Scientific Advisory Committee
Dr. Donald L. Smith, PhD
Professor James McGill, McGill University
Donald Smith PhD is a world renowned expert in the field of plant-microbe interactions. His expertise will be crucial in the development of the next generation of biostimulants. This will take place according to five axis of research in this relatively new field of improved plant production. Donald Smith is a James McGill Professor working in the Plant Sciences Department of McGill University. He is also the General Manager and Scientific Director of BioFuelNet Canada (www.biofuelnet.ca). During his 30-year tenure at McGill, his research has led to more than 300 publications, nine patents pending, as well as a spin-off company, Bios Agriculture Inc.
Dr. Peter Sikkema, PhD
Professor Weed Science, Guelph University
Peter Sikkema PhD teaches weed management at the University of Guelph. He is responsible for weed research programs in horticultural and field crops. His knowledge and experience on the effects of agrochemicals products on plant metabolism will play a key role in developing new products. He has published more than 200 scientific papers. He is a ”Fellow” of the Canadian Weed Science Society as well as the Weed Science Society of America.
Dr. David Hooker, PhD
Agronomy Professor, Guelph University
David Hooker PhD teaches Agronomy at Guelph University where he is in charge of the agronomic research programs. His work has been centered on production systems (wheat, soybean and corn) to improve productivity and profitability. His expertise in evaluating the interactions between different production environments, different production methods used by producers, as well as innovative technologies will be of foremost importance in developing products that will easily be adopted by the producers. The trust he enjoys from producers associations as well as from the private sector makes him a valuable stakeholder.
Dr. Bryan McKersie, PhD
Professor (retired), Guelph University
Bryan McKersie PhD is a world famous specialist in the field of abiotic stress tolerance in crops. This specialist in plant physiology and biotechnologies will contribute his thorough knowledge to a better understanding of the functioning and stability of the technologies being developed. Bryan McKersie has thought for 22 years at Guelph University. Later, he joined BASF Plant Science LLC in order to launch their research program on plant tolerance to abiotic stress. Before his recent retirement, he was Research Director of a joint project by BASF/Monsanto.