Canadian Poultry Magazine

EFO names new scholarship after Donald Shaver

By Canadian Poultry magazine   


Annual scholarship will be granted to graduate students conducting research on sustainable poultry production.

Investing in future Canadian poultry sustainability researchers while recognizing the lifetime legacy of a giant in poultry production is the goal of Egg Farmers of Ontario/Dr. Donald Shaver Graduate Scholarship(s) in Sustainable Poultry Production.

These awards, honouring the late Donald McQueen Shaver, will be granted annually to graduate students at the University of Guelph conducting research on sustainable poultry production with a focus on current and emerging issues related to feed or production efficiency, egg quality and safety.

The scholarships recognize the late Shaver, who grew from operating a small hatchery to a world-wide poultry breeding empire doing business in 94 countries.


Beginning at age 15, with his first incubators at his parents’ home in what is now Cambridge, Ont., he developed an international poultry business with research and hatcheries in the U.S., France and the United Kingdom.

Shaver’s illustrious career in poultry breeding placed Ontario and Canada in a position of world prominence. For more details, see Dr. Shaver’s biography at

Funding for the 10-year commitment totalling up to $58,000 annually will be awarded to a combination of MSc. or PhD students.

This will be from funding established at the University of Guelph made up of $500,000 from Egg Farmers of Ontario (EFO) and $80,000 from the estate of Shaver in recognition of his significant contributions and leadership to the Canadian poultry sector.

Matching funding from other sources is traditionally sought to multiply the research efforts. More details about the scholarships will be available from the University of Guelph.

“Egg Farmers of Ontario wanted to recognize the immense impact Dr. Shaver made to the development of layer genetics that has meant so much to the livelihoods of Ontario’s egg and pullet farm families,” said Scott Graham, Chair of EFO, in a press release.

“We felt the best way to recognize his legacy would be to connect it to sustainability issues which had become Dr. Shaver’s focus in his later years as he dedicated his efforts to raise awareness on the challenges of feeding a growing world population in the context of climate change, and disappearing agricultural land.”

“My father believed that academic excellence should be supported and encouraged at all levels of education,” said Donald Shaver Jr. “This initiative and the scholarship awards put his beliefs into action.”

“Dr. Shaver’s impact on the Canadian and international poultry industries was visionary with remarkable results,” said Dr. Rene Van Acker, Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, in a press release.

“Supporting the next generation of industry leaders, focused on sustainable production, is a perfect way to honour Dr. Shaver’s contributions.”

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