News from the RDT Committee


The RDT committee for the swine industry recently participated in a consultation conducted by the ministère de l’Économie  et de l'Innovation (MEI) to develop the 2022 Québec Research and Innovation Strategy.
The various stakeholders in research and innovation in Quebec were invited to submit a brief. The RDT Committee for the swine industry, in which several representatives of various organisations working in the pig sector participate, considered this approach with great interest. Indeed, the members of the committee saw a great opportunity to present the challenges of the pig sector in research, development and knowledge transfer, as well as possible solutions to be explored.

For any questions related to committee business, do not hesitate to contact Ms. Renée Caron at 418 907-8850.


"Improving the efficiency of R and D in the pork sector in a significant way!"
This is the title of the article published in the Coopérateur Magazine (published in March 2019).
Mr. Marquis Roy, Technical Director of Pork Production at Olymel and Chairman of the RDT Committee, discussed, among other things, the main objectives of the committee members and stressed the willingness of industry players to come together and work together to face common challenges.
Two other members of the committee, Francis Simard, Director of Nutrition and Development at Nutreco Canada (Shur-Gain) and Raphael Bertinotti, Director of Health, Quality, Research and Development at Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, discuss initiatives applied to identify research priorities and identify areas where joining efforts is to everyone's benefit. FIRST PUBLIC COMMUNICATION FROM THE RDT COMMITTEE (FEBRUARY 2018)
The purpose of this committee is to improve the efficiency of RDT in the Quebec swine sector and it intends to direct its work based on the findings from the diagnosis presented at the R&D Forum on Pork Production held on September 27, 2017.
To read the first public message that was sent by the RDT Committee upon its establishment, click here (in French).

Since the last communication, the members of the Research, Development and Knowledge Transfer Committee of the Quebec pork industry, named "RDT Committee for the Swine Industry", have met regularly. Discussions focused on the following topics:
  • Project to build a research, development and training maternity barn
  • Better alignment of research and development activities in Quebec, in the public and private sectors of the swine industry
  • Identification of research, development and innovation priorities for the Québec swine sector
  • Financial support for the RDT Committee
Two meetings are also planned in the Fall (November and December 2018)
To learn more about each of these topics, click here (in French) to view the latest public message submitted by the RDT Committee.

The Research, Development and Knowledge Transfer (RDT) Committee of the swine industry is expanding and now has 16 members from 12 companies/organizations.
Here are the new members who joined the team:
  • Yvan Fréchette, 1st Vice President of Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec
  • Abida Ouyed, General Manager of Swine Innovation Porc
  • Éric van Bochove, RST Director, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
For Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Mr. Van Bochove replaces Ms. Isabelle Royer and Mr. Alain Giguère, who took turns taking part in the committee. For Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec, Mr. Yvan Fréchette will replace Mr. David Duval. We would like to thank the outgoing members for their involvement.

Committee members are recognized for their knowledge or involvement in R&D in the swine industry. They actively participate in the fulfillment of the mandates established following the R&D Forum held on September 27, 2017.

We are proud to announce that Renée Caron will now act as a development officer to foster the consultation and coordination of the work of stakeholders involved in the Research, Development and Transfer Committee of the swine industry (RDT Committee).
Specifically, her role will be to optimize networking between all links of the swine industry chain and the scientific community, ensuring better coordination of the work of the stakeholders involved, both public and private, as well as better complementarity of actions.
The aim of the RDT Committee is to improve the efficiency of RDT in Quebec’s swine industry and to direct its work on the basis of findings from the diagnosis presented at the RDT Forum in swine production held on September 27, 2017.
Ms. Caron has acted for 16 years as manager for the ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ). She also has nearly two years of experience as a consultant in support of the CDPQ's general management, an organization she got to know well during her tenure as a board member over a 5-year period.  Her experience and knowledge of the swine industry will enable her to take up this new mandate brilliantly.
Ms. Caron's involvement in support of this committee was made possible by funding from the Sector development program, which grew out of the Canada-Québec Agreement to implement the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.