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 
Bob Tyler (Chair) – University of Saskatchewan
Laurie Dmytryshyn – PIC Investment Group Inc.
Shawn Gibson – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Rick Green - Key Leaf
Tim Herrod - Independent consultant
Danya Kordan – Innovation Saskatchewan
Kendra Mueller – Farm Credit Canada Agribusiness and Agri-Food
Leah Olson-Friesen - Independent consultant
Kate Sanford Mitchell – UPL Ltd.
Steve Webb – Global Institute for Food Security
Lee Whittington - Four Oaks Investments

Ag-West Bio Board of Directors

  • Bob Tyler (University of Saskatchewan)

    Bob is a Professor in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences 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 nearly forty years at the U of S and at the National Research Council of Canada. 

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  • Laurie Dmytryshyn (PIC Investment Group Inc.)

    Laurie is the Chief of Equity Investment for PIC Investment Group Inc. PIC is a private company focused on growth financing in the chemical, transportation, real estate, and northern Saskatchewan outfitting industries.

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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 (Key Leaf)

    Rick is the Vice President of Technology at POS Bio-Sciences in Saskatoon. Rick’s responsibilities include supervision of technical staff and oversight of Project Leader activity.

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  • Tim Herrod (Nutrien Ltd.)

    Tim Herrod, FCPA, FCA of Saskatoon, Canada has been working since December 2018 as an independent advisor, consulting with global clients on business improvement, strategy and transformation, primarily focused on major procurement and supply chain initiatives. 

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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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  • Kate Sanford Mitchell (UPL Ltd.)

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

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  • Kendra Mueller (FCC Agribusiness and Agri-Food)

    Kendra Mueller has had a passion for agriculture for her entire life. She grew up on a farm near in north east Saskatchewan and she and her husband Gordon now run a 7500-acre grain farm near Humboldt, SK, which produces a variety of grain, oilseed and pulse crops. They use the latest technology to operate the farm in a long-term, sustainable manner.

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  • Leah Olson-Friesen ( Dot Technology Corp.)

    Leah is a visionary leader in the agriculture industry with over 20 years’ experience building and leading high performing teams in the private and public sectors across Canada. She is an operational change enabler having led numerous organizational turnarounds and been part of executive leadership teams engaged in acquisitions and divestitures. 

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  • Steve Webb (Corteva Agriscience)

    Steve was named New Technology and Intellectual Property Portfolio Development Leader at Dow AgroSciences in 2013 (now Corteva Agriscience). He represents Corteva Agriscience on several major external collaborations, including the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries Australia, Fraunhofer IME Germany and the National Research Council of Canada.

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  • Lee Whittington (Prairie Swine Centre)

    As President/CEO of Prairie Swine Centre (Saskatoon, SK) for 10 years (retired June 30, 2018), Lee was responsible for working with the Board of Directors and the management team to implement the corporation’s strategic plan.

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