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Kelitha Maxis: The CFIA's Young Sherlock Holmes

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Kelitha Maxis is part of the new breed of Canadian public servants. Young, well-educated and armed with ample private sector experience, she knows exactly where she fits within the CFIA. "I like to think that I bring a real investigative approach to our rigorous scientific environment," she says.

Degrees in biochemistry and pharmacology, along with time spent working for big pharmaceutical companies, have helped Kelitha in her role as an inspector for the CFIA's Food Safety and Consumer Protection group in Montreal. "I think that my background really puts people at ease," she says.

"Growing up, I wanted to be a science detective," she smiles and adds, "I get to fulfill my dream more days than not."