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Feasibility Study for Establishing a Centre of Excellence in Dairy ...

Feasibility Study for Establishing a Centre of Excellence in Dairy ...

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Research and Educational InstitutionsTrent University’s interest in agriculture arises from student demand for coursesrelated to agriculture. The university offers excellent degree programs in ecology,wildlife, water, environment and forestry. Having the ability to provide an agriculturalcurriculum would complement an existing science program and optimize synergiesacross related biological sciences. Trent has a new DNA facility suitable for researchand for forensic sciences that can be leveraged to support projects in agriculture. TheCentre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock at Guelph regularly uses the Trent DNAfacility for analytical purposes. Faculty at Trent also support local agricultural researchneeds.University of GuelphThe University of Guelph is world-renowned for its work on agricultural and foodsciences. It delivers its research and teaching mandate through Veterinary College(OVC) and the Agricultural College (OAC). It has three associated Colleges, Ridgetown,Kemptville and Alfred, and numerous research sites and facilities throughout Ontario. Itseducation and research mandate in agriculture and food is delivered partly inpartnership with OMAFRA. This partnership also covers funding for technology transferactivities. Although the University does not have a goat herd, it has a facility that can beused to undertake short term animal health studies. Its education curriculum on animalproduction covers dairy goat production.Through the College of Biological Sciences, Human Health & Biological Sciences, theUniversity of Guelph offers a state-of-the-art facility for research in life sciences withpossibilities of interdisciplinary networks with researchers in the agricultural scienceswith research directed towards natural health products and value added novel foodswhich offer health promotion, performance enhancement as well as disease preventand management. Human health research interest also focuses on various aspects ofgene regulation with respect to metabolism, nutritional effects on gene expression andrisk factors for specific diseases.Colleges in the Central Ontario Region such as Fleming, St Lawrence and LoyalistCollege also have interest in agriculture and food. These colleges can complement theexpertise needed to sustain a Centre of Excellence.10 | P a g e

Centre of Excellence:Cooperation and ExchangeUniversity ofGuelphAgriculturalCollegeUniversity ofGuelphVeterinaryCollegeSir SandfordFlemingCollegeEnvironment,SustainableStructures,Fibre Arts,Water,Agriculture1/24/20097University ofGuelphHumanHealth &NutritionalSciencesUniversity ofGuelphAnimalResearchFacilities andCollegesCentre ofExcellenceTrentUniversitySt. LawrenceCollegeVeterinaryTechnologyUniversity ofToronto /McMasterUniversityHealth &NutritionalSciencesDNA CentreCentre Loyalist for Health StudiesCollegeInstitute for WaterFood SafetyScience & SecurityEcological CentreAgricultural EducationVirtual Tech TransferA number of North American Universities offer Centres of Excellence through virtualwebsites. Ideally, a website would provide information about the centre’s structure andgovernance, communication links for researchers and the sector. The site would alsooffer the opportunity to post educational opportunities, research reports and offer virtualtours of goat farms and processors. A website architecture suitable for a collaborativemodel between Trent University and the University of Guelph is included in the report.Funding OpportunitiesCentres of ExcellenceThe Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Programs bridge the gap between academiaand industry by bringing together universities, industry and government together to helpturn science and technology into successful business endeavors. The focus of itsprograms is on enhancing the competitiveness of Ontario’s industry by tapping into thepotential for colleges and universities to act as generators of innovation. There are anumber of programs that offer support for both short term and long term projects. The11 | P a g e

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