The Canadian Safety and Health Initiative for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (CASHINAM)



Vision & Mission


The Canadian Safety and Health Initiative for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (CASHINAM) will provide an integrated learning and implementation platform.
This platform will support the best health and safety practices for research and product development environments.


Responsible design, production, and recycling of products using advanced materials and nanotechnology is necessary to support industry and drive Canadian innovation. This initiative will bring together government researchers and regulators, industrial experts, as well as academia in supporting a safer environment for Canadians and a strong network to support Canadian industry.


Core Values


The initiative will be carried out with a commitment to education and strong partnerships, creativity, innovation, service, integrity, and respect.



Stakeholders from across Canada
working together to identify gaps
and tap into resources to fill these gaps.



Providing resources and tools to create a savvy workforce in industrial, academic, and government laboratories.



Strengthen the Canadian health and safety ecosystem for advanced materials and nanotechnology through international partnerships.


Marie D’Iorio (Chair)

Marie D’Iorio is a Senior Strategy Advisor with the Office of the Vice President Research at the University of Ottawa and the President of NanoCanada. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, she led the National Institute for Nanotechnology (2011-2016) and the Institute for Microstructural Sciences (2003-2011) at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). Dr. D’Iorio obtained a Master’s and a Doctorate degree in Solid State Physics from the University of Toronto. After a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at IBM Zurich Research Laboratories, she joined the NRC, where she established Canada’s first very low temperature, high magnetic field laboratory to study quantum semiconductor devices and later led one of Canada’s first research programs on organic light emitting devices. In 2015 she launched NanoCanada, a not-for-profit corporation that connects the advanced materials and nanotechnology community in Canada and abroad. She has served as the President of the Academy of Science and as International Secretary of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. D’Iorio was also President of the Canadian Association of Physicists. Dr. D’Iorio serves on numerous Boards including the Board of the Canadian Light Source and the Scientific Commission of l’INRS.

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Hind Al-Abadleh
Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Hind Al-Abadleh has a been a Board Member of Nano Ontario since 2012 and currently serves as the Treasurer/Secretary.  She is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University, the 2019 Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Quality, and Climate Change, and the Chair of the Environment Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.  Her research interests focus on the environmental impacts of nanomaterials on the chemical balance of atmospheric and geochemical systems.


Wilfrid Laurier University is Founding Member of Nano Ontario.  Research in nanoscience and nanotechnology at Laurier is multidisciplinary with faculty and students mainly affiliated with the departments of chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics.  See the MS2 Discovery Institute for details.

Greg Goss
University of Alberta

Dr. Goss has a broad program aimed at water research for improved environmental health and sustainability. With over 200 journal research papers, one book and three patents, he is a leader in the field of environmental sciences. He is a Professor in Biological Sciences, is cross-appointed to the School of Public Health and a Fellow of the National Institute of Nanotechnology. Dr. Goss works jointly with industry, governments and academia to examine the environmental issues related to water science. Research includes hydrology to examine changes in hydrological profiles in Alberta with future climate change, the toxicology of micro pollutants including nanomaterials, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hydraulic fracturing fluid and hydrocarbon contaminated fluids, and the effects on aquatic biota. He has served on ISO 229 and recently co-written recently released OECD guidance documents on aquatic and sediment toxicological testing guidelines. He serves on the Editorial board for numerous Journals including Water, Environmental Science: Nano, and NanoImpact.

François Grenier
Brilliant Matters

Francois Grenier is one of the Founders and the Chief Operating Officer at Brilliant Matters. The founding members of Brilliant Matters are pioneers of a novel chemical process used in the manufacture of organic semiconductors. They offer their expertise in chemistry and material science to help manufacture printable organic electronic devices using environmentally friendly approaches. The company also provides innovative and proprietary materials for organic solar cells, thin-film transistors, electrochromic devices, and more. Francois Grenier obtained his B.Sc. and graduate degrees from Laval University.

François Lagugné-Labarthet
Nano Ontario

Dr. Lagugné-Labarthet obtained his PhD in Physical-Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux, France in 1998. After a Post-doc at Queen’s University Canada he became in 1999 a Chargé de Recherche at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France where he developed optical experiments to probe polymers thin films and participated to projects in nonlinear optics and near-field optical measurements. In 2007 he started as a Professor at Western University where he obtained a Canada Research Chair in Photonics and Nanoscience in 2008-2018. Since 2011, he is the scientific director of the Nanofabrication Facility at Western, an open-user facility that aims at training the next generation of nanoscale scientists. He is the current chair of NanoOntario Inc.

Kimberly Ong
Vireo Advisors

Dr. Kimberly Ong is an expert in nanoparticle research and toxicology, particularly in protocol development, in vivo aquatic research, and in vitro testing. Kimberley has experience assessing and modifying protocols specific for nanomaterials’ testing to improve reliability for risk and exposure assessment. Her Ph.D. work consisted of testing the biological effects of nanoparticles in embryonic zebrafish and physiological effects on trout, in addition to in vitro testing of mammalian and fish cells. She has been actively involved in a number of scientific groups, including serving as a counselor on the executive board of the Canadian Society of Zoologists and as a member of the NRC-NSERC-BDC Nanotechnology Initiative (NNBNI). She has been actively involved in many international collaborations and cross-disciplinary teams and has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences. Kimberly received a Ph.D. in Physiology, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Guelph. She is currently completing a M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Policy at Lund University.

Stéphane Ruggeri
Prima Quebec

Stéphane Ruggeri is acting as technology and innovation advisor. Prior to this, Stéphane was a senior chemist-électrochemist, research and development specialist for 12 years, where he has developed his network of Quebec and American companies. He has also developed NRC-PARI, Mitacs research grants and tax credits for research projects with breakthrough electrochemistry technology applied to the industry.

With a master’s degree in electrochemistry acquired at the National School of Electrochemistry and Electrometallurgy of Grenoble (ENSEEG) in 1998, Stéphane received a Ph.D. in Energy and Materials in 2002 at the National Institute of Scientific Research-Energy Materials and Telecommunication (INRS-EMT). Passionate by the storage of hydrogen and nanomaterials, he will continue his post-doctoral training with Mr. Jean-Pol Dodelet on fuel cells as part of a NSERC Research Chair with General Motors, at the National Institute of Scientific Research-Energy Materials and Telecommunications (INRS-EMT). He is author and co-author of 12 peer-reviewed publications.

As a technology and innovation advisor, Stéphane develops and animates the ecosystem for the industrial and advanced materials research community. In collaboration with NanoCanada, he leads a Canadian health and safety working group on nanotechnology and advanced materials, CASHINAM.

Mark Teo
WorkSafe BC

Mark Teo is a Senior Policy Advisor at WorkSafeBC’s Policy, Regulation and Research Division, and currently chairs WorkSafeBC’s Exposure Limit Review Committee. He has over 20 years of academic, regulatory and industrial research and work experience in nanotechnology and occupational health & safety; this includes being an Occupational Hygiene Officer at WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Field Services for over 9 years. Mark obtained his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of British Columbia. He also has integrated hands-on experience in synthesizing and characterizing engineered nanomaterials for industrial applications including surface coatings, thin films and fuel cells. Since 2009, Mark is an active member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Nanotechnology Occupational Health & Safety Technical Committee. He is also an active, recognized member and a Vice-Chair of the Canadian Mirror Committee for ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies, and has represented Canada internationally in developing international consensus standards on nanotechnology topics including (i) terminology, (ii) analytical sampling methods; and (iii) occupational health & safety. Mark currently sits on review and steering committees on a number of research groups in Canada involved in nanotechnology and developing analytical sampling methods.

Ludwig Vinches
University of Montreal

Ludwig Vinches is an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the School of Public Health of l’université de Montréal; with a university curricula in physics and chemistry from l’Université des Sciences de Bordeaux (France), Ludwig Vinches holds a Ph.D. in applied research at the l’École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS – Montreal). His research focuses mainly on occupational health and safety and particularly on the exposure of workers to airborne nanoscale particles. He is particularly focused on the effectiveness of protective equipment against these particles by developing new high-performance filter structures.

Yi Zhang
Health Canada

Yi Zhang has been working in Health Canada since 2008. She has 10-year working experience in conducting regulatory activities related to human health risk assessment on environmental chemicals under the Chemicals Management Plan. In 2017, she joined the New Substances Assessment and Control Bureau of Health Canada as a senior evaluator, working on assessing human health risk of substances at the nano scale that are reported under the New Substances Notification Regulations prior to entering Canada, as well as those nanoscale substances identified to be present in commerce in Canada. Yi completed her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto and the M.A.Sc. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

Stéphane Gagné

Stéphane Gagné cumulates 20 years of experience in the fields of cosmetics, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical products and active ingredients. He holds two bachelor degrees and a Master in Business Administration with a major in marketing. He has held senior positions in biotech, cosmetic and supplement companies. Mr.  Gagné has played a significant role in the growth of several Canadian companies abroad through his network of contacts in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He is the owner and founder of Ovensa and Partenaris, a strategic development & commercialization company in the fields of functional food, nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals. The company leverages its international network of partners and market intelligence to provide its clients with technological innovations and value-added services that contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a significant return on investment.

Charles Boudreault

Charles Boudreault is CEO & Co-Founder of NanoPhyll. Founded in 2015, NanoPhyll is headquartered in Montreal, with a research and development facility in Hamilton, Ontario and a sales office in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. In 2017, NanoPhyll launched its first customer proof-of-concept projects in Quebec. By 2018, NanoPhyll had filed several preliminary patents and received the Most Innovative Product Award at Toronto Building Show. In the same year, NanoPhyll had its first product sales and had partnered with a contract manufacturer to scale production. Today, NanoPhyll is generating volume sales into the construction and transportation sectors with pilot projects in the metals and mining processing industry.


Prior to founding NanoPhyll, Charles Boudreault established and led an infrastructure real estate consultancy practice serving the telecommunications and renewable energy sectors. He has also held leadership positions in infrastructure lease finance and international corporate legal services and real estate. Charles holds a B.A. in politics from Queen’s University and a Law degree from l’université de Sherbrooke.

Ursulla Aho-Glele Reinhard
Public Health Agency of Canada

Ursulla Aho-Glele is a public health professional with nearly 10 years of combined experience in environmental microbiology and public health at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, as well as the private sector.

Born in Cotonou (Benin), Ursulla spent her high school years in New York and obtained her Bachelor of Science in microbiology in Montreal. After working in the field of environmental microbiology, both in the private sector and at the municipal level, she obtained a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in Healthcare Management (International Master’s for Health Leadership) at McGill University. Since then, Ursulla worked in public health as an analyst for the government of Quebec (Health and Social Services) and the Canadian federal government (Public Health Agency of Canada, and Court Administrative Services). Driven by her passion for health policy and management, Ursulla is currently finalizing a PhD in public health at the University of Montreal– specializing in public policy – while working alongside the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal and Quebec’s Accreditation Body (CQA) to review their policies and obtain their respective accreditations.

Janice Warkentin

Janice Warkentin is the Executive Director of NanoCanada and is Secretary of the International Standards Organization for Standardization’s Terminology and Nomenclature joint working group (TC/229 and IEC/TC113). Janice started her career working for non-profit organizations. She moved to the federal government and now has over a decade of experience working for both the Canadian House of Commons and the National Research Council. Her experience includes communications, stakeholder engagement and consultation, public relations, and business development.  Janice has been with NanoCanada since the launch of the program in 2015 and has been instrumental in building and developing a global network of industry, government, and academic connections. She travels regularly to Asia, Europe, and North America, leading delegations that showcase Canadian excellence in emerging technologies. Janice has also volunteered on several community boards and served as corporate secretary and chair of church and school councils.

Loïc Wingert
The Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé
en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST)

Loïc Wingert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Chemistry from the University of Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. He also holds a professional Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering with a specialization “Environment” on Chemical Processes and Effluent Treatment (solid, liquid, gaseous). He then obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Lorraine, France from the French Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (INRS, France) and from the Reactions and Process Engineering Laboratory of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS, France). Following this PhD obtained in 2017 on the separation of ultrafine metallic particles by granular beds, he continued his career with a postdoctoral fellowship on protective clothing against solid aerosols at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS, Montreal) and at the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en Santé et en Sécurité du Travail (IRSST, Montreal). Since 2018, as a scientific professional at the IRSST specializing in aerosols and their filtration, he has been participating in and conducting research activities to study workers exposure to aerosols (nanometric and micronic) and bioaerosols but also to evaluate the performance of certain protective equipment. Finally, he works on the metrology and characterization of aerosols applied to OHS, such as those of ultrafine particles emitted by certain processes.