Dr. Réjean Bouchard worked as a lobbyist representing the technical interests of Canadian dairy farmers. From 1995 to 2015, he was responsible for ensuring that the technical aspects of international standards for dairy products were consistent with Canadian regulations. His responsibilities extended to standards related to animal health, animal welfare and with dairy production standards aimed at ensuring the multiple aspects of dairy products safety. Previously, from 1972 to 1995, Dr. Bouchard worked for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a research scientist in dairy nutrition and as manager of different programs supporting international marketing. He was responsible for international programs involving the dairy industry in Mexico, Poland and China.
Dr. Bouchard completed undergraduate studies at Université Laval where he studied animal science. He obtained a master degree in animal nutrition and then he graduated with a PhD in dairy nutrition from The Ohio State University. His research led to the determination of the sulfur requirements for lactating dairy cows, findings that are used worldwide in feed formulation. He was also involved in the development of new feeding systems for raising male dairy calves and heifers.
While working for Dairy Farmers of Canada, Dr. Bouchard was involved in the development of a traceability program and of programs dealing with on-farm food safety, biosecurity, animal welfare, environment and dairy production research. His involvement with the International Dairy Federation resulted in the developments on international guides dealing farm management, animal health and welfare, environment, microbiological hygiene, milk residues and contaminants. Besides composition standards for dairy products, his activities with the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) dealt with the standards on the use veterinary drugs, animal welfare, contagious diseases, hygienic practices at farm level, animal traceability and animal feeding.