Meet the ACER team

Steven Roche

Director and Principal Consultant

As the founder of ACER Consulting, Steven believes in conducting health research through a one health lens, and aims to mobilize research in creative ways to improve health and prevent disease. His interdisciplinary skill set blends epidemiological research, agricultural extension, and health promotion methodologies to understand and influence health outcomes. He has extensive experience conducting applied epidemiological research and designing, implementing, and evaluating knowledge mobilization programs and tools for industry, academic and government stakeholders in the agri-food and public health sphere. ACER Consulting is driven by his passion for understanding health and disease, and innovating dissemination strategies to effectively mobilize quality research to improve disease prevention and control, food safety, and population health.

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Dave Renaud

Veterinarian and Consultant

Dave is passionate about working in the agricultural field and helping producers, organizations, and individuals overcome challenges they face. Specifically, he is interested in solving problems surrounding antimicrobial resistance and use, food safety, and animal health. He strives to generate innovative ideas to combat and solve these challenges through his training in epidemiology and veterinary medicine. His unique skillset combines a background in advanced quantitative statistical analysis and in conducting large-scale observational and experimental study designs.

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Rachel Genore-Roche

RVT and Research Associate

Rachel has a keen interest in both companion and food animal veterinary medicine. As a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), she has a passion for animal health and works as an advocate for the care and welfare of youngstock. In keeping with this goal, she has a key role in educating producers and other veterinary professionals on current research and best practice, and broadening the scope of practice for future RVTs. Specifically, her areas of interest lie in pain management, developing and implementing treatment and protocols, improving housing and management, preventative medicine, and data collection.

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Rianna Genore

Freelance Editor

Rianna Genore is a freelance editor with a focus on stylistic editing and copyediting for training materials, educational resources, and scholarly publications. She has previously worked in literary rights and contracts, as a managing editor for a digital-only micropress, and currently works for a major Canadian education publisher in content development for both K12 and post-secondary products. Rianna has a passion for collaborating with clients on perfecting their written materials for clarity and concision.

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Julia Saraceni

Research Associate

Julia is a Research Associate with ACER Consulting. She has a passion for improving the health and welfare of animals, the people who care for them, and the environment we all share. With a strong background in Ontario agriculture and mixed methods research, Julia is particularly interested in improving animal welfare through education and extension. Her training in epidemiology, quantitative statistical analysis, and qualitative thematic analysis provides her with a unique and diverse skillset that she is excited to bring to the ACER team. 

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Carlee Wright

Research Associate & Creative Lead

Carlee brings her interdisciplinary experience and diverse skillsets to the ACER team, including a passion for partnerships and creative engagement. With a keen interest in One Health and public health, Carlee aims to utilize her skills to better understand issues at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health and wellbeing and address agri-food challenges along the farm-to-fork continuum. Importantly, beyond developing this knowledge, Carlee is interested in approaches to sharing information that are relevant and impactful for a range of different audiences.

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ACER Consulting

ACER Consulting specializes in epidemiological research and knowledge mobilization. Our approach is to design effective tools and programs to motivate change, with the goal of improving public health, animal health and welfare, and the environments they live in. Simply put, we help clients to understand, inform, and influence today for a healthier tomorrow.

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