Appointment of Program Manager

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Lactanet Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Melissa Hurst as the new DairyTrace Program Manager effective September 21, 2020. Melissa has the background and experience to bring a quality portfolio to the DairyTrace program just weeks ahead of the official launch on October 5, 2020. Having worked at the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture since 2014, she has been the Provincial Livestock Traceability Specialist since January 2017. In this position, Melissa represented Saskatchewan on federal and provincial committees and served as a livestock traceability expert providing technical services to producers, government staff and industry groups.

Born and raised in Ontario, Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph, majoring in Environmental Economics and Policy. Since her graduation, she has continued her professional development in various areas relevant to this DairyTrace leadership position and is currently a Professional Agrologist with the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists and a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Melissa has been actively involved with 4-H as a member for over 20 years and is a member of the Board of Directors of Saskatchewan Women in Agriculture.

“With the development of the DairyTrace program nearing completion and the long-awaited implementation just around the corner, the timing is perfect for Melissa Hurst to join our team as the new DairyTrace Program Manager”, commented Brian Van Doormaal, Chief Services Officer at Lactanet Canada. He added, “Melissa’s experience, knowledge and passion for livestock traceability will prove to be significant benefits to DairyTrace as Canada’s dairy cattle traceability program”.