US - Dr Stephanie Cottee is joining Maple Leaf Foods in the new position of Leader, Animal Wellness.
Dr Cottee will be responsible for leading the establishment of an integrated and comprehensive animal wellness program that crosses the Company's pork and poultry operations and interface with its suppliers and other stakeholders.
This will encompass all areas that affect the health and welfare of animals including nutrition, medication, housing, transportation and processing. Dr Cottee will work closely with management, operations and animal care experts to realise this mandate.
"As Canada's largest meat company, we have a duty to continually advance the humane and ethical treatment of animals within our care," said Lynda Kuhn, SVP Sustainability and Public Affairs.
This requires staying close to emerging science, processes and technologies that advance both our knowledge and capacity, and that of our industry partners, to raise, transport and process animals in a manner that optimises good health and protects their welfare.
Dr Cottee's deep experience across the scientific, academic and applied areas of animal wellness will be vital in implementing a strong programme that distinguishes Maple Leaf in this vital area of corporate responsibility."
Dr Cottee brings significant academic and applied experience in animal behaviour, research and welfare. Most recently, she held the position of Provincial Programs Advisor - Ontario Pork, where she managed the Canadian Quality Assurance and Animal Care Assessment program.
In this capacity she acted as the primary liaison between key pork industry stakeholders to develop, implement and improve swine production programs and animal welfare practices in Ontario.
She was also instrumental in implementing a nation-wide swine traceability program. Prior to her role with Ontario Pork, Dr Cottee worked for the Chicken Farmers of Ontario, where she supported a range of projects including on-farm biosecurity, health and safety, and traceability. She has also worked as a Research Writer to support the development of two Codes of Practice for the National Farm Animal Care Council.
Dr Cottee has a PhD in Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare and a Master of Science in Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Guelph. She was a sessional professor for the University's Animal Behaviour and Welfare programme. Stephanie completed her Honours Bachelor of Science Zoology degree at the University of Toronto.
Maple Leaf Foods is Canada's leading consumer packaged meats company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf, Maple Leaf Prime, Maple Leaf Natural Selections, Schneiders, Schneiders Country Naturals and Mina. The Company employs approximately 11,500 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the US and Asia.
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