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Science and Innovation Advisory Committee (SIAC)

The Science and Innovation Advisory Committee (SIAC) assists, educates, advises, and counsels Bioenterprise management, board and clients on trends in global research within the agri-technology sectors. The SIAC members make recommendations regarding the viability, uniqueness, defensibility and commercial potential of various technologies, products and services that are proposed to Bioenterprise as compelling innovations.

The SIAC networks with organizations or individuals including research institutes, government bodies and private sector companies of potential value to Bioenterprise's commercialization mandate. This committee participates in science, technology or commercialization think-tanks and strategy sessions, and attends seminars, summits, and trade-shows on behalf of Bioenterprise.

Dr. Richard Ablett, Ph.D., Food Science
Chief Science Director, Perennia Innovation Center; Professor, Department of Engineering, Dalhousie University

Dr. George Attard, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine
Senior Lecturer, Animal Nutrition & Animal Production, University of Malta

Dr. Trust Beta, Ph.D. & Certified Food Scientist
Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba

Ms. Donna Bottrell, RD RSE
Professor, Food & Nutrition Program, Humber College

Dr. Jim Brandle, Ph.D., Plant Breeding, University of Manitoba
CEO, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

Dr. Dominique Bureau, Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph
Professor, Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph

Dr. Thierry Chopin, Ph.D., Ecophysiology and Biochemistry of Seaweeds
Science Director, Canadian Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture Network (CIMTAN); Professor, Marine Biology, University of New Brunswick

Dr. Mike Dixon, Ph.D., Biophysics
Professor & Director, Controlled Environmental Systems Research Facility, University of Guelph

Dr. Alison Duncan, Ph.D., Nutritional Science
Professor, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph; Associate Director of Research, Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, University of Guelph

Mr. Colin Farnum
Former Senior Director, Innovation & New Technologies, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods

Dr. Peter L. Jones, Ph.D., Nutritional Biochemistry
Director, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, University of Manitoba; Director, School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University

Dr. Nuwan Sella Kapu, Ph.D., Plant Biology, Penn State University
Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of British Columbia; Assistant Director, Master of Engineering Leadership Green Bio-products, University of British Columbia

Dr. John Kelly, Ph.D., Biochemistry
Adjunct Professor, Department of Animal Biosciences & Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph; Vice-President, Life Sciences Ontario

Dr. Janice Paslawski, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Director, Risk Assessment Center of Excellence, SNC-Lavalin Inc.; Former Senior Lecturer, University of Saskatchewan

Mr. John Pickard
Executive Director, Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, Georgian College

Dr. Mohini Sain, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
Director, Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing; Dean & Professor, University of Toronto

Dr. Gord Surgeoner, Ph.D. Forest Entomology
Former Professor, Environmental Biology and Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph

Dr. Nancy Tout, Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology
Head of Regulatory and Biological Development, Syngenta Crop Protection Canada Inc.; Member, Science Review Panel, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph

Dr. Rickey Yada, Ph.D., Food Science
Dean, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia; Professor, Food Science, University of British Columbia

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