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Wednesday, July 24 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Cross-Border Livestock Health: Session III

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Backgrounder: The CBLHC is developing the concept of an emergency response scenario driven discussion, where conference participants could engage in an open dialogue on what would likely unfold in the event of a livestock emergency event, who would be involved, possible impact across a multitude of stakeholders, and overview of the steps necessary to recover from such an event. A successful outcome to the exercise would be a growth in understanding and awareness of North America’s prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from an animal health event.

Who Should Attend: To ensure a wholesome and relevant discussion around the steps that would likely unfold in the event of a livestock emergency event, there needs to be a collection of industry and government experts along with a diverse group of stakeholders participating. This would include:
  • State and provincial veterinarians, including CVO’s
  • Federal representation from livestock emergency response divisions of USDA and CFIA
  • Cross species industry organization representation
  • Livestock producers
  • Retail representation
  • Media representation
  • Consumer representation

Emergency response scenario
  • an open dialogue on what would likely unfold in a livestock emergency event; who would be involved, possible impact across a multitude of stakeholders, and overview of the steps necessary to recover from such an event
  • Emerging disease/ diseases of concern by species and coordinated cross border response and secure food supply plans
  • US and Canadian participants- cross sector of value chain discuss all perspectives
  • CFIA and USDA develop ‘disease zoning’ agreements that minimize trade disruptions between US and CAN, as well as with other major trading partners
  • CFIA, USDA, and Industry continue priority national EM preparedness planning
  • Increase cross border USDA-CFIA collaboration re disease reporting by establishing/sharing reportable disease lists through secure platforms
Dr. Elizabeth Parker, International and Strategic Partnerships Specialist, AgriLife Research, Texas A&M University
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
 Dr.Barbara Porter-Spalding, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA-APHIS-VS (TBC)
Dr. Jack Shere, Deputy Administrator, VS USDA & previously-listed senior USDA staff
Dr. Jaspinder Komal, VP Science, CFIA
Dr. Tom Smylie, Sr Staff Vet, CFIA (TBC)
Dr. Aline Dimitri, Executive Director Animal Health, CFIA (TBC)
Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle, Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
Michael Riedy, CEM USDA ESF11 Regional Coordinator; Region X: AK, ID, OR, & WA
Casey Smit, SaskPork, Olymel
Gabriela Guigou, Canada Pork Council

More details on the Working Group here.

Agriculture Track hosted by Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association

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Dr Jack Shere

Deputy Administrator; Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Services (VS) USDA
Dr. Jack Shere was appointed Deputy Administrator in March 2016 and leads the program’s many employees in protecting and improving the health, quality, and marketability of U.S. agricultural animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. He also oversees VS’ national and... Read More →
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Dr Jaspinder Komal

Chief Veterinary Officer, CFIA
Dr. Komal graduated from the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire at the Université de Montréal in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and a post-graduate degree in Veterinary Microbiology. He began his veterinary career specializing in small animals in... Read More →
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Dr. Danelle Bickett-Weddle

Associate Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health
Dr. Bickett-Weddle is a South Dakota native who earned her BS from South Dakota State University, her DVM from Iowa State University in 1999, her Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2003, obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Preventive... Read More →

Dr Barbara Porter-Spalding

Veterninary Medical Officer, USDA-APHIS-VS
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Dr Elizabeth Parker

International and Strategic Partnerships Specialist, Agrilife Research, Texas A&M University
Elizabeth Parker grew up on a farm in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and received two Bachelors of Science (Biomedical Science in 1987 and Veterinary Science in 1990) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, with an emphasis on... Read More →

Dr Tom Smylie

Sr. Staff Vet, CFIA
Dr. Smylie joined CFIA in 2010 after spending 32 years in private practice where he was primarily engaged in bovine practice. His role at CFIA is primarily focused on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Policy and Emergency Preparedness. Dr. Smylie has presented at international conferences... Read More →
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Dr Aline Dimitri

Executive Director Animal Health, CFIA
Dr. Aline Dimitriis the Executive Director of the Food Safety Science Directorate and the Deputy Chief Food Safety Officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).Dr. Dimitri is responsible for providing science advice, scientific risk intelligence, and overall science direction... Read More →
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Michael Riedy

CEM USDA ESF11 Regional Coordinator, Region X: AK, ID, OR, & WA
Mike Riedy is the ESF11 [Emergency Support Function #11 - Agriculture and Natural Resources] Regional Coordinator for FEMA Region X. He organizes and coordinates Federal support to local, state, tribal, territorial, and insular area governments and other federal agencies for the protection... Read More →
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Casey Smit

SaskPork, Olymel
Casey Smit joined Olymel in January 2013 as Vice President, Production with the purchase of Big Sky Farms in Saskatchewan. With more than 20 years of experience in the hog industry, he has been involved in all aspects of the business. He has been a member of the Saskatchewan Pork... Read More →
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Gabriela Guigou, M.Sc.

Manager, Canadian Pork Council, National Swine Health Initiative
Gabriela Guigou is a molecular biologist and manager of the Swine Health Initiative at the Canadian Pork Council where she works on key animal health challenges of concern to pork producers. Her role is to ensure important issues such as disease surveillance, biosecurity or antimicrobial... Read More →
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Janice Tranberg

President and CEO; Cross-border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, National Cattle Feeders' Association
Janice Tranberg most recently served as an assistant deputy minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and wasresponsible for three branches: Crops and Irrigation, Agriculture Research, and Regional Services. Prior to this, she served as the vice president (western Canada... Read More →
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Dr Amber Itle

Asst. State Veterinarian; Cross Border Livestock Health Working Group Co-chair, WA Department of Agriculture
Amber Itle grew up on her family's fourth generation producer-handler dairy farm in Pennsylvania. Dr. Itle earned her VMD from UPENN in 2003 and a MS in Animal Welfare from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She joined a large and food animal practice for a decade prior to... Read More →

Wednesday July 24, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am PDT
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