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CropLife Canada welcome new managing director

Apr. 16, 2012, Ottawa, ON - CropLife Canada has strengthened its chemistry capacity with the addition of Dr. Maria Trainer as managing director of regulatory affairs.

"Maria will be of great service to our member companies and the plant science industry as a whole," says Lorne Hepworth, president of CropLife Canada. "The ever-changing regulatory environment of the manufacturers, developers and distributors of pest control products will require key strategic and technical input."

Dr. Trainer holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry and PhD in Bacterial Molecular Genetics. Her professional experience includes having been program director with the Council of Canadian Academies where she had the lead responsibility for the Expert Panel on the Integrated Testing of Pesticides, which released its report Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment earlier this year.

As managing director of regulatory affairs at CropLife Canada, Dr. Trainer will help liaise with government departments and work on various regulatory and policy issues, as well as provide guidance in a number of areas related to CropLife Canada's business.

Tools like pesticides and plant biotechnology play an important role in ensuring farmers in Canada and around the world can supply an abundant supply of safe and affordable food for the growing population. Thanks to these tools, Canadian families save about 58 per cent on their weekly grocery bills.

Canadian farmers continue to embrace innovative new technologies as a way to produce more while minimizing their impact on the environment.

"Our industry is committed to providing solutions for farmers and many other segments of society to help them overcome the pest challenges they face on a daily basis. Maria will undoubtedly be a valuable asset to help ensure Canada's farmers have access to the tools and technologies they need to feed the world," says Hepworth.

Trainer is located in Ottawa and can be reached through email at or by phone at 613-230-9881 ext. 3230.

About CropLife Canada

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.

April 16, 2012  By CNW Group


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