Rose Séguin

Rose Séguin is an agronomist specializing in controlled environment agriculture, with previous experience in indoor agriculture, agricultural innovation systems, and agricultural development in remote areas of Canada. She holds a bachelor’s degree in agro-environmental sciences and a master’s degree in bioresource engineering from McGill University, during which she published several peer-reviewed articles and technical reports pertaining to controlled environment agriculture and sustainable agriculture. In her role as an agronomist at Sollum Technologies, Rose works with growers to implement dynamic lighting strategies over various greenhouse crops, analyze production data and track progress towards production targets.

Gary Vollmer

Gary has been product manager and technical support at Selecta for the past 12 years. He’s also co-owner of J-n-G Blooms in Mount Vernon, WA, a greenhouse business focused on retail and commercial sales of large combination planters. Prior to that, he was the planning and production manager of wholesale grower Smith Gardens for over 15 years in Bellingham, WA.

Brian Cantin

A graduate of the University of Guelph, Brian majored in Plant Physiology, with a minor in Plant Protection. He took on a greenhouse research position with the Brooks Horticultural Research centre in Brooks, Alberta, where he continued his post-graduate studies, majoring in soil sciences and substrates at the University of Alberta and Texas A&M University. After his studies, Brian took a position with the R&D division of the Alberta Gas Trunk line, designing and developing waste heat greenhouses that could harness the energy from pumping stations. Once greenhouses in Princess and Joffre Alberta were built, he continued to manage two waste heat projects. Brian then joined Yoder as Head Grower and Manager of Technical Support, which eventually turned into a consulting business, Applied Techniques. Today, Brian is a senior grower advisor at Berger. He helps customers resolve their cultivation challenges and improve their growing practices.

James Dyck, PEng

James Dyck is the Engineering Specialist for Crop Systems and Environment with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), based in Vineland Ontario. James was raised on a cash crop and hog farm in the Niagara Region, and completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Waterloo. He has a particular interest in energy use and efficiency of farm production processes. His work at OMAFRA focuses on best practices, innovations and environmental impacts of grain drying and storage, field equipment, precision agriculture, and greenhouse gas reduction.

Chevonne Dayboll, PhD 

Chevonne Dayboll is the greenhouse floriculture specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Chevonne works to connect growers with up-to-date information on floriculture crop production, nutrition and related issues. In addition, she is involved in a wide variety of collaborative research and demonstration projects related to the floriculture sector.

Ronald Hoek

Ronald Hoek has worked for more than 10 years in energy transition and the last eight years on data-driven solutions for the international greenhouse industry. He has broad experience in marketing, product development, operations, and technology. As the CEO of Blue Radix, he works with industry partners as well as his team to enable growers to meet their daily challenge: produce more food and flowers with fewer resources.

Niki Bennett

Niki has been with OGVG since 2014 and oversees research projects on behalf of over 200 member-greenhouses who grow cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes in Ontario. Niki is also active in seeking out crop protection solutions, promoting plant health, advocating for increased research funding and involved in many provincial and national initiatives. The Ontario greenhouse vegetable sector represents approximately 3000 acres and an annual farm gate value of more than $1 billion

Thomas Graham, PhD

Thomas Graham is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences and holds the PhytoGro Research Chair in Controlled Environment Systems at the University of Guelph. Thomas completed a prestigious Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center before returning to UoG where he continues to develop a broad-based, interdisciplinary controlled environment agriculture (CEA) research and teaching program. His research activities encompass many international and domestic collaborations covering such topics as CEA water remediation, bioregenerative life support for human space exploration, northern and remote community food insecurity, high intensity urban and peri-urban agriculture, medical crop migration and standardization, and plant-environment interactions and optimization. Thomas is also active in STEM outreach activities through such programs as Tomatosphere, and he sits on several journal editorial boards and is an active peer reviewer.

Fadi Al-Daoud, PhD 

Fadi Al-Daoud, PhD, is the greenhouse vegetable specialist at the Ontario Ministry of
Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). His portfolio includes vegetables and cannabis grown in controlled environments, such as greenhouses, warehouses and vertical farms. After earning his doctorate from the Department of Biology at McMaster University with a specialization in molecular plant pathology, Fadi worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Fredericton, New Brunswick, and in the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph, Ontario. He has conducted both applied and fundamental research of horticultural and field crops, and has experience communicating his research to the scientific community and producers. Today, he works in collaboration with producers, researchers and industry partners to advance controlled environment agriculture in Ontario.

Michael Brownbridge, PhD

Michael Brownbridge, PhD, has over 30 years of industry experience in production systems, biological control and integrated pest management – with an extensive research history. He previously held positions at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Canada), AgResearch Ltd. (New Zealand), and the University of Vermont among others. Michael joined BioWorks in 2019, as the Biological Program Manager – Disease Control. In this position, he is responsible for accelerating the adoption of current and new biological products while providing expert advice and guidance to customers and partners