TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Foods today announced that Dr.
Stephanie Cottee will be joining the Company in the new position of
Leader, Animal Wellness effective August 11, 2014. 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 realize 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
optimizes 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 program that
distinguishes Maple Leaf in this vital area of corporate
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 program. 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 U.S. and Asia.
SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
For further information:
Dave Bauer, 416-926-2020