Robert Hudson (PhD, University of British Columbia 1973) is Professor of Sustainability Science and Associate Dean (International) with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Open Journal of Conservation Biology, Associate Editor of the Journal of Wildlife Management and member of the Editorial Board of several international journals. His research is on bioenergetics, nutrition, behavior and management of bison, elk, deer, caribou and other hoofed mammals. He also studies community-based management and dynamics of wildlife and rangeland systems and has been involved in the development of codes of humane practice for bison and deer.
Dr Hudson has supported graduate student projects in the Canadian Arctic, Cameroon, Kenya and Malaysia and has collaborated on research in China and Korea. Working with others, he has several hundred publications including books on bioenergetics, wildlife production and sustainable use.
Craig Stephen obtained his DVM degree from the University of Sasktachewan in 1987. After 4 years of private veterinary practice in a rural mixed animal practice, Dr. Stephen entered a doctoral program in epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan where he focused on field epidemiology and disease outbreaks as the theme of his research. His doctoral work dealt with an emerging disease of farmed salmon. Upon completing his PhD in 1994, he took a position as an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of British Columbia and British Columbia Centre for Disease Control where he remained for three years. In 1995, he founded the Centre for Coastal Health (CCH). The CCH became a model veterinary practice that provides integrated advice on health issues at the interface of people, animals and the environment. He remains the president and director of the CCH. He is an Associate Professor in Ecosystem and Public Health (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and in Community Health Science (Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Calgary. He is a Clinical Professor in Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He manages the Pacific centre for the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre and is an associate member of the UBC Centre for Disease Control. He directs the Animal Determinants of Emerging Disease Research Unit and is the Chair of the British Columbia Environmental and Occupational Health Research Network. He was formally a consulting veterinarian for the Vancouver Aquarium and Marine Science Centre as well for the University of Victoria. His a founding member of Veterinarians Without Borders-Vétérinaires sans Frontières (Canada). He has published in the areas of zoonotic and emerging disease, environmental health, and fish and wildlife population health.
Jim Bellamy received his early education in Stayner, Ontario. He obtained a DVM degree from the University of Guelph, a PhD in pathology from the University of Saskatchewan, followed by postdoctoral research in immunology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. From 1974 until 1985, he taught clinical and experimental pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. In 1985 Dr Bellamy was appointed Chair of the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC), University of Prince Edward Island and in 2003 became Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at AVC. He was Editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research for 5 years and has served on a number of provincial and national boards and committees dealing with biomedical research, including those of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Saskatchewan Health Research Board, the Alberta Heritage Fund, the Agricultural Research Investment Fund of PEI, and the Aquaculture and Fisheries Research Initiative of PEI. Dr Bellamy has published papers and books on enteric pathology, enteric immunology, clinical pathology, artificial intelligence, and medical informatics.
Ole Nielsen was born in Edmonton, Alberta on 03 March 30. He commenced his university education in Agriculture at the University of Alberta in 1949 and transferred to the Ontario Veterinary College, graduating with a with the DVM degree from the University of Toronto in 1956. He undertook graduate studies in veterinary pathology at the University of Minnesota, receiving his PhD degree in 1963 and in the same year became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He was awarded LLD (Hon) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1996 and was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Guelph in 1997. Following appointments at the University of Minnesota as Lecturer and Assistant Professor, he joined the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan where he became Professor of veterinary pathology and subsequently Dean from 1974-82. From 1985 – 1994 he was Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and became Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathobiology in 1995. His research and academic interests have included enteric diseases, toxicology, comparative medicine, ecosystem health and veterinary education. He has served on a variety of Boards and committees including the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Disease (Chair) and the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi (1988-98) , Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), National Research Council, The National Academies, Washington, D.C.: (2003-2005); Saskatchewan Environmental Advisory Council as Chair (1978-82) ); Alberta Veterinary Medicine Steering Committee, Alberta Department of Advanced Education as Chair (2004- 2008). He was President of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association in 1969. Prof. Nielsen is a member of: the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association; American Veterinary Medical Association; Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario Veterinary Medical Associations; American College of Veterinary Pathologists; and Sigma Xi