BSc (Agr), MSc (McGill), PhD (Maryland)
roger [dot] buckland [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Roger B. Buckland)
Roger Buckland is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and earned a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) in 1963 and a Master of Science in 1965 from McGill University. After completing his doctoral studies at the University of Maryland in 1968, he worked as a research scientist with Agriculture Canada before joining McGill University in 1971 as an assistant professor of animal science and as director of the Poultry Unit. His research focused on poultry physiology and genetics, particularly in relation to male reproduction. He was promoted to full professor in 1980.
Professor Buckland’s academic leadership was soon recognized. He was appointed the chair of the Department of Animal Science in 1979 and dean and vice-principal (Macdonald Campus) in 1985, a post he held for 10 years. During his two terms as dean and vice-principal, the Faculty changed its name to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Macdonald College became the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. In addition, the campus underwent major physical renewal in a number of areas, several academic units underwent restructuring and rebuilding, and the faculty experienced a renewal in its peer reviewed research funding.
Professionally, Professor Buckland has made important contributions to the Poultry Science Association and the World's Poultry Science Association. He was the founding president of the Confederation of Canadian Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine and was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Poultry Research Council. Professor Buckland has received numerous distinctions acknowledging his contributions and service. These include the Poultry Science Association Research Award, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Distinguished Alumnus Award, and he is a fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada. This year, on the fiftieth anniversary of Canada's Who's Who, Professor Buckland was named one of the most influential people in Canada's poultry industry.
Since 1996, Professor Buckland has played a leadership role in establishing the joint McGill University and Université de Montréal Centre for Poultry Research. Funding received from the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Government of Quebec, and the private sector has resulted in new teaching and research facilities being built at both universities which will result in inter-university teaching and research programs.