Meet the team: Dr. Kee Jim
Meet the TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods team members who are empowering and connecting our customers, from producers to consumers, for a more sustainable future.
Dr. Kee Jim has spent his life immersed in agriculture. Growing up on a ranch gave him the background and experience to found Feedlot Health Management Services in 1983, which he grew until its acquisition by TELUS Agriculture in 2020. He is now the Global Head of Animal Health and Agriculture and lives in Okotoks, Alberta where he enjoys golfing, cooking and fishing.
What is your role?
A large part of my role is leading a team that’s exploring growth opportunities in North America and globally. A significant amount of my time is also devoted to speaking with and visiting clients across the supply chain. I want to personally make sure we’re always exceeding their expectations, and ours.
When I’m in the office, my day involves answering 200+ emails, taking about 50 phone calls and attending around four meetings. Days outside the office involve travel to meet with clients at their production sites, attend conferences or visit with our service providers. It’s busy, but I like to immerse myself in the work.
What drew you to this business?
I grew up on a ranch in the interior of British Columbia, about 60 miles from the town of Kamloops. My family was involved with seedstock and commercial cow and calf production, which really started my interest in the cattle industry. My background gave me the experience to learn the end-to-end business of cattle feeding – the practical parts, but also how to manage the business.
What career advice do you have to offer?
My philosophy is that you have to become a lifelong learner. I have a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, but my real education started after I graduated. You must maintain a curious mind and be a voracious reader and try to capture a new piece of knowledge each day. I travel as much as I can, and when I do, I talk to everyone I can. I think travel is the best way to stoke and satisfy a curious mind.
My advice for someone looking to have my role is to learn all aspects of the feedlot business. Success requires complete commitment – you have to fully immerse yourself in the agriculture industry, every aspect of it including procurement, production and marketing. You have to become more than just familiar, you have to be an expert in every part of the business.
What do you want people to know about livestock management?
Technology has improved productivity and efficiency to a level that is, honestly, almost unbelievable. We’ve made huge improvements in so many fields to advance beef production and cut down on environmental impact, like genetics, agronomics, nutrition and animal health.
In North America, about 2% of the population is involved in production agriculture. With these improvements, a relatively small number of people are helping to feed more people than anyone thought possible even a generation ago, and the improvements haven’t slowed down.
Since we’re talking about food and agriculture, what do you like to eat?
There’s nothing that beats a perfectly cooked steak.