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Cameron, Elizabeth Gow - 1973
Campbell, Edward McAlpine -1993
Campbell, Constantine Alberga - 1999
Carlson, Armenia - 1982
Catley, William Norman - 1974
Christensen, David Albert - 2011
Clark, Herbert Ross -1992
Classen Henry (Hank) -2018
Colley, Ann -1993
Cooper, George Mitchell - 1983
Cooper, George ADJ - 2017
Cooper, William - 2000
Copeland, William James - 2008
Copeland, Alma Jean - 2007
Craig, Burton MacKay - 2001
Cram, William Hugh - 1997
Crawford, Lloyd Brooks - 1988
Crawford, Roy Douglas - 1998

Portrait

Henry (Hank) L. Classen

Dr. Hank Classen’s research in nutrition and management has received international recognition and made a major impact on the poultry industry. Finding practical solutions to local and global issues, Hank’s advances are now common practice on poultry farms throughout the world.

Hank was born in 1949 and raised on a farm near Aylsham, Sask. He completed a BSA at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), and MSc and PhD degrees at the University of Massachusetts. After a brief stay as an assistant professor at Pennsylvania State University, Hank joined the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the U of S. He rose through the ranks to full professor and served as Department Head from 2006-2011.

Characterizing Hank’s career was the ability to recognize industry research needs and develop research teams to provide practical solutions. His nutritional research emphasized the feeding value of Western Canadian ingredients and their impact on poultry productivity and health. Management research included production and welfare aspects of lighting, surgical techniques, cold weather transportation and nutritional manipulation of behaviour. Hank’s research has been widely adopted and positively influences the sustainability of the poultry industry. To provide research and other information to industry, Hank and colleague Dr. Craig Riddell founded the U of S Poultry Extension Service, the only extension service of its kind to this day in Canada. As a result of his work for and with the poultry industry, Hank received the U of S Outreach and Engagement Award in 2008.

During his years at the U of S, Hank had a lasting impact on numerous undergraduate students and over 35 PhD and MSc students, many of whom have become industry leaders. His mentorship and guidance resulted in six nominations by students for Professor of the Year.

In 2013, Hank was named Distinguished Professor and awarded a NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair. He is also a member of the Saskatchewan and international poultry halls of fame. His leadership and impact on the agricultural industry will be felt for decades to come.

Sponsored for induction to the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2018 by:
Saskatchewan Poultry Council

 

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