Message from the President







Dear CSAS Members,

This is my first message to you as your new president, and as such would like to take this opportunity to thank you for entrusting me and the executive with the responsibility of stirring the affairs of this great society in the coming year. We consider this duty both as an honour and a privilege, and pledge to continue to serve the society as our predecessors have done through the years.

Your 2013-2014 CSAS Executive Committee assumed office after the 2013 AGM in Banff, AB and at the onset of the rains that led to the historic 2013 Alberta floods. The AGM and conference were well attended and most delegates had very favourable comments about the conference venue and arrangements despite the post-conference logistical problems of getting out of Banff.…..we experienced Banff and survived the 2013 flood!

On a more serious note, we are very much aware of the immediate and long term challenges confronting the society notably; declining membership, travelling restrictions imposed on some members by their employers, and the long term sustainability of the society. We are vigorously exploring new initiatives as well as following up on those started in 2012-2013 by the previous executive. For example, the online membership application and renewals is now fully functional. Steps have also been taken to set up student chapters in various tertiary institutions that offer courses in animal science, as well as stepping up efforts to recruit members from foreign countries and from the veterinary profession.

Your executive strongly believe in the adage that “there is strength in numbers,” and will continue to vigorously pursue strategic alliances between the CSAS and other national and international scientific agricultural societies with similar missions and objectives to those of the CSAS. As such, the 2013 Annual Conference was held jointly with the Canadian Meat Science Association (CMSA). Prof. Simon Cutting from the University of London, England was jointly sponsored by the CSAS and European Association of Animal Production (EAAP), to this year’s conference to give a presentation on “Mucosal Vaccination Using Bacillus Spores for Antigen Delivery” while Dr. Kevin Greer from CMSA spoke on the topic, “Drivers of Global Meat Demand and Price”. The Vice President of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS), Dr. Greg Lardy, was also invited to give a presentation during our scientific program and spoke on the topic, “The Interaction Between Cow Nutrition and Neonatal Calf Health”. These exchanges will be expanded in the coming years to cover other societies and organizations.

The current executive committee will also continue to work with ASAS to identify CSAS activities that could be undertaken jointly by the two societies to our mutual benefit; or activities that could be undertaken by one society on behalf of the other.  Towards this end, we will continue to partner with ASAS on our conference programming and registration procedures.  For example, some activities of the 2013 Banff conference including registration, abstract submission, program and proceedings were all coordinated through the ASAS office and website. This served us well; therefore steps will be taken to streamline the process for future meetings.

Animal Frontiers - the review magazine of Animal Agriculture is the flagship magazine of the CSAS, ASAS, EAAP and AMSA Your executive require your assistance in recruiting Canadian corporate and non-profit organizations interested in becoming sustaining partners of the magazine or advertizing in it.  This is very important because as Dr. Julie Small (2011-2012 CSAS President) said, “…… financial support ($1000), from corporate and non-profit partners ensures that the magazine succeeds in informing the public by presenting Animal Agriculture as it truly is!” The CSAS does not want a magazine that has set such high scientific standards to fail because of lack of funds to sustain it in its infancy.  

Visit the Sustaining partnership information webpage for more information:

For advertizing information please visit:

Please mark your calendars for the 2014 CSAS conference which will be held jointly (JAM2014) with the ADSA and ASAS in Kansas City, Missouri from            July 20 – 24.

Visit for more details.


Thank you. 

John Baah

CSAS President, 2013-2014


Executive Committee 2013 - 2014

John Baah, PhD
Research Scientist
Ruminant Nutrition and Microbiology
154 Eagle Road North
Lethbridge, Alberta  T1H 4S6

T: 403.360.6310

(Conference/Website Coordinator)
Trevor Alexander, PhD
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Lethbridge Research Centre
5403-1 Avenue
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1 

T: 403.317.2158
F: 403.382.3156 

Carolyn Fitzsimmons, PhD
University of Alberta
Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Rm 4-10, Agriculture and Forestry Centre
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2C8 

T: 780.248.1700
F: 780.248.1900 


(Website Coordinator)
Tim Reuter, PhD
Government of Alberta
Livestock Research Branch
Agriculture Centre
100 – 5401 – 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V6 Canada

T: 403.381.5109
F: 403.381.5903

Eastern Director
Dave Barrett, PhD
Dalhousie University
Dept. of Plant & Animal Sciences
Rm 100-6 Haley Institute, 58 River Road
PO Box 550
Truro, NS   B2N 5E3

T: 902.896.2305
F: 902.895.6734

Western Director
Greg Penner, PhD
University of Saskatchewan
Animal and Poultry Science
51 Campus Drive, 6D28
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A8

T: 306.966.4219
F: 306.966.4151 

Membership Committee Chair
Eveline Ibeagha-Awemu, PhD
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2000 rue College,
Sherbrooke, Quebec  J1M 0C8

T: 819.780.7249
F: 819.564.5507

Director-At-Large (Industry Rep)
Randy Bagg, DVM 
Elanco Animal Health (Canada)
150 Research Lane, Suite 120
Guelph, Ontario N1G 4T2

T: 519.341.7006 
F: 519.821.7831

Awards Committee Chair
Tim Mutsvangwa, PhD
University of Saskatchewan
Animal and Poultry Science
51 Campus Drive, 6D28
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A8

T: 306.966.1695
F: 306.966.4151 

Director-At-Large (Industry Rep)
Daniel Lefebvre, PhD
555 des Anciens-Combattants Blvd
Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3R4

T: 1.800.266.5248
T: 514.459.3030
F: 514.459.3020

Luigi Faucitano, PhD
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2000 Route 108 East
PO Box 90, Station Lennoxville
Sherbrooke, Quebec J1M 1Z3

T: 819.780.7237
F: 819.564.5507 

Director-At-Large (Industry Rep)
Clayton Robins, Executive Director
Manitoba 4-H Council
1129 Queens Ave
Brandon, MB  R7A 1L9

T: 204.726.6136

Canadian Journal of Animal Science
Dr. Kees Plaizier
Department of Animal Science
University of Manitoba 
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2

T: 204.474.9500
F: 204.474.7628



Executive 2012-2013

Past Executives Archive

Executive Reports

AGM Banff 2013 †

Minutes AGM Banff 2013


Executive 2013-2014

Minutes Executive Meeting Banff 2013

Executive Conference Call Minutes, Oct. 25, 2013

Executive 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Minutes Feb. 13, 2014


† Members may submit agenda items for the AGM to the secretary-treasurer


2013 election of executives 

Nominees are now being accepted for Vice-president (website coordinator), eastern director (jr membership chair), western director (jr awards chair) and director-at-large. Any member in good standing may submit nominations to the secretary treasurer and must include a signed statement of the nominee's consent and a brief bio. For more information refer to the Handbook v. 8 page 30. Traditional deadlines are set relative to the AGM and mail-out ballots. However, on-line voting, launched for 2013, facilitates a longer voting period, timely member participation and reduced administrative costs to CSAS.

√ March 1 deadline to submit nominees and brief biographies

√ April 12 nominees and bios posted on this page!

√ May 6 on-line voting launched

√ June 10 midnight polls close (extended from June 3)

√ June 19 successful candidates take positions at the AGM