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Topics of expertise

Innovation and Commercialization

Ian Potter, PhD

President and CEO

EXPERTISE

  • Corporate strategy development
  • Leadership development
  • Industry network development
  • Expertise developing innovative business models 

Darby McGrath, PhD

Vice President, Research & Development

EXPERTISE

  • Organizational development
  • Research strategy and priority-setting
  • Innovation models

Nicole De Long, PhD

Director, Business & Client Development

EXPERTISE

  • Client and partner development
  • Contract management

 

Automation

Hussam Haroun, M.Eng., M.E.E.I., P.Eng.

Director, Automation

EXPERTISE

  • Power systems
  • Cooling systems
  • IT infrastructure
  • Commercialization-driven research

Dan Bath, PhD

Research Scientist, Horticultural  Automation

EXPERTISE

  • Computer vision and robotics in biological applications
  • Pose estimation and quantification
  • Optics
  • Systems integration

Brian Lynch, PhD

Research Scientist, Robotics & Automation

EXPERTISE

  • Guidance, navigation and control
  • Computer vision
  • Mobile robotics
  • Adaptive systems
  • Robotic manipulators

Biological Crop Protection

Rose Buitenhuis, PhD

Senior Research Scientist, Biological Control

EXPERTISE

  • Biological control
  • Entomology
  • Greenhouse pests
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

CROSS APPOINTMENTS

  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph

Andrew C. Wylie, PhD

Research Scientist, Plant Pathology

EXPERTISE

  • Plant pathology
  • Microbial biological control
  • Greenhouse disease
  • Integrated disease management

Consumer, Sensory & Market Insights

Amy Bowen, PhD

Research Director, Consumer Insights

EXPERTISE

  • Consumer insights
  • Consumer science
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Sensory panels (trained and untrained)
  • Using consumer data to build marketing programs
  • Certified sommelier

CROSS APPOINTMENTS

  • Associated Graduate Faculty, Food Science, University of Guelph

Alexandra Grygorczyk, PhD

Research Scientist, Sensory & Consumer Services

EXPERTISE

  • Consumer insights and sensory evaluation for ornamentals, edible garden plants, flowers for Asian-Canadians, landscape roses
  • Food science
  • Science communication

CROSS APPOINTMENTS

  • Adjunct Faculty & Special Graduate Faculty, Food Science, University of Guelph
  • Associated Graduate Faculty, Food, Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Guelph

Plant Responses and the Environment

Darby McGrath, PhD

Vice President, Research & Development

EXPERTISE

CROSS APPOINTMENTS

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Environment & Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
  • Adjunct Professor, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

Qinglu Ying, PhD

Research Scientist, Plant Production

EXPERTISE

  • Controlled environment plant production
  • LED light application
  • Plant physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Secondary metabolism

Plant Variety Development

Travis Banks, MSc

Director, Plant Variety Development

EXPERTISE

  • Bioinformatics
  • DNA sequence analysis and genetic mapping
  • Trait development in horticulture products

CROSS-APPOINTMENTS

  • Special Graduate Faculty, Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Joel Hemingway, PhD

Research Scientist, Plant Breeding

EXPERTISE

  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Genomic prediction
  • Field trial execution for cultivar evaluation

Rachael LeBlanc, MSc

Research Scientist, Plant Breeding

EXPERTISE

  • Apple breeding
  • Disease resistance
  • Improved flavour

David Liscombe, PhD

Research Scientist, Biochemistry

EXPERTISE

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biochemical profiles for horticulture products
  • Metabolites
  • Plant biochemistry

CROSS-APPOINTMENTS

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology, McMaster University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Brock University

Michael Pautler, PhD

Head of Genomics Services,
Platform Genetics Inc.

EXPERTISE

  • Applied genomics and reverse genetics
  • Trait development 
  • Induced variation
  • Disease resistance
  • Platformgenetics.ca

Valerio Primomo, PhD

Research Scientist, Vegetable Breeding

EXPERTISE

  • Breeding locally-adapted horticulture products
  • Genetic mapping and marker-assisted selection
  • Plant genetics

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Advisor, Communications & Public Relations
905-562-0320 x777
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Diana Huson, MBA, MA
Director, Marketing & Communications
905-562-0320 x624

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