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Two OAC Faculty Named U of G Leadership Chairs

Posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Two Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) faculty members studying animal science and welfare have been named University of Guelph Research Leadership Chairs (RLCs).  

Launched in 2017, the RLC program recognizes mid- to late-career researchers who have received national and international recognition for significant contributions to their fields of study, while also training highly qualified personnel and contributing to the betterment of society. 

“These Research Leadership Chairs exemplify the innovation in thought, approach and practice that characterizes research and teaching at the University of Guelph,” said Dr. Rene Van Acker, vice-president (research). “We are pleased they have made the University of Guelph their home, and we proudly celebrate the contributions they make to improving life on campus and around the globe.”  

Each RLC will receive $45,000 over three years for their research, including training for students, post-doctoral researchers and other highly qualified personnel.

Congratulations to the following OAC faculty members:

dr flavio schenkel standing outside in a green space

Dr. Flavio Schenkel, Department of Animal Biosciences

Schenkel develops genomic selection techniques to assess and improve genetic traits in livestock. His recent contributions to the genetic evaluation for feed and methane efficiency in dairy cattle have strengthened the Canadian dairy industry.  


dr. anna kate shoveller standing outside in a green space

Dr. Anna Kate Shoveller, Department of Animal Biosciences

Shoveller investigates the role of dietary nutrients on the digestion, metabolism, and behaviour of cats, dogs and horses. Her research helps the petfood industry continually innovate to support the health and well-being of our companion animals. 

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