Speakers

Adam Gurr

Adam is a proud husband and father of four young children. He owns and operates a third-generation small grains farm with his family located just to the east and north of Brandon. In 2015 he started Agritruth Research Inc. with his brother in-law; they deliver agronomic data generated on their farm through a web platform to interested parties and they also conduct field-scale agronomic research trials under contract to companies in the agriculture industry. Adam has a diploma and degree in Agronomy from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University.

Bauluo Ma

Dr. Bao-Luo Ma is a research scientist at the Ottawa Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), specializing in crop physiology/agronomy. He received a BSc. degree from Henan Agricultural University and a PhD degree from McGill University, both in agronomy. In the past 28 years, Dr. Ma’s research has centred on improving the crop productivity and the producers’ profitability, as well as environmental sustainability. In this regard, Dr. Ma has co-authored more than 190 scientific journal publications. He has been awarded the Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (2007), Fellow of Canadian Society of Agronomy (2011), and Fellow of Crop Science Society of America (2012). During AAFC’s GF II program, Dr. Ma has developed crop assessment methods and mitigation strategies to deal with environment-induced abiotic stresses, including nutrient deficiency, heat and drought stresses. Currently, Dr. Ma leads a multidisciplinary team to develop new strategies to improve the nitrogen use efficiency and crop productivity of canola across Canada.

 

Brian Innes

Brian Innes, Vice President, Public Affairs, Canola Council of Canada, leads the Canola Council’s public affairs activities including trade policy, market access, government relations and communications. During his time at the Council he has developed the industry’s market access strategy and used it to achieve results in China, the US, the EU and beyond. He manages the industry’s market access efforts in China, including the Canola Council’s Beijing representatives. In recent years a major focus of his role has been bringing the value chain together so that farmers can have innovative seeds and crop protection products while meeting the needs of export customers. He also serves as the past president of the Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), an organization focused on improving market access through trade agreements.
Prior to joining the Canola Council, Brian was a senior consultant with the Ottawa office of an international public affairs firm. Brian also worked on Parliament Hill for the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence and an Industry Critic. He holds a B.Sc., Agriculture from the University of Guelph and M.Sc., Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

Benjamin Ellert

Benjamin Ellert is a research scientist in biogeochemistry with the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada Research Centre at Lethbridge. He earned a Ph. D. in soil science, and has considerable experience research on the cycling of carbon, nitrogen and other biogeochemicals in agroecosystems. He studies the land-atmosphere exchanges of greenhouse gases associated with biogeochemical cycling, and gleans insights from assorted long-term field experiments. Ellert’s interest in agriculture stems from his early years on a small mixed farm at Milk River in southern Alberta.

 

Brittany Dyck

Brittany Dyck , Senior Manager, Canola Utilization with the Canola Council of Canada, joined the Canola Council of Canada in November, 2012 and manages the Council’s utilization program that promotes canola oil and meal in the key markets of importance for our industry. In addition, Brittany manages the canola meal research sponsored by the CCC, the provincial canola grower associations and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and works towards disseminating the results of the research to industry in order to increase the value of canola meal in the diets of all livestock species.
Brittany holds a Master’s degree in dairy cattle nutrition and reproduction from the University of Alberta. Prior to joining the Council, Brittany worked with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development on programming to fund implementation of beneficial management practices on Manitoba farms.

Cory Jacob

Cory is the interim Oilseed Crops specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Cory works with all oilseed crops and also provincial oilseed grower associations. He grew up on a grain farm in southeast Saskatchewan in the Mutrie district. He received both his Bachelor and Masters of Science in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. Cory has been in his current position since January 2020 and has been enjoying the challenges and opportunities that have come with it.  

 

 

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. Chris also serves as a senior executive with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC).

He has worked at various levels of the agriculture industry for over 20 years, in both a domestic and international capacity. Prior to joining COPA and the CCC in 2015, 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 Manitoba and currently resides in Winnipeg with his wife and daughter.

Christoph Hald

Christoph Hald is currently working in the position of a scientific research assistant at the Technical University Munich (TUM). After completing his studies in food chemistry at the TUM in 2016 he started a PhD at the Chair of Food Chemistry and Molecular Sensory Science under the lead of Prof. Thomas Hofmann, dealing with bitter compounds in rapeseed and rapeseed proteins. Since 2020 he works there as a scientific research assistant helping with developing a rapeseed protein free from off-tastants available to the food industry and finally appropriate for human consumption. 

Curtis Rempel

Dr. Rempel joined the Council in July 2012.
He is responsible for directing the Crop Production team agronomists and staff with a mandate to optimize
profitability for producers and the supply chains they serve while minimizing production risk; developing research
priorities for canola production, oil and meal utilization; developing sustainability and production stewardship
guidelines; liaising between producers, industry and academia to optimize extension activity; managing the
coordination of the trials and budget for the Western Canada Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee and
the Canola Performance Trials; monitoring and managing issues related to domestic and global biotechnology
acceptance and regulation; and representing Canadian canola’s interests with industry and professional groups.
Dr. Rempel was raised on a farm specializing in dairy and special crops in Manitoba and is still involved with
commercial farm production. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Manitoba, a PhD from the
University of Guelph, and an MBA from Athabasca University/University of Guelph. Prior to joining the Council, Dr.
Rempel has worked as a research scientist for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada; has taught at numerous
universities and community colleges; and has operated his own consulting company for 10 years, primarily
providing business and marketing strategy and scientific counsel to Fortune 500 companies. He worked for eight
years in R&D, corporate finance and business strategy and development at Monsanto; as a senior consultant for
Meyers, Norris, Penny focusing on commodity marketing, renewable energy, intellectual property protection,
enterprise software applications, and scientific competitiveness; and most recently as the Business Development
Manager at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals, Department of Food Science, University
of Manitoba. He is also an adjunct faculty member in Dept. of Food Science

David Dzisiak

David grew up on a family grain farm in Dauphin Manitoba. He graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. Agriculture. He enjoyed a thirty-eight-year career with Dow AgroSciences with leadership experiences in sales management, marketing management and global business leadership in the canola and oilseeds group 

David served on the board and as chair of the Canola Council of Canada. He was deeply involved in the design of the winning application for the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster and currently serves on the PIC board. 

David joined Botaneco in April of 2019 as Chief Operating Officer and resides with his family in Calgary. 

Delaney Ross Burtnack

Delaney Ross Burtnack joined the Manitoba Canola Growers Association in 2017 as Executive Directoralso leading the research and advocacy work for the association. Previously, Delaney led the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers for 6 years as President & CEO, and spent 10 years in the agricultural communications industry. She holds her Masters of Science in agronomy from the University of Manitoba. 

Doug Heath
Doug Heath has been the research manager for SaskCanola since 2019. Before that, he was involved in program management for genomics and crop research in the private, non-profit, and government sectors. He earned a MSc in Microbiology at the University of Saskatchewan, and lives in Saskatoon.
Dean Nelson

Dean Nelson is a 4th-generation farmer from Wetaskiwin, AB.  24 years ago, Dean and his wife Sonia started the transition of the family hogs and crop farm from his parents, Neil & Mavis Nelson.  In 2004 Dean and Sonia sold the hogs and switched to crop farming plus started a dog breeding business, Hearty K9s.  They currently farm 1250 acres in barley, wheat, canola and either oats, peas or flax. 

In 2013 Dean and Sonia received Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture Business of the Year.  In 2015 they received Century Farm & Ranch Award from the Alberta Government for farming the same land for over 100 years in the same farm family. 

Frédéric Bissonnette

Frédéric Bissonnette is currently the Chief Registrar and DG of the Registration Directorate of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). Before being appointed to the Chief Registrar position in November 2020, he worked in various positions at PMRA, including Senior Advisor to the Executive Director, Director of the Re-evaluation Management Division, and Acting DG for the Value Assessment and Re-evaluation Management Directorate. Frédéric is also PMRA’s media spokesperson on several high profile files and was involved in developing PMRA’s data protection policy. Frédéric hold a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in microbiology from Université Laval.  

 

  

 

 

Guanqun Chen

Dr. Guanqun (Gavin) Chen is an Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Plant Lipid Biotechnology in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. His research interests are to develop biotechnological approaches to improve seed oil yield and quality. This knowledge platform will also better enable him to redesign lipid biosynthesis in canola and other crops to create special high-value oils for nutraceutical and industrial applications. His lab is also interested in developing canola with improved agronomic characteristics (e.g. stress tolerance and protein content and quality) through biotechnology. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Gavin is serving as an Associate Editor for the Crop Journal (Elsevier) and Molecular Breeding (Springer).

Hans Daetwyler

Associate Professor Hans Daetwyler is a quantitative geneticist and was trained at the University of Guelph, University of Edinburgh, and Wageningen University. He currently holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor and Research Leader Computational Biology at La Trobe University and Agriculture Victoria, respectively.  He has co-authored >80 peer-reviewed papers and is an associate editor at several journals. His group’s focus is efficient large-scale statistical analysis using variety of methods and data types in agricultural plant and animal species.   Their main aim is to use predictive statistics that accelerate genetic improvement for important traits.   Often this is accomplished via genomic prediction, including the use of whole-genome sequence and functional genomics as well as metabolomics.  Computer simulations are used to investigate the impact of these methods on breeding population genetic gain and diversity in the long term.  The team is also active in the analysis of novel phenomic data, such as image, sensor and spectral data collected in field and in controlled environments.  Most projects are strongly multidisciplinary involving molecular geneticists, genetic evaluation centres, animal and plant breeders, digital phenotyping specialists, pathologists, agronomists, and molecular phenomicists. 

 

 

Dr. Heather McNairn

Dr. Heather McNairn is a senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) in Ottawa (Canada)Dr. McNairn has 30 years of research experience in developing methods to monitor soils and crops using multi-spectral, hyperspectral and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) sensors. This experience has included the analysis of multi-frequency (X-, C- and L-Band), multi-polarization and fully polarimetric SAR data acquired from ground based scatterometers, airborne SARs and various satellite platforms. She has led numerous national and international research teams. Dr. McNairn has a Ph.D. in Geography from Université Laval, a M.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of WaterlooShe is an adjunct professor at Carleton University, University of Manitoba and Nipissing University. 

 

Justine Cornelsen
Justine Cornelsen is part of the Crop Production and Innovation Team with the Canola Council of Canada (CCC), where she covers off Western Manitoba and Southeastern Saskatchewan as an Agronomy Specialist. Her lead topic with the CCC is blackleg and verticillium management and she chairs the Canadian Blackleg Steering Group. Justine is also a part-time Masters student at the University of Manitoba in Plant Science.

She graduated in May of 2014 from Brandon University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. Previously, she has for worked for Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and Parks Canada.

Jay Whetter

Jay Whetter is an agriculture journalist. He is the editor of Canola Digest magazine (canoladigest.ca) and Canola Watch agronomy email update (canolawatch.org). He also hosts a Canola Watch podcast and distributes canola-themed content to Country Guide, local newspapers and local radio stations. 

 

Jay grew up on a farm on the shores of Chain Lakes in Southwest Manitoba. Whenever he goes home, he walks to the top of the highest hill and listens to the wind, looks across the broad landscape and thinks about the long history of the land. Consideration of our place in time inspired him to write this article: https://sciencewriters.ca/blog/9339290 

 

Jim Everson

Jim Everson became President of the Canola Council in May 2017. He is responsible for leading the efforts of the Council’s professional staff and reporting to the Board of Directors on securing the key objectives of the Canadian canola industry. 

Jim Everson first joined the Canola Council of Canada (CCC) in 2008 as Vice President of Government Relations and lead the Council’s government activities which included trade policy, market access and regulatory affairs. In 2013, the CCC and the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association (COPA) entered a service agreement through which the Canola Council provides association management services to COPA. Jim lead this initiative as Executive Director of COPA and was responsible for all aspects of association management and strategy. He left the CCC in 2014 to became Soy Canada’s first Executive Director. Before joining the CCC, Jim had been achieving solutions on government issues for private companies, associations and non-profit groups for over 15 years. Following nine years working as a political advisor in the federal government, Jim worked with a major Ottawa-based government relations company. Over six years, he worked with a wide variety of clients and issues. He held the increasingly senior positions of Senior Consultant, Vice President (Ottawa) and President. In 1998, Jim established his own government relations and public affairs practice, Everson Public Affairs. Jim’s government experience involved eight years as a senior political advisor to federal cabinet ministers including Chief of Staff to the Minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board. Jim obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON. 

John Sulik

Dr. John Sulik as Assistant Professor of Precision Agriculture at the The University of Guelph. His role began on June 4, 2018. He leads a comprehensive research program integrating concepts in agroecology with data-intensive precision agriculture tools to enhance sustainability of field crop production in Ontario. He teaches undergraduate courses in agroecology and precision agriculture while mentoring and advising graduate students. 

 

Sulik’s academic studies trained him in geography, and his professional work gave him complementary industry experience. After grad school, he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship as a Research Physical Scientist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA. ARS provided a deep understanding of how to apply geospatial techniques within the context of agronomy. Sulik then worked with precision agriculture and multispectral sensing systems companies before moving onto the University of Guelph’s University’s Ontario Agricultural College (OAC). 

 

Larisa Morier
Larisa Morier is the Senior Canola Breeder for Farmers Business Network Canada and is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Larisa spent 19 years with Monsanto Canada, most of those years in various roles within canola breeding. Including trait integration lead, in which she was involved in the early integration work for the first clubroot resistance hybrid and led the introgression of various herbicide tolerant hybrid products for Monsanto Canada.
Larisa also spent time in her early career as a canola specialty oil hybrid breeder. Her breeding focus is around developing rapid breeding strategies, introgression of novel traits in commercially relevant germplasm, and implementation of digital technologies in commercial breeding. Larisa spent her last 5 years with Monsanto as part of the north American technology development and agronomy data science and analytics team providing leadership and strategies to support analytics around canola, corn, and soybean product positioning and placement for the Canadian commercial market. In 2018, Larisa joined Cibus Canada as their canola breeder, helping the team build canola germplasm and strategies for launching gene-edited traits. Larisa holds a BSc. and MSc. in plant breeding from the University of Manitoba.

Larisa Morier is the Senior Canola Breeder for Farmers Business Network Canada and is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Larisa spent 19 years with Monsanto Canada, most of those years in various roles within canola breeding. Including trait integration lead, in which she was involved in the early integration work for the first clubroot resistance hybrid and led the introgression of various herbicide tolerant hybrid products for Monsanto Canada.
Larisa also spent time in her early career as a canola specialty oil hybrid breeder. Her breeding focus is around developing rapid breeding strategies, introgression of novel traits in commercially relevant germplasm, and implementation of digital technologies in commercial breeding. Larisa spent her last 5 years with Monsanto as part of the north American technology development and agronomy data science and analytics team providing leadership and strategies to support analytics around canola, corn, and soybean product positioning and placement for the Canadian commercial market. In 2018, Larisa joined Cibus Canada as their canola breeder, helping the team build canola germplasm and strategies for launching gene-edited traits. Larisa holds a BSc. and MSc. in plant breeding from the University of Manitoba.

Larry Sernyk

Dr Sernyk grew up and went to school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received a PhD in canola genetics / breeding from the University of Manitoba in 1982, studying under Dr Baldur Stefansson, one of the “Fathers of Canola”. He started his professional career as Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba in 1982 and moved to industry in 1984. He moved to the US in 1989 where he continued working in industry until retirement in 2014. In 1992, Dr Sernyk and his team at Agrigenetics in Madison WI developed Omega-9 canola oil, a naturally stable oil that is used in restaurant, food service and consumer packaged goods industries. At his most recent employer, Dow AgroSciences, he led the enhanced meal project that developed ProPound canola meal which has higher protein / lower fiber than commodity canola mealIn retirement, he continues to be part of the Canadian canola industry through involvement with the annual Canola week in Saskatoon. 

Lyle Cowell
Lyle Cowell is a regional agrologist with Nutrien Ag Solutions in north Saskatchewan. While Lyle strives to be a well-rounded agronomist, his background and first interest is always soil fertility, crop nutrition and the sensible use of fertilizers.
James Tansey
James Tansey has been the Provincial Insect/Pest Management specialist with the Ministry of Agriculture, Saskatchewan since Jan 2018. He completed his PhD (entomology) at the University of Alberta in 2009, two post-docs on field crops and citrus entomology, and worked in the agriculture industry as a regulatory manager, and pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist.
Kathleen Donohue
Kathleen Donohue is the Director General of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS), focused on advancing the government’s trade agenda for Canadian agriculture and agri-food products abroad.

Kathleen brings extensive trade experience to her current position, having previously held the position of Executive Director, Market Access Coordination at AAFC, as well as having served overseas as Counsellor (Agriculture) at the High Commission of Canada to India and as Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to Japan.

Prior to serving abroad, Kathleen worked in various executive positions at AAFC, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) focused on advancing Canada’s trade, investment and innovation agenda.

Born in Montréal, Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Concordia University and is a graduate of the School of Community and Public Affairs.

Kelly Turkington

Kelly was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, but was raised mainly in Saskatoon, while
he spent most of his summers on his father’s small grain farm near St. Brieux/Daylesford,
Saskatchewan. Currently, he is a plant pathologist with the Lacombe Research and
Development Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in Lacombe, Alberta. He
received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture in Agricultural Biology in 1985, and
M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from the Department of Biology at the
University of Saskatchewan, while spending eight months taking a variety of courses at
the University of Guelph. Kelly’s background with canola started on his Dad’s farm as
they grew canola in the 1970’s and early to mid-1980’s. He then worked as a summer
student with Dr. P. Verma at AAFC Saskatoon and Professor Robin Morrall at the
University of Saskatchewan on projects related to seedling disease, sclerotinia and
blackleg management in 1983 and 1984. His M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduate work at the
University of Saskatchewan focused on the epidemiology of sclerotinia stem rot of canola
and the potential of using petal testing as an indicator of disease risk and fungicide need.
The focus of his Postdoctoral research in the early to mid-1990’s at AAFC Beaverlodge,
Alberta included working with Drs. Don Woods and George Clayton on screening for
resistance to brown girdling root rot in polish canola breeding lines, and the management
of blackleg of canola.
Kelly’s main focus is on cereal and canola diseases as part of collaborative studies with
colleagues from across Canada. Since the mid 1990’s, Kelly worked closely with Drs.
George Clayton, Neil Harker, and John O’Donovan on research related to integrated crop
and pest management in canola and cereals. He also collaborated with Professor Stephen
Strelkov, University of Alberta, and Ross Weiss and Dr. Owen Olfert, AAFC Saskatoon,
on projects related to soil erosion and wind-mediated dispersal the clubroot pathogen, and
forecasting the potential distribution and severity of clubroot over the Prairie region.
Currently, he is leading a project on sclerotinia stem rot response to fungicide timing and
the impact of weather conditions and Sclerotinia sclerotiorum spore load prior to and
during the flowering period of canola.
Through his father Tom, his graduate student supervisor Robin Morrall, and his
interactions with farmers, industry staff, and research colleagues, Kelly has developed a
passion for field-based plant pathology research and the development of practical
solutions for effective disease management.

Marc Hillmyer

Marc Hillmyer received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994. After completing a postdoctoral research position in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science he joined the Chemistry faculty at Minnesota in 1997. He is currently the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Chemistry and leads a research group focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of multifunctional polymers. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Marc served as an associate editor for the ACS journal Macromolecules from 2008-2017 and is currently the editor-in-chief of Macromolecules. He is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers headquartered at the University of Minnesota, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation.

McKenzie Smith

McKenzie Smith is Director of Stewardship & Regulatory Affairs at Fertilizer Canada where she is responsible for the development of policy and programs related sustainable nutrient management and environmental stewardship. 

In this role, McKenzie works to promote and advance the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program which allows our industry to demonstrate its commitment to sustainable nutrient management. Specifically, she directs the development and expansion of Fertilizer Canada’s 4R Designation and 4R Certification programs and provides leadership on a number of files including the 4R Research Network and Fertilizer Use Survey. McKenzie continues to build upon key national and regional partnerships to ensure an increase in the awareness and adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship by Canadian growers and sustainability platforms. 

Additionally, McKenzie provides technical assistance and advocacy support on environmental regulations related to greenhouse gas or air pollutants. This work helps shape polices that allow our member’s to demonstrate good environmental performance while maintaining competitiveness in a global market. 

McKenzie completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry (2014) and M.Sc. in Chemistry (2017) at Carleton University, where her research focused on the development of nanoparticle-based DNA aptamer selection methods to improve biosensor detection of harmful agricultural mycotoxins in field. 

 

  

 

 

Menachem Moshelion

Name: Menachem Moshelion
Title: Associate Professor
Office mailing Address: The Robert H. Smith Institute for Plant Sciences and Genetics in
Agriculture, Building H, Room 3110, P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 7610001, ISRAEL
Email: Menachem.moshelion@mail.huji.ac.il
Office: +972-8-9489781 Mobile: +972-54-8820182
CurrentPosition
Institute of Plant Sciences and Genetics in Agriculture, Robert H. Smith Faculty of
Agriculture, Food and Environment, starting 2004.
Expertise:
• Crop plant response to stress (in particular drought and salinity)
• High-throughput functional phenotyping of whole-plant water relations and responses to
environmental stresses [Co-Founder of Plant-DiTech (Intelligent diagnostic tools for
plant production http://www.plant-ditech.com/ ]
• Cellular and vascular mechanisms controlling the whole plant water balance regulations
Research interests
• Improving agronomic plant vigor, abiotic stress tolerance and yield production.
• The regulatory role of plant aquaporins (water channels) in controlling plant water
balance
• Developing a high-throughput automated screening system for the on-line diagnosis of
plants and selection the best plant to the desired conditions.
• Development of quantitative criteria to screen forest trees regarding their resistance to
water deficiency and water-use efficiency
Higher Education
2001-2004 Post-doctoral fellowship (Marie Curie Individual Fellowship),
University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, Unit of Physiology &
Biochemistry, The Faculty of Bio-engineering, Agronomy and
Environment, Host: Prof. Francois Chaumont
1998-2001 Ph.D. Dept. of Agricultural Botany, The Faculty of Agricultural, Food &
Environmental Quality Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
1996-1998 M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude, Dept. of Agricultural Botany, The Faculty of
Agricultural, Food & Environmental Quality Sciences, The Hebrew
University of Jerusalem,
1993-1996 B.Sc. Agriculture, Faculty of Agricultural, Food & Environmental Quality
Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel, Main
subjects: Plant Protection, Environmental Quality
Selected list of publications
1. Weksler, S., Rozenstein, O., Haish, N., Moshelion, M., Walach, R., Ben-Dor, E (2020) A HyperspectralPhysiological Phenomics System: Measuring Diurnal Transpiration Rates and Diurnal Reflectance Remote
Sensing 12 (9), 1493
2. Attia, Z., Dalal, A., and Moshelion, M (2020). Vascular bundle sheath and mesophyll cells modulate leaf
water balance in response to chitin. The Plant Journal. Accepted-doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14598.
3. Kelly G, Egbaria A, Khamaisi B, Lugassi V, Attia Z , Moshelion M, and Granot D (2019). Guard-Cell
Hexokinase Increases Water-Use Efficiency under Normal and Drought Conditions. Frontiers in plant
science. Accepted
4. Harfouche, A.L., Jacobson, D.A., Kainer, D., Romero, J.C., Harfouche, A.H., Mugnozza, G.S.,
Moshelion, M, Tuskan, G.A., Keurentjes, J.J. and Altman, A., (2019). Accelerating Climate Resilient
Plant Breeding by Applying Next-Generation Artificial Intelligence. Trends in Biotechnology.
Doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.05.007
5. Negin B., Yaaran A, Kelly K , Zait Y and Moshelion M (2019) Mesophyll ABA restrains early growth
and flowering without directly suppressing photosynthesis. Plant Physiology DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1104/pp.18.01334
6. Negin B., Yaaran A and Moshelion M (2019) Role of guard-cell ABA in determining steady-state
stomatal aperture and prompt vapor-pressure-deficit response Plant Science.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.12.027
7. Gosa C. S, Lupo Y and Moshelion M (2018) Quantitative and comparative analysis of whole-plant
performance for functional physiological traits phenotyping: New tools to support pre-breeding and plant
stress physiology studies. Plant Science. doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.05.008
8. Galkin E, Dalal A, Evenko A, Fridman E, Kan I, Wallach R and Moshelion M (2018) Risk-management
strategies and transpiration rates of wild barley in uncertain environments, Physiologia Plantarum,
https://doi.org/10.1111/ppl.12814
9. Azoulay-Shemer T, Schwankl N, Rog I, Moshelion M and Schroeder JI (2018) Starch biosynthesis by
AGPase, but not starch degradation by BAM1/3 and SEX1, is rate-limiting for CO2-regulated stomatal
movements under short-day conditions, FEBS Letters, 592 (16) 2739–2759
10. Aidoo MK, Quansah L, Galkin E, Batushansky A, Wallach R, Moshelion M, Bonfil DJ, Fait A (2017)
A combination of stomata deregulation and a distinctive modulation of amino acid metabolism are
associated with enhanced tolerance of wheat varieties to transient drought. Metabolomics
doi:10.1007/s11306-017-1267-y
11. Dalal A, Attia Z and Moshelion M (2017) To Produce or to Survive: How Plastic is your Crop Stress
Physiology?. Frontiers in Plant Science doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2017.02067
12.Fox H s, Doron-Faigenboim A s, Kelly G s, Bourstein R s, Attia Z s, Zhou J s, Moshe Y T,
Moshelion M, David-Schwartz PI (2017) Transcriptome analysis of Pinus halepensis under drought
stress and during recovery. Tree Physiology doi:10.1093/treephys/tpx137. 3.4; 2/64 .
13. Kelly G, Sade N, Doron‐Faigenboim A, Lerner S, Shatil‐Cohen A, Yeselson Y, Egbaria A, Kottapalli J,
Schaffer A, Moshelion M, David Granot (2017) Sugar and hexokinase suppress expression of PIP
aquaporins and reduce leaf hydraulics that preserves leaf water potential. The Plant Journal DOI:
10.1111/tpj.13568
14. Wigoda N, Pasmanik-Chor M, Yang T, Yu L, Moshelion M, Moran N (2017) Differential gene
expression and transport functionality in the bundle sheath versus mesophyll – a potential role in leaf
mineral homeostasis. Journal Of Experimental Botany DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erx067
15. Halperin O, Gebremedhin A, Wallach R Moshelion M (2016) High-throughput physiological
phenotyping and screening system for the characterization of plant–environment interactions. The Plant
Journal
16.Sade N and Moshelion M (2016) Plant aquaporins and abiotic stress. In Plant Aquaporins: From
Transport to Signalling; Chaumont, F., Tyerman, S., Eds.; Springer-Verlag: Berlin-Heidelberg, Germany,
2016.
17. Yaaran A and Moshelion M (2016) Role of Aquaporins in a Composite Model of Water Transport in the
Leaf. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. doi:10.3390/ijms17071045. 3.257. 3.26; 51/163
(Chemistry, Multidisciplinary sciences)
18. Negin B and Moshelion M (2016) The evolution of the role of ABA in the regulation of water-use
efficiency: From biochemical mechanisms to stomatal conductance. Plant Science.
doi:10.1016/j.plantsci.2016.05.007. 3.36; 31/209 (Plant Sciences).
19. Negin B and Moshelion M (2016) The advantages of functional phenotyping in pre field screening for
drought-tolerant crops. Functional Plant Biology. doi.org/10.1071/FP16156 (Plant sciences).
20. Attia Z, Domec JC, Oren R, Way DA and Moshelion M (2015) Growth and physiological responses of
isohydric and anisohydric poplars to drought. Journal of experimental botany, doi:10.1093/jxb/erv195.
21. Moshelion M and Altman A (2015) Current challenges and future perspectives of plant and agricultural
biotechnology Trends in biotechnology 33 337-342.
22. Sade N, Shatil-Cohen A, Attia. Z, Maurel C Boursiac Y, Kelly G, Granot D, Yaaran A, Lerner S and
Moshelion M (2014) The Role of Plasma Membrane Aquaporins in Regulating the Bundle SheathMesophyll Continuum and Leaf Hydraulics. Plant Physiology 166: 1609-1620.
23. Moshelion M , Halperin O, Wallach R, Oren R and Way D., A (2014) The role of aquaporins in
determining transpiration and photosynthesis in water-stressed plants: crop water-use efficiency, growth
and yield. Plant, Cell & Environment doi: 10.1111/pce.12410.
24. Sade N and Moshelion M (2014) The Dynamic Isohydric-anishohydric Behavior of Plants upon Fruit
Development: Taking a Risk for the Next Generation. Tree physiology doi:10.1093/treephys/tpu070).
25. Sade D, Sade N, Shriki O, Lerner S, Gebremedhin A, Karavani A, Brotman Y, Osorio S, Fernie A.,R.,
Willmitzer L, Czosnek H and Moshelion M (2014) Water balance, hormone homeostasis and sugar
signaling are all involved in tomato resistance to Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV). Plant
Physiology 165: 1684-1697.
26. Arava Shatil-Cohen, Hadas Sibony, Xavier Draye, François Chaumont, Nava Moran and Moshelion M
(2014) Measuring the osmotic water permeability coefficient (Pf) of spherical cells: isolated plant
protoplasts as an example. The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE, e51652.
http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/51652).
27. Kelly GS, Sade NS, Attia ZS, Secchi FS, Zwieniecki Mc, Holbrook NMc, Levi AS, Alchanatis VS,
Moshelion MPI, Granot DPI. (2014) Relationship between Hexokinase and the Aquaporin PIP1 in the
Regulation of Photosynthesis and Plant Growth. PLoS One. ( doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087888).
28. Noa Wigoda, Moshelion M and Nava Moran (2014) Is the leaf bundle sheath a “smart flux valve” for K+
nutrition? Journal of Plant Physiology 171 (9), 715-722.
29. Nir Sade, Alexander Gallé, Jaume Flexas, Stephen Lerner, Gadi Peleg, Adi Yaaran and Moshelion M
(2013) Differential tissue-specific expression of NtAQP1 in Arabidopsis thaliana reveals a role for this
protein in stomatal and mesophyll conductance of CO2 under standard and salt-stress conditions. Planta
239:357–366.
30. Kelly G, Moshelion M , David-Schwartz R, Halperin O, Wallach R, Attia Z, Belausov E and Granot D
(2013) Hexokinase mediates stomatal closure. The Plant Journal 77, 664-664.
31. Nir I, Moshelion M and David Weiss (2013) The Arabidopsis GIBBERELLIN METHYL
TRANSFERASE 1 reduces whole-plant transpiration and promotes drought tolerance in transgenic
tomato. Plant, Cell and Environment. 37 (1), 113-123.
32. Kelly G, David-Schwartz R, Sade N, Moshelion M, Levi A, Alchanatis V, and Granot D (2012). High
level of AtHXK1 expression uncouples hexokinase1-dependent sugar signaling from exogenous sugar;
discovering new roles of AtHXK1. Plant physiology, 159, 47-51.
33. Lamdan. N.L., Attia. Z., Moran. N., Moshelion. M. (2011) The Arabidopsis-related halophyte
Thellungiella halophila:boron tolerance via boron complexation with metabolites? Plant, Cell &
Environment 35, 735–746. 5.145.
34. Shatil-Cohen A, Attia Z and Moshelion M . (2011) Bundle-sheath cell regulation of xylem-mesophyll
water transport via aquaporins under drought stress: a target of xylem-borne ABA?. The Plant Journal 67:
72–80.
35. Burko, Y. , Geva, Y. , Refael-Cohen, A. , Shleizer-Burko, S. , Shani, E. , Berger, Y. , Halon, E. , Chuck, G.
Moshelion, M. and Ori, N. (2011) ZRIZI MATE-type transporter is an organelle transporter that
enhances organ initiation. Plant and Cell Physiology , 52: 518-27.
36. Wallach R, Da-costa N, Raviv M and Moshelion M (2010) Development of autonomous, self-regulated
oscillations in transpiration rate of a whole tomato plant under water stress Journal of Experimental
Botany 61:3439–3449.
37. Sade N, Gebretsadik M, Seligmann R, Schwartz A, Wallach R and Moshelion M (2010). The role of
tobacco aquaporin 1 in improving water-use efficiency, hydraulic conductivity and yield production
under salt stresses. Plant Physiology 152:1-10.
38. Moshelion M , Hachez C, Martin A.B , Cavez D , Bajji M , Jung R and Chaumont F (2009) Membrane
water permeability and aquaporin expression increase during growth of maize suspension cultured cells.
Plant, Cell and Environment 32:1334-45.
39. Maymon I, Greenboim-Wainberg Y, Sagiv S, Kieber J, Moshelion M, Olszewski N and Weiss D. (2009)
Cytosolic activity of SPINDLY implies the existence of a DELLA-independent gibberellin-response
pathway. The Plant Journal 58, 979-988.
40. Sade N, Vinocur J. B, Diber A, Shatil A, Ronen G, Nissan H, Wallach R Karchi H and Moshelion
M. (2009) Improving plant stress-tolerance and yield production: is the tonoplast aquaporin SlTIP2;2 a
key to isohydric to anisohydric conversion? New Phytologist 181: 651–661.
41. Kaldenhoff R, Bertl A, Otto B, Moshelion M, Uehlein N.(2007) Characterization of plant aquaporins.
Methods in Enzymology: 428:505-31.
42. Ashkenazi M, Bader G, Kuchinsky A, Moshelion M, States D. (2007) Cytoscape ESP: simple search of
complex biological networks. Bioinformatics 24: 1465–1466.
43. Hachez C, Moshelion M, Zelazny E, Cavez D and Chaumont F (2006) Localization and quantification of
plasma membrane aquaporin expression in maize primary root: a clue to understanding their role as
cellular plumbers. Plant Mol Biol 62: 305-323.
44. Yu L, Becker D, Levi H, Moshelion M, Hedrich R, Lotan I, Moran A, Pick U, Naveh L, Libal Y, and
Moran N (2006) Phosphorylation of SPICK2, an AKT2 channel homologue from Samanea motor cells.
Journal Of Experimental Botany 57: 3583-3594.
45. Volkov V , Hachez C, Moshelion M, Draye X, Chaumont F and Fricke W (2006) Water permeability
differs between growing and non-growing barley leaf tissues. Journal of Experimental Botany 58:377-
90.
46. Chaumont F, Moshelion M and Daniels M.J (2005) Regulation of plant aquaporin activity. Biology of
the Cell 97: 749-764.
47. Fetter K, Van Wilder V, Moshelion M and Chaumont F (2004) Interactions between plasma membrane
aquaporins modulate their water channel activity The Plant Cell 16: 215-28.
48. Moshelion M, Moran N and Chaumont F, (2004) Dynamic changes in the osmotic water permeability of
protoplast plasma membrane. Plant Physiology 135:2301-17.
49. Moshelion M, Becker D, Czempinski K, Mueller-Roeber B, Attali B, Hedrich R and Moran N (2002)
Diurnal and circadian regulation of putative potassium channels in a leaf moving organ. Plant
Physiology 128:634-42.
50. Moshelion M, Becker D, Hedrich R, Biela A, Otto B, Levi H, Moran N, Kaldenhoff R (2002) Plasma
membrane aquaporins in the motor cells of Samanea Saman: diurnal and circadian regulation. The Plant
Cell 14:727-39.
51. Yu L, Moshelion M and Moran N (2001) Extracellular protons inhibit the activity of inward-rectifying K
channels in the motor cells of Samanea saman pulvini. Plant Physiology 127:1310-22.
52. Moshelion M and Moran N (2000) K+-efflux channels in extensor and flexor cells of Samanea saman
are not identical. Effects of cytosolic Ca2+. Plant Physiology 124: 911-919.

Nate Ort

Nate Ort is a part of the Crop Production and Innovation Team with the Canola Council of Canada and is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba as the Agronomy Specialist for Eastern Manitoba.  He specializes in canola physiology and storage, and assists the Canola Council with their research responsibilities, such as general administration, priority setting and proposal reviews for CARP and CAP. In 2013, Nate graduated from the University of Manitoba’s School of Agriculture with a diploma in agriculture, focusing on crop management. After that, in 2017 he completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Agronomy) at the University of Manitoba and is currently in a graduate degree program (Plant Science), also at the University of Manitoba. In the past Nate has worked as a summer student with Bayer Crop Science and was a part of a harvest crew at a cereal breeding facility just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand. Nate looks forward to utilizing good, strong science to promote established best management practices and to explore innovative systems designed to tackle challenges in the agricultural sector. 

 

 

Nick Goddard

Nick Goddard is joint CEO of the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF), and Pulse Australia. Both organisations are ‘whole of value chain’ bodies, representing the respective industries both locally and internationally. Nick has had a long and successful career in the food industry, working for the end-user portion of the agricultural value chain, with companies such as Goodman Fielder and Unilever. Nick draws on his end-user and consumer knowledge in bringing a ‘market driven’ approach to the oilseed and pulse value chains. Nick’s links with canola date back to 1985 when he introduced the canola name to the Australian market with the launch of a canola cooking oil. Now, 35 years on, canola is a household name in Australia. Nick holds an MBA, a B.Comm (Marketing), and a Grad.Dip in Rural Science, and is based in Sydney, Australia. 

Pat Flaten

Pat Flaten, Research Program Manager, Western Grains Research Foundation, has been
involved in research and extension work relating to soil and crop management for most of
her career. Currently, she is a Research Program Manager (in the area of agronomy) with
Western Grains Research Foundation after 6 years with SaskCanola as Research
Manager. She received her Master’s degree from the U of S, in the area of copper
nutrition of wheat. Among her accomplishments, she was founding manager of the
Saskatchewan Conservation Learning Centre near Prince Albert, a research and
demonstration facility for the Parkland area of Saskatchewan. Pat was also very involved
in the direct seeding movement while in Prince Albert and previously, working for the
Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association in Swift Current. She has also worked as
Head of Agriculture Programs at SIAST, as senior agronomist for a soil testing lab and
working for the Department of Soil Science at the U of S. In 2010, she was presented the
Distinguished Agrologist Award by the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

Raymond Gadoua

Raymond Gadoua, WCCRRC Canola Co-op Test Coordinator, has coordinated the Western Canada Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee Variety Registration Program for the past 22 years.  Raymond completed his Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Agronomy major) at the University of Alberta and was employed by the U of A canola breeding program as a plant breeding technologist for 9 years. 

Sally Mackenzie
The Mackenzie lab is focused on understanding how epigenetic variation impacts a crop’s ability to adjust to changing environmental conditions. Dr. Mackenzie is the Lloyd and Dottie Huck Chair for Functional Genomics at Pennsylvania State University. She also serves as director for the Plant Institute at Penn State. She received her undergraduate training in plant biology from University of California, Davis, and her M.S. and PhD training in plant breeding and molecular genetics from the University of Florida. She has been a member of the faculties of Purdue University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Penn State University, working in the model plant Arabidopsis, as well as tomato, tobacco, sorghum, soybean and, more recently, in canola.

Dr. Mackenzie is an elected fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists and the American Association for Advancement of Science.

Sally Vail

Dr. Sally Vail received a BSc (Agr) degree from the University of Guelph, an MSc and a PhD in 2010 from the University of Saskatchewan. Since 2011, Sally has been employed as a Research Scientist at AAFC as an Oilseeds Breeder where she has led or collaborated on several pre-breeding canola projects ranging from introgression of inter and intraspecific disease resistance, genetic investigations and development of agronomic and seed quality traits. Most recently, the major focus of the breeding program has been field testing, seed stock maintenance and agronomic trait identification and development (e.g. Secondary Dormancy and Nitrogen Use Efficiency) using the spring Brassica napus NAM population at AAFC. Currently, Dr. Vail is also co-investigating development of imaging techniques for field-based phenotyping of canola, in collaboration with the University of Saskatchewan’s Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC). 

 

 

Scott Day
Scott Day is a farmer from Deloraine, Manitoba. For almost 24 years Scott was an Ag Rep and Crop Diversification Specialist for Manitoba Agriculture in Southwest Manitoba. He then left the Manitoba Government in 2011 to help start the agricultural investment and management firm called “Fall Line Capital” which is based in California’s Silicon Valley. Fall Line invests in Farmland across the USA as well as new Ag Technologies around the World. Fall Line takes a very active role in the management of all their investments. Scott has direct farming experience, not only across North America, but also in Australia, Europe & the Former Soviet Union. Scott has won awards for his ag extension work and promotion of conservation agriculture including Canada’s “Zero-Till Farmer of the Year” and “Conservation Farm of the Year”. Scott has spoken about Conservation Agriculture at “AgriTechnica” in Hannover, Germany, “Crop World” in London, England, the FAO/UN in Rome, and the “World’s Fair” in Milan, Italy. Along with recent speaking opportunities such as Grainworld and other events in North America. Scott has also been a contributing author to the advanced agriculture reference books: “The Search for Sustainable Agriculture” and “Rainfed Farming Systems Around the World”. Scott most recently contributed to the book “Advances in Conservation Agriculture, Volume 2” by Amir Kassam with the UN/FAO. Scott received a BS in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1987 and is a Professional Agrologist. Scott is currently Director of Agronomy for Fall Line Capital based in San Mateo, California, but he also continues farm, with the help of his family, at Deloraine, Manitoba in Southwest Manitoba. His winters are spent at the Fall Line head office in California with his wife Ann and their summers are spent back home at the farm. Ann and Scott have a daughter Alex who is now working on a Science.
Soon Bin Neoh

Dr Neoh is the Managing Director of the Soon Soon Group of Companies, an
integrated grain, oilseed, feed and oil processing business based in Malaysia.
The company is the largest oilseed crusher in Malaysia and is involved in
soybean, canola and sunflower seed crushing.
The company also have flour milling, feed milling and food processing
operations.
We are the leading importer of Canada wheat and canola in Malaysia.
Dr Neoh has a PhD from University College London and did post doctorate
research at The University of Chicago.

Stephan Arens

Stephan Arens has a hScience Degree in Agricultural Economics 1995, Institute for Agricultural Policy and Market Research, University of Giessen

1995-1996 Researcher, Institute for Agricultural Policy and Market Research, University of Giessen

1996-1998 Scientific Staffer, Office of Member of Parliament Peter Bleser, German Bundestag Bonn

1998-2005 Advisor, German Raiffeisen Federation; since June 2003 establishing Organsation’s Office in Berlin

2006-2011 Senior Policy Adviser, Conservative Parliamentary Group (Christian Democratic Union, CDU / Christian Social Union, CSU) in the German Bundestag. Responsible on the issues Agricultural Policy and Consumer Protection Policy.

Since January 2012 Managing Director of UFOP e.V. (Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen e.V. / Union for the Promotion of Oil- and Protein-Plants)

Hon. Ted Menzies, P.C.

During a lengthy career in primary production of oilseeds, grains, pulse and spice crops, Ted played an active role in policy development in agricultural as well as international trade, through various commodity organizations.  He was president of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers, founding Vice President of Grain Growers of Canada, President of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance and director on many other boards and committees.

Ted was first elected as the Member of Parliament in 2004 for the southern Alberta federal riding of Macleod and first appointed as official opposition critic for International Trade and Development. In 2006 he was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Trade and to the Minister for the Canadian International Development Agency and then in 2007 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance.

In 2011, Ted was sworn into the Queens Privy Council for Canada as Minister of State for Finance. Besides domestic finance responsibilities, his role included overseeing international development banks and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and acting as Canada’s Governor at Finance Ministers meetings of the OECD.

After leaving government in November 2013, Ted was chosen President and CEO of CropLife Canada and Member of Crop Protection Strategy Council of CropLife International, retiring in January 2017.

Continued involvements include the Board Member of Canadian Ag Hall of Fame Assn., Board Member of Alberta’s Ag for Life, chairing the Responsible Grain Code of Practice Development Committee for the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops, Board of Governors for Olds College, Senior Associate to H and K Strategies as well as various mentorships and local boards.

Thomas Mielke
Thomas Mielke is Executive Director of ISTA Mielke GmbH in Hamburg (Germany), OIL WORLD, a leading research organization that provides global supply, demand and price analyses, statistics and forecasts for all the major oilseeds, vegetable oils & animal fats and oilmeals as well as for biodiesel and livestock products with clients in 100 countries and is recognized worldwide for its independent, authoritative and unbiased analyses. Thomas Mielke is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops all over the world. He joined the OIL WORLD team in the late-1970s, after studying economics. He is giving lectures at the University of Hamburg (TUHH). OIL WORLD was founded in 1958 and is recognized worldwide as a leading independent, authoritative and unbiased information provider. The WEEKLY and daily FLASH reports can be obtained from www.oilworld.de and also a report in Mandarin is released 2 times a week.
Tom Bruulsema

Tom Bruulsema is Chief Scientist of Plant Nutrition Canada, since 2019. With a passion for nutrient stewardship in agriculture, he has worked for the past 25 years with industry, environmental, and scientific groups to lead agricultural service providers in advancing sustainability. Recent achievements include contributions to certification programs in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Ontario, and to international initiatives in sustainable management of nitrogen and phosphorus. He served as vice-president with the International Plant Nutrition Institute from 2017 to 2019. Prior to that, he led the Institute’s Phosphorus Program (2015-2017) and served as Director for Eastern Canada and the Northeast United States, starting in 1994. Dr. Bruulsema has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of America, and the Canadian Society of Agronomy. He was previously a research associate at the University of Minnesota (1994), and an agronomist with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh (1986-1990). He holds BSc and MSc degrees in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Soil Science from Cornell University. He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Hamilton, Ontario.

Véronique Barthet

After obtaining a PhD at McGill University (Montréal, Canada), Véronique J. Barthet joined the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) in 2000 where she is the Program Manager of the Oilseeds section. Her research programs cover several areas aiming to maintain the Canadian oilseeds quality assurance program. She worked on several projects to assess the impact of seed quality on grading factors and the effect of environment on seed quality. Dr. Barthet worked to develop analytical methods to measure minor seed components (e.g. cyanogenic glycosides, n-7 fatty acids in Brassica). Her research looks at the use of rapid methods (NIR spectroscopy) to analyze seeds components. She is a member of several national and international committees, such as ISO sub-committees, AOCS uniform committee and 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 and grades, for their end-uses and marketing by the industry nationally and internationally. In Canada, Dr. Barthet has been the Chair of two ISO Sub-Committees (2 and 11) of the Technical Committee 34 dealing is fats and oils (SC11) oilseeds and oilseed meal (SC2) analyses. She was also the Past President of the Canadian Section of the American Oil Chemist Society.

Ward Toma

Ward Toma is the General Manager, Alberta Canola. He joined the Alberta Canola Producers as the General Manager in 1999. At that time, along with the administrative duties at Alberta Canola, Ward oversaw the research, grower relations, policy and communications efforts of Alberta Canola. 

Ward was part of the family farm at Hairy Hill Alberta that produced canola, cereal grains, hogs and cattle. He attended the University of Alberta, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Marketing) and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics (International Trade). 

Ward makes his home in Sherwood Park, Alberta with his wife and they are proud parents of three post-millennial children. 

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