CAHI Awards

2021 CAHI Award Recipients

Jean Szkotnicki, retired CAHI President

Dr. Mary Jane Ireland, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

CAHI Industry Leadership Award

CAHI is pleased to announce Dr. Mary Jane Ireland, Executive Director, Animal Health Directorate and Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as the 2021 recipient of our external CAHI Industry Leadership Award.

In her previous role as Director General of the Veterinary Drugs Directorate at Health Canada, she worked closely with CAHI members and other Canadian stakeholders to pioneer and promote collaboration between foreign and Canadian regulatory authorities, initiate the development of key regulations and encouraged stakeholder input to develop practical solutions to regulatory challenges. In her current role with the CFIA, her influence is already being felt by CAHI members and industry partners in the modernization and streamlining of processes at the Canadian Centre for Veterinary Biologics and the Animal Feed Division.

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Toni Bothwell, Zoetis Canada

Dr. Brad Kuntz, Bio Agri Mix LP

CAHI Chair’s Award

CAHI is pleased to announce Dr Brad Kuntz, VP of Quality Assurance & Quality Control at Bio Agri Mix LP as the 2021 recipient of the CAHI Chair’s Award which recognizes member contributions to the Canadian animal health sector.

Through his commitment to participation in numerous CAHI committees and to providing practical solutions to industry-wide issues, Brad is a strong fit for this award. He consistently engages in CAHI initiatives to identify opportunities which will work for multiple stakeholders and support the industry as a whole. Brad’s tenacity and expertise in chemistry have opened the bioequivalence pathway utilizing in vitro dissolution, which in turn has helped to create a more predictable regulatory registration pathway for generic veterinary pharmaceuticals and removed the need for in vivo animal efficacy studies. Recently, he has represented CAHI on two Expert Working Groups at the International Cooperation on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Veterinary Products (VICH), where his contributions and expertise are having a global impact.

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Industry Leadership Award

Our Industry Leadership Award is an external award that recognizes and honours outstanding accomplishments by individuals or organizations that have significantly contributed to the field of Canadian animal health.

Winners are selected by a committee who assess nominee: 

  • Leadership
  • Accomplishments
  • Innovative spirit
  • Involvement in the cause of animal health

2021 Winner

Past Winners:

Year Recipient
2020 Jean Szkotnicki
Canadian Animal Health Institute

Melissa Dumont

Animal Nutrition Association of Canada


Dr. Doug MacDougald

South West Ontario Veterinary Services


Crystal Mackay

Canadian Centre for Food Integrity

2016 Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS)
Public Health Agency of Canada
2015 Dr. Murray Jelinski
Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
2014 Dr. Jacques Messier
CEO, Toronto Humane Society
2013 Dr. Maurice Smith
2012 Dr. John Prescott
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
2011 Dr. Yves Goselin
Hôpital Vétérinaire Riv-Sud, Centre Vétérinaire Laval
2010 Drs. John Hilton, Brent Matthew, Donal McKeown, James Patterson
Founders of Veterinary Medical Diets “Medi-Cal”
2009 Dr. Clayton MacKay
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada
2008 Dr. Patricia Dowling
Canadian gFARAD, Western College of Veterinary Medicine
2007 Stan Eby
Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
2006 Dr. Bernhard Pukay
Alta Vista / Bayview Animal Hospitals
2005 Dr. Duane Landals
Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
2004 Dr. Brian Evans
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
2003 Dr. Lorne Babiuk
Veterinary Infectious Diseases Organization
2002 Dr. Otto Radostits
Western College of Veterinary
2001 Drs. Tim Guichon, Kee Jim
Feedlot Health Management Services
2000 Dr. Camille Moore
Mopork Inc.
1999 Dr. Reuben Mapletoft
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
1998 Dr. Ken Leslie
Ontario Veterinary College
1997 Ontario Farm Animal Council

CAHI Chair’s Award

CAHI’s Chair's Award was created to recognize the significant contributions made by its individual members.  The award is presented to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the CAHI and our objectives.

Winners include individual(s) nominated from CAHI’s Full or Associate Members companies and are evaluated by the CAHI Board of Directors based on:

  • Devoted significant time to industry issues
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for the CAHI
  • Had a willingness to tackle new tasks and initiatives
  • Made notable commitments and contributions to CAHI

2021 Winner

Past Winners:

Year Recipient
2020 Toni Bothwell
Zoetis Canada

Paul Lake

Bio Agri Mix


Byron Beeler

Beeler Consulting Inc.


Dr. Randy Bagg

Elanco Animal Health (Canada)

2016 Tracey Firth
Canadian Animal Health Institute
2015 Sue McGee
2014 Dr. Pierre Gadbois
Vétoquinol N.-A. Inc.
2013 Dr. Helene Langlois
Merck Animal Health
2012 Dr. Marike Dussault
Pfizer Animal Health
2011 Bill Maxwell
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
2010 Brendan Ginty
Veterinary Purchasing Company Ltd.
2009 Adrian Bayley
North American Compendiums Ltd.
2008 Charlotte Foster
Schering-Plough Animal Health
2007 Dr. Paul Doig
Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
Dr. Bruce Groves
Pfizer Inc.
Dr. Don Wilson
Bayer Inc.
2006 Normand Robichaud
Vétoquinol N.-A. Inc.