Dr. Trevor DeVries appointed as new Research Program Director for the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance
Dr. Trevor DeVries has been appointed as one of two new Research Program Directors (RPDs) for the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the University of Guelph. Dr. Alfons Weersink, a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics will also join the RPD team.
RPDs help to ensure that Agreement-funded research meets the priorities set by OMAFRA, that research results are disseminated and that partnerships are built with stakeholders. As leaders in their field of research, RPDs also act as ambassadors for the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, both locally and globally.
Dr. Trevor DeVries is a Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences, as well as a Canada Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare. Dr. DeVries is a prolific researcher in dairy cattle behaviour, nutrition and welfare, with a focus on feeding behaviour and diet selection, and how these are influenced by diet, management and housing systems. He is also known for his willingness to translate his research to those that can benefit from it. He has won numerous awards, including recently being announced as the recipient of the 2021 Nutrition Professionals Inc. Applied Dairy Nutrition Award by the American Dairy Science Association, recognizing his outstanding achievement in research, teaching and extension in the dairy industry. A Canada Research Chair holder in Dairy Cattle Behaviour and Welfare, Dr. DeVries will support the research areas relating to Competitive Production Systems (Animals) and Animal Health & Welfare.