Western Canada

Ron DePauw

Science Advisor, Saskatchewan

Ron works with public and private breeding programs to accelerate the development and introduction of new cereal genetics for Canadian farmers. 

Jim Downey

Research and Development Manager, Saskatchewan

Jim is responsible for evaluation and acquisition of new varieties for western Canada. He is also involved in establishing research agreements and acts as SeCan's liaison with western Canadian plant breeding institutions.

Todd Hyra

Western Business Manager, Manitoba

Todd develops new business opportunities for SeCan members and industry partners. 

Brad Pinkerton

Manitoba Marketing Rep, Manitoba

Brad works with SeCan members in Manitoba to increase sales of SeCan products. He provides technical support to members and co-ordinates local activities with SeCan's national communications strategy.

Madison Spyk

Marketing Assistant

Maddi facilitates member co-promotion projects across Canada. She supports SeCan's Communications Manager, Marketing Representatives, and Office Administrator and also assists with SeCan events and social media.

Mira van Burck

Marketing Rep South AB/South SK, Western Canada

Mira works with South Alberta, South Saskatchewan and U.S. SeCan members to increase sales of SeCan products. She provides technical support to members and co-ordinates local activities with SeCan's national communications strategy. 

Trent Whiting

Alberta and British Columbia Marketing Rep, Alberta

Trent works with SeCan members in Alberta and British Columbia to increase sales of SeCan products. He provides technical support to members and co-ordinates local activities with SeCan's national communications strategy. 

Wes Woods

Saskatchewan Marketing Rep, Saskatchewan

Wes works with SeCan members in Saskatchewan to increase sales of SeCan products. He provides technical support to members and co-ordinates local activities with SeCan's national communications strategy. 

Eastern Canada

Shannon Bieman

Market Development - Western Ontario, Ontario

Shannon is responsible for developing sales and marketing strategies to help SeCan members build their sales volumes and meet demand for new products in eastern Canada. Shannon works directly with members and seed retailers located in western Ontario.

Willie Vanderpol

Market Development - Southwestern Ontario, Ontario

Willie works directly with SeCan members and retailers to grow sales in southwestern Ontario.

She is  also responsible for working with SeCan’s eastern Canadian plant breeding partners to coordinate research and development activities.

Head Office

Phil Bailey

Eastern Business Manager, Ontario

Phil is responsible for overseeing operations and relationships with eastern business partners and suppliers. Phil also works directly with SeCan members and retailers to grow sales in eastern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Erica Dittburner

Accounts Representative, Ontario

Erica is responsible for much of the record keeping and answering member's questions on the distribution of stock seed and collection of fees. She also reconciles TUA fees on Roundup Ready® products. Erica is fully bilingual

Jeff Needham

Financial Controller, Ontario

Jeff maintains SeCan's accounting system and all financial information. He assists in developing budgets for various programs and initiatives.

Jay Patel

Computer Programmer, Ontario

Jay is SeCan's Computer Programmer. He is in charge of SeCan's Database Administration, develops SeCan's website and CRM and performs other IT services.
 

Kelly Pickett

Licensing Manager, Ontario

Kelly is primarily responsible for variety licenses and research agreements. She also assists in variety evaluation and agreements for eastern Canada.

Jeff Reid

General Manager, Ontario

Jeff Reid is the Chief Executive Officer and is accountable to the Board of Directors. He is responsible for day to day operations and for developing programs within the policies established by the Board. 

Brenda Trask

Communications Manager, Ontario

Brenda coordinates SeCan's advertising and public relations initiatives across Canada.