OIA Central Branch Meeting
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Guest Speaker: Dr. Tyler Whale (President, OAFT)
Dr. Tyler Whale was raised on a 7th generation dairy farm in Wellington Country. Tyler has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at McMaster University (1999), PhD in microbiology/immunology from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan (2005) and an MBA at the University of Saskatchewan. Along with two decades of farming experience, Tyler’s work experience includes R&D within the Comparative Medicine division at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Business analysis at a biotechnology company in San Diego (Favrille Inc., MBA work term); Business Development Manager at the Saskatoon Colostrum Company; and Technology Transfer Manager and Industry Liaison Officer at the University of Guelph’s Catalyst Centre for the past six years. At the University of Guelph, Tyler was responsible for initiating collaborative R&D projects between industry and faculty, with a strong focus on the research priorities set by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Tyler has also been responsible for helping to launch two companies including a household waste recycling company in Saskatoon (Saskatoon Curbside Recycling, 2002-2012) and most recently, a green roofing company based on University of Guelph technology (Smart Green Technologies Inc., 2014).
Dr. Whale maintains an active role in his community and is a strong advocate for Canadian agriculture, the Canadian regulatory system and the opportunities Canada has in a global marketplace.
OAFT was established in 1997 as a non-profit organization. The member are from grower associations, universities, industry and government.The Mission for OAFT is to provide leadership and coordination in utilizing technology to generate wealth for the agriculture and food industries. The organization focuses on ensuring that Ontario’s producers have access to the latest technologies so that they can compete in the global market and to develop new markets.
Time: Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014
- Social: 6:00 - 6:30 pm
- Dinner: 6:30 pm
- Guest Speaker: 7:30 pm
Location: Aristotle’s Steak & Seafood House (6905 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga MAP)
Hamilton, Niagara and Guelph Branch members as always are encouraged to join us.
Note: Those folks who wish to attend just the guest speaker presentation are also welcome. Please contact Ahnand for car pooling arrangement.
Please RSVP to Ahnand Rajkumar (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.