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University of Guelph receives $3.5M gift to enhance Canada’s poultry and egg industry

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Gift will create new research chair position within the Ontario Agricultural College.

Lynne and William (Bill) Gray

The University of Guelph has received a substantial $3.5 million donation from the William and Lynne Gray Foundation and L.H. Gray & Son Limited, aiming to bolster innovation and sustainability within Canada’s poultry and egg sector.

“This generous contribution marks a significant step towards advancing technologies and systems crucial for sustainable and profitable production, ultimately elevating the Canadian poultry and egg industry on the global stage,” said Dr. John Cranfield, acting dean of OAC, expressing gratitude for the Gray family’s commitment.

In collaboration with the School of Engineering, the endowed Bill and Lynne Gray Chair in Advanced Poultry Technology Management will focus on environmental control issues such as lighting, ventilation, sanitation, and biosecurity. “Our goal is to utilize new and emerging technologies to mitigate the spread of avian diseases, further enhancing industry practices,” noted Dr. Cranfield.


L.H. Gray & Son, a renowned family-owned business serving various sectors across Canada, views this investment as a privilege to contribute to the university’s esteemed research and teaching endeavors. CEO Bill Gray emphasized that the donation will not only benefit the poultry and egg sector but also the broader public. “We are honored to make this investment in the University of Guelph’s research and teaching expertise, which is second to none,” Gray stated.

Furthermore, the endowed chair will play a pivotal role in the planning and operations of the Ontario Poultry Research Centre in Elora, Ontario. “This new chair position is a testament to U of G’s capacity to deliver world-class research and will significantly benefit the sector,” remarked Dr. Rene Van Acker, interim vice president (research) at the University of Guelph.

Moreover, the donation will support an annual scholarship aimed at attracting global talent to pursue careers in the Canadian poultry and egg industry. “The L.H. Gray & Son Poultry Science Graduate Scholarship will be awarded to students in OAC’s master’s and PhD programs with an interest in egg production, processing, and marketing research,” explained Dr. Cranfield.

The University of Guelph expresses profound gratitude to the William and Lynne Gray Foundation and L.H. Gray & Son Limited for their transformative investment, which is poised to drive innovation and excellence in Canada’s poultry and egg industry for years to come.

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