Tyler Groeneveld, Corteva Agriscience’s North American director of grains and oils, has been elected chair of Protein Industries Canada’s (PIC) board of directors, a Sept. 20 news release said. Groeneveld has served on the board of directors since the inception of PIC in 2018.
“I am humbled and honoured to serve as chair of Protein Industries Canada,” Groeneveld said in the release. “As we collaborate to further innovation in the production of food, feed, fuel and bioproducts, we will create new economic growth and jobs for Canada. I look forward to working with my fellow board members to continue to grow this important sector.”
The release noted that Frank Hart, who was the inaugural chair of PIC and served in that capacity since 2018, remains on the board of directors.
“I am grateful for my time as chair of Protein Industries Canada and look forward to continuing to support the organization as a director of the board,” Hart said in the release. “With our second mandate now underway, it was a natural time to pass the baton to a new board chair to support the continued success of Protein Industries Canada and Canada’s plant-based sector.”
PIC welcomed four new board members for three-year terms. These new board members include:
- Anja Geitmann, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and associate vice-principal (Macdonald Campus) of McGill University in Quebec
- Dori Gingera-Beauchemin, retired public servant and farmer in Manitoba
- Jacqueline Khayat, head of business development and marketing for Virentia in Quebec
- Jennifer Marchand, government and industry relations lead for Cargill in Manitoba
Leaving the board are Karen Chad, Karen Churchill, Laurie Dmytryshyn and Mary Donlevy-Konkin, the release said. PIC’s annual general meeting was held in Edmonton, Alta. on Sept. 12 and 13, with more than 170 attendees, including a delegation from the United Kingdom. Highlights of the event included the announcement of a $20 million joint call for collaborative research and development projects between PIC and Innovate UK, and a matchmaking event between Canadian and UK companies.