Meet the Speakers

The Ask the Expert Virtual Speaker Series has an impressive line-up of speakers sharing the latest research and practical advice for managing veal cattle and male dairy calves.




Dr. Dave Renaud

Consultant, ACER Consulting Ltd.

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Dave Renaud is an Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph and consultant at ACER Consulting. His research focus is on identifying factors associated with calf health, specifically in the veal sector, and identifying technology that will lead to improved detection of disease in dairy calves. He also works on identifying alternative management strategies to reduce the level of antimicrobial use in calves. Dave is a practicing veterinarian working with dairy and veal producers around the Guelph area. He focuses on preventative medicine to improve the health and welfare of dairy cows and calves.




Dr. Steven Roche

Director and Principal Consultant, ACER Consulting Ltd.

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Steven Roche is an animal health researcher and consultant in the fields of epidemiology and agricultural extension, holding an M.Sc and Ph.D from the University of Guelph. His work aims to improve the health and welfare of farmed animals by developing tools and programs to help producers, veterinarians, and advisors motivate on-farm change. Steven conducts this work with academic, government, and industry organizations as the Director and Principal Consultant for ACER Consulting; a private research consulting firm, based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, specializing in epidemiological research, scientific communication, and agricultural extension.




Dr. Michael Steele

Associate Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair, University of Guelph

Dr. Michael Steele is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph, NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Past-President of the Canadian Society of Animal Science (CSAS). He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Guelph and worked for Nutreco Canada Agresearch for two years prior to returning to academia at the University of Alberta and Guelph as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. He was recently awarded the CSAS Young Scientist Award, the Cargill Young Animal Nutritionist Award, the Lallemand Award for Excellence in Dairy Nutrition Research, the American Society of Animal Science Early Researcher Award and the ADSA Foundation Scholar Award. His current research is focused on the mechanisms that control gastrointestinal health and development in cattle, and he has published over 90 manuscripts in his career.




Marie-Hélène Régnier

Agronomist, Délimax

Marie-Hélène has worked as an agronomist at Délimax since 2017. She supervises over 10,000 head of milk-fed and grain-fed veal (starter and finisher) and, more recently, fed cattle. Marie-Hélène is also part of the Research and Development and HACCP teams.

This is the draft speaker line-up and may be subject to change.