Dr. Jack Behan has a PhD in Reproductive Physiology and Genetics from the Royal Veterinary College, London. He has held several key positions at Commercial Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer level for multi-species, multinational genetic companies, assisted reproductive technology (ART) innovators, and veterinary technology companies.
Jack recently left his position as CEO of a precision livestock company based in China where he was involved in the process of preparing the company for an IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers within livestock reproduction and has extensive industry knowledge.
Jack serves as a consultant for three stock market listed pharma companies, and four genetic houses. He excels at market segmentation and implementation of the commercial application of disruptive technology.
Kelly graduated from MacEwan University in 2005. Immediately following, she was recruited by the University of Alberta and has worked in various departments and faculties on campus. She joined the Livestock Gentec Centre in 2009. As their Research Coordinator, she manages multiple projects and oversees all operations. Kelly continued her studies at the U of A and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport and Tourism.
Jaime received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Health from the University of Alberta in 2016. During her time there, she realized her passion for production animals. She started as Business Development Manager for Delta Genomics in April 2019 and provided assistance in getting Alpha Phenomics off the ground.
In December 2019, she transferred her position to Alpha Phenomics and began handling marketing and communications for the new company, as well as providing assistance in other areas as needed. In April 2020, she became Technical Manager, shifting her focus to helping the technical team with ongoing trials and ensuring clients are getting the most out of Alpha Phenomics technologies.
Jane is driven to help organizations and leaders achieve their goals. By leveraging her experience as a corporate director, chartered accountant, regulator, entrepreneur, and her passion for leadership development, Jane brings a breadth of experience to individuals and teams she works with in her business Halford Consulting. Jane is also an active board member of Farm Credit Canada (Chairperson), Delta Genomics Centre, and the Sawridge Group of Companies.
Emeritus Prof. Stephen Moore was the Director of the Centre for Animal Science at the University of Queensland, a leading centre in the study of tropically-adapted cattle. He has over 30 years’ experience in bovine genomics, including the role of Chair in Bovine Genomics at the University of Alberta between 1999 and 2011. He established and led the successful Bovine Genomics Program, a multi-institutional collaboration, from 2006 until 2011. The program has now grown, under the Livestock Gentec banner, to be a world leader in the area.
Stephen has been a participant and invited speaker at numerous international conferences and fora, and has given multiple presentations to academia and industry in Australia, North and South America, Europe and Asia. He was the Director of the Canadian Farm Animal Genetic Resources Foundation as well as an active member of a number of other steering committees including the International Bovine Genome Sequence Project Steering Committee.
Stephen has led a number of projects examining the genetic basis of feed efficiency in cattle, establishing the group in Alberta as a leader in this field. He has led whole genome sequencing efforts in both subspecies of domestic cattle, Bos taurus and Bos indicus, including a new reference assembly for Australian Brahman cattle. He has 6 patents awarded and multiple predictive gene marker tests that have been commercialized for cattle.
Dr. Graham Plastow has more than 35 years of experience in the management and implementation of multidisciplinary research projects and technology transfer on an international basis including industry/academic collaborations. Now a Professor of Livestock Genomics at the University of Alberta, he worked for more than 20 years in industry in the agri-food sector and led the world’s largest and most successful swine and genetic improvement research implementation programs as CTO of Sygen, plc.
Graham is an expert in the application, evaluation and integration of new technologies in product development programs. He has an excellent track record of building teams capable of bridging advanced technology research and market need. He has been involved in many research collaborations in the US, Canada, Europe, China, Australia, and Latin America, and has experience with a wide variety of species.
He established Livestock Gentec and Delta Genomics as drivers of the application of genomics in the Canadian livestock sector, and has sat on the boards and advisory committees of many organizations including Sygen plc, the Roslin Institute, Genesis Faraday, AgSights, Dairy Cattle Genetics Research and Development (DairyGen) Council of Canada, Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (Ontario), and the NSERC Technology Access Centre for Livestock Production at Olds College. Graham was recently appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Wageningen Institute of Animal Science.
Dr. Coros is the Chief Commercialization Officer at Nanostics, where he leads the commercialization and business development efforts of the company. As a former Executive-In-Residence at TEC Edmonton, Colin was part of the Health Accelerator program, where he helped the commercialization efforts of a variety of companies in the healthcare sector.
Prior to that, Colin was the CEO of the Delta Genomics, a national, biobanking, genotyping, and sequencing company for the livestock industry. He is also the cofounder of Helios Genomics, a metagenomics company specializing in environmental microbial testing.
His educational background includes a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA specializing in Biotechnology from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.
Darrell leads TEC Edmonton's Business Development team and has been involved in agri-tech commercialization for approximately 20 years. With an agricultural background, his roles have included board member, associate director of technology management, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, and consultant.
Darren is also a business owner and has extensive experience in managing new and established businesses for the benefit of all stakeholders. He has been personally involved in the sale of more than $20 million in agricultural assets and secured or helped to secure more than $30 million in dilutive and non-dilutive financing. He is a member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.
John W. Adams II has spent the past 35 years as a financial and operating executive with companies such as The Pepsi-Cola Company and The Walt Disney Company. He has broad experience in business and strategic planning, M&A, debt financing and equity placements, shareholder and board communication, and building and leading global financial and IT teams.
He has been a Chief Financial Officer for a number of global technology companies in California and England. His CFO roles ranged from taking a pre-IPO internet infrastructure company public (NASDAQ listed) to assisting in turning around a video game software publisher (NASDAQ listed) to aiding in the repositioning and sale of Sygen International, a global agricultural biotechnology company based in Oxford, England (FTSE listed). John also helped a privately held business services and software company prepare for public offering.
John is currently the CEO of Cametoid Technologies in the US, a leader in providing specialty protective coatings to manufacturing companies in the aerospace, defense and energy industries.
Al is an animal physiologist with over 25 years of experience working with infrared thermography technology in a multitude of species with particular emphasis on the early detection of stress and disease, and metabolic efficiency.
Al holds several degrees from the University of Alberta in Physical Education (BPE), Science (BSc Agriculture) and Animal Physiology (MSc) as well as a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Animal Physiology. He was awarded a National Science and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellowship and studied in New Zealand with the Ruakura Growth Physiology group.
Al was a level 5 research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta and University of Manitoba as well as the president of a University of Alberta spin-off company, Animal Inframetrics.
Al has served on numerous scientific boards including the President of the Canadian Society of Animal Science and Editor of the Canadian Journal of Animal Science as well as an expert witness in animal welfare Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta. He has received several awards from the Canadian Society of Animal Science, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the University of Alberta/Tec Edmonton for work in science and technology. He has published over 120 scientific manuscripts including several book chapters and has produced over 40 patents. Al is also a minor sports coach in Red Deer.