Vineland welcomes new members to Board to assist in revitalization

    VINELAND, ON, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of four
distinguished new members - Robert Bierhuizen, Alan Ralph, John F.T. Scott,
and Dr. Alastair J.S. Summerlee.
    "We are pleased to welcome these esteemed members to the board," said
Donald Ziraldo, Chair of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre Board. "With
their diverse experiences and areas of expertise, each of these new members
will be very valuable contributors to the guidance and governance mandate of
the board as we advance the revitalization of Vineland."

    Robert Bierhuizen is President of Sunrise Greenhouses L.T.D. and The
Arbory L.T.D. Renowned for his proactive approach towards research and
innovation, Mr. Bierhuizen is Vice Chair of the Canadian Plant Propagation
Advisory Committee, of Floral Marketing Solutions Inc., and the Ag-Energy
Co-operative. He is a Director of The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance. Mr.
Bierhuizen serves as a Flowers Canada representative for the North American
Plant Protection Organization and for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

    Alan Ralph is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the National
Committee for Audit and Assurance Services in Canada. Now retired, Mr. Ralph
has over 30 years of experience as a Partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP, and 11
years as Chair of the St. Catharines Transit Commission. Mr. Ralph has served
as a director on various Boards and Associations including the Niagara
Regional Development Corporation, St. Catharines Chamber of Commerce, and the
Niagara District CA Association.

    John Scott is President of The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers
since 1991, previously the President of the economic consulting firm, Scott &
Fenrich Consultants Inc., and an economist by profession. He is involved in a
number of industry and government initiatives. Mr. Scott is the Chair of the
Institute for Agri-Food Policy Innovation, a founding member of the Retail
Food Environmental Sustainability Initiative, and serves on a number of other
national and Provincial Committees.

    Dr. Alastair Summerlee is the President of the University of Guelph with
a career that spans nearly 30 years as a scholar, professor, and researcher.
Dr. Summerlee's research in biomedical sciences is acclaimed internationally,
and he is Chair of the board of World University Service of Canada.
Extensively published, and an invited lecturer at universities and colleges
around the world, Dr. Summerlee holds a B.Sc., B.V.Sc. and Ph.D. from the
University of Bristol in the United Kingdom and is a member of the Royal
College of Veterinary Surgeons.

    About Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    Located in the Niagara Region, the Vineland Research and Innovation
Centre is a not-for-profit corporation. It is currently in the process of
significant renewal and revitalization as result of a Federal and Provincial
government, and industry led initiative in 2007 to create a world-class
research institution and international hub for horticulture and ornamentals
research, innovation and commercialization. Created in 1906 through a gift by
M.F. Rittenhouse, the Vineland Research Station has contributed to the
emergence of a competitive horticulture industry in one of Canada's most
unique geographic regions. It is accredited with the development and release
of over 150 new varieties of fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants, as well
as numerous production techniques and post-harvest technologies.

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For further information: Bob Kalbfleisch, Special Advisor, Policy and
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