Accolades for bovine veterinarian, practitioner

NewsMakers from the November 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Tye Perrett. photo: Supplied

Dr. Tye Perrett received a Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV)/Association Canadienne des Vétérinaires Bovins (ACVB) Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his service as the association’s first president for two consecutive years (2007-09). Perrett provided capable guidance at a time when even small decisions would be magnified over the span of time. The association thanked Perrett for his steadfast leadership in helping to create a truly national organization that represents all bovine practitioners from coast to coast. Perrett is managing partner at Feedlot Health Management Services, Ltd. in Okotoks, Alta.


Dr. Gord Atkins. photo: Supplied

Dr. Gordon Atkins was recently named the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Mentor of the Year. Atkins practiced dairy veterinary medicine for several years before joining the faculty of veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary in 2008. He has served on the Alberta Natural Resources Conservation board and chaired several review panels on developing or expanding the confined feeding industry and the non-energy resource industry. He’s also served on the board of the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan. Last year, he coached a team of fourth-year UCVM students to quiz bowl glory at the 2019 American Association of Bovine Practitioners conference quiz bowl in St. Louis, Missouri, the first win for a Canadian team.

Dr. James House has been appointed to lead Manitoba’s protein research strategy. The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing the University of Manitoba with up to $100,000 to develop the new protein research strategy and establish a research chair to advance the Manitoba Protein Advantage strategy and bridge the gap between Manitoba’s research and protein processing sectors. One of the goals of the strategy is to increase animal protein production by 35 per cent, as well as attract new investment, create new jobs and new value for producers through crop innovation and value chain collaboration. House is a professor at the University of Manitoba and head of the department of food and human nutritional sciences. House’s research focuses on the factors influencing dietary protein quality from both plant- and animal-based foods, and how protein and other key nutrients relate to the optimal growth and health of individuals.

Darryl Kay is the new CEO at Alberta’s Agriculture Finance Services Corporation (AFSC), effective October 1. Kay has been with AFSC for nearly 10 years and previously served as the chief financial and innovation officer. He replaces interim CEO and board member Jerry Bouma, who was acting since former CEO Steve Blakely’s retirement in April 2020.

Tom Lynch Staunton. photo: Supplied

Tom Lynch-Staunton has taken over as regional vice-president for the Nature Conservancy of Canada in Alberta. Lynch-Staunton grew up on a ranch in southern Alberta and previously served as the head of government relations and policy with the Alberta Beef Producers. He has also worked for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. Some of his first tasks include completing the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor near the Crowsnest Pass and the expansion and connection of protected spaces in Alberta’s Beaver Hills UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, near Elk Island Park. Lynch-Staunton takes the reins from Bob Demulder, who has retired after 14 years.

Dr. Rayna Gunvaldsen has been appointed B.C.’s chief veterinarian. Gunvaldsen earned a doctor of veterinary medicine from the University of Saskatchewan, with an emphasis on herd health and regulatory medicine. She has worked on disease outbreaks throughout Western Canada, including bovine tuberculosis, salmonella and chronic wasting disease. She previously worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as Saskatchewan’s foreign animal disease veterinarian, and has held other positions with the CFIA and Alberta government. Gunvaldsen takes over from Dr. Jane Pritchard, who had served as B.C.’s chief veterinarian since 2013 and recently retired.

Bruce Coulman. photo: Supplied

Forage breeder Bruce Coulman has stepped into the role of interim director at the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence. Coulman is a professor emeritus in the plant sciences department at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources. He developed 22 forage crops in his 40-year career and has received the Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award from the Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Forage Industry Innovation Award from the Saskatchewan Forage Council. Coulman succeeds Kris Ringwall, who led the centre in its early years as it consolidated staff from three different locations into one team and merged cattle from two herds into one at the Clavet location. Ringwall retired at the end of October.

The Saskatchewan Stock Growers Association selected its new executive in a board meeting following the organization’s virtual AGM in October. Kelcy Elford was elected president, Garner Deobald first vice-president, Jeff Yorga second vice-president and Kimberly Simpson finance chair. Outgoing president Bill Huber remains on the board as past president. During the AGM, several directors-at-large were elected, including Chay Anderson, Keith Day, Glen Elford, Calvin Gavelin, Joe Gilchrist and Miles McNeil.

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