John J. Kennelly is former Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. Dr. Kennelly is a Fellow of the Agriculture Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the International College of Nutrition. He has been recognized with a number of other awards that include the 2011 Distinguished Agrologist Award, the Arthur G. McCalla Professorship, the American Society of Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition Award, and the Earl W. Crampton Award for Distinguished Service in Nutrition. He has the unusual distinction of being the recipient of every major award granted by the Canadian Society of Animal Science including their Young Scientist Award, the Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science, and the Canadian Society of Animal Science Animal Industries Award in Extension and Public Service. Publications include over 150 refereed journal articles as well as numerous book chapters, conference proceedings and extension articles.
Dr. Kennelly’s research has focussed on nutrition and lactation physiology. His research group have contributed to the understanding of the influence of nutrition and genetics on the composition of milk with particular emphasis on the role of nutrition in increasing milk fatty acids that have important health attributes.
Dr. Kennelly is a strong believer in connecting the university to the community and he has built excellent relationships with key industry and government partners. He considers his most significant outreach accomplishment to be the establishment of the Western Canadian Dairy Conference in the early 1980s – today the conference attracts over 700 people annually to Red Deer and is recognized as having played a key role in positioning the dairy industry as a leader in the adoption of new technology over the past quarter century.