Kevin M. Wade (Chair)

Associate Professor - Information Systems; Departmental Chair
 

Director, Dairy Information Systems Group 

T: 514-398-7973  | kevin.wade [at] mcgill.ca (Email) |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-083

Degrees

BAgrSc, MAgrSc (Dublin)
PhD (Cornell)

Short Bio

Kevin Wade was born in Ireland, educated in Agricultural Sciences at University College Dublin (BScAgr, 1985; MScAgr, 1986), and obtained his PhD in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University (1990). Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph, he was hired in McGill’s Department of Animal Science to fill an NSERC-Industry-funded position in Dairy Information Systems (1992). Wade has served at various levels of administration at McGill (including the Faculty’s Director of Continuing Professional Development, a Board Member of Valacta, and as a University Senator). Since 2007, he has been Chair of the Department of Animal Science, with a goal of balancing the unit’s contributions to teaching and research in all areas of sustainable animal production. These include advanced knowledge of ruminant nutrition, genomics, reproductive biotechnology, food safety, and animal breeding.

Professional activities

  • Director, Dairy Information Systems Group, 1995-present
  • Chair, Macdonald Campus Committee on Information Technology, 2005-2007, 2007-2009
  • Senator, McGill University, 1999-2002, 2005-2008, 2008-2011
  • Board member, Valacta, 1995-2002, 2007-2009

Research interests

Use of computer technologies to help dairy producers make the most of the data that are generated on their farms so that they can improve their management systems.

  • Information systems in dairy cattle management
  • The use of artificial intelligence in the development of on-farm decision support
  • Data visualization techniques
  • Large data set manipulation

Current Research

Analysis of different profitability formulae as decision-making tools in Québec dairy herds. 
Development of profitability analysis prototype with multidimensional benchmarks for dairy herds.

Courses

ANSC 250 Principles of Animal Science 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANSC 451 Dairy and Beef Prod Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


ANSC 565 Applied Information Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


FMT4 008 Animal Genetics and Nutrition 2.33 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Publications

To view a list of current publications, please click here.