As of 1st September, Chris Beattie will be responsible for the development of the AKVA group`s organisations in North America and Australasia, and will support the ongoing growth and development of the business in these regions.
He will be based in Vancouver, reporting to AKVA’s COO International Andrew Campbell.
“We’re very excited to have somebody with Chris’s knowledge and experience joining the AKVA group team and wish him every success in his new role,” Andrew Campbell said.
Chris Beattie has more than twenty years of international experience in the aquaculture industry, starting as a field technical advisor with Skretting in Scotland in 1999, before relocating to Canada with Skretting in 2005, progressing through roles of increasing responsibility, including product and sales management.
As general manager for Skretting North America in 2010, his team introduced high-performance feeds to the Canadian market, integrated an acquired US feed business and pioneered a unique feed logistics solution in support of the rapidly developing Newfoundland aquaculture sector.
Chris Beattie joined Merck Animal Health as head of global aquaculture in 2015, responsible for developing and executing the global aquaculture strategy. He managed the global marketing and technical service activities of Merck’s aquaculture portfolio including vaccines, anti-infectives and parasiticides. Most recently, Chris has led Merck Animal Health’s Precision Aquaculture Team, developing computer vision-based machine-learning solutions for aquaculture producers.
He has a first degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a Doctorate in Fish Physiology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. A former board member of the BC Salmon Farmers Association and the Canadian Aquaculture Alliance, Chris currently sits on the Fisheries and Aquaculture Strategic Advisory Council of Genome BC and volunteers as a business mentor at the University of British Columbia.