Dr. Josh Henry

Dr. Josh Henry is a Technical Services Specialist with Ball Seed, providing support to growers across North America. In this role, Henry helps solve a wide range of grower problems for both young plant suppliers and customers. With a background in plant nutrition and diagnostics, he focuses on optimizing environmental and other abiotic factors to improve crop quality. Henry completed his undergraduate education at The Ohio State University and his MS and PhD at North Carolina State University in Horticultural Science with an emphasis on greenhouse production.

Scott Golem

Scott leads and supports the success of applied research projects mainly for the Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN), a Niagara College-led initiative that brings together research institutions and greenhouse and technology businesses to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new technologies. Research projects focus on validating novel products and/or technology through testing within greenhouses. Thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Applied Research and Technology Partnership, Scott will lead cannabis and hemp projects, in addition to GTN projects.

With over 14 years of experience in teaching and research, Scott has a diverse background in plant science, genetics, as well as indoor, outdoor and greenhouse cultivation. Having led roles as a Master Grower and Plant Scientist for major cannabis companies, he has led numerous projects focused on optimizing crop production and breeding/developing new cultivars.

Scott holds a BSc in Forensic Science from Trent University, an MSc in Biotechnology from Brock University, and a Post-graduate Certificate in Commercial Cannabis Production from Niagara College. Currently, Scott shares his expertise as a part-time faculty member at Niagara College, teaching in the Commercial Cannabis Production Program and the Biological Sciences Department at Brock University.

Dr. Jonathan Griffiths

Dr. Jonathan Griffiths is a Research Scientist specializing in Molecular Plant Virology with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in Vineland, Ontario. Research in the Griffiths lab focuses on the molecular biology and genomic diversity of plant viruses in various fruit production systems including tomatoes, tree fruits, grapes, and berries. Major research areas include genetic resistance to tomato brown rugose fruit virus, plant virus diversity in pollen from different fruit production systems, and transmission of grapevine red blotch virus. Dr. Griffiths has a M.Sc. in Plant Biology from Western University and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of British Columbia.

Judy Colley

Judy is the IPM Technical Lead for Plant Products in Ancaster, with more than 30 years’ experience working with beneficial insects. She specializes in tropical plants, annuals and potted plants in the greenhouse as well as field and high tunnel berries.
Judy also has experience as an IPM instructor at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture and at Niagara College.

Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk

Dr. Alexandra Grygorczyk is a Research Scientist at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre who specializes in Consumer, Sensory and Market Insights. In the past decade at Vineland, she has been leading diverse grant-funded research projects and providing contract services to support the food and horticulture industries. Her areas of research include investigating opportunities for utilization of horticulture by-product streams, developing new instrumental methods for predicting sensory properties of produce, and examining the drivers of consumer preferences for fruits, vegetables, ornamental plants and related products. Grygorczyk obtained her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Food Science at McGill University and her PhD at the University of Guelph.

Dr. Brian Lynch

Dr. Brian Lynch is the Director of Horticulture Technology Solutions at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Lynch started at Vineland in 2018 as a Senior Research Scientist, Automation and has led teams of engineers and technicians on projects tackling R&D problems in horticultural automation and robotics. In 2023, Lynch was named Director of Vineland’s Horticulture Technology Solutions, a hub for testing, validating and optimizing technology solutions for the Canadian and international horticultural industry. Previous to Vineland, Brian was Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa.

Dr. Rupp Carriveau

Dr. Rupp Carriveau is the Director of the Environmental Energy Institute and Co-Director of the Turbulence and Energy Lab at the University of Windsor. His research activities focus on energy systems futures. Dr. Carriveau serves on the Editorial Boards of Wind Engineering, Advances in Energy Research, and the International Journal of Sustainable Energy. He recently Guest-Edited special editions of Energies and The Journal of Energy Storage. Carriveau was a recipient of the University Scholar Award and has acted as a Research Ambassador for the Council of Ontario Universities. He is a Founder of the Offshore Energy and Storage Society (OSES) and Co-Chaired recent OSES Events in Ningbo China, Brest France, and Malta. Carriveau is Chair of the IEEE Ocean Energy Technology Committee and has been named to Canada’s Clean50 for his contributions to clean capitalism.