On July 28th, 2018, Dr. Donald Shaver passed away just shy of his 98th birthday.  The industry, friends and family are invited to  pay their respects at a memorial service to be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 7 Queens Square, Cambridge, ON at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018.

Dr. Shaver is recognized as one of the world’s most successful poultry breeders. He started his renowned poultry career at the age of 12.  At 15,  he cross-bred two strains of Leghorns birds developing a hybrid that earned him the Canadian National Egg Laying Contest in 1935.  From these beginnings he became the founder of Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms and was known as an icon and pioneer in the industry. By the 1980’s Shaver’s Poultry grew to be the sixth largest internal market in Canada, serving over 90 countries world wide. Today the Shaver breeds are still present around the world.

As stated by Thijs Hendrix, “Dr. Shaver was a pioneer in the layer industry and a champion for the cause of sustainability, responsible citizenship, and the necessity of working together for the benefit of humankind. He will be missed by many, and his impact on the world will continue on for generations to come.”

Dr. Shaver is survived by his four children, three stepchildren, and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In 2011 PIC sponsored the University of Guelph’s Poultry Club’s creation of a video entitled “Dr. Donald McQueen Shaver Memories a Legacy to Canadian Agriculture”.  To view the video interview with Dr. Shaver click here to access the YouTube upload.