Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee provides scientific analysis, advice and supporting information regarding beef sustainability to the CRSB.  The Committee has two main responsibilities:

  1. Oversee CRSB’s research priorities and the National Beef Sustainability Assessment (NBSA), including:
    • Communicate research priorities related to the NBSA to researchers
    • Provide a Canadian perspective to Livestock Life Cycle Assessment methodologies developed by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)'s LEAP initiative
    • Represent beef on Canadian Agri-food Life Cycle Data Centre Steering Committee
    • Monitor industry surveys and providing feedback on questionnaires related to the NBSA 
  2. Oversee the CRSB Projects Pillar
    • Maintain a Letters of Support policy
    • Build a repository of sustainability project that track initiatives that contribute to the National Beef Sustainability Strategy goals and research priorities
    • Coordinate with the CRSB Communications and Marketing Committee to communicate about sustainability projects

Committee Terms of Reference


Requests for Letters of Support

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (CRSB) does not fund research, but is occasionally asked to provide letters of support for research initiatives.  Letters of support can help encourage other funders to support research that is aligned with the CRSB Research Priorities.

The committee will consider requests for letters of support.  Please find a link below to CRSB's policy regarding these requests.  If you are a researcher seeking support for a project, please consult this policy and contact us at

 CRSB Policy regarding requests for letters of support for research initiatives


Committee Members

Tom Lynch Staunton CCAChair: Tom Lynch-Staunton, Alberta Beef Producers

Producer Organizations
  • Dr. Reynold Bergen, Beef Cattle Research Council
  • Marianne Possberg, Saskatchewan Cattlemen's Association 
  • Dr. Pascal Badiou, Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Brad Downey, Alberta Conservation Association
  • Graeme Finn, Foothills Forage Association
  • Kristine Tapley, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Agriculture and Food Business
  • Dr. Dorothy Erickson, Zoetis
  • Shannon Borden, Cargill Animal Nutrition
Academic Institutions
  • Sean Thompson, Olds College
Subject Matter Experts and Observers
  • Dr. Karen Beauchemin, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Dr. Getahun Gizaw, Government of Manitoba
  • Kerrianne Koehler-Munro, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
  • Dr. Tim McAllister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Dr. Kim Ominski, University of Manitoba
  • Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Christoph Wand, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
  • Dr. Katie Wood, University of Guelph


Staff support provided by Brenna Grant, Canfax Research Services