The Canadian Dairy Research Council is responsible for the oversight and approval of the development, implementation and delivery of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s research programs and investments.
The Canadian Dairy Research Council (CDRC) reports to Dairy Farmers of Canada’s (DFC) Board of Directors. The Council is responsible for approving and overseeing research investments and programs within DFC’s approved budget for human health and nutrition, and dairy production research on the basis of the National Dairy Research Strategy and the National Strategy for Dairy Production Research Knowledge Translation and Transfer.
Dairy farmer representatives from DFC’s Board of Directors (voting members):
- Albert Fledderus (ON)
- Ed Friesen (Lactanet)
- Blaine McLeod (SK)
- Gert Schrijver (AB)
- Peter Strebel (QC)
- David Wiens (MB)
Representatives from DFC’s member organizations (non-voting members):
- Seylene Chestley, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
- Bita Farhang, Dairy Farmers of Ontario
- Chantal Fleury, Les Producteurs de lait du Québec
- Élise Gosselin, Novalait Inc.
- Guy Séguin, Dairy Farmers of Ontario
- Emma Strazhnik, BC Dairy Association
- Mike Slomp, Alberta Milk
- Joy Smith, SaskMilk
- Sarah Stanley, Dairy Farmers of PEI
- Brian Van Doormaal, Lactanet
Expert Committees and Working Groups
Expert committees regroup independent scientists, technical experts, and specialists from different areas with a mandate to provide reviews and recommendations to the CDRC for consideration when making decisions regarding research investments.
The Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT) Working Groups in dairy production include KTT professionals, representatives from national and provincial dairy organizations, and dairy farmers. The Working Groups plan, coordinate, and prioritize activities to translate and transfer research results to users.