Members

Membership

The formal membership and governance for AHC are a work area currently of the AHC. Until these processes are formalized, the Executive Director, Co-chairs, and Board members of AHC (previously National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council) provide leadership for the operation of the organization.

 

René Roy

René Roy

Animal Health Canada Co-Chair

René Roy

René Roy

Animal Health Canada Co-Chair

René Roy has a PhD in agricultural economics from McGill University. René is a pork producer from farrow to finish, a dairy farmer and a maple syrup producer. René took over the family business with his brother Mario and runs it with members of his family.

René contributes with his experience on several working groups of the Council, in particular the One welfare working group. As an agricultural producer, he knows how the health and welfare of animals is intimately linked to the psychological health of producers.

René is second vice chair of the Canadian Pork Council, where he is active in the field of animal health and welfare. He has been particularly involved in the development of the new pork certification program, Canadian Pork Excellence. René contributes to the dialogue on hog health and welfare from a producer's perspective. He is also vice-chair of Swine Innovation Porc which is managing the research cluster of the Canadian pork industry.  Rene represents the Canadian Pork Council on Animal Health Canada.

Hélène Trépanier

Hélène Trépanier

AHC Council Co-Chair

Hélène Trépanier

Hélène Trépanier

AHC Council Co-Chair

Dr. Hélène Trépanier has been Quebec’s Chief Veterinary Officer since September 2016. She is one of three provincial and territorial representatives for Canada’s Council of Chief Veterinary Officers on Animal Health Canada. Having worked for Quebec’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for over 30 years, Dr. Trépanier has been actively involved in the development and implementation of Quebec’s animal health and welfare strategy. She is also an expert in the appropriate treatment of animals.

Dr. Trépanier holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Montreal’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (1984) and a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinical Sciences from the same university (1987). She also has a Master’s Degree in Rural Economy from Laval University in Quebec City (1995). She is currently a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Ordre des médecins vétérinaires du Québec. She joined the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council, now Animal Health Canada,  as a representative of the Council of Chief Veterinary Officers in March 2016.

Luce Bélanger

Luce Bélanger

Luce Bélanger

Luce Bélanger

Luce Bélanger

is a chicken farmer from the Jacques-Cartier area, near Quebec City, Quebec. She holds a degree in animal science from McGill University (1994) and has been farming for 22 years. Luce took over her family farm in (1999), and then went on to study at Laval University where she obtained an MBA in agribusiness (2004).

Luce has been a Director on the Board of Les Éleveurs de volailles du Quebec since (2017) and has been Quebec’s Alternate Director at Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC) since (2018).  She is also a member of CFC’s Production Committee and is a strong supporter of CFC’s Animal Care Program and On-Farm Food Safety Program. Luce joined the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council in 2021 as the CFC representative. Luce enjoys serving on various agriculture organizations because she believes in the importance of providing Canadians with food that is grown to the highest standards.

Jim Fairles

Jim Fairles

Jim Fairles

Jim Fairles

Dr. Jim Fairles is a veterinarian with 23 years of experience in private mixed practice in Mount Forest, Ontario and two years of international experience in China. Since 2004, Dr. Fairles has been employed as the Client Services Veterinarian at the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph. He has a DVM (1980) and MBA (1999) degrees from Guelph.

Dr. Fairles has been involved with various veterinary associations on local, provincial and national levels. He is a past president of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and a past chair of the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC). He is immediate past president of the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians (CASV) and an industry representative (CVMA) on the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.

Dr. Fairles was elected to the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council, now Aimal Health Canada, in December 2013 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2019.

Cathy Furness

Cathy Furness

Cathy Furness

Cathy Furness

Cathy received her veterinary degree, with Distinction, from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2000. Following graduation, Cathy practiced in both small animal and equine practice prior to returning to the Ontario Veterinary College to complete an MSc in Clinical Studies and a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine.  Cathy is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine –  Large Animal Internal Medicine.   

In 2013, Cathy joined the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) Animal Health and Welfare Branch.  Here, she continued to build her knowledge and experience in emergency management as Lead Veterinarian for Planning and Preparedness.  In this role, Cathy was responsible for provincial-level disease planning and preparedness, disease outbreak response and supporting various commodity and stakeholder organizations to enhance their respective emergency preparedness.   Cathy also supported the development of a training program for first responders in Ontario who may deal with large animals.  Cathy has co-led a public service veterinary medicine rotation at the Ontario Veterinary College and supports training and implementation of the Incident Management system in OMAFRA and with stakeholder organizations.  Cathy is a board member of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Responders (NASAAEP) and participates in a network of animal health and welfare emergency responders and managers from across the United States.

In July of 2019, Cathy was appointed Chief Veterinarian for Ontario (CVO).  In her role as CVO, Cathy works in partnership with veterinarians, farmers, industry and the community as well as provincial ministries, provinces and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to support animal health and welfare needs in Ontario.

Cathy lives on a small hobby farm in Rockwood, Ontario which she shares with her family and a menagerie of animals – big and small.

Mary Jane Ireland

Mary Jane Ireland

Mary Jane Ireland

Mary Jane Ireland

Dr. Mary Jane Ireland is the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate, Policy and Programs Branch at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). She is also the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) for Canada and the OIE Delegate for Canada.

Dr. Ireland graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degrees in Veterinary Immunology and Business Administration. She began her career in a mixed animal practice in eastern Ontario.

In 2002, Dr. Ireland joined the Veterinary Drugs Directorate at Health Canada and held various positions, including Director General. In 2020, Dr. Ireland joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate.

As the Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Ireland leads Canada's efforts to effectively manage current and emerging disease threats in order to protect animal health and human health, and to maintain international trust in Canada's inspection and certification systems in support of market access.

As the OIE Delegate, Dr. Ireland represents Canada on the international stage, and plays an integral role in Canada's participation in the OIE standard- setting process for the development and adoption of animal health standards and guidelines. In this role Dr. Ireland works to ensure that the standards are appropriately and consistently implemented in Canada. She is also responsible for notifying the OIE of reportable animal disease occurrences in Canada.

Keith Lehman

Keith Lehman

Keith Lehman

Keith Lehman

Dr. Lehman graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 1999 and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Alberta.  

After working in private mixed animal practice in Barrhead, Alberta, Keith joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency where he worked in various position prior to joining Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in June 2014.  After two years with the Animal Health Section, he was appointed as Alberta’s Chief Provincial Veterinarian in June 2016.   

Dr. Lehman completed a two-year term as chair of the Council of Chief Veterinary Officers in December 2018.  He has also been involved with early development of the Plant and Animal Health Strategy, CanSURV BSE, the national Antimicrobial Resistance Steering Committee, and serves as an ex-officio member on the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Council. Dr. Lehman represents the Council of Chief Veterinary Officers on the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.

Luc Marchand

Luc Marchand

Luc Marchand

Luc Marchand

Luc holds a Master degree in Social Science from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.  He joined the Federal Government in 2000 and worked in several departments such as Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage and joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2005 and has since worked on a variety of files such as rural development, BSE and Growing Forward programs design and delivery.

Luc became the Director of the Animal Industry Division in April 2019 and is involved in initiatives aimed at improving the competitiveness of the livestock sector. Luc took over from Donald Boucher as the AAFC representative on the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council, now Animal Health Canada,  in March 2019.

Leigh Rosengren

Leigh Rosengren

Leigh Rosengren

Leigh Rosengren

Dr. Rosengren graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2001. After graduation Leigh worked in mixed animal practice in Humboldt and Weyburn, Saskatchewan. She received a PhD in Veterinary Epidemiology from the University of Saskatchewan (2008) and established a consulting service for Canada’s livestock and poultry sectors with their animal health and food safety concerns.  Most recently, Leigh completed a Masters of Agribusiness from Kansas State University (2021) she oversaw the family cow-calf beef operation.

Leigh has recently joined the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association as their Animal Health and Care lead. She also sits on the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association as a director and serves as the Animal Health and Welfare committee chair.

Steven Sternthal

Steven Sternthal

Steven Sternthal

Steven Sternthal

Steven Sternthal is the Director General for the Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch. In this role, Steven is responsible for leading One Health policy, science, and program initiatives to address food-borne and zoonotic infectious diseases. Steven has over 20 years experience in managing public health issues, many of which are relevant to the work of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (e.g. food safety, antimicrobial resistance, emerging zoonotic infectious diseases).  Steven holds a Master in Health Administration from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science from McGill University in Montreal. Steven represents the Public Health Agency of Canada on Animal Health Canada. 

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor is the past Chair of the BC Dairy Association and a Director with Dairy Farmers of Canada.  He is a passionate advocate for the BC and national dairy industry.  

He and his brother operate Viewfield Farms in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, although the success of their farm lies with all who are a part of the Viewfield team which involves 3 generations.      

The Taylors have been the recipients of the Top Quality Milk award for Vancouver Island for 8 of the last 10 years and have been in the top 5 herds for milk quality in the province each of the past 5 years.  They are strong advocates of DFC’s quality assurance program proAction.     

In 2008, Dave and his wife Lisa represented their farm in competition in BC, and then nationally in Calgary, where they were awarded the Canadian Outstanding Young Farmers Award.

The Taylors have been dairy farming since Dave’s grandfather bought his first farm in 1946 in Saanichton, just outside of Victoria, BC. They milk 130 registered holsteins.  

 

Nicole Wanamaker

Nicole Wanamaker

Nicole Wanamaker

Nicole Wanamaker

Nicole Wanamaker has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College.

 Nicole has been a field veterinarian for the last 20 years in the New Brunswick Provincial Veterinary Service.  She has served producers, small ruminant clients and horse owners as well as attending Guernsey and Holstein cattle and other livestock on her own dairy farm.

 Now, as manager of the NB Provincial Veterinary Service, Nicole leads a team of 19 field veterinarians to serve producers and clients all across NB.   In this position she has also become the Chief Veterinary Officer for New Brunswick.

 Nicole represents New Brunswick on several committees such as the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network (CAHSN), the Veterinary Epidemiology Surveillance Network (VESN), The Chief Council of Veterinary Officers (CCVO), The Federal-Provincial Animal Welfare group (FPAW), and the Atlantic Canada Animal Health Surveillance Network.

 Nicole is enthusiastic,  eager and committed to serving her province and the animals and clients that she interacts with.

Nina von Keyserlingk

Nina von Keyserlingk

Nina von Keyserlingk

Nina von Keyserlingk

Dr. Marina (Nina) von Keyserlingk grew up on a beef ranch in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia and is a Professor and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia. Her interdisciplinary approach has focused on identifying measures and ways of improving the lives of animals under our care and she is among the first in her field to combine experimental and qualitative methods when addressing animal welfare issues. She has published over 250 peer reviewed publications and has received numerous awards, including the 2018 Hans Sigrist Foundation Prize, administered by the University of Bern, Switzerland, for her outstanding achievements as an international leader working in the field of sustainable food animal production. She was also awarded the American Dairy Science Associations Extension Award in 2018 and Award for Excellence in Dairy Science in 2013. She has received the Award for outstanding contributions to the field of ruminant well-being by the World Buiatrics Association in 2016.

AHC Co-chairs:

Dr. René Roy - Co-Chair, Canadian Pork Council

Dr. Hélène Trépanier - Co-Chair, Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation,

AHC Board of Directors:

Dave Taylor, Board Member - Dairy Farmers of Canada

Dr. Nina von Keyserlingk, Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia

Luce Bélanger, Board Member - Chicken Farmers of Canada

Dr. Jim FairlesCanadian Veterinary Medical Association 

AHC Advisory Committee

Federal Government:

Luc Marchand, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Steven Sternthal, Director General - Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch - PHAC

Dr. Mary Jane IrelandExecutive Director of the Animal Health Directorate, Chief Veterinary Officer, OIE Delegate Canada

Provincial/Territorial Governments:

Dr. Cathy Furness, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA) Animal Health and Welfare Branch

Dr. Hélène Trépanier - Co-Chair, Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation,

Dr. Nicole Wanamaker, Chief Veterinary Officer for New Brunswick, New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries

Dr. Keith Lehman, Chief Provincial Veterinarian at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry 

AHC Members

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Canadian Animal Health Institute
  • Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Hatching Egg Producers  
  • Canadian Pork Council
  • Canadian Sheep Federation
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • Chicken Farmers of Canada
  • Dairy Farmers of Canada
  • Egg Farmers of Canada
  • Equestrian Canada
  • Government of Alberta
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Government of Manitoba
  • Government of New Brunswick
  • Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Government of Nova Scotia
  • Government of Nunavut
  • Government of Ontario
  • Government of Prince Edward Island
  • Government of Quebec
  • Government of Saskatchewan
  • Government of Yukon
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Turkey Farmers of Canada

Notice! Our organization has changed names to Animal Health Canada as of January 10, 2022. You might notice some historical documents developed prior to Jan 10, 2022 (newsletters, legacy documents etc.) still reference our prior name, the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.