Pius Mwansa’s Resume

PIUS B. MWANSA

B.Sc. (Lusaka, Zambia)

M.Sc. (Alberta, Canada)

Ph.D. (British Columbia, Canada)

 

Owner & CEO

Kola Genetics Inc.

227 Rivermill Manor West

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

T1K 8C5

 

pmwansa @ shaw dot ca

 

UNIVERSITY EDUCATION

 

1997                Ph.D.   (Animal Breeding and Quantitative

                        Genetics)

University of British Columbia, BC, CANADA

Thesis Title: The genetic analysis of longevity in the

Canadian and New Zealand dairy herds.

 

1991                M.Sc.   (Animal Breeding and Quantitative

                        Genetics)

University of Alberta, Edmonton, CANADA

Thesis Title: The effects of level of concentrate in post

weaning diet on ranking of bulls for growth rate, on

reproductive traits and carcass composition.

 

1986                B.Sc. (Agric.)  (Agriculture, Animal Science)

University of Zambia, Lusaka, ZAMBIA

Thesis Title: A survey of disease incidence in cattle

slaughtered at the Lusaka abattoir since 1964.

 

 

HONOURS AND AWARDS

 

1992-1996       CIDA Scholarship (Ph.D. Studies)

University of British Columbia, BC, CANADA

 

1987-1990       CIDA Scholarship (M.Sc. Studies)

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CANADA

 

1982-1986       Zambia Government Bursary (B.Sc. Studies)

Nakambala Prize (Best graduating student)

University of Zambia, Lusaka, ZAMBIA

 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2004-Present  Owner and CEO of Kola Genetics Inc. A genetics consulting company serving the livestock industry in collaboration with major stake holders in the genetic improvement sub-sector. 

                       

                        Responsible for designing and running weekly genetic evaluation systems for Genesus Inc, a major Canadian swine company.

 

                        Responsible for the design and running of annual genetic evaluation programs for beef and salmon Canadian seed stock companies.

 

2003-2004       Agriculture Division, Census and Analysis Section, Statistics Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Analyst:

  • In charge of coordinating the development of front end edit scripts for the automated Census of Agriculture data edit and validation engine.
  • Responsible for periodic and topical analysis of Statistics Canada data for publication.
  • Analyst in-charge of reporting on the new Division of Agriculture environmental units’ research and development needs.

 

2002-2003       Survey Operations Division, Special Projects Section, Statistics Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Project Officer:

  • Responsible for the development and execution of surveys as liaison between survey headquarters and provincial survey collection centers.
  • Involved in the preparation of manuals (interview, definition and concepts) for interviewers.
  • Planned and developed survey training programs. Wrote entry/exit/tracing (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) specifications for clients and programmers.
  • Tested front and back-ends of survey applications.
  • Monitored the implementation of surveys and analyzed daily production reports for the head office and the clients.
  • Provided advice to regional staff in dealing with problems arising during the survey collection process.

 

2001-2002       Division of Agriculture, Census of Agriculture Section, Statistics Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Senior Statistical Officer (FAO Special Project):

  • Worked on a special project on Canada’s Country Report on Farm Animal Genetic Resources as a contribution to the FAO report on the state of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources.
  • As Senior Statistical Officer, I coordinated the collection and validation of Canada’s farm animal statistical data from multiple sources (internal & external) for reporting to the National Consultative Committee.

 

2001-2002       Division of Agriculture, Census of Agriculture Section, Statistics Canada. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Subject Matter Officer, (Census of Agriculture, Livestock):

  • Performed data validation functions for the census of agriculture.
  • Carried out quality control functions in an upstream data micro edit process of the census of agriculture data while supervising 8 data edit clerks.

 

2000-2001       University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Sessional lecturer (Livestock Production Systems):

  • Responsible for the design and teaching of a third-year level course (Biology 3850) on Livestock Production Systems.

 

2000-2001       Lethbridge Research Centre. Agriculture and Agri Food

Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Research Scientist (Beef Cattle Quantitative Geneticist):

  • Principal scientists on a project aimed at genetic evaluation of maternal productivity utilizing historical data and the Canadian Hereford breed.
  • Developed and built a simulation and prediction model for the purpose of testing expected genetic change under different scenarios of information sources used in selecting for maternal productivity.

 

1997-2000       Lethbridge Research Centre. Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta

Post Doctoral Fellow (Beef Cattle Quantitative Geneticist):

  • Principal investigator on a project aimed at genetic evaluation of maternal productivity utilizing historical data and the Canadian Hereford breed.
  • Principal researcher of a project focused on statistical and genetic analysis of growth and reproductive traits in beef cattle.
  • The project was successfully completed (1999) with 4 scientific manuscripts and 4 technology transfer articles produced.

 

1992-1996       University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant:

  • In charge of the design and evaluation of class assignments and tutorials for undergraduate animal breeding courses.
  • Assisted faculty and students in experimental design and statistical analysis of biological studies and data.

 

1987-1991       University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant:

  • Responsible for the design and evaluation of class assignments and tutorials for animal breeding courses
  • Supported faculty and students in experimental designs and statistical data analysis.

 

1986-1987       Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Lusaka, Zambia

Provincial Animal Husbandry Officer (Research and Extension):

  • Chief coordinator of province wide research and extension efforts in animal husbandry (Beef and Dairy).

 

1986-1987       University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Lecturer (Staff Development Fellow):

  • Responsible for teaching introductory and advanced courses in animal breeding and nutrition at the undergraduate level.

 

SOFTWARE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

 

Over the past several years I have acquired working to excellent knowledge of the following software applications:

  • Statistics (SAS, JMP, SPSS, MTDFREML)
  • R (Statistical programing language and application)
  • Word Processing (Word and Word Perfect),
  • Spreadsheet (Excel and Quattro)
  • Computing Platforms (Windows, DOS and UNIX),
  • Graphics and Presentation (Power Point, Stanford graphics and Harvard graphics),
  • Database (access and Dbase)
  • Internet Email Software and Browsers (Explorer and Netscape)
  • Programming Languages (FORTRAN 77 and HTML)

 

MODULAR COURSES & WORKSHOPS

  • Data Interpretation Workshop (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2004)
  • Survey Skills Development Course (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2003)
  • Client Services and Assertiveness Skills (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Survey Design and Analysis (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Orientation to Survey Operations Division (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Intranet and Outlook (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Interviewing Skills (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Refusal Avoidance and Conversion (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Blaise Auto Scheduler (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Building Applications in Word, Excel & Access (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Project Management: Fundamentals (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2002)
  • Data Validation Methods (Statistics Canada, Ottawa, 2001)
  • NCR  170 A SAS Mixed Model Workshop (American Society of Animal Science
  • National Meetings, Indianapolis Conversion Centre, 1999)
  • Linear models and computing strategies (University of Guelph, Guelph, 1993)
  • Variance component estimation methods (University of Guelph, Guelph, 1993)
  • The design and economics of animal breeding strategies (University of Guelph, Guelph, 1993)
  • Research Management Workshop (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, 1988)

 

 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

  • Judge at the Lethbridge Regional Science Fair. Group projects (grade 4 6). Biology section (1998).
  • Parent assistant at the UBC childcare TILLICUM day care in Vancouver, Canada (1995).
  • President of the Southern African Cultural and Development Organization (SACUDO) based in Edmonton, Alta., Canada (1989 91).
  • Treasurer for the African Association of Alberta (AAA) based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1987 88).
  • Treasurer for the African Student Association (ASA) based at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1987 88).
  • Chairman of the editorial board for the University of Zambia School of Agricultural Sciences newsletter (AGROPACK) from 1984 86).

 

HOBBIES

 

Fishing, Soccer, Volleyball and Music

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

THESIS AND DISSERTATION

 

  1. Pius B. Mwansa. 1997. The genetic analysis of longevity in the Canadian and New Zealand dairy herds. Ph.D. Thesis. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 

  1. Pius B. Mwansa. 1991. The effects of level of concentrate in post weaning diet on ranking of bulls for growth rate, on reproductive traits and carcass composition. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Alberta. Edmonton, AB, Canada.

 

 

  1. Pius B. Mwansa. 1986. A survey of disease incidence in cattle slaughtered at the Lusaka abattoir since 1964. B.Sc. Dissertation. University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia.

 

MANUSCRIPTS, TECHNICAL REPORTS AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS ABSTRACTS

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2018. Technical Report – Inbreeding: Not all is Gloom and Doom. Genesus, Canada

2.      P. B. Mwansa. 2017. Minding Your Gilts’ Prenatal Environment. Genesus, Canada
3.      P. B. Mwansa. 2017. Breeding A Robust Pig. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada
4.      P. B. Mwansa. 2016. Parity Distribution Affects the Economic Performance of Swine Herds. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.
  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2016. Genetics of Teat Number in Swine. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2015. Genetic Lag. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2015. Sow Removal. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2015. Selection Accuracy. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2014. Puberty. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2014. Weaning to Service Interval. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2013. Sow Longevity. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2013. Understanding the Lag of Genetic Improvement Transfer from Nucleus to Commercial Units. Technical Report. Genesus, Canada.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa and Ray Bollman. 2005. Demographic trends within their regional context in Rural and Small-Town Canada Analysis Bulletin. Statistics Canada. Vol. 6 No. 3.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa. 2004. Growing dominance of a few large poultry farms-a continuing legacy. Agriculture at a glance. Statistics Canada. Pg 233-239.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, D. H. Crews, JR., J. W. Wilton and R. A. Kemp. 2002. Multiple trait selection for maternal productivity in beef cattle. J. Anim. Breed. Gen. 119:391-399.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, R. A. Kemp, Crews, D. H. Jr., J. P. Kastelic, D. R. C. Bailey and G. H. Coulter. 2000. Comparison of models for genetic evaluation of scrotal circumference in crossbred bulls. J. Anim. Sci. 78:275 282.

 

 

  1. P.K. Charagu, D. H. Crews, Jr., R.A. Kemp, and P. B. Mwansa. 2000. Machine effects on accuracy of ultrasonic prediction of back fat and ribeye area in beef bulls, steers and heifers. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 80:19 24.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, R. A. Kemp, D. H. Crews Jr., J. P. Kastelic, D. R. C. Bailey and G. H. Coulter. 2000. Selection for cow lifetime pregnancy rate using bull and heifer growth and reproductive traits in composite cattle. Technical note. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 80: 507 5 10.

 

 

  1. C. Gallivan, D. H. Crews Jr., P. B. Mwansa and R. A. Kemp. 2000. Characterization of Maternal Productivity in the Hereford Breed. J. Anim. Sci. 78 (Suppl. 1): 65.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, R. A. Kemp, D. H. Crews. Jr., and J. P. Kastelic. 1999. Heifers born heavier and achieving superior pre  and post weaning average daily weight gains show potential for above average first and lifetime pregnancy rates. Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) 31st Annual Meeting & Research Symposium. Roanoke, Virginia.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, R. A. Kemp, D. H. Crews. Jr., J. P. Kastelic, D. R. C. Bailey and G. H. Coulter. 1999. Genetic and phenotypic relationships among bull and heifer reproductive traits in a multibreed beef cattle population. J. Anim Sci. 77 (Suppl. 1): 132.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, and R. A. Kemp. 1998. Use of related traits improves accuracy of EPD for scrotal circumference. Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) 30th Annual Meeting & Research Symposium. Calgary, Alberta. P. 256.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, and R. A. Kemp. 1998. Comparisons of models for analysis of scrotal circumference in a multibred beef cattle population. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 78:753.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, and R. A. Kemp. 1998. Genetic parameter estimates among serial scrotal circumference measures in a multibred beef cattle population. Can. J. Anim. Sci. 78:753.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, and R. Peterson. 1998. Estimates of GxE effects for longevity among daughters of Canadian and New Zealand sires in Canadian and New Zealand dairy herds. Proceedings of the 1998 Interbull Meeting. Rotorua, New Zealand. Bulletin No. 17. P 110.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, M. Makarechian and R. T. Berg. 1992. The effect of level of concentrate in feedlot diets on the health status of beef calves. Can. Vet. J. 33:665 668.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, and M. Makarechian. 1991. The effect of post weaning level of dietary energy on sex drive and semen quality of young beef bulls. Theriogenology. 35:11691178.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, M. Makarechian, T. V. Komary, G. Minchau and J. Welch. 1991. A continuous high plane of nutrition is found to reduce semen quality in bulls. 70th Annual Feeders’ Day Report. Agriculture and Forestry Bulletin. Edmonton, Alberta. P 47.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, M. Makarechian, R. T. Berg, G. Minchau and J. Welch. 1991. High plane of nutrition increases risk of respiratory infections in the feedlot. 70th Annual Feeders’ Day Report. Agriculture and Forestry Bulletin. Edmonton, Alberta. P 49.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, M. Makarechian and P. F Arthur. 1990. The effect of changes in postweaning level of concentrate feeding on the ranking of young bulls for growth rate. Can. J. Anim. Sci. p 1171.

 

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, M. Makarechian and P. F Arthur. 1990. The effect of level of concentrate in diet on the ranking of young bulls for post weaning gain. 69th Annual Feeders’ Day Report. Agriculture and Forestry Bulletin. Edmonton, Alberta. P 69.

 

  1. P. B. Mwansa, M. Makarechian and P. F. Arthur. 1989. The effect of breed group and level of energy in diet on post weaning growth of young bulls. Can. J. Anim. Sci. p 113 5.
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