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Member biographies for the Canadian Plant Health Council

Annette Anderson

Annette Anderson

Director, Agriculture Development Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Annette has been with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) since 1987. She recently accepted the position of Director, Agriculture Development Branch in September, 2018. The branch is involved in development and delivery of integrated pest management, applied research and technology transfer programs as well as provincial coordination of minor use/emergency use registrations and other plant health initiatives.

Annette spent several years in the Deputy Minister's office as Executive Assistant and has held management positions in Greenhouse, Agroforestry and Specialty Crops, Business Management and Research and Innovation. Annette also has private sector experience working in the fertilizer and crop protection industry.

Annette is a graduate of the University of Guelph and the Ivey Executive Program.

William Anderson

William Anderson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Plant Health and Biosecurity Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Chief Plant Health Officer of Canada.

Bill received his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry in 1993 from the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. After working as a Research Associate at the National Research Council's Plant Biotech Institute in Saskatoon, he left the laboratory setting to work in the ag-biotech private sector. Bill joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in 2002 and has held various management positions working on programs and policies in areas related to plant health, animal health and food safety, including substantive acting roles as Associate Vice-President and Chief Science Operating Officer in Science Branch. Bill is currently the Executive Director, Plant Health and Biosecurity Directorate in the Policy and Programs Branch at the CFIA and the Chief Plant Health Officer of Canada.

Ian Affleck

Ian Affleck

Vice-President, Plant Biotechnology, CropLife Canada

Ian Affleck is the vice-president of plant biotechnology for CropLife Canada. In this role, Ian works with domestic and international agricultural stakeholders and governments on the development of policies, regulations, and science related to plant biotechnology. Prior to joining CropLife Canada, Ian worked at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for 10 years, where his work focused on the regulation of novel plants and new varieties.

Ian holds a bachelor of science in agriculture from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, concentrating on agronomy and pest management. He also holds a master’s degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph, specializing in horticulture and plant breeding.

Ian has been involved in agriculture from an early age, having grown up on a potato farm in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island.

Miles Beaudin

Miles Beaudin

Director, Primary Agriculture, Manitoba Agriculture

Miles is currently the director of Primary Agriculture at Manitoba Agriculture where he leads industry development and extension to the livestock and crop industry. He is responsible for the Livestock, Crop and Diversification Branch's strategic and business planning, staffing, budgeting as well as overseeing program delivery by the sections. Miles was previously the manager of Quality Assurance and Labor at Manitoba Pork, where he was responsible for programming for on farm food safety, animal care and swine production among other tasks. He completed his MBA in food and Agribusiness Management at the University of Guelph in 2008 after completing his degree in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba in 1997.

Fouad Daayf

Fouad Daayf, Ph.D.

Professor of Plant Pathology, Head of the Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba

Dr. Daayf is Professor of Plant Pathology and Head of the Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba (Canada). He got both MSc (1989) and PhD (1993) from the University of Montpellier (France) then a Doctor ès-Science degree (1999) from Cadi-Ayyad University (Morocco). Dr. Daayf worked as a Post-Doc fellow at Laval University, QC, Canada (1994-1997), Research Associate at AAFC Charlottetown PEI (1997-2000), and joined the University of Manitoba as Assistant Professor in 2000. He served as Associate Department Head from 2007 to 2013, then as Acting Department Head (2013-2014) before accepting the position of Department Head in Jan 2015. Dr. Daayf served in the presidency track of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) from 2010 to 2014. He has been Chair of the CPS Manitoba section since 2001. He served as Executive Member of "Groupe Polyphenols" (2004-2008), and as Associate Editor of several scientific journals including "Plant Pathology Journal" Asian Network for Scientific Information (2005-2006), "Potato Research" Springer, London UK (2006-2013), "Diversity" MDPI, Switzerland (2008-2013), "Journal of Pathogens" SAGE-Hindawi, London, UK (2010-2013), "Journal of integrated Omics", Omics group, Spain (2010-2012), as Senior Editor for "Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology" Elsevier, London UK (2013-2016), and as Section Editor for the Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology (2013-2018). He is currently serving as Associate Editor for "BioControl" Springer, London UK (2014-present). Dr. Daayf is a reviewer for several national and international granting agencies. He has co-edited several books and co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed and other publications, and over 100 conference communications. He holds several merit awards and scholarships.

Nathalie Durand

Nathalie Durand

Executive Director, Crops and Horticulture Division, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Nathalie Durand has spent most of her career at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and has a vast experience of working on agricultural issues, both domestic and trade. Most recently, she was on an assignment at the Farm Products Council of Canada as interim executive director where she oversaw the operations of the supply managed poultry and eggs agencies as well as the promotion and research agencies. She also held different senior positions at AAFC, including as Director of the Americas where she worked at building more solid relationships with the U.S. and Mexico, and as Director of the Trade Negotiations Division where she provided leadership on the World Trade Organisation Doha Round of negotiations as well as the exploratory talks between Canada and the European Union that led to the conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. She also held other positions in other federal departments including at Global Affairs Canada where she headed up the group that administers Canada's agricultural import controls.

Nathalie holds a Bachelor and Master degree in Economics from Laval University, Quebec.

David Feindel

David Feindel, Ph.D.

Director, Plant and Bee Health Surveillance Section, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry

Dr. David Feindel is the Director of the Plant and Bee Health Surveillance Section, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry. This position involves coordinating a multi-disciplinary team that is responsible for monitoring/surveillance, research, and training/extension activities focused on pest management in cropping systems. Before joining Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Feindel worked for fourteen years in private industry, involved in the research and development of pest control products; he has also spent more than eight years in Africa and the Middle East on farming system projects. Dr. Feindel has a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan and an MSc/BSc from the University of Guelph; both degrees are in the area of crops and soils production.

Barry Ford

Barry Ford

General Manager, Canada Wood

Barry Ford has a wealth of knowledge and expertise with over 30 years of experience in the international forest industry with an extensive background in sales and marketing of coastal and interior B.C. forest products to world markets. As General Manager of Canada Wood Group, Barry oversees global infrastructure operations, including branch offices, staffing and budgets. Barry also represents Canada Wood on Phytosanitary and Market Access related matters. In this capacity he sits on various working group committees including the Canada Forest Phytosanitary Working Group (CFPWG). He also serves as Marketing Director for the Council of Forest Industries (COFI), for which he leads coast industry marketing programs.

Anthony Hopkin

Anthony Hopkin, Ph.D.

Director, Entomology and Phytosanitary Research, Pacific Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada

Anthony Hopkin received his Ph.D. from the Department of Botany at the University of Manitoba in 1986. He worked as an NSERC Fellow at the Northern Forestry Centre on pine stem rusts under Dr. Yasu Hirtasuka from 1986 to 1989. He then took a position as a research scientist in forest pathology at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) in Ontario, with the then Forest Insect and Disease Survey. He moved into the position of Science Director at GLFC in 2005, and later as Director of Entomology and Phytosanitary research in Victoria BC. In his capacity as a scientist and research director, Anthony has worked closely with the CFIA and various provinces to address issues related to forest alien species.

Rebecca Lee

Rebecca Lee, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Canadian Horticultural Council

Rebecca joined the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) in August 2016 as Executive Director. Rebecca has significant experience in the industry. She spent six years as Technical Director of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), where she also served as Acting Executive Director. During her time with NAPPO, she worked very closely with government, research and industry representatives from Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

Prior to that, she worked as Technical Director with the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, for whom she designed the Colombian Centre for Innovation in Floriculture. She then served as Executive Director of the Centre for six years. She also helped manage a 40 ha vegetable farm, transitioning 2 ha to organic, and led farmer-based research at a university horticulture research centre.

Rebecca holds a BSc in agriculture from McGill, a Masters in Rural Extension from the University of Guelph, and her PhD in Social Science and Ecological Agriculture from Wageningen University in The Netherlands.

Krista Thomas

Krista Thomas

Director of Plant Innovation, Canada Grains Council

Krista Thomas is the Director of Plant Innovation with the Canada Grains Council (CGC), an organization of grain industry interests, representing producers, crop input companies, grain companies, and grain processors. The Council works to coordinate and improve dialogue within industry and between industry and governments.

Prior to joining the CGC, Krista held various positions with the Canadian federal government, including with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as the National Manager of the Plant Biosafety Office, responsible for regulating the environmental release of plants with novel traits. Krista also worked at the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council, a body that enhances economic competitiveness by aligning regulatory systems, while maintaining protection for health, safety and the environment. Krista holds a M.Sc. in plant agriculture from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

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