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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¬†

Tania Humphrey, PhD

Vice President, Research & Development

EXPERTISE

  • Research strategy and priority-setting
  • Organizational development
  • Strategic planning for results and impact
  • Government relations

Chris McQueen, MBA

Vice President, Operations

EXPERTISE

  • Financial sustainability planning
  • Performance management
  • Organizational development
  • Building collaborative networks

Phillip Stephan, MBT

Vice President, Business & Client Development

EXPERTISE

  • Relationship and partnership development
  • Technology development/commercialization
  • Intellectual property management

Automation

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

Director, Automation

EXPERTISE

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

Kyle Crawford

Senior Research Engineer, Systems Integration

EXPERTISE

  • Mobile robotics
  • Robotic manipulators
  • Efficient production systems

Ali Iskurt, PhD

Research Scientist, Computer Vision

EXPERTISE

  • Computer vision
  • Image and signal processing
  • Pattern recognition
  • Artificial intelligence

Mohamed Kashkoush, PhD

Research Scientist, Data Mining & Optimization

EXPERTISE

  • Data mining and optimization of production systems
  • Efficient production systems
  • Gripper technology

Brian Lynch, PhD

Research Scientist, Robotics & Automation

EXPERTISE

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

 

Biocontrol Systems

Rose Buitenhuis, PhD

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

 

Consumer 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
  • Landscape roses
  • Food science
  • Best practices for ag-tech communication

CROSS APPOINTMENTS

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

Greening the Landscape

Darby McGrath, PhD

Research Scientist, Environmental Horticulture

EXPERTISE

CROSS APPOINTMENTS

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

 

Plant Variety Development

Travis Banks, MSc

Director, Plant Variety Development

EXPERTISE

  • Bioinformatics
  • DNA sequence analysis
  • Genetic mapping
  • Trait development in horticulture products

CROSS-APPOINTMENTS

  • Special Graduate Faculty, Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Rachael LeBlanc, MSc

Apple Breeder

EXPERTISE

  • Apple breeding
  • Disease resistance
  • Improved flavour
  • Increased production efficiencies
  • Trait development

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
  • Trait development and increased production efficiencies
  • Induced variation
  • Reverse genetics
  • Platformgenetics.ca

Valerio Primomo, PhD

Research Scientist, Vegetable Breeding

EXPERTISE

  • Breeding locally-adapted greenhouse tomatoes
  • Breeding sweet potatoes for early maturity
  • Genetic mapping
  • Marker-assisted selection
  • Plant genetics

 

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