Manjeet Sethi, executive director for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pest Management Centre in Ottawa, has announced his departure from the post. While at the helm since April 2009, he has been praised for his leadership by research scientists and for his strong ties with the grower community.
In a note to stakeholders on January 23, he said: “It is with mixed feelings that I must inform you that I will be leaving the Pest Management Centre. I have accepted a position as Director General with Corrections Services Canada dealing with mental health issues, currently a challenging Canadian issue.”
“I wish to acknowledge the following people who went above and beyond to help, support and advise me as I led the PMC: Drs. Jerry Baron and Dan Kunkel from the IR-4; Pat Curry, Susan Wong and Jennifer Selwyn from the Pest Management Regulatory Agency; Jim Chaput, Caroline Bédard and Luc Urbain, Provincial Minor Use Coordinators; Anne Fowlie, Tracey Shinners-Carnelley, Gary Brown, Charles Stevens and Craig Hunter from the Canadian Horticultural Council; Cary Gates from Flowers Canada; and Pierre Petelle from CropLife Canada. I am grateful and thankful to all PMC staff at all of the sites for a job well done, and for the many others within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada who contribute to the success of the two PMC programs.”
Sethi has had a long career in agriculture, starting with his undergraduate and graduate degrees in veterinary sciences at the Haryana Agricultural University in India. He earned a PhD in Veterinary Immunology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. After that, he was director, program network, Atlantic region for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) based in Moncton, New Brunswick. He moved to Ottawa in 2005 to become director, research and development for CFIA.
His last chapter at the Pest Management Centre has been marked by outreach and involvement with the Codex process as well as trips to China to encourage development of a minor use program. In fact, the third global minor use summit, will be hosted in Montreal from October 1-4, 2017.
The Pest Management Centre operates from its headquarters at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. It also operates out of the following agricultural research centers across the country:
- Kentville Research and Development Centre
- Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre
- London Research and Development Centre (Vineland)
- Harrow Research and Development Centre
- Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (Scott)
- Summerland Research and Development Centre
- Agassiz Research and Development Centre