Dr. Jim Brandle resigns

Dr. Jim Brandle

Dr. Jim Brandle, CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland), has announced his resignation effective November 9, 2018.  He’s been in the role since its start-up in 2007 and spent the last decade positioning Vineland as the leading centre for horticulture innovation in Canada. He also attracted a skilled team of leaders who will maintain scientific rigour and operational excellence going forward. 

 

 “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to wish Jim continued success in his career and thank him for his years of service and strong leadership,” said Dr. Warren Jestin, Vineland’s board chair. “Jim has been a tireless advocate of the importance of research and innovation to Canada’s growth and prosperity and he will be missed at Vineland.”

 

Vineland’s Board has created a search committee to replace Dr. Brandle.

 

In other organization changes, Dr. Tania Humphrey has been named Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for the organization effective immediately. She joined Vineland in 2008 and most recently served as director of strategic planning & research management for the organization. She received her PhD in Plant Biology from the University of Queensland, Australia.

 

In this new role, Dr. Humphrey will oversee a team of research directors including Dr. Daryl Somers, Dr. Michael Brownbridge, Dr. Gideon Avigad and Dr. Amy Bowen. Cheryl Lennox, director of marketing & communications will also report to Dr. Humphrey.

 

Gary Moffatt will continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Vineland, a position he was appointed to in 2012. He holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Management degree from McMaster University. He is also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and holds a P.Eng designation. 

Publish date: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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