Genome Prairie Announces New President and CEO

    SASKATOON/WINNIPEG, June 27 /CNW/ - Dr. Arnold Naimark, Chair of Genome
Prairie's Board of Directors, announced today the appointment of Dr. Wilf
Keller as the new President and CEO of Genome Prairie.
    "Dr. Keller's research experience, accomplishments and exemplary record
of leadership at the National Research Council - Plant Biotechnology Institute
make him the ideal choice for President and CEO," commented Dr. Naimark. Dr.
Keller has held the position of Director of Research and, most recently,
Acting Director General, at NRC-PBI.
    Dr. Keller's appointment comes at a very important time for Genome
Prairie. Genome Canada's Applied Genomics Research in Bioproducts and Crops
(ABC) Competition is currently underway and involves several crops and
bioproducts researchers in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. This competition creates
an opportunity to bring a substantial amount of additional funding for
genomics research to these provinces to advance agricultural production; and
the use of renewable feedstocks for the production of bioproducts.
    "Under the leadership of Jerome Konecsni, Genome Prairie has established
itself as a prominent leader in development and implementation of genomics
research projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan", said Keller. "I am pleased to
have the opportunity to work with Genome Prairie and look forward to
facilitating further advances in genomics research and its applications in the
prairie region and beyond."
    Dr. Naimark also took the opportunity to acknowledge the work of current
President and CEO, Jerome Konecsni.
    "Jerome's leadership style, passion and commitment have established a
firm foundation for future development based on effective collaboration
regionally, nationally and internationally," said Naimark.
    Mr. Konecsni will serve as President and CEO until June 30, 2008, at
which time Dr. Ashley O'Sullivan will become acting President. Dr. Keller will
assume full Presidential responsibilities on October 1, 2008.

    About Genome Prairie

    Genome Prairie leads large-scale genomics and proteomics research
projects in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. With its national and international
partners, Genome Prairie has supported nearly $160 M of research activity in
plant, animal and human genomics, bioinformatics, instrumentation development
and bioethics since 2000.
    Through network establishment and regional priority consultations, Genome
Prairie facilitates research linkages with funding from provincial
governments, industry and Genome Canada - a not-for-profit organization
implementing a national strategy in genomics and proteomics research to
benefit all Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Carol Reynolds, Director, Corporate Development
and Communications, Email:, Tel: (306) 668-3574,
Cell: (306) 241-9033, Fax: (306) 668-3580

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