News from Swine Innovation Porc 

Event in Manitoba: Earning Public Trust – An Interactive Working Session
Published in February 2018
The Canadian Agri-Marketing Association is hosting the agricultural industry at its Earning Public Trust – An Interactive Working Session professional development event on April 26 & 27, 2018 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
To learn more and to register, click here to visit the event website.
Federal goverment funding opportunities available
Published in March 2018
Learn more about these funding programs by clicking on the links below:
Prairie Swine Centre seeking candidates for CEO position

Published in February 2018
The board of directors of Prairie Swine Centre is currently seeking applicants for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The full advertisement as well as details about how to apply may be found on Sask Pork’s website. 

Click here to see the full job posting.

Swine Innovation Porc announces new board member

Published in January 2018

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Andrew Van Kessel from the University of Saskatchewan to our Board of Directors. Dr. Van Kessel will sit as Chair of the Science Advisory Body

Join us at our pre-Banff Pork Seminar session this January: 
PED & pig health: Where do we go from here?
Published on October 19, 2017

Pig health is always a major concern for the Canadian swine industry and PED has been a particular challenge over the past few years. Swine Innovation Porc is therefore pleased to offer a special three-hour session about pig health in Banff this January, just before the 2018 Banff Pork Seminar.  This session will offer presentations from experts about the PED situations in Western and Eastern Canada, as well as updates on some latest developments in transport biosecurity as well as the control of the PRRS virus. 

This event is open to all and offered free of charge, however please register to reserve your place. Seats are limited!

PED and pig health: Where do we go from here? 

Date:                                 Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time:                                 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location:                           Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Banff, Alberta) - New Brunswick Room
How to register:                 Please send an email to to save your seat!
Program & speakers:        Click the image on the right to see the program
Click below for session program:

Innovation and facilitation at the 2017 Banff Pork Seminar

January 18, 2017

Swine Innovation Porc was once again very present as a proud supporter of the 2017 Banff Pork Seminar. Here are some highlights of our involvement in last week's proceedings:

     - Swine Innovation Porc’s Chair Stewart Cressman moderated the Day 1 plenary session on sustainable animal production.

     - 9 out of 33 posters presented during the poster session were from Swine Cluster 2 projects

     - Three Swine Cluster 2 researchers and collaborators gave breakout session presentations on their projects:

                         Luigi Faucitano, AAFC Sherbrooke Research & Development Centre

                         Mark Fynn, Manitoba Pork

                         Martin Nyachoti, University of Manitoba

      - The Swine Innovation Porc team was also available to meet participants at our kiosk in the exhibit area.

Facilitating research that will make the industry more competitive and sustainable is our primary objective. Therefore, supporting important events such as the Banff Pork Seminar helps us to get research results out to the end users within the pork value chain.

First prize won by graduate student involved in Swine Cluster 2 

A graduate student from Laval University placed first in a young scientist competition during last week’s Banff Pork Seminar. 

Jean-Phillipe Martineau presented a poster on a gilt nutrition project that is partially included in our five-year Swine Cluster 2 research program (click here to read more about the project). 

The R.O. Ball Young Scientist Award is handed to graduate students who present the most interesting and best science in their posters. Congratulations Jean-Phillipe on your hard work! 

Student contest prize winner Jean-Phillipe Martineau (centre) along with Stewart Cressman (Chair of Swine Innovation Porc, left) and Normand Martineau (Vice-Chair Normand Martineau, right). 
Swine Innovation Porc's kiosk in Banff. 

Additional $2.4 million for swine related research

January 13, 2017

The Canadian pork industry will see an additional investment of $2.4 million in research as part of the current 2013-2018 research program Swine Cluster 2. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada announced earlier this week that it would provide $1.8 million to this program, where the swine industry would contribute an additional $600,000. This program focuses on helping industry be more competitive and sustainable as well as to drive the innovation needed for its overall long-term growth.

This investment will extend activities already ongoing within Swine Cluster 2. Stewart Cressman, Chair of Swine Innovation Porc, stated: “Our organization has been working hard to increase the level of funding towards research, specifically research that will result in tangible benefits for the industry. This 14% extension of funding will further the objectives of Swine Cluster 2, which is now a $19.7 million program made possible through contributions from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, industry partners and eight provincial pork organizations. This multidisciplinary and multi-institutional program includes research in nutrition, welfare, health, meat quality, new technologies as well as activities related to on-farm demonstration.” 

This on-farm demonstration component is an initiative that will enhance Swine Innovation Porc’s ability to bring new knowledge to the end users. The Centre de development du porc du Québec and Prairie Swine Centre will collaborate with Swine Innovation Porc, ensuring a Canada-wide delivery of on-farm demonstration activities. 

Swine Innovation Porc, a non-profit corporation, is committed to provide national leadership in coordinating and facilitating research, knowledge transfer and commercialization initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian swine industry. 

Please click here to read Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s news release.

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Call for Letters of Intent: Swine Cluster 3

October 19, 2016 

Swine Innovation Porc supports the renewal of a Canadian Agri-Science Clusters Initiative, part of AAFC’s next agricultural policy framework. In the anticipation of another potential round of funding, we are currently putting together the five-year Swine Cluster 3 research program covering the period of 2018-2023. 

Therefore, researchers are invited to submit letters of intent (LOI)  by January 20, 2017, 11:00 PM Pacific Time. Please click on the documents below for more information about how to submit a LOI:

1) Swine Cluster 3 - Guidelines for LOIs

2) LOI Form

3) LOI Budget Summary Form

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Swine Innovation Porc supports creation of a Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency

February 25, 2016 

Representatives of Swine Innovation Porc attended a public hearing on February 16, 2016 in Montreal to support the creation of the Canadian Pork Promotion and Research Agency. This hearing was the result of a request from the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) to the Farm Products Council of Canada to establish the agency. According to CPC’s proposition, this new office would: 

  • Promote the consumption of pork products in the domestic  (Canadian) market
  • Further the development of export markets for Canadian pork
  • Support the conduct of scientific-technical and market research initiatives

The agency would manage funding generated by a proposed new levy on imported pork.  This initiative would therefore bring new investment dollars in a uniform and stable manner for both marketing and research. Swine Innovation Porc fully supports this initiative and, as the go-to research organization in Canada, would ensure that the funding portion dedicated to research is used to leverage other sources of funding to support scientific and technical studies. 

The objective of our current research and development portfolio is to optimize pig performance and welfare, raise environmental sustainability, enhance food safety and drive the discovery of novel technologies for the sector. We also have a process in place for revising research priorities for the swine sector in order to adapt to short, medium and long term needs. The creation of the Promotion and Research Agency would help further Swine Innovation Porc’s ability to adapt for the benefit of the entire pork value chain.

Please click here to view the documents submitted to the Farm Products Council for the public hearing.

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Winner of 2016 survey draw!

February 18, 2016

Swine Innovation Porc is pleased to announce that Mike Waldner from Manitoba, who is involved in pig production, is the winner of our recent draw following the Banff Pork Seminar. The grand prize for this draw was a Samsung tablet!

During the Banff Pork Seminar, participants filled out the survey which asked questions about short, mid and long term research priorities for the swine sector. This survey is part of Swine Innovation Porc’s process of setting national research priorities.  These research priorities will be made publically available once the consultation process is completed. 

As the go-to organization for swine research in Canada, Swine Innovation Porc is committed to providing national leadership in coordinating and facilitating research, knowledge transfer and commercialization initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian swine industry.

We look forward to seeing you at future major swine conferences around the country!

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Swine Innovation Porc is pleased to announce that BC Pork has joined seven other provinical pork organizations in signing a Memorandum of Understanding agreement. This agreement represents a financial commitment of 2.5 cents per market hog that will be invested in supporting, among others, research activities withing the research program Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results through Innovation, 2013-2018. 

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Provincial pork producer associations come together to fund national research program

January 19, 2015

Swine Innovation Porc is pleased to announce that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by seven provincial pork associations across Canada. This MOU represents a financial commitment of $2.5 million for Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) that will support activities within the research program Swine Cluster 2: Driving Results through Innovation, 2013-2018.

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Swine Research Cluster receives $13 million for industry research priorities
May 30, 2014 

The Canadian pork industry welcomed today’s news of $13 million in funding for the Swine Innovation Porc (SIP) Science Cluster under Growing Forward 2.  The investment will support strategic research to enhance competitiveness, drive innovation, and promote the long-term growth and sustainability of the Canadian swine industry. 

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Sow Lameness, Longevity & Temperament Workshops
September 13, 2013  

Follow the link to the Sow Lameness, Longevity and Temperament Workshops that will be running in 3 provinces in October 2013.

These workshops are part of the Canadian Swine Research Lead User Project. Its objective is to increase the speed in which the results of some research projects, funded through the Canadian Swine Research and Development Cluster, are incorporated into the commercial swine industry.

If you would like to take part in any of these workshops or find out more please contact Helen Thoday at Prairie Swine Centre or 306-750-7982 or Madeleine Laurendeau at Swine Innovation Porc at or 418-650-4300.

Invitation - Sow Lameness, Longevity & Temperament Workshops 

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 Swine Innovation Porc's research priorities for 2013-2018
August 16, 2012  

Our organisation is currently putting together the five year Swine Cluster II research program covering the period of 2013-2018.

We have recently launched a call for proposals that will allow the research community to submit innovative and integrated projects that will be relevant and beneficial to the pork industry and in line with our research priorities.

Throughout this process, the objective of Swine Innovation Porc is to bring researchers, private contributors and producer-led provincial organizations to work together to improve the overall contribution to innovation for the benefit of the pork value chain partners.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Swine Innovation Porc, you invite you to read the doucment below concerning our six key priorities. These priorities are the outcome of extensive consultations along with the information that came out of workshops with producers and researchers to establish a national list of research priorities that would have a significant impact on Canada’s swine industry.

Swine Innovation Porc's Research Priorities for 2013-2018

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