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Quebec man wins 2021 Banff Pork Seminar Aherne Innovation Prize

Martin Gosselin of Saint-Isidore, Quebec wins F X Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production at the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar.

A Quebec pork industry employee, Martin Gosselin of Saint-Isidore, Que. is the winner of the F X Aherne Prize for Innovative Pork Production at the 2021 Banff Pork Seminar. The award was presented Jan. 7, 2021 by Ben Willing, University of Alberta professor and chair of the awards committee.

Gosselin, who works with the Quebec based feed company Agri-Marche, won his award for an innovative “safety bracelet” grip control for power washers in the barn. Power washers require enormous force and the repetitive effort required by workers to control them can lead to a range of occupational health issues for workers.

Typically these washing wands are controlled with some makeshift holders or not at all. Drawing from ideas he saw in the watercraft, snowmobile and cycling industry, Gosselin designed a grip that allows the worker to hold and fully control the trigger without undue strain. It also ensures its safe use by allowing easy shut down of the equipment.

“That simple but effective solution is a fitting winner for the Aherne Prize,” says Willing. “This prize honours individuals who have developed either original solutions to pork production challenges or creative uses of known technology. Those grassroots inventions draw widespread interest because they make a real difference in production.”

Frank Aherne, who the award is named after, was a professor at the University of Alberta and a major force for science-based progress in the Canadian pork industry.

The Banff Pork Seminar is coordinated by the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, in cooperation with Alberta Pork, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and other pork industry representatives from across Canada.

More complete details and photos of the winners are available in the Inside BPS Special Report available by link from the 2021 Seminar website

January 7, 2021 - Banff Pork Seminar

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