In Memoriam: Dr. Shiv Chopra

It is with great sadness that the Institute announces the death of one of its most prominent members, Dr. Shiv Chopra.

Over the years, Dr. Chopra’s name had become synonymous with food security. Employed as a veterinary drug evaluator at Health Canada, he was one of three scientists dismissed by the federal government in July 2004 on the grounds of “insubordination” after they had publicly raised concerns about the approval of products they had reason to believe could harm the food chain and, ultimately, the lives of Canadians.  A courageous whistleblower who put the interests of all Canadians ahead of his own, Dr. Chopra fought unsuccessfully for many years to get his job back. He was truly a man of integrity, and he will be missed.

The Institute extends its condolences to Dr. Chopra’s family and to the many friends and colleagues who were privileged to know him.

Condolences and memories can be expressed online.