Scientific Evaluator, Health Canada, Ottawa, ON. Born: Nigeria.
Dr. Leonard Wosu is a Scientific Evaluator in the fungicide and herbicide toxicological evaluation section at Health Canada (since 2002). He participates in the review of submissions (data) from industry conducting toxicology evaluations and exposure assessments of pest control products (pesticides) in the protection of human health and the environment.
Background: Earlier in his career, Leonard conducted research in the thyroid research unit at Montreal General Hospital (1985-86) and in rheumatic diseases at Notre-Dame Hospital (1986-89), before leaving to teach science at Greaves Adventist Academy. After completing his studies in experimental medicine, at McGill University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research in Montreal, researching the interaction of steroid hormones with mammary tissue in breast cancer. At the Greaves Adventist Academy, he taught courses in chemistry, physical science, human biology and ecology to students in grades 7 through 11.
Community: Initiated the Association of Black Scientists, which includes researchers, scientists and graduate students; its aim is to encourage more young people to pursue careers in the sciences. Leonard is also well known in the Montreal area as the Founder/Director of the Inter-Hospital Choir, which began in 1986 while he worked at Montreal General Hospital. The choir, now known as the Montreal Intercultural Choir, has 50-70 members and has performed at many venues around the city. The choir recently participated performed on the Cirque de Soleil CD, Zumanity and was the closing act for the Montreal International Jazz Festival’s first Mardi Gras Parade (July 2010). Leonard Wosu is one of 30 academic and community historians whose diverse voices speak on the cultural bridges which connect us all in the Historians Recount Series educational project. His contribution to Mahalia Jackson and the Montreal Intercultural Choir has been placed in this compilation at the National Library.
Honours: Include, inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada (1st & 2nd editions; 2002 & 2006); Community Service Award, Seventh-day Adventist Church (2001); Award of Recognition, Montreal Association of School Admin (1999).
Works: In Reflections & Visions; Canadian Journal of Biochemistry; Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism; Atherosclerosis; Journal of Steroid Biochemistry.
Education: Diploma, Ecotoxicology, Concordia University (2000); PhD, Experimental Medicine (1983); Master or Science, Animal Science, McGill University (1973); Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of Aston, UK.
Favourite book and why? My favourite book is the Bible. I see it as an instruction manual for the body and soul, an unending insight into our existence on earth.
Favourite quote? “Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? I would like to explore ways and means to foster stronger and more meaningful ties amongst Black people around the world.
Who or what inspires you? Late Pastor R.O. Wosu, pioneer Seventh Day Adventist Minister in West Africa.
Why do you do what you do? Musically, I like the peace and tranquility well-presented music brings to listeners and performers alike. On a broader scale, the mission is to reach cultural communities in an effort to eliminate racial, linguistic, religious, social and denominational barriers. Scientifically, there is some satisfaction that comes from being part of the solution for human and environmental health problems.
Contact: Montreal Intercultural Choir