Chair

Jay Cross - University of Calgary


Members

David Andrews

David Bailey -Genome Alberta

Reynold Bergen - Canadian Cattlemen's Association

David Bolduc - Canadian Beef Breeds Council

Stewart Cressman - Canadian Swine Health Board (Vice Chair)

Derek Hill

John Kennelly - University of Alberta

Fred Lozeman

Brian Nilsson - Nilsson Brothers  (On Leave)

Graham Plastow - Livestock Gentec

Glen Price - Sunterra

Brian Van Doormaal -Canadian Dairy Network

Jamie Curran - AARD

Cornelia Kreplin Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions


Observers

David Chalack - Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency

Kirk Rockwell - Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

 

Biographies

James (Jay) Cross
 is an expert in animal reproduction and molecular genetics particularly in the areas of embryo  implantation, placentation and pregnancy outcome. He was founding Director of the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute of Child & Maternal Health, a multi-disciplinary institute focused on biomedical, clinical and social aspects of child health, and initiated the Training Program in Genetics, Child Development & Health and the Clara Christie Centre for Genomics & Modeling of Human Disease. He is a Scientist of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Major awards include a Premier's Research Excellence Award of Ontario in 1999, Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2001, Research Scientist of the Year Award from the Association of Professors of Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2005, and Pioneer Award from the Frontiers in Reproduction Program at the Marine Biology Laboratory, USA in 2009

Stewart Cressman
was employed as a Dairy Cattle Specialist with OMAFRA until 1980, when he left to take over a fourth generation farming operation. He is a former Director of Ontario Pork, but is still Chair of their Research Committee; board member of the Canadian Swine Health Board and chairs their Research Advisory Committee; serves on the board of the Canadian Swine Research and Development Cluster; and, board member and Secretary/Treasurer of BIO (Beef Improvement Opportunities). Mr. Cressman is also Chair of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), and is Vice-Chair of the ARIO Infrastructure Committee.

David Bailey
obtained his PhD in Genetics and Animal Breeding at the University of Alberta in 1985. He began his career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada starting as a research scientist in Lethbridge, Alberta, and was later appointed to management postings as Research Centre Director in Charlottetown, PEI, and Lacombe, Alberta, before his appointment as Director General in 2003. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has received several awards for excellence in research and transfering research into commercialization, including the CSAS's Young Scientist Award and NRC-IRAP's Federal Partners in Technology Transfer. Dr. Bailey joined Genome Alberta as the President and CEO in April 2006. His plans are to take Genome Alberta to the forefront of the emerging Life-Sciences industries in Alberta.

Reynold Bergen
is the Science Director, Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association. He coordinates research priorities and funding between beef and cattle research funders and the BCRC. To ensure producers have access to current research information, he develops research factsheets and articles that are available through the CCA, provincial beef organizations and various agriculture media outlets. Mr. Reynold also helps various CCA committees gather information, and provides relevant facts for industry, public and government communications on specific issues. Mr. Reynold is a University of Saskatchewan (Animal Science) graduate.

Jamie Curran
is the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Food Safety and Technology Sector at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Jamie is also the government representative for the Rural Alberta Development Fund and Marketing Council boards. Jamie was raised on a farm in rural Alberta and has worked as a college instructor, environmental consultant and in various positions throughout the Government of Alberta, including the departments of Environment, Sustainable Resource Development, Education and Health and Wellness.

John Kennelly
received his PhD from the University of Alberta and his undergraduate degree from the University College Dublin. He was recently reappointed for a second term as the Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. His accomplishments as Dean include facilitating the largest acquisition of land for research ever made to a Canadian university. Under his leadership, the faculty also experienced a growth in research funding and graduate student enrollment. He previously served as chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the U of A from 1997 to 2004. As a researcher, he focuses on dairy cattle nutrition and metabolism. He is a fellow of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the International College of Nutrition and has received numerous awards for his work, including the Arthur G. McCalla Professorship.

Brian Nilsson

Glen Price

Brian Van Doormaal

David Chalack, DVM,
is a well-respected breeder and cattle judge who has been active in the Holstein industry for the past 30 years. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1975. He has held a broad range of management positions with Alta Genetics Inc. a major livestock genetic improvement source for the world. Currently, he is the President and Chair of the Board of the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, serves as a director of Horse Racing Alberta and on the Dean's advisory council for the new University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine Faculty. He has also served as a director of the Canadian Livestock Genetic Exporters Association. He is an official judge with Holstein Canada and has judged in over 14 countries. One of his most memorable achievements is to have shown the Grand Champion cow at World Dairy Expo, the Royal Winter Fair, and European Confrontation Show in Brussels.

Cornelia Kreplin
is the Executive Director of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (Al-Bio). Her training in veterinary medicine and graduate degree in veterinary reproductive pathology led to a career with Alberta Agriculture. She served as the provincial reproductive pathologist and later as Alberta's Chief Provincial Veterinarian before accepting the challenge of building a Food Safety Division for the Ministry in 1999. As Director of Agriculture Research Division, she enabled Division staff to apply their research and innovative expertise in the development of new information to support Alberta's primary agricultural producers in meeting the needs of their customers and clients.

Kirk Rockwell
is currently the Program Lead, Centres for Research and Commercialization, within Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. In this capacity he is responsible for the development, management, oversight and funding of Alberta's Centres for Research and Commercialization. The centres are mandated to champion research and development collaborations between Alberta's private, academic and public sectors and address emerging challenges in identified areas of strategic importance through technology development and commercialization. Prior to filling this role, he worked in the environmental sector of Alberta's oil and gas industry, first as a consultant with an international engineering firm and then in policy development for the Government of Alberta.