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Canola Industry Meeting Speakers 
 
Patti Miller
Patti Miller joined the Canola Council in April 2012.  Under her leadership the CCC launched a new strategic plan called “Keep It Coming 2025”,  made significant new investments in research and market development and addressed many international trade issues. She is Chair of the Canada Grains Council and was Co-Chair for the 2015 International Rapeseed Congress.

Prior to joining the Council, Patti’s work experience included Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Winnipeg where she managed large scale program delivery for several years.  During her career with AAFC she was responsible for working with Canadian grains and oilseeds producers and industry on policy, trade, market development and research issues in order to facilitate sustainable, profitable market growth in the sector.  Just prior to her executive work with AAFC, Patti was Communications Manager with a multi-national agri-food company in Winnipeg where she provided leadership and advice to senior managers on government relations and all aspects of corporate and employee communications.
Patti holds a M.Sc., Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.


Garth Hodges
Garth is the Strategy Lead for Canola and Cereals for North America at Bayer, a new role since July of this year.
Garth returned to Canada in April 2015 after spending 4 years in Germany as global head of Bayer Crop Science’s Business Development & Licensing Department, responsible for mergers and acquisitions, licensing, investments and divestments based in Monheim.
Garth has been with the company for 30 years and has held various positions in South Africa, Germany, France and Canada.
Garth has a Master of Science degree in agriculture from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
 


Chris Vervaet
Chris Vervaet is the Executive Director of the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA), representing its members on matters pertaining to the oilseed processing industry. 
 
He has worked at various levels of the agriculture industry for over 15 years, in both a domestic and international capacity.   Prior to joining COPA, Chris spent seven years working for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a market access and trade specialist, including four years as Agriculture Counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.   Earlier in his career, he served as Director of Trade Policy for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and Trade Analyst for Bunge Global. 
 
Chris holds a M.Sc. in Agriculture Economics from the University of Guelph and a B.Sc. in Agribusiness from the University of Manitoba.    He was raised on a grain farm in Southern Manitoba and currently resides in Winnipeg with his wife and daughter.   


Véronique J. Barthet
After obtaining a PhD at McGill University (Montréal, Canada), Véronique J. Barthet joined the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) in 2000.  Her research programs cover several research areas in order to maintain the Canadian oilseeds quality assurance programs.  She led several projects to assess the impact of seed quality on grading factors (e.g. effect of spouting on canola quality) and to develop analytical methods to measure minor seed components (e.g. cyanogenic glycoside in flax seeds, n-7 fatty acids in Brassica).  Her research program also looks at the use of rapid methods (NIR and NMR) to analyze seeds components. 

Véronique is  a member of several national and international committees, such as the Oilseeds Sub-Committee of the Western Standard Committee, an industry-CGC advisory committee recommending specifications for quality parameters allowing the segregation of Canadian grains in different classes - grades - for their end-uses and marketing by the industry nationally and internationally. She is currently the Chair of the ISO Sub-Committee 2 of the Technical Committee 34 dealing is oilseeds and oilseed meal analyses.  


Matthew Bernard
Matthew is the Provincial Specialist, Oilseed Crops with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Matthew is a farm boy from Trossachs, Saskatchewan. He received his BSA and MSc from the University of Saskatchewan in plant biotechnology, where his thesis research investigated the molecular events underlying the biosynthesis of omega fatty acids (the “healthy oils”) in oat seed. In private industry, his previous roles involved R&D in crop protection as well as breeding. He began his career with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture in October 2016, and still helps at the family farm whenever possible. 


Bill Ross
Bill Ross is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a degree in Agriculture. Bill was a District Representative for Manitoba Pool Elevators/Agricore for 23 years. After working with MPE he joined the Manitoba Canola Growers as Executive Manager in April of 2002.


 
Sarah Wood and  Ivanna Kozii
Dr. Sarah Wood and Dr. Ivanna Kozii are veterinarians pursuing graduate study in the Department of Veterinary Pathology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK. Our research group is developing histopathological procedures for evaluation of larvae, pupae and adult honey bee workers, queens and drones. Histopathology is an essential investigative tool used for diagnosis and research of diseases in vertebrates, but it is not available and therefore not utilized for honey bees. The current investigation is focused on microscopic effects of neonicotinoids on nervous system (neurotoxicity) and gonadotoxicity (effects on ovaries and testes) in order to determine a safe dose range for honey bees. 

Kerry-Leigh Burchill
Kerry-Leigh Burchill is the Director General of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in Ottawa, Canada. The Museum is situated on a national historic site which houses several heritage barns with over 120 domesticated animals; a Learning Centre for both school programs and adult workshops; and interactive exhibitions featuring the national collection of artifacts, archival images and trade literature as well as contemporary research and innovation in the domain of agriculture. The Museum is developing exhibitions and programming in the areas of agricultural innovation (canola), technology and sustainable agriculture (RADARSAT), management of resources (soil) and food literacy.  Working with partners, the Museum is proactively promoting a better understanding of the production, processing, preserving and distribution of food and agricultural products as it relates to health and well-being, nutrition, environmental sustainability and food security.
 
For the last 22 years Ms Burchill has worked for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation in the areas of policy, strategic planning, internal communications, corporate development and commercial operations. Ms Burchill was also the Vice-President for the Membership Program of three of Canada’s national museums: the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum as well as the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum between 2009 and 2014.
 
Since 2013 Ms Burchill has accepted to serve as a Vice-President for the International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA). In 2014 she served on the organizing committee for the XIV World Congress of Agriculture Museums (CIMA) in Marseilles, France and has moderated sessions for international conferences relating to agriculture and museum practice in 2015.
 
Ms Burchill has a degree in Social Science (sociology and anthropology) from the University of Ottawa and continues to proactively cultivate collaborative opportunities for cultural celebrations, heritage preservation


Albin Gunnarson
Albin Gunnarson started to work with oilseed rape under his late studies at Swedish Agricultural University in Uppsala, Sweden. After a few years working as an agronomist he joined Swedish Federation of Oilseed growers (SFO) in 2005.
 
At SFO, who today organises the 4000 Swedish Oilseed growers, he is responsible for trial and research in oilseed rape. By coordination of research and marketing the crop Albin was a part in increasing the acreage of oilseed rape from 80000 hectares to 135000 hectares in Sweden within 10 years.
 
Albin did his master thesis in Verticillium and has continued with work on clubroot, nitrogen management and problems with Phyllotreta according to the ban of neonicotinoids within the European Union. Albins mission is to be the link between the researches and the Swedish oilseed growers.
 
Albin also runs his family farm mainly growing Winter Oilseed rape, Winter wheat, grass and clover for seed production.  
 
Albin is since 2015 member of the board at GCIRC representing Sweden
 


Rob Duncan
Dr. Robert Duncan is an Assistant Professor and breeder at the University of Manitoba. The focus of his research group is to develop hybrid high erucic acid rapeseed (HEAR) cultivars for western Canada. This involves research on improving resistance to multiple diseases, as well as the advancement of agronomic and seed quality traits in canola and HEAR. He received his B.Sc. in Agronomy and his M.Sc. in Plant Pathology from the University of Manitoba as well as his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Prior to returning to the University of Manitoba, Rob was an Assistant Professor and the State Wheat/Oilseed Specialist at Texas A&M University. Rob currently teaches Genetics, Advanced Plant Breeding and Cereal and Oilseed Production Practices at the University of Manitoba


 
Neil Harker
Neil received B.Sc., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Alberta, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Guelph.
 
Since 1985 he has been employed as a Weed Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Lacombe, Alberta.
His research focus is integrated weed management and crop production sustainability. Neil has published over 190 scientific journal papers and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. In 2000 he received the Excellence in Weed Science Award from the Canadian Weed Science Society.

From 2007 to 2012 he was as editor-in-chief for the scientific journal Weed Technology. In addition, Neil is a fellow of the Canadian Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Research Award from the Weed Science Society of America.

In 2015, Neil received the FarmTech award and the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Gold Harvest Award.


 
Justine Cornelsen
Justine Cornelsen is part of the Crop Production and Innovation Team with the Canola Council of Canada.  Justine works from her hometown of Onanole as the Agronomy Specialist for the Western Manitoba region.  She specializes in blackleg management and takes special interest in beneficial and pest insects, and sustainable agriculture.    
 
Justine graduated in May of 2014 from Brandon University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology.  In the past she has worked as a summer student with the Canola Council and at AAFC Brandon in the barley breeding program. She looks forward to utilizing science and innovation to promulgate the current best management and sustainable practices to growers and industry partners.  


 
 
 
Canola Innovation Day Speakers
 
Alan Moulin
Alan Moulin is a soil scientist working on variable N management and variability of soil properties at the Brandon Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  He started a collaborative project between AAFC and the Canola Council of Canada in 2014 on variable management of N fertilizer for canola at sites in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.  Collaborating producer associations include Farming Smarter, the Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation, and the South Tobacco Creek Soil and Water Management Association.
 
Al is a native of Saskatchewan, born in Regina and raised in Saskatoon. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1989, following his B.Sc. and M.Sc. He joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a soil scientist in July 1988 at the Melfort Research Farm in Saskatchewan. In 1996 he joined the research team at Brandon to study soil conservation and management.  He served for 6 years as Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Plant Science, was president of the Manitoba Soil Science Society in 2003-2004 and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba. He also received an AAFC Gold Harvest Award in 2008 as part of a team conducting research on Alternative Cropping Systems.
 
Since 1988 he has published scientific papers and conference proceedings on spatial variability of soil properties and crop yield in peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings, including the Manitoba Society of Soil Science, Canadian Society of Soil Science and International Society of Precision Agriculture.  These publications describe the relationship of crop yield to landform and spatial variability of soil properties, site specific management of nitrogen fertilizer, remote sensing, greenhouse gases and soil erosion.  Dr. Moulin has conducted research on the relationship of landform, soil erosion, spatial variability of soil properties and fertilizer management to crop yield at locations near Saskatoon, Melfort, Brandon, South Tobacco Creek and Carberry since 1988.


Melissa Arcand
Dr. Melissa Arcand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

She is a soil biogeochemist with research interests focused on optimizing plant-soil synergies for the design of nutrient and energy efficient cropping systems. Melissa grew up on a farm in central Saskatchewan.

She received her BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Land Resource Science from the University of Guelph. She returned to Saskatchewan to complete her PhD in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan and conducted her post-doctoral research with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada prior to joining the Department of Soil Science last year.


Alison Fraser
Alison is in the final year of her PhD –“Improving nitrogen use efficiency in oilseed rape (Brassica napus)”. The work is part of the renewable industrial products from rape (RIPR) project, a collaboration between several universities, research institutes and industry partners. Her PhD includes: (1) producing and validating a field-based physiological model of N-uptake and utilisation in oilseed rape; (2) phenotyping and analysing oilseed rape field nitrogen trials; (3) developing an unmanned aerial vehicle phenotyping method to quickly analyse growth and development of field trials.
 
Alison has interests in all aspects of plant physiology and crop protection biology.  She has 6 years post-graduate experience as a plant scientist working for Syngenta at Jealotts Hill, UK in herbicide resistance and pesticide biokinetics.


 
Marcus Samuel
Dr. Marcus Samuel is an Associate Professor of integrative cell biology (plant biology) in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary.

His translational research focusses on trait improvement in canola through biotechnological solutions. His research group has identified new methods to improve frost-tolerant seed degreening and improved shatter tolerance in canola.

He also has on-going research programs that focus on improving drought tolerance and developing a non-GMO platform for genetically modifying canola. He is currently supported by ACIDF, NSERC-strategic partnership grants and Siniazo Biotech


Steve Robinson
Dr. Robinson is a Research Scientist at AAFC based in Saskatoon.  Prior to working in Saskatoon, Dr. Robinson studied in the UK where he completed his PhD at the John Innes Centre in Brassica Genetics after receiving a degree in genetics from the University of Birmingham.   Dr. Robinson has expertise in genetics, genomics and bioinformatics and his research group is interested in chromosome structure and function with a focus on understanding the mechanisms that control gene expression.


 
Ian Tetlow
Dr. Ian Tetlow was awarded a B.Sc. (Honours) in Plant Science from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, U.K. in 1986. His PhD project, undertaken at University College of North Wales (Bangor), U.K., focused on the physiological responses of plants to attack by biotrophic fungi with an emphasis on the effects of pathogens on plant carbon metabolism and sugar transport.
 
Following his PhD Dr. Tetlow began post-doctoral work at the University of Manchester, U.K. studying the regulation of starch biosynthesis, as well as other aspects of non-photosynthetic carbon metabolism in plastids. Following post-doctoral studies Dr. Tetlow continued to work in the area of nonphotosynthetic carbon metabolism and was awarded a Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship,followed by an Industrial Fellowship, both of which were held at the University of Manchester.

In 2002 Dr. Tetlow moved to the University of Guelph (Ontario) and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. An underlying research theme of his research is the central role of carbon metabolism and its role in determining plant productivity. Current research interests involve understanding the regulation of source-sink relations in crop plants and the role of protein-protein interactions and protein phosphorylation in starch metabolism in plastids.


 
Carlo Montemagno
Carlo Montemagno, PhD, is the former and founding Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati. Immediately prior, he was the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute as well as the Roy & Carol Doumani Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UCLA.
Previous to Montemagno’s tenure with UCLA, he served as Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University.
 
Montemagno earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell (1980) and M.S. in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University (1990). After completing his undergraduate studies in 1980, he joined the United States Navy and served for ten years in several senior management positions as a Civil Engineering Corps Officer. He then joined Argonne National Laboratory where he led laboratory and field investigations developing bioremediation technology for the treatment of hazardous waste. In 1995 Montemagno earned his PhD in Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences from Notre Dame University. Upon obtaining his PhD in Civil Engineering, he began his academic career as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering where he was one of the pioneers in the field of Nanobiotechnology.
 
Montemagno has amassed a distinguished scholarly record resulting in a number of patents as well as appointments to numerous editorial boards and governmental committees. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nanomedicine, a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the NASA Institute of Advance Concepts. He is a recipient of the Feynman Prize for Experimental Work in Nanotechnology.
 
Montemagno’s current research and near term investigations focus on the development of experimental techniques to integrate metabolic functionality into materials through the engineering of biomolecular systems. Recent efforts addressed the creation of advanced systems for water purification and treatment, and the development of materials for the synthesis of high-value chemicals through the harvesting of solar energy.


Matthias Eberius
After studying chemistry at the technical universities of Karlsruhe and Aachen in Germany I worked for  5 years At the ecotoxicology department of the Aachen Technical University. There I did research on ecotoxicological effects of soil remediation by Ozone. Additionally I took part in the development of new plant biotests (duckweed) which finally led to international standards for ISO and OECD.
After gained experience developing image analysis systems for ecotoxicology, plant phenotyping and  pesticide screening.
It is my primary interest to connect innovative technologies with environment and agriculture.
For this reason I am working now for zasso developing tailored applications in agriculture, urban areas and forestry for this very interesting and new electrical herbicide for Europe and north America. Additionally I organise the field trials and ecotoxicological effect research for the Electroherb systems.


Dan Heaney
Dan has over thirty years of experience as an agronomist in Western Canada. Dan completed his education at the University of Alberta. He received his BSc. in Agriculture majoring in Agronomy in 1980 followed by an MSc (Soil Fertility) in 1985 and a PhD (Soil Chemistry) in 2001. From 1983 to 1989, he taught soils at the University of Alberta. In 1989, he joined the Soil and Animal Nutrition Laboratory at Alberta Agriculture. He led Alberta Agriculture’s Agronomy Unit a multi-disciplinary research and extension group from 1995 to 2001. He later became branch head of the Crop Diversification Centre North near Edmonton and the Field Crop Development Centre in Lacombe. Dan joined Norwest Labs (later Bodycote Testing Group) in 2003 as vice-president of agriculture with responsibility for all agriculture and food testing services. He started RandomCross Consulting in 2007 and worked nationally and internationally as an independent consultant until 2014 when he joined Farmers Edge.
 
Dan is actively involved in teaching, research, and extension in Western Canada. Among his current interests is facilitating the adoption of on farm carbon offset protocols in Canada and internationally. He is currently part of the review team for the Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP) and developed the on-line training available through the Canadian Fertilizer Institute. One of the first Accredited Professional Advisors under NERP, Dan is involved in the set-up and verification of several NERP projects, as well as serving on the AIA Practice Standards Committee for greenhouse gas management. He is currently involved in efforts to extend the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program to Canadian Farmers and served as a 4R Agronomist Advocate for Fertilizer Canada. Several of these projects are aimed at linking farms practicing 4R to supply chains looking to source sustainably produced crop products.
 
Dan is currently Vice President of Global Agronomy for Farmers Edge. In this role he develops and delivers agronomic training programs, provides strategic direction on agronomic issues, guides the research and development program, and mentors young agronomists within the company. One of his key roles is to help position Farmers Edge in the sustainability space.     

 
 
 
 
 
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