Genome Prairie

Board Members

Our Board of Directors is composed of prominent members of the Prairie, and North American, research community. Board members have a diverse range of experience and expertise that spans across science and business.  

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Mr. Bill Johnson (Chair)

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Mr. Bill Johnson, MBA

Bill Johnson has been involved in business in Canada for more than 30 years. Bill earned his economics degree from the University of Saskatchewan and his MBA from the University of Calgary. He is currently a Sr. Financial Advisor at CIBC. Previously, he was Sr. Director of Public Affairs for PotashCorp, where he managed all aspects of the corporation’s public reputation for a decade. He is a Certified Management Consultant and has worked with organizations of all sizes from startups to multi-national corporations in managing and growing their business lines.

Mr. Johnson has served as a Board member of numerous organizations, and was Chair of the Royal University Hospital Foundation in Saskatoon. He brings to his role as a Director at Genome Prairie many years of experience in board governance, strategic planning, audit and risk management.

Ms. Patty Rosher (Vice-Chair)

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Ms. Patty Rosher, MBA, MSc

Patty Rosher is the Assistant Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).

The CGC is responsible for regulation of the grain handling industry and works to ensure the integrity and marketability of Canadian grain for the domestic and international grain trade, from producer to global consumer.

Prior to joining the CGC, Ms. Rosher was general manager of Keystone Agricultural Producers. She was also a director with Manitoba Agriculture for seven years, including a stint as the acting general manager and COO of the Food Development Centre. Prior to that, she spent 18 years at the Canadian Wheat Board in policy, program management and marketing.

Ms. Rosher holds a master’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in science (agricultural economics) and a bachelor’s degree in commerce.

She has served on the boards of her community centre, her condominium board and Mediation Services of Winnipeg.

Mr. Mike Lesiuk

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Mr. Mike Lesiuk

As a University of Manitoba Agriculture Economics graduate, Mr. Lesiuk went on to enjoy a rewarding career in agriculture lending, farm mediation and agriculture policy in progressive analytical and management roles. He retired from the Province of Manitoba in early 2018 and is currently taking on a variety of roles, including assisting agriculture organizations on strategic projects, officiating local and professional tennis and, most recently, serving on Genome Prairie’s Board of Directors

In his prior Acting Assistant Deputy Minister and Director positions with Manitoba’s Department of Agriculture, Mr. Lesiuk led a high-performance team responsible for advising senior bureaucrats and elected officials on agriculture policy matters. He also led the development on implementation of programs designed to sustainably grow Manitoba’s agriculture and food industry.

Mr. David Migadel

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Mr. David Migadel

David Migadel recently retired from the Federal Public Service as a senior executive after 35 years of service. Throughout his career Mr. Migadel has led program delivery and policy development in multiple roles and departments, including with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, and the Canada Firearms Centre.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, his responsibilities have included serving Canadians in the West and Northern Canada, ensuring their needs and regional circumstances were reflected in policy development and in tailored delivery of programs and services. Mr. Migadel has extensive experience in making strong connections with diverse stakeholder groups and in building consensus and partnerships to achieve common goals. He has worked with Chambers of Commerce, business leaders, NGOs, academia, Indigenous organizations, user groups and provincial Chiefs of Police Associations just to name a few. He has supported the United Way and Health Partners in campaigning within the Alberta Capital region and is a regular volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

Mr. Migadel is a certified Professional Director, a graduate from the Government of Canada Executive Development Program and holds an Honours Diploma in Telecommunications Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.

Ms. Kendra Mueller

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Ms. Kendra Mueller, B.S.A, P. Ag.

After growing up on a farm in northeast Saskatchewan, Kendra Mueller has had a passion for agriculture for her entire life. She and her husband Gordon now run a 7,500-acre grain farm near Humboldt, which produces a variety of grain, oilseed and pulse crops. They use the latest technology to operate the farm in a long-term, sustainable manner.

As a Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate and Senior Accounts at Farm Credit Canada, Ms. Mueller serves a diverse range of agribusiness customers, including top-tier accounts for the province of Saskatchewan. Her deep knowledge of the agriculture industry, and of agriculture finance, allow her to bring real value to her relationships with customers, helping them grow and succeed in a highly competitive marketplace.

Ms. Mueller earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a longstanding member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, holding a Professional Agrologist designation. She is currently completing her Directors Education Program through the Institute of Corporate Directors and University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Ms. Mueller is a past Board member of Ag-West Bio and the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission, as well as serving on the selection committee for SREDA’s Agriculture Technology HARVEST Program. She is also a basketball coach and a tireless volunteer for her local community. Kendra and Gordon have three awesome kids who are also very passionate about agriculture.

Dr. Jenisa Naidoo

Dr. Jenisa Naidoo, M.D.

Dr. Jenisa Naidoo is a successful healthcare executive, physician and medical educator with more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare environment including 15 years of medical director experience. She has demonstrated a strong performance in shaping healthcare policy, providing healthcare solutions and teaching with an excellent track record of obtaining results through strong interpersonal skills, business acumen, clinical knowledge and team building.

In her capacity as a Lab Director, she designed and led the project to build a world class laboratory facility in Winnipeg, successfully merged three laboratory organizations and cultures, project lead in the introduction and implementation of a leading edge technology, liquid-based cytology in Manitoba. She is also Black Belt Certified in Lean, six Sigma.

As Medical Educator, she helped shape the MD undergraduate program and received overall teaching awards in the MD program. Dr. Naidoo serves as medical advisor/provincial representative in Manitoba where she is able to influence and shape patient safety, regulatory requirements and policy in healthcare (laboratories and DI), provide medical expertise (laboratory physician) in various provincial projects and initiatives provincially with positive outcome for providers and patients.

In her spare time, she enjoys travelling the world, appreciating cultural and political diversity and is active in anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

Dr. Curtis Rempel

Dr. Curtis Rempel, MBA, PhD, PAg

Dr. Curtis Rempel is Vice President, Crop Production and Innovation, Canola Council of Canada; Adjunct Professor, Dept of Food & Nutrition Science, Richardson Centre for Functional Foods, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba.

He joined the Canola Council of Canada in July 2012. Curtis is responsible for (i) directing the Crop Production Team Agronomists with a mandate to optimize profitability for producers and the supply chains they serve while minimizing production risk, (ii) developing research priorities for canola production, oil and meal utilization, (iii) developing sustainability and production stewardship guidelines, (iv) liaising between producers, industry and academia to optimize extension activity as it pertains to canola production and innovation, (v) manage the coordination of the trials and budget for the Western Canada Canola/Rapeseed Recommending Committee (WCCRRC) and the Canola Performance Trials, (vi) monitor and manage issues related to domestic and global biotechnology acceptance and regulation, (vii) manage the CP&I budgets ($2 million) and direct GF2, ARDI, MITACS and CARP research activities and budgets ($20 million), (viii) represent Canadian canola’s best interests with industry and professional groups and numerous other activities.

Curtis was raised on a farm specializing in dairy and special crops in southeastern Manitoba and is still involved with commercial farm production. His education includes a BSc and MSc from the University of Manitoba, PhD from the University of Guelph, and MBA from Athabasca University/University of Guelph. Prior to joining the Canola Council of Canada, Dr. Rempel has worked as a research scientist for Agriculture and Agrifood Canada, has taught at numerous universities and community colleges in Canada, and has operated his own consulting company for 10 years, primarily providing business and marketing strategy and scientific counsel to Fortune 500 companies. In the corporate sector, Dr. Rempel worked for 8 years in R&D, corporate finance and business strategy and development at Monsanto Corp, as a senior consultant for Meyers, Norris, Penny focusing on commodity marketing, renewable energy, intellectual property protection, enterprise software applications, and scientific competitiveness and most recently as the Business Development Manager at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods & Nutraceuticals.

Dr. Rempel is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Food Science and his current research interests include (1) “green” extraction technology; 2) extraction and characterization of bioactive molecules from oilseed crops and medicinal plants of the tall grass prairie and boreal forest; 3) development of functional foods, biopharmaceuticals, drug delivery platforms, and bioindustrial products from co-streams of crop processing.

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst

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Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst, PhD

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is Associate Vice-President (Research), University of Manitoba. Previously, Dr. Farenhorst served as Associate Dean (Research) and professor of soil science in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and is a Registered Professional Agrologist. She joined UM in 1997 and holds a doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Toronto and a doctorandus degree in physical geography and soil science from the University of Amsterdam. An active researcher, she holds grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and has supervised more than 100 students and postdoctoral fellows in natural and social science research projects.

Dr. Farenhorst has been recognized for her professional contributions through a range of awards including WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award (2016), the Ms. and Mrs. Ralph Campbell Award for Meritorious Service in University Outreach (2015) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for leadership in pesticide research and community involvement.

Dr. Shawn Gibson

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Dr. Shawn Gibson, PhD

Dr. Shawn Gibson is the Executive Director of the Agriculture Research Branch in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan and has expertise in plant molecular biology and physiology. 

Dr. Gibson’s work focuses on the Ministry of Agriculture’s science, research and innovation funding which involves engaging with stakeholders in the agriculture industry to coordinate provincial investments into organizations, people, projects and in the demonstration of new agricultural practices and technologies. Prior to his position as Executive Director, he was the Manager of the Research Unit and Research Specialist for Value Added Processing in the Agriculture Research Branch. He is based out of Regina.

Dr. Peter W.B. Phillips

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Dr. Peter W.B. Phillips, PhD, MSc, BA

Dr. Peter Phillips is Distinguished Professor of Policy and Founding Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Center for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He earned his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked for 13 years as an economist in industry and government. His research explores bioscience innovation policy related to global food security.

Dr. Phillips has held visiting appointments at the LSE, EUI, OECD, Chatham House and Universities of Edinburgh, Western Australia, and UTS Sydney. He has won major peer-reviewed grants worth >$250 million, is author/editor of 17 books, >75 articles and >70 chapters and serves as an expert advisor for firms and governments around the world.