Ag-West Bio’s Board of Directors is drawn from research and industry experts in our community. The Board members are dedicated to growing the bioeconomy in this province, and work diligently to develop strategy for Ag-West Bio to make it the best vehicle for growing biobusiness in Saskatchewan.
Ag-West Bio Board of Directors 

Steve Webb (Chair) – Global Institute for Food Security
Erin Armstrong (Vice-Chair) – Independent
Drew Britz – Independent
Shawn Gibson – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Rick Green – KeyLeaf Life Sciences
Shannon Hood-Niefer – Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre
Danya Kordan – Innovation Saskatchewan
Chris Masich – McKercher LLP
Leah Olson – Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute
Kate Sanford Mitchell – UPL Ltd.
Bob Tyler  – University of Saskatchewan
Lee Whittington - Four Oaks Investments

Ag-West Bio Board of Directors

  • Steve Webb (Global Institute for Food Security)

    Steven Webb is Chair of the Ag-West Bio Board of Directors and CEO and Executive Director at the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS). He joined GIFS in 2019, following a 23-year career with Corteva Agriscience (formerly Dow AgroSciences) in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. 

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  • Erin Armstrong (Independent)

    Erin also spent 14 years in the malting & brewing industry, as President and CEO of the Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute (BMBRI) and in multiple positions with Canada Malting Co., Ltd.

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  • Drew Britz (Independent)

    Drew Britz (CPA, CA) was the VP Corporate Administration and CFO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority for 20 years (retired in 2019). During that time Drew was responsible for accounting, finance, contract administration and human resources. As a member of the senior management team Drew worked directly with the board on strategic planning, financial reporting and corporate governance. 


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  • Shawn Gibson (Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture)

    Shawn is the Executive Director of the Agriculture Research Branch in the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. Shawn’s work focuses on the Ministry of Agriculture’s science, research and innovation funding which involves engaging with stakeholders in the agriculture industry to coordinate provincial investments into organizations, people, projects and in the demonstration of new agricultural practices and technologies. 

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  • Rick Green (KeyLeaf Life Sciences)

    Rick Green is President of Technology Development for Proteins, Natural Products and Carbohydrates at KeyLeaf Life Sciences (formerly POS Bio-Sciences). His responsibilities include mentoring and coordination of the technical team for the development of new ingredient processes and technologies for the food, and health and wellness industries.

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  • Shannon Hood-Niefer (Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre)

    Shannon Hood-Niefer is a Food Scientist and the Vice President - Innovation and Technology at the Saskatchewan Food Industry Development Centre Inc. Her areas of expertise include leadership, project management, extrusion technology, starch chemistry and functionality, pulse crop utilization, and customer satisfaction. 

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  • Danya Kordan (Innovation Saskatchewan)

    Danya Kordan is Director, responsible for research institutes and clusters at Innovation Saskatchewan. Within that role, she provides leadership for the agency and provincial government as it relates to matters affecting innovation at the funded research institutes. Danya has worked in economic development for the province of Saskatchewan for the past 20 years.

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  • Chris Masich (McKercher LLP)

    Chris Masich is a partner of McKercher LLP, one of Saskatchewan’s oldest and most established law firms. His legal practice is focused on business transactions advising clients on business development, business financing and mergers & acquisitions in Saskatchewan’s key economic sectors - energy, natural resources and agriculture. 

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  • Leah Olson (Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute)

    Leah is CEO of Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI). She has over 15 years of senior management experience in the agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation industries. She serves as a director or advisor to numerous organizations including Sabanto Ag, Intelliconn and Ag-West Bio. 

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  • Kate Sanford Mitchell (UPL Ltd.)

    Kate is a the Global Product Manager of New Herbicides at UPL Ltd.

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  • Bob Tyler (University of Saskatchewan)

    Bob is Professor in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences, Head of the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, and an Associate Member in the Department of Plant Sciences, at the University of Saskatchewan. He has been engaged in teaching, research and extension in the areas of food processing, product development, and grain crop processing and utilization for more than forty years. 

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  • Lee Whittington (Independent)

    Lee is a farmer, entrepreneur, swine industry specialist, and business mentor. 

    As president and CEO of Prairie Swine Centre for 10 years (retired in 2018), Lee was responsible for overseeing the administration of the $4.0 M non-profit research corporation with 35 employees, while attracting funding from the pork industry across Canada, and working with the Board of Directors and the management team to implement the corporation’s strategic plan.

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