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OVC Prof Wins Governor General’s Award for Innovation

A University of Guelph professor has won a prestigious 2017 Governor General’s Award for Innovation, it was announced today.

Bonnie Mallard, a professor in the Ontario Veterinary College's Department of Pathobiology, will receive one of six awards to be presented by Governor General David Johnston May 23 at Rideau Hall. Johnston spoke with Mallard and the other award recipients via Facebook messenger to congratulate them.

Created in 2016, the awards celebrate groundbreaking research that enhances quality of life for Canadians.

Mallard developed an immuno-genetic profiling tool that improves animal health and food quality and safety, and promotes greener farming.

“This is a wonderful and immensely-deserved honour for Professor Mallard,” said Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research).

“Professor Mallard’s work epitomizes our approach to research at the University of Guelph: making cutting-edge, fundamental discoveries and creating innovations that improve life and livelihoods. This award also underscores the leading role that U of G research continues to play in powering agri-food innovation in Canada – a role that we have played for almost 150 years.” Mallard’s High Immune Response (HIR™) technology uses animal genetics and immunity to breed healthier cattle naturally and safely.

“It is a real honour to have been nominated and I feel very privileged to have won,” said Mallard.

She worked with colleagues in U of G’s Ontario Veterinary College and Ontario Agricultural College’s Centre for Genetic Improvement of Livestock, and with researchers from across Canada.

Read the entire news release on the University of Guelph website.