Canola council names new VP of production

A familiar face in canola research has joined the Canola Council of Canada as its new vice-president of crop production.

Curtis Rempel, who has been serving as acting director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba, will join the council July 17.

Rempel is stepping into the position previously held by Denise Maurice, who died accidentally late last year.

“We are very fortunate to have an individual of Curtis’s calibre to lead our crop production team,” said canola council president Patti Miller. “Not only does he have a deep understanding of all factors related to crop production, but he also has a strong science background and close connections with the agriculture research community.”

Rempel grew up on a farm near Landmark, Man. He holds two master’s degrees in business administration (University of Guelph) and plant science (University of Manitoba), as well as a PhD in environmental biology and biotechnology from University of Guelph.

He has been both adjunct professor at University of Manitoba and research and development manager at the Richardson Centre. Previously he was involved in marketing, business strategy and development with Monsanto Co.

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