Manjeet Sethi leaves PMC

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
If latest news: 
Check if it is latest news (for "Latest News" page)
Publish date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Click to leave a comment

CAPTCHA
For security purposes, please confirm you are not a robot!

RELATED NEWS

United Fresh names best in show virtual exhibit booths

Canadians won two of the six booth awards at the United Fresh LIVE! show. Best Overall Booth was won by greenhouse grower Sunset/Mastronardi Produce Ltd., Kingsville, Ontario. Best FreshMKT Booth was won by Pure Flavor – Pure Hothouse Foods, Inc. Leamington, Ontario. 

Davis Yung champions initiative for frontline workers

Davis Yung, the new chair of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA), has hit the ground running, spearheading a new initiative to deliver produce to frontline workers. 500 shopping bags, brimming with produce, recognize their thankless work throughout the pandemic thus far.

Davis Yung to chair 2020-21 CPMA board of directors

Just like the industry itself, Davis Yung brings a dynamic leadership style to the Canadian Produce Marketing Association. Its diverse membership is comprised of every segment of the produce industry supply chain which is responsible for 90 per cent of the fresh fruit and vegetable sales in Canada. 

Virtual New Product Showcase awards announced

The Virtual New Product Showcase honours four product categories: the organic product award, packaging innovation award, best snackable product and best new product award. The Little Potato Company’s Easy Sides won best new product. 

New chair for Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission

Pork and chicken producer Amy Cronin has been appointed chair of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission for a two-year term.