Neil Booth Neil Booth
Neil Booth is the Director of Production for Maple Leaf Agri-Farms (MLAF), responsible for the production, people and pigs in this 68,000 sow farrow-to-finish integrated system. He has been involved in pig farming for over 35 years, beginning his professional career as a sanitation technician (i.e. he was operating a pressure washer 40 hours a week) and has been with MLAF since 1998. Neil is a district advisor for Manitoba Pork. The PEDv break in Manitoba was a substantial part of his life in 2017 that he hopes not to see repeated in the years to come, though it did exemplify what great people working as a team can conquer.
Russ Boschman Russ Boschman
Russ Boschman brings over 25 years of experience in the hog industry, focused mostly in Southeastern Manitoba. He has managed most phases of production in his career and continues to oversee a pyramid (7500 sow-finish) within Maple Leaf Agri-Farms today. In 2017, PEDv cleanups had been another challenge to take head-on and overcome with organized teamwork.
John Carr Dr. John Carr
Recognized by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as a pig specialist, veterinarian Dr. John Carr started learning about pigs at age 11. After five years in general practice, he returned to university to complete a Leverhulme residency in pigs, and a PhD in urinary tract problems of pigs at Liverpool specializing in microbiology and pathology. He has taught production medicine at several universities: UK (Liverpool and Royal Veterinary College, London), USA (North Carolina and Iowa State) and in Western Australia (Murdoch). John runs a consultancy practice with clients in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He specializes in maintaining the health of pigs through promoting excellence in stockmanship and production practices.
Peter Chapman Peter Chapman
Getting your product in shopping carts is what it’s all about. Peter Chapman understands that it’s not about making great products to sell, it’s about selling the great products you make. Peter’s retail career started when he learned the importance of listening to the consumer and the challenges of implementing strategies. In 2007 following a 19-year career with Loblaws, Canada’s largest food retailer, Peter started GPS Business Solutions, providing services to producers and retailers who want to increase their sales.
Laurie Connor Dr. Laurie Connor
Dr. Laurie Connor, a professor in the animal science department at the University of Manitoba, has over 25 years of experience teaching and conducting research in areas of livestock reproduction, animal-environment interactions, welfare and management relative to pig housing concepts. Her research includes: evaluating a large commercial group-housing system in terms of sow productivity and welfare; a multi-institutional project assessing sow longevity and sow lameness in different housing systems and methods of early detection of lameness; a Manitoba project, partnering with the pork industry, that provided decision-making tools for pork producers to successfully convert to sow loose housing; and is lead on a collaborative project focused on optimizing flooring and social management of group-housed gestating sows.
Jen Demare Dr. Jennifer Demare
Veterinarian Jennifer Demare grew up on a mixed grain and pig farm near Somerset Manitoba. In 2014 she joined Swine Health Professionals and is now practicing swine medicine and production in an industry that is progressive, innovate and fast-changing, and where she has the opportunity to obtain knowledge and share among peers.
Andrew Dickson Andrew Dickson
Andrew Dickson brings more than 35 years of experience to the livestock industry, including agricultural extension, legislative and regulatory policy development, and rural economic development. He has been the General Manager of Manitoba Pork since 2005. Prior to joining the Council, he worked for the Manitoba government in Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives where he held a variety of positions, including agricultural representative, chief of 4-H programs and over 20 years as the Director of the Interlake and Eastern Regions.
Glen Duzier Dr. Glen Duzier
Dr Duizer is a veterinary epidemiologist whose professional activities cover multiple animal health issues across the food animal production spectrum. He is primarily responsible for the areas of animal health surveillance and disease response for Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Office within Manitoba Agriculture. He has keen interests in developing early warning animal health surveillance systems and enhancing collaborative disease response models. Dr Duizer graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 1995 and spent the first decade of his career in private practice focusing on food animal health and production medicine. He joined Manitoba Agriculture as an extension veterinarian in 2005 and moved to the Chief Veterinary Office in 2007. He completed a master’s degree in epidemiology from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2015. His thesis focused on animal health surveillance through the classification of routine diagnostic submissions to an animal health laboratory.
Mark Fynn Mark Fynn
Mark Fynn is the Manager of Quality Assurance & Animal Care Programs with Manitoba Pork. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Manitoba for which he conducted research on animal welfare and economics in group housing systems for sows. Mark has been actively involved in multiple national committees to review, revise and re-launch the national on-farm quality assurance programs. Previous to this involvement, Mark acted as a standing observer on the committee that developed the 2014 Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs.
Janice Goldsborough Janice Goldsborough
With more than 20 years of experience, Janice Goldsborough is a recognized expert in the field of human resource (HR) management. As president of The HR Basics, Janice focuses on providing relevant advice and comprehensive knowledge in the areas of recruitment, change management, employee retention, labour relations, organizational development, compensation, and training in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Currently, she is developing a new HR course for the agricultural faculty at the University of Manitoba.
Robin Harte Robyn Harte
Robyn Harte is the Industry Focus Specialist for swine with Manitoba Agriculture. She has been active in the swine industry for the last 19 years, working within the industry as a barn employee, nutritionist and now with government. Her experiences in all aspects of the swine industry have gained her valuable insight that helps her provide Manitoba’s swine producers with the products and services they need.
Crystal Mackay Crystal Mackay
Crystal Mackay is the president of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, with a vision for helping Canada’s food system earn trust by providing research, resources, dialogue and training. She has over 20 years of experience working in communications and executive positions related to public outreach and agri-food sector collaboration through her roles with Farm & Food Care, Ontario Farm Animal Council, AGCare and Ontario Pork.
Sylvia Massinon Sylvia Massinon
Sylvia Massinon is the public education and training coordinator at Klinic Community Health. Sylvia works as an educator and counsellor in this role, and is a social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. As an educator, she provides public education and training on a number of topics including self-care, crisis counselling skills, mental health, and trauma-informed care. She has been with Klinic since 2011, beginning her experience as a volunteer on the Klinic Crisis Lines. Although Sylvia has lived in Winnipeg for several years, she is originally from a rural community, and grew up on a dairy farm about an hour west of Winnipeg.
Neal Matthews Dr. Neal Matthews
Dr. Neal Matthews grew up in Arkansas on a small farm where his love for working with animals began. In 2008 Neal began working for PIC as a Performance Validation Supervisor. In this role, Neal has been involved worldwide with development, analysis, and interpretation of research data, developing tools for optimum market weight, auditing packing facilities to optimize meat quality, and working in the area of fat quality.
Cam McGavin Cam McGavin
As General Manager of Topigs Norsvin Canada, Cam McGavin has been involved in the animal agriculture industry for over 20 years. His extensive connections and interactions with others in the Canadian swine industry from coast to coast have been beneficial in managing a national swine genetics business.
Joe Schwarz Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Dr. Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society,” which is dedicated to demystifying science and separating sense from nonsense. He is well known for his informative and entertaining public lectures on topics ranging from the chemistry of love to the science of aging. Professor Schwarcz has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He is the only non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry. He hosts “The Dr. Joe Show” on Montreal radio, has appeared hundreds of times on television and is the author of 16 best sellers.
Charles Stark Dr. Charles Stark
Prior to his joining Kansas State University, Dr. Charles Stark spent 12 years in the feed industry with responsibilities in feed manufacturing, quality assurance, and plant operations. Currently he serves as the Faculty Coordinator of the Cargill Feed Safety Research Center and the new O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Innovation Center, which focuses on the training of the next generation of feed industry leaders. His current research involves the testing of new products and feed manufacturing processes that allow animal agriculture to efficiently produce a safe food supply of meat, milk, and eggs.
Willem Steyn Willem Steyn
Willem Steyn is the owner of SwiNE Nutrition Management, a nutrition consultancy company established in March 2016. Based in South Africa, the company focuses on developing feed programs and assisting pig farmers to unlock the genetic potential of their animals. Prior to this, Willem worked for six years in The Netherlands as a swine nutritionist for the international breeding company Topigs Norsvin International.
Syndee Thibert Syndee Thibert
Syndee Thibert is the Innovation and Technology Lead at Maple Leaf Agri-Farms (MLAF). Her expertise in production allows her to identify, research and trial equipment, products and methods of swine care to improve production at MLAF and implement them across the system. A graduate of Assiniboine Community College, Swine Care, with 21 years in the Manitoba industry, Sydnee has spent the past 16 years with MLAF, serving 14 years on the production team managing various production facilities.
Jewel White Dr. Jewel White
As one of two veterinarians at Maple Leaf Agri-Farms (MLAF), Dr. Jewel White manages the health and animal welfare of all MLAF’s pigs across Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Following graduation from the University of the Philippines, College of Veterinary Medicine, Jewel worked as a farm veterinarian for a pig production company then a technical veterinarian for a feed company. Today with 14 years of experience in swine production and swine medicine, and a license to practice veterinary medicine in North America, she is an integral part of MLAF’s health team. Her greatest focus during last year’s PED break was on diagnostics, surveillance testing and biocontainment measures.
Qiang Zhang Dr. Qiang Zhang
Qiang Zhang is a professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba, where he conducts research in the areas of animal and plant production environment, and grain storage systems. Specifically, his research deals with the impact and control of odour in animal operations, airborne transmission of animal diseases, such as PRRS (porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome), energy efficient greenhouses, sustainable greenhouse production in northern climate conditions, and airflow in grain bulks. He is registered as a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba. In his 29 years as an educator and researcher, Qiang has transferred his vast knowledge to many students who are now practising engineers.