Effective April 1, Dr. Ian Potter will become the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Potter will also join Vineland's board of directors on that same date.
“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, according to a press release. “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.”
Prior to joining Vineland, Potter held leadership positions with the National Research Council Canada (NRC) and Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF). Vineland's CEO position became vacant in 2018 when Dr. Jim Brandle stepped down from the position. Brandle had been with Vineland since its inception in 2007.
Shelley Martin, a board director at Vineland and a retired Nestlé Canada executive,served as interim CEO after Brandle resigned.