Pierre Petelle appointed vice-president, chemistry at CropLife Canada

OTTAWA, Jan. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - CropLife Canada is pleased to announce that Pierre Petelle has been appointed vice-president, chemistry.

"Pierre has played a crucial role in many important CropLife Canada projects since joining our organization a few years ago. His expertise in the legislation and regulation that govern our products is a tremendous asset to our association and we are looking forward to Pierre taking on this expanded role," says Lorne Hepworth, president CropLife Canada.

Petelle joined CropLife Canada in June 2008 as the director of regulatory affairs and non-ag uses. Prior to joining CropLife Canada, Petelle worked with Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency and in the structural pest control industry. Pierre holds a Biology degree from Carleton University and an Agriculture degree from the University of Guelph.

Innovations in plant science technologies like pesticides and plant biotechnology make it possible for Canadian farmers to grow more food on less land which supplies Canada as well as more than 150 other countries with Canadian crops. Farmers rely on having access to valuable tools like pesticides. Without the use of crop protection products, 65 per cent of Canada's vegetable crops and 68 per cent of Canada's fruit crops would not exist.

"Our industry will face many challenges in the next few years with the world's population continuing to grow and more mouths to feed than ever before. I'm confident that Pierre will bring many new ideas to the table and help advance our industry's work," says Hepworth.

Pierre is located at the CropLife Canada head office in Ottawa and can be reached by phone at 613-230-9881 ext. 3222 or by email at petellep@croplife.ca

CropLife Canada is the trade association representing the manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science innovations — pest control products and plant biotechnology — for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings.

Image with caption: "Pierre Petelle, Vice-president, chemistry, CropLife Canada. (CNW Group/CropLife Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120103_C8319_PHOTO_EN_8427.jpg

SOURCE CropLife Canada

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Nadine Sisk
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