Steering Committee


Steering committee


Steering Committee Biography  



Dr. Schenkel is a Full Professor at University of Guelph and Director of Center for Genetic Improvement of Livestock (CGIL), who has research interests ranging from theoretical to applied genetics and genomics in livestock breeding. Current research focuses on the enhancement of genetic evaluations of livestock species with emphasis on genomic selection. Dr. Schenkel is also a member of other influential industry boards in Canada, including the DairyGen Council of Canadian Dairy Network and the Dairy Cattle Genetic Evaluation Board.



Jennifer MacTavish has been the General Manager for the Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF) since April 2013. Prior to joining OSF she spent 9 years as the Executive Director of the Canadian Sheep Federation and for a two year period during that time she also worked as the Canadian National Goat Federation’s General Manager. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Animal Health Coalition and the Vice-Chair of the Livestock Research Innovation Corporation.



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Hélène Méthot has been an integral part of  CEPOQ for over 10 years, starting as a research and projects manager, and since 2011 as the General Manager. She has a Master's Degree in Sheep Reproduction and is dedicated to the use of genetics for sheep industry sustainability. She is the Filière ovine du Québec coordinator, which is at the sheep value chain roundtable at the provincial level. She is well regarded by the CEPOQ genetics team and in GenOvis related decision making.



Linda Brandes is a graduate of the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. She has been actively involved with the CSBA since 2013 providing support in media relations as well as holding the position of Secretary/Manager for the Alberta Sheep Breeders’ Association since 2015. Linda took the role of General Manager for CSBA in December 2017, and is excited to be a part of this working group that is committed to the genetic performance improvement of purebred sheep in Canada. 



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Delma Kennedy started working for OMAFRA in 1985 as assistant coordinator for the sheep and swine improvement programs. She coordinated the genetic evaluation program in Ontario until 2010 when the program responsibility was transferred to the Ontario Sheep Farmers. 




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