 11 years of experience in Generic Drugs, Medical Devices, Cosmetics and Natural Health Products. She has worked in various companies and has dealt with various product lines such as endoscopes, Dialysis Machines, Importation and distribution of all classed of regulated products as well Service Departments for the Medical field. Currently, she is a National Director for RA/QA in Canada’s leading and only national full service and value add distributor for Medical, Surgical and laboratory products – Cardinal Health Canada.

Mr. Andy Tallevi

Formulation/Process Consultant
Keller Consulting

Andy Tallevi is a Formulation/Process Consultant for Keller Consulting in Mississauga, Ont., Canada. He has 28 years of industrial experience, primarily in the Pharmaceutical industry. He currently consults clients in the Pharma and chemical industries assisting them with formulation and process issues and is an instructor at AAPS.

Most recently Andy spent 1 year with Health Canada in the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Sciences reviewing and evaluating generic submissions and making recommendations for approval or refusal of Notice of Compliance for the Bureau. He has gained significant insights to the regulatory requirements and expectations of the drug substance and drug product sections of a submission filing to Health Canada. In addition, he has an excellent understanding of the regulatory requirements for pharmaceutical development, the GMP requirements expected for pharmaceutical manufacture and has assisted former employers numerous times in audits by Health Canada and the FDA.

Prior to this, Andy worked as a Senior Pharmaceutics Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline in Canada. During his 18 years with the company he led many projects developing new chemical entities in varying dosage forms. His specialty is solid oral dosage forms. He and his team successfully formulated immediate release tablets as well as many controlled release versions of GSK new chemical entities. He has experience with conventional matrix approaches as well as proprietary technologies such as Procise® and DiffCORE®. He has been responsible for overseeing the manufacture of clinical supplies of NCEs both in Canada and at other GSK sites in Europe and the US.

Andy also has a solid understanding of material properties required of excipients and actives for successful formulation and for robust processes. He is well versed on particle sizing and powder flow. He holds a US patent on a novel approach for the assessment of the flow of pharmaceutical powders.

Prior to leaving GSK he was heavily involved in a company-wide effort to strengthen its processes by Design for Manufacture through the use of PAT and experimental design for which he was the lead user in Mississauga.

Prior to GlaxoSmithKline Andy worked as a scientist for Unilever developing products in the health, beauty and detergent industries. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. major in Chemistry.

Andy lives in Mississauga with his wife and 2 children.