B.Pharm (Hons), ND
Michael Smith is trained both as a pharmacist and a licensed naturopathic doctor (Ontario, Canada). A graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, he played an active role teaching courses in botanical medicine and pharmacology as well as for two years being the Associate Dean of Research.
In 2001, Michael joined the Natural Health Products Directorate at Health Canada and over the next eight years held number of positions of increasing responsibility ending as the Director of the Bureau of the Partnerships, Outreach and International Affairs responsible for International collaboration and stakeholder engagement. On a two-year international assignment from Health Canada, in May 2009, he became the Assistant Secretary/Head of the Office of Complementary Medicine at the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia responsible for the management of the pre-market regulatory framework for complementary medicines.
Over his career, Michael has worked actively on the international stage most notably with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Traditional Medicine program and in 2009 was appointed to its Expert Advisory Panel on Traditional and Complementary Medicine. He was one of the primary technical drafters of the WHO Global Strategy for Traditional & Complementary Medicine (2014-2023) and continues to participate in WHO projects, working groups and consultations notably dealing with the regulation and policy setting related to traditional and complementary medicines. Michael is currently contributing to a WHO Working Group on Drug Interactions with Traditional Medicine.
Since leaving the Canadian public service in 2011, Michael has acted as a consultant to organisations in both the private and public sector including complementary medicine companies, foundations and governments in both North America and overseas. He is a sought after speaker presenting at conferences throughout the world including Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States.
Over his career Michael has developed a number of Natural Health Product and Complementary and Alternative Health Care focused education programs aimed at members of both the conventional and complementary health care teams. He sits on a number of advisory boards including that of the American Botanical Council. Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Samueli Institute in Alexandria, Virginia, USA and is the author of numerous papers and articles as well as three books.