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Tolga Yalkin

Health Canada
Director General, Consumer Product Safety Directorate

Tolga Yalkin, In his role as the new Director General of Health Canada’s Consumer Product Safety Directorate  is responsible for the assessment, management and communication of health and safety risks for all consumer products and cosmetics in Canada.

Tolga was previously the Acting Executive Director of the Results Division in the Expenditure Management Sector of the Treasury Board Secretariat. He worked closely with the Privy Council Office to implement the Government’s new results agenda and spearheaded the development of a new framework to demonstrate how government spending contributes to results.  

Prior to this, he was the General Counsel and Director of Policy to the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) and taught constitutional law at the University of Ottawa.  He was a retained Lecturer in Constitutional Law at Oxford University.

Tolga speaks English, French, and Turkish and has studied and worked on three continents. He obtained an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, an Honours Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Civil Law and Master of Philosophy in law from Oxford. Tolga was Sub-Dean at Wadham College, Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and President of Oxford Pro Bono Publico. Tolga also practiced law in Australia from 2006 to 2007 in banking and financial regulation.

In addition, he is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Part-Time Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Teaching | Learning Grants Program, Funding program for blended courses, and the Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, the Hague Academy of International Law Scholarship, and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association Scholarship.