Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Cheryl Waldner is a professor of epidemiology and research chair from the University of Saskatchewan. Her transdisciplinary work has informed antimicrobial stewardship and surveillance, water quality and health, farm-to-fork management of food safety, and public health pandemic forecasting and planning. Her current research is focused on the use of system science tools, including system dynamics and agent-based models, to understand the impact of rapid diagnostics and infection prevention measures on enhancing antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention and control. She is widely ...


Professor, Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Vet College, University of Guelph

J. Scott Weese is one of the world's leading experts in veterinary infectious disease. He has made numerous contributions in a broad range of infectious diseases of animals, notably bacterial infections in animals and particularly those affecting humans and emerging diseases, including methicillin- resistant staphylococcal infections, Clostridium difficile, antimicrobial resistance, numerous emerging infectious diseases, as well as in infection control. An outstanding communicator and teacher, his impact epitomizes One Health. His ability to engage at a high level in the veterinary and ...


Dr. Poitout is the Canada Research Chair in Diabetes and Pancreatic Beta-Cell Function and has made major contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms underlying type 2 diabetes. His research has shown that excessive levels of sugar and fat impair the ability of the pancreas to make insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar levels. He has also contributed to the understanding of the mechanism of action of the lipid receptor GPR40, a novel drug target for type 2 diabetes. Dr. Poitout has published over 80 articles and has received numerous awards. He is heavily involved in the ...


Professor & Associate Dean, University of Guelph

Dr. Shayan Sharif is Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph. An international leader in the immunology of infectious diseases, Sharif’s research uncovers the molecular mechanisms of immunity to zoonotic pathogens. An advocate of One Health, he develops novel strategies for enhancing immunity to zoonotic pathogens in animals and for controlling transmission of these pathogens from animals to humans. His innovative research has produced 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, a patent, and has been recognized with ...


University of Guelph

Dr. Jan M. Sargeant received her DVM degree from the Ontario Veterinary College (University of Guelph) and practiced as a food animal veterinarian for 4 years. She then obtained an MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Guelph. Jan has been on faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University and the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McMaster University. She has been on faculty at the University of Guelph since 2007; she a professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College and also is the ...


Dr. Frederick A. (Ted) Leighton is the executive director of the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) and professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology, University of Saskatchewan. Ted Leighton's outstanding scientific; skills, inspiring leadership and positive management approach has, over the last 20 years, developed the CCWHC into a unique Canadian research institution. It has become a globally-recognized model that applies the veterinary medical sciences to wildlife conservation and management in Canada, but uses understanding of wildlife health and disease to improve ...


Professor, University of Calgary

Dr. Susan Kutz, an internationally respected leader in One Health in the Arctic, has spent over two decades studying climate change impacts on wildlife health and consequences for conservation, food security and community health. She partners with indigenous hunters to combine science and local knowledge to improve understanding of Arctic wildlife and implement effective disease surveillance methodologies. She has engaged under-represented youth in STEM programs and done outreach in Dene and Inuit communities since 2004. With >120 peer-reviewed publications and books/book chapters, 67 ...


Assistant Deputy Minister, Defence Research and Development Canada

Jaspinder Komal has a long, distinguished record in public service related to veterinary public health, agricultural science and policy. His detailed knowledge of Canada's agriculture and food production systems has advanced policies to ensure safe, sustainable food production for Canadians and foster economic viability. His passion to strengthen and collaborate with Canadian veterinary colleges has led to better training of students and sharing of public research facilities. As Canada's chief veterinary officer and World Organisation for Animal Health delegate, he has represented Canada with ...


Professor of Epidemiology, University of Guelph

Dr. David Kelton is a world-class dairy cattle epidemiologist, Dairy Farmers of Ontario Dairy Cattle Health Research Chair, and Director of the Dairy at Guelph Centre. His research focuses on maintaining a healthy and sustainable food supply using a One Health approach for the prevention of infectious diseases. A leader in national and international dairy cattle working groups, including chairing the International Dairy Federation Standing Committee on Animal Health and Welfare, he contributes to dairy cattle health, welfare and sustainability. His current work focuses on prudent ...


Carlton Gyles is a distinguished Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology at the University of Guelph who has made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to understanding how Escherichia coli causes disease in animals and people. He is one of the world’s authorities on this topic and has been sought after throughout his career as an advisor for graduate students, many of whom have gone on to their own distinguished careers. His advocacy for science and the wise counsel for which he is known is shown in his ongoing leadership role in the Canadian Research Network on Bacterial Diseases of Swine ...