Business Development Office (BDO)

The Business Development team works closely with Vineland's Research Directors in Horticultural Production Systems, Applied Genomics, Consumer Insights and Robotics & Automation to tailor research and business agreements that are a fit for industry partnerships. The BDO is also charged with aligning business and science interests by facilitating commercialization and technology transfer activities.

Vineland has established a unique role in horticulture technology scouting. Vineland investigates and identifies leading edge technologies and innovations of value to Canadian horticulture. These opportunities may be in Canada or in other agri-food jurisdictions around the world. Potential also exists for the horticulture industry in the transfer of technology, such as robotics, from non-agricultural sectors that have already invested in new developments.

Currently, our intellectual property portfolio consists of nine issued/filed patents, 22 plant varieties protected by PBR and/or U.S. plant patents and seven trademarks.

Following direction from industry stakeholders, Vineland is exploring technology options that offer new ways to reduce labour, increase yields and improve the profit picture for the horticulture industry. Rapid access to new technologies and discoveries, such as new cultivars, through agreements with technology providers is an effective way to provide growers with new tools.