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Vineland names new CEO


March 19, 2019
By Greenhouse Canada
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Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) has named a new chief executive officer.

Effective April 1, Dr. Ian Potter will become CEO of the not-for-profit organization, as appointed by Vineland’s board of directors. He will also be joining the board.

“Having served in senior leadership roles with both the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) throughout his 25-year career, Ian has substantial experience in the Canadian research and innovation space,” said Dr. Warren Jestin, Vineland’s board chair. “He is a well-rounded executive who brings significant operating expertise and commercialization know-how to Vineland. His team-focused approach aligns well with the extensive skill base and expertise already within the Vineland team and will support continued growth and impact for the horticulture sector.”

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In one of his longest-held positions, Potter served as vice-president of the NRC engineering division in Edmonton for seven years, involving portfolios in a number of different areas, including aerospace; construction; automotive and surface transportation; energy, mining and environment; ocean, coastal and river engineering; and information and communication technologies. Another notable entry is his decade-long tenure at the Alberta Research Council, where his work centered around climate change technologies and sustainable energy.

“I am excited to be joining Vineland as CEO and look forward to relocating to the Niagara region and working alongside key stakeholders to expedite opportunities for further collaboration and success within the Canadian horticultural space,” says Potter.

Vineland’s board of directors expresses their thanks to board director and interim CEO Shelley Martin, for providing leadership following the resignation of former Vineland CEO Dr. Jim Brandle in November of last year.