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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Speaker Profile: Dr. Jim Brandle

2017 Niagara Economic Summit

Dr. Jim Brandle is the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a position he assumed in 2007 with the organization’s start-up.

As a strong advocate for the horticulture sector, Jim leads a team of research scientists and support staff in consumer and sensory research, horticultural and greenhouse production systems and applied genomics. Under his direction, Vineland has emerged as a leading centre for innovation and industry outreach. He joined Vineland from his role at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as site leader for the Canadian Crop Genomics Initiative.

Jim serves on the Boards of the Invasive Species Centre, the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and Innoventures Canada (I-CAN). In 2015, he was appointed to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Agri-Food Growth Steering Committee.

At the Summit, Jim will join a panel on innovation for jobs and growth. Agriculture and agri-food are enormously important to Niagara, and we are privileged to have one of Canada’s foremost experts and innovators in this sector at the Summit. Jim will share his insights on where agriculture is going, and how Niagara can preserve and build upon its status as a national leader in the industry.

To hear Jim speak at the Niagara Economic Summit, visit

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