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Opportunity:Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Plant Biotechnology,
Industry:Non-Profit
Date Posted:6/23/2017

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Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs, Plant Biotechnology, 

CropLife Canada is the industry association representing Canadian manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science innovations – pesticides and products of modern plant breeding.

Although many aspects of the plant science industry have evolved since CropLife Canada was first established in 1952, the main purpose remains the same – to advance the collective interests of the industry in Canada. 

Through pesticides and modern plant breeding, the plant science industry makes significant social, economic, and environmental contributions. Our industry’s primary focus is on providing tools to farmers, but we also develop products for use in a wide range of non-agricultural settings including urban green spaces, public health settings and transportation corridors. We stand for:

  • Innovation through continuous research
  • Sustainability by providing benefits to people, the planet and the economy
  • Safety through protection of human health and the environment

CropLife Canada is located in Ottawa and is known for its progressive environment which provides opportunities for learning and growth while providing a team and people oriented culture. A reorganization of responsibilities and promotion has created the need for a director, science and regulatory affairs, plant biotechnology.

Reporting to the executive director, plant biotechnology, this position plays a substantial role in supporting CropLife Canada’s mission of enabling the plant science industry to bring the benefits of its technologies to the Canadian marketplace. Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Monitor, analyze and develop policy options and recommendations for federal and provincial legislative, regulatory and policy matters related to products of plant biotechnology.
  • Researching and analyzing scientific data related to opportunities and challenges facing the industry.
  • Determining and anticipating current and emerging issues for the industry.
  • Providing strategic and technical guidance on the expansion of the association’s mandate in plant biotechnology, to include seeds, germplasm, new plant breeding techniques, and agricultural biologicals.
  • Helping the executive director and vice president, plant biotechnology in working with the Government of Canada’s regulatory agencies, such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.
  • Communicating about complex science to various audiences, such as governments and stakeholders, in simple, relatable language.

The successful candidate will have a university degree and education and training in agriculture-related sciences such as plant biotechnology, plant genetics, or plant breeding. A strong understanding of the seeds industry, the related agricultural groups, and the government agencies involved in this sector is essential. This background must be coupled with an ability to communicate scientific data into effective lay information. Candidates must be self-motivated, team-oriented and be able to develop consensus from a broad group of stakeholders. Bilingualism is an asset.

Please contact George Toner by telephone at 416-362-6863 or 1-844-890-3470 ext.: 233 or by email: george@wmc.on.ca



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