The Board of the Prairie Swine Centre has announced the appointment of Murray Pettitt as their new CEO. Pettitt will assume responsibilities on July 1, and will succeed Lee Whittington, who is retiring after 26 years, the last 10 years as president/CEO.
Pettitt has been part of the swine research community for the past 21 years, and was previously employed at Prairie Swine Centre for 10 years, managing contract research from 2003-09. During that time, he grew the program’s size and capabilities, while being responsible for the business development as well as the design and implementation of customer-driven research.
“It is like coming home — to be able to return to the Centre after nine years pursuing my research interests in my area of specialization,” notes Pettitt. “The position of CEO will allow me to further my interests in bringing science to agriculture, and adding to the long, successful history of Prairie Swine Centre’s service to the pork industry.”
Pettitt is from rural Manitoba and received his BSA in 1986 and his M.Sc. in animal reproduction in 1991 from the University of Manitoba. After three years at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, he returned to agriculture to pursue research in boar sperm cryopreservation at the University of Guelph, receiving his Ph.D. in 1997. Pettitt accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at the Ontario Veterinary College where he helped develop practical embryo transfer techniques in swine.
In 1999, he assumed the position of assistant manager — External Research Services (also known as Contract Research) at PSC. Subsequently he became the research scientist — External Research Services from 2003-09 where he was responsible for leading this program.
Since leaving PSC, Pettitt has been at the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan where he was responsible for managing a research program investigating markers of sperm function to identify the fertility potential of boars and bulls.
Prairie Swine Centre Inc., located near Saskatoon, is a non-profit research corporation affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan, and is recognized globally for its contributions to practical, applied science, training and knowledge transfer in pork production with emphasis in the disciplines of nutrition, engineering and applied animal behavior.
Source: Prairie Swine Centre Inc.