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John J. Kennelly obtained his BAgrSc (First Class Hons) from
University College Dublin in 1976 and his PhD from the University of
Alberta in 1980. He served for 10 years as Dean of the Faculty of
Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences at the University of
Alberta. Dr. Kennelly has served as President of GCHERA (Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences) since 2013. GCHERA member associations represent
over 900 agricultural and life science universities across five continents and its mission is to encourage global co-operation and leadership in education, research and outreach in agricultural and life
Dr. Kennelly serves on a number of international boards and committees including the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) and the Steering Committee of the Tropical Agriculture Program (TAP). Dr. Kennelly is a strong believer in connecting the university to the community and throughout his career he built excellent relationships with key industry and government partners. He is is also a champion of the central role of nutrition in maintaining a healthy population and he sees nutrition as having a crucial role in combating the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Dr. Kennelly was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2016 and he is a Fellow of the Agriculture Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the International College of Nutrition.
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