Chairman of the Board
Mr. Andrews has had a successful career in the animal health, pharmaceutical and crop protection industries for over three decades. He spent 20 years at American Cyanamid in increasingly important roles, concluding as President of the Animal Health and Nutrition Division. Mr. Andrews then went on to become Executive Vice President and President and CEO of Alpharma Animal Health, Inc., from which he retired in 2001. He has previously served on the Boards of Agdata, Centaur Pharmaceuticals and MariCal, as well as on the Boards of the International Federation for Animal Health as Chairman and the Animal Health Institute as Vice Chairman, and as President of the Animal Agricultural Alliance. Mr. Andrews is the Principal of 101 Investment Corporation. He is an investor in LifeLearn and has served on the Board since 1995. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of LifeLearn.
R.C (CHES) POVEY
BVSc, PhD, FRCVS
A graduate of the University of Bristol veterinary school, and with a PhD in virology, Dr. Povey served as a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the U.K. In his role as a professor of Clinical Studies at the Ontario Veterinary College, he published over 100 scientific publications in microbiology, vaccinology and veterinary medicine. Dr. Povey has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for veterinary research from the American Veterinary Medical Association, as well as other international awards, and has received the Canada Award for Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship. Dr. Povey co-founded Langford Laboratories, a Canadian animal health company, and served as its President and CEO from 1975–1991. As a co-founder of LifeLearn in 1994, Dr. Povey served as President from 1994–2000 and as Chair of the Board from 2006–2012.
J.D. (JIM) STOWE
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Dr. Stowe is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. During his 18 years of practicing, he started and operated four veterinary practices in Ontario. He has consulted for the profession for more than 30 years on emerging technologies, marketing veterinary services and practice management. In 1988, Dr. Stowe became Head of Veterinary Continuing Education at the Ontario Veterinary College, organizing programs that led to the creation of LifeLearn, and co-founded the company in 1994. In 1998, he established EffectiVet, a veterinary business coaching firm. Throughout his career, he has written two veterinary business texts, three practice manuals, numerous journal articles and chapters on veterinary business, and one novel.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), MS, MPP, DACVS
Dr. Stone is a professor and former dean of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. Previously, she served as department head at North Carolina State University, and on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She has also served as President of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, President of the Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Morris Animal Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges. Dr. Stone has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of California, Davis, and has authored over 100 publications, as well as co-edited two books.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), MSc
Dr. Bernardo has a decade of experience in the United Nations and Inter-American systems in health informatics, as well as another decade in academia. As leader of Knowledge Management and Communications for the WHO office in Washington, D.C., she introduced the use of social media for disasters. Previously, she developed trilingual software for global reporting and mapping of animal diseases and zoonoses, which was used in over 100 countries and adopted internationally. She is currently IDEXX Chair in Emerging Technologies and Bond Centered Animal Healthcare at the University of Guelph, where she explores new technologies such as social media, sensors, big data analytics, and more. Dr. Bernardo is an investor in LifeLearn, and has served on the Board since 2002, as well as consulted with a Fortune 500 enterprise on IT strategy.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
A graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Dr. Stephenson worked in emergency and critical care practice prior to becoming the owner and director of a small animal hospital in Toronto, Canada, for seven years. Dr. Stephenson joined LifeLearn shortly after it was founded in 1994, and has served in many roles since then, including the role of President from 2001–2013. He now continues to serve on the Board of Directors and as part of the senior leadership team in the role of Chief Veterinarian, in which he oversees veterinary medical affairs and participates in business development activities.
JEFFREY J. WICHTEL
BVSc, PhD, Dip. ACT
Dr. Wichtel is a farm animal veterinarian and specialist in theriogenology. He received his veterinary and doctoral degrees in New Zealand, where he started his career in rural mixed animal practice. He has taught at five veterinary schools in three countries, and most recently held several leadership positions at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island – including Department Chair, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, and Chair of the Sir James Dunn Animal Welfare Centre. Dr. Wichtel joined the University of Guelph and took up his position as Dean of OVC in October 2015. He has engaged in overseas development work and education in Kenya, Haiti, Colombia, and Cameroon, and has served as President of Farmers Helping Farmers. He is currently Vice President of the Association of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, and is a passionate supporter of veterinary medical education and the role it can play in the betterment of society.
Mr. Povey has spent the last 20 years focusing on product strategy, marketing, and execution of technology products for various organizations ranging from lean start-ups to multinational Fortune 500 companies. In that time, he launched over 40 products on a global scale, built high-performing product and marketing teams, and managed product strategy. He now runs an international consulting business focused on helping small- to medium-sized technology companies define their product strategies and prepare their businesses for growth. Mr. Povey began his involvement with LifeLearn as an employee in the company’s early days. He holds an Economics degree from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from Simon Fraser University.