IFCS 2006 Award of Merit

Mr J. Roy Hickman

Forum V - Budapest, Hungary, September 2006

IFCS is pleased to announce Mr J. Roy Hickman as a 2006 recipient of the IFCS Award of Merit in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the goals of international chemical safety.

Mr Hickman played a substantive leadership role in the conceptualization and planning for the IFCS leading up to UNCED and following the adoption of Agenda 21. He served as President of the IFCS from 1997 to 2000 overseeing the preparations of the IFCS Priorities for Action beyond 2000 as well as the Bahia Declaration which were unanimously adopted by Forum III. Subsequently in 2002 at WSSD, world leaders recognized their importance and endorsed them as the foundation for the further development of a strategic approach to international chemicals management (SAICM).

For over 30 years, Mr Hickman provided leadership and guidance on a wide range of chemical safety topics and issues serving as a member or chair of numerous regional and international committees and programmes in international organizations such as WHO, UNEP, FAO, OECD, IARC, and PAHO. The Canadian government and international bodies have recognized him for his achievements in the area of environmental/public health including his "integrity, dedication, common-sense approach to problem solving and ability to build consensus on many controversial issues".

All the above was carried out against a background of responsibility within the Government of Canada for management of environmental health risks. Mr. Hickman was Director General of Health Canada's Environmental Health Directorate from 1988 until 1997 and Senior Director General of the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada from 1997 until his retirement in 2000.. During his career in the public service he was involved in the development of the Hazardous Products Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and various legislative measures aimed at tobacco control and has overseen a number of environmental health programs including guidelines for drinking water quality and indoor air quality in Canada.