Malachy Young, Ph.D., P.Ag.
President, Manager of Nutrition and Research

As President of Gowans, Malachy is entrusted with ensuring that the company achieves its mission of delivering bottom line benefits to clients, and that its team of professional nutritionists provides measurable economic value. It’s a task that he’s taken seriously since joining the firm in 2004.

Malachy believes that Gowans’ strength is its ability to understand its clients’ businesses and to do what it takes to improve their bottom lines. The firm’s success is a result of its people, Malachy says.

“Everyone at Gowans works as a team,” he remarks. “We work hard at supporting and helping each other in an effort to deliver the best service, products and value to our clients.”
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Neil Campbell, MBA, P.Ag.
General Manager

In his role as GM, Neil is focused on building strong working relationships with feed and feed ingredient suppliers to the benefit of Gowans’ clients and developing new business across Canada and around the world. His decades of experience in the domestic and global agri-business sectors have earned him the expertise to negotiate in the best the interests of our clients.

With his solid understanding of the Canadian feed and grain industries, Neil and his team offer strategic and cost-efficient consulting services.

“Our experts aren’t sitting in offices; they’re out in the field, learning and providing advice to producers based on what is actually happening on the farm as opposed to what an inexperienced salesperson is saying,” Neil states.
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Mario Ramirez, Ph.D., P.Ag.
Director of Nutrition

As Gowans’ director of nutrition, Mario is responsible for formulating best cost diets, visiting farms and finding technical solutions for clients.

Educated in Mexico and Germany, Mario has an expansive background as an animal nutritionist and technical consultant in Europe and North America. This international experience helps Mario and his Gowans teammates provide clients with a competitive edge.

“We’re a small, flexible company with vast knowledge,” he states. “The professionalism of the staff, our eagerness to get our hands dirty on the farm and our direct communication with clients makes us solution-oriented.”
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Darryl Gibb, Ph.D.
Beef Nutrition Consultant

Born and raised on a mixed farm in southern Alberta, Darryl has long been committed to Canada’s beef industry. After receiving his M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and Utah State University, he worked as a researcher at the farm level and as a research scientist for the Government of Canada.

At Gowans, Darryl works hard to identify those quality feeds, best practices, and advanced technologies that can help enhance a producers’ profitability. He believes in the company’s approach to aggressively pursuing nutritional knowledge.

“Producers are faced with many interesting daily challenges and it’s my job to help them identify and implement feeding and management strategies that bring profitability,” Darryl explains.
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Clarence Froese, M.Sc., P.Ag.
Business Development Manager, Manitoba

Raised on a mixed farm in southwestern Manitoba and educated at the University of Manitoba, Clarence’s career spans more than 30 years and includes stints in government and private industry. Clarence joined Gowans in 2009 and is responsible for new business development, managing client relationships and procuring and pricing ingredients.

Clarence enjoys the relationships that Gowans has with its clients. To him, applying the company’s business model to help clients sustain and improve their businesses is both satisfying and inspiring.

“At Gowans, we stay focused on what really matters to our clients – providing a value added service at low cost,” Clarence explains. “As a result, we’re encouraged to use our creativity to enhance and expand the services we offer.”
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Nathan Hildebrandt, B.Sc., CPA
Business Development Manager, Manitoba

Raised on a livestock farm in southeast Manitoba, Nathan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness from the University of Manitoba and later earned his Chartered Professional Accountant designation from the Western School of Business. Nathan has extensive experience in the western Canadian feed industry where his roles have included sales, production consulting, ingredient pricing, and key account management.

In his role of Business Development Manager, Nathan’s responsibilities include the management of client and supplier relationships, feed ingredient pricing and procurement, and expanding the Gowans business base in Manitoba. Nathan values the Gowans’ culture which enables him to work directly with producers to address the various production and feeding cost challenges they face.

“The Gowans team works to deliver independent advice with the sole purpose of serving our clients’ best interests. Being able to supply cost-saving strategies and added value solutions that positivity impact their bottom line is rewarding to me,” Nathan says.
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Eric Salonen
Business Development Manager

Eric has an extensive background in the poultry industry, having worked at both the processor and production levels of the business. In addition to his overall knowledge of conventional animal and poultry production systems, he has specific experience in antibiotic free and organic production.

He enjoys being part of a team that listens to its front line members and then utilizes their information to develop responses that address producers’ challenges and concerns.

“Our team of nutrition and production specialists all work together with a singular focus – to improve the performance and profitability of our clients’ businesses.”
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Tracy Hum
Beef Business Development Manager

Raised on a mixed farm in Alberta and educated at Olds College, Tracy has spent more than 20 years in North America's beef feeding industry. He has worked extensively with producers and feedlots across the continent, including those in the Texas Panhandle.

Tracy not only brings industry expertise to his job but also a passion for working closely with people in the field. He says one of Gowans’ strengths is the direct relationship it has with its clients and the company’s emphasis on maintaining a close connection with their operations.

"At Gowans, we're surrounded by a strong group of industry professionals who are knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of feeding beef cattle,” Tracy states. “Everyone works as a team, which translates into the best possible outcome for our customers.”
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Tom Dowler, MBA, M.Sc.
Director, Business Development

After graduating from Queen’s University with a Master’s of Science in Biochemistry, Tom spent several years providing business advisory and commercialization services to various agricultural technology firms. Most recently he served in a management role in the Ontario ethanol industry while completing a Master’s in Business Administration at the Ivey School of Business.

Tom’s education and background are ideally suited to help Gowans’ clients as they identify various technologies and opportunities to further grow their businesses. He believes that the diversity of expertise and experience offered by the Gowans team provide a strong, independent skillset to help capitalize on such opportunities.

"Gowans helps their clients identify best value with a holistic view and without competing interests,” Tom explains. “We operate with the best interest of the client in mind and our team is able to collectively deliver strong value at the farm level."
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Gregorio Lanz, M.Sc.
Swine Nutritionist

Before he earned his Masters degree in animal nutrition at the National University of Mexico, Gregorio was the manager of a swine research facility for two years in his native country. He’s been a member of the Gowans team since 2009, providing a high level of quality service to clients.

What Gregorio is most proud of in his role at Gowans is his knowing that he’s helping producers become more efficient and quality-focused.

“As a Gowans nutritionist, I can offer 100% transparency for my client,” Gregorio says. “They know exactly what the ingredient composition is in each diet, and what the ingredient and margin costs are.”
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Vicente Zamora, Ph.D.
Swine Nutritionist

Vicente has applied his swine nutrition expertise at Gowans since 2011. He is responsible for developing feed programs and feed cost models for clients in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and monitoring pig carcass quality.

Vincente believes that the relationship between Gowans and its producing clients is a symbiotic one. In essence, the win-win nature of an honest, respectful relationship goes a long way to ensuring success for everyone concerned.

“Producers work with us because we make them feel like more than just a number,” Vicente notes. “They know that we’re always looking out for their success and that we’re here to help them improve their production and income.”
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Ilana Barasch, Ph.D.
Poultry Nutritionist

Ilana’s practical experience combined with an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in poultry nutrition from North Carolina State University provide her with a well-rounded understanding of the challenges faced by producers. She is eager to share her expertise with poultry producers and to help them achieve the highest levels of performance and profitability.

To help customers gain success, Ilana focuses on their long-term goals and works closely with the Gowans research team to tailor nutrition solutions that meet their individualized needs. She believes an emphasis on teamwork is one of Gowans' strengths.

"A team approach allows both Gowans and our customers to benefit from the expertise and experience of many rather than just one," Ilana explains.
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Jose Landero, Ph.D.
Swine Nutritionist

Jose earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, then joined Gowans in 2014 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta. His research expertise includes utilizing near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to evaluate feed quality.

Jose is convinced that Gowans’ research facility gives the company a competitive advantage. He says the projects conducted there can help producers maximize profitability by reducing their production costs without compromising growth performance.

“At Gowans, business is always conducted with integrity and honesty. Whatever role we individually play in the company, we do our best for our clients because we work together as a team,” Jose states.
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Xun Zhou, Ph.D
Swine Nutritionist

After completing his Bachelor of Agronomy degree at the China Agricultural University in Bejing, Xun enrolled at the University of Alberta where he attained a Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition in 2016. His expertise in feed ingredient evaluation and quality further enhances the value of the services Gowans delivers to its clients.

Xun says the Gowans team works hard connecting science with practical industry applications. By coupling the latest knowledge from leading academic institutions with its own commercial-scale research, the company develops field tested feeding programs that improve net returns.

“Our team has a lot of valuable experience gained from decades of science and service all over the world,’ Xun says. “Our customers can only benefit from this experience.”
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Chad Bender, B.Sc. Ag.
Business Development Representative

Chad is a graduate of the University of Guelph and is responsible for on-farm support as well as promotion of the antibiotic free and organic broiler programs that utilize Gowans Feed Consulting nutrition services in Ontario. His extensive background in commercial feed manufacturing enhances his ability to deliver effective support services to Gowans clients.

“Work experience coupled with my educational training gives me a deeper understanding of the entire production process and the challenges that producers face,” Chad states. “As part of the Gowans team, our focus is on working for the producer. We ensure that challenges are addressed promptly and effectively to our customer’s satisfaction.”
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Yonggang Zhang, Ph.D.

Yonggang Zhang earned his Ph.D. in animal nutrition from the Institute of Subtropical Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Sciences and conducted his postdoctoral research at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Guelph Food Research Centre.

He joined Gowans in 2017, and works with the company’s China based clients as well as its Ontario poultry and swine teams. He believes that his broad-based knowledge and practical skills are applicable to Gowans’ customers, wherever they are.

“My educational background and international experience with swine farms and feed mills further broaden the resources offered by the Gowans team and bring extra value to our clients,” Yonggang says.
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Haley Leung, M.Sc.
Poultry Nutrition Service Technician

While completing her Masters of Animal Science from the University of Guelph, Haley also assisted in developing protocols, executing trials and analyzing samples from a wide range of experiments with broilers, breeders and layers. Her investigative background is well suited for her role with the Gowans’ team of poultry professionals.

Haley provides technical field services to clients and also assists the Gowans poultry group in their efforts to deliver lower feed costs and increased profits to producers. She believes the company’s unbiased approach to testing new products prior to recommending their use establishes a gold standard for the industry.

“At Gowans, a customer’s best interests are our number one priority,” Haley says. “Every day, our knowledgeable, experienced team works hard to improve productivity using the latest science.”
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Natalie Litvak, M.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons)
Monogastric Nutritionist

Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Biology and Masters of Science in Swine Nutrition from the University of Guelph. Upon graduation, she worked in the Ontario feed industry where her focus was on feed formulation, quality assurance and farm data evaluation.

In her current role as a Gowans monogastric nutritionist, Natalie is tasked with developing and managing feeding programs, overseeing on-farm performance records and administering ingredient databases. She believes her past experience coupled with her commitment to addressing customers needs fit in well with the Gowans focus on improving their clients’ net returns.

“My biggest joy in life is helping others accomplish their goals, whatever those may be,” she explains. “It provides me with a great sense of accomplishment knowing that I have had a hand in helping others reach their objectives.”
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