20th NAMC Speaker Biographies.
John Kelly, Ph.D.
Topic: Linking Agri-Food Innovation to Health
John Kelly is the Executive Director of MaRS Landing, a joint project partnered by the University of Guelph, the City of Guelph, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the MaRS Discovery District. He has experience in the private and public sectors where he held various positions with start-ups and multinational companies. Kelly works toward removing barriers to growth in the agriculture and food, life science and biotechnology sectors.
C. Peter Romaine, Ph.D.
Topic: Underground Drugs: Manufacture of Biopharmaceuticals in Mushrooms
Dr. C. Peter Romaine is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at The Pennsylvania State University. Romaine strives to apply new technologies emerging from the field of molecular biology to solving practical problems confronting the mushroom industry. His research interests include the transgenic breeding of Agaricus bisporus for germplasm enhancement and production of biopharmaceuticals, molecular biology of LaFrance disease, molecular characterization of Agaricus viruses, viral and fungal pathogens, molecular genetics, epidemiology, control of Trichoderma and innovations for mushroom cultivation, to name a few. Romaine has advised more than 60 students in dissertation research for advanced degrees.
David Sparling, Ph.D.
Topic: Agriculture is Changing. Farm Management Should Too!
David Sparling is Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Management and Economics, University of Guelph. In 2006 and 2007, he was the Executive Director of the Institute of Agri-Food Policy Innovation examining issues related to agriculture and food policy. He has been president of a farming company, agri-business insurance group and a biotechnology start-up. His research is in the areas of the new bioeconomy and agri-food policy, value chains and commercializing new technologies.
Topic: The best crisis is the one avoided. The second best crisis is the one managed.
Kevin Stewart has a degree in Economics and Political Science but his real interest is in the media. With his wife Debbie, he founded AGVISION, Inc. in 1999. The AGVISION TV show is a 30-minute, weekly television series focused on farm management strategies. The series airs across Canada and has won media excellence awards. Stewart says action always follows belief so communicate with the public prior to a crisis as an insurance policy for disasters. He also says to build a brand trust with the public. Visit www.agvisiontv.com for more information.
Topic: Growing Issues: The Future of Mushroom Faming and Agriculture
Richard Worzel is a futurist. He explores topics that influence lives, businesses and society. He helps corporations and associations including Ford, IBM, Bell Canada, Xerox, Nortel and Lucent Technologies plan for the future. While his focus is North America, he also deals with global issues. Worzel will produce a road map of the future to help navigate the difficult times ahead. For more information visit www.futureresearch.com