Swine Health Ontario Manager
Lori was raised on a farrow-to-finish family farm in Perth County, she attended the University of Waterloo graduating in 1988 with a BSc. Lori’s previous employment has included research and development of biotechnology products for agriculture, forestry and paper applications as well as working as the Technical Marketing Director of Gallant Custom Laboratories Inc., an autogenous vaccine manufacturer. Most recently she fulfilled the role of Managing Director of the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) where she provided management for OPIC and the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board (OSHAB) – a committee of OPIC committed to addressing swine health issues in Ontario. Lori enjoys the challenge of project development and delivery with a focus on swine health.
Dr. Catherine Templeton
DVM, Industry Representative
Dr. Catherine Templeton earned a B. Sc. (Agr.) and a D.V.M. at the University of Guelph. Cathy went on to complete her MBA at Guelph in 2009. Cathy has extensive experience in both pork production management and swine health management. She established Maitland Swine Services in Listowel, Ontario and in 2010 Maitland Swine Services amalgamated with South West Ontario Veterinary Services. Cathy has served as President of the Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians (OASV), a Director for the Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians (CASV) and as a CASV representative on the Research Committee of the Canadian Swine Health Board. She also is a member of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board.
Chair and Ontario Pork representative
Amy Cronin is a hog producer, farmer, business owner and active member of her community in Huron County. Amy has been the Chair of the Ontario Pork Board of Directors since 2012, where she brings the wealth of her experience of the North American hog market to the table. She also served as Chair of the Ontario Agriculture Sustainability Coalition in 2012 and 2013, and actively participates in the Presidents' Council. Amy is a graduate of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program and Canadian Total Excellence In Agricultural Management.
Ontario Pork representative
Clare Schlegel has been in the hog business since 1979. He and his wife Catherine live and farm nearby the Schlegel family farm bought in the 1830s in Perth County, which his son Tobin and family now operate. His son Adam is a partner in Schlegelhome Farms, a mid-sized farm that raises broiler chickens, grows crops, and operates a grain elevator and a small trucking business. Clare is a past Chair of Ontario Pork and served as president of the Canadian Pork Council. He received the Carl Block Award for outstanding leadership in animal health.
Jay grew up on a family farm near Centralia, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Guelph with an MSc. In Animal Nutrition in 2004. Jay has worked extensively with Ontario swine farmers as a nutritionist with Great Lakes Nutrition and Wallenstein Feed & Supply. Jay volunteers as a board member with the Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC), a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the viability and sustainability of Ontario’s pork industry. Jay is the current Chair of OPIC. Jay and his wife, Mindy are raising their four children on their farm outside of Lucan, Ontario.
DVM, OPIC Swine Health Advisory Board representative
Doug MacDougald, DVM is a veterinarian in South West Ontario Veterinary Services, a Swine Herd Health Management practice based in Ontario. Doug has focused throughout his career on production and health management with a broad knowledge of the economics of the pig industry. In addition to his role on Swine Health Ontario’s Leadership Team, he is also a director of the Stratford Perth Community Foundation, and sector chair of United Way of Perth-Huron.
After graduating from the University of Guelph in 1984 with a degree in Animal Science. Mark then went on to work for 2 years in the pork processing industry, followed by 5 years in Ag Extension, focusing on pig business. For the last 25 years, Mark has worked in the feed business for Molesworth Farm Supply, an independent mill that focuses on the swine Industry. He is currently the President of MFS and has been involved with and managed Synergy Swine since its inception in 1994.
DVM, OMAFRA ex-officio representative
Christa is the Lead Veterinarian for Provincial Biosecurity in the Animal Health and Welfare Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Christa is the OMAFRA co-lead for the Ontario Animal Health Swine Network (OAHN). She has been involved in the swine industry since graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2006. She has worked in private practice, as well as with both the federal government working for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and provincial government working for OMAFRA over the span of her career. She is currently the President of the Ontario Association of Swine Veterinarians (OASV).