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The Diminishing Bee Population: A Conversation on Green Technology Solutions

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Networking 5:00 PM, Presentation Starts 6:00 PM

Pollination is responsible for providing us with a wide variety of food, as well as the survival of many species of flora and fauna. Pollinators such as bees, that pollinate nuts, fruits and vegetables, are directly or indirectly responsible for a significant part of the world’s crop production. The decline of pollinators can impact future food production capabilities. Therefore the diminishing bee population is a serious concern. Bees have diminished drastically in recent years due to a variety of factors including pesticides, diseases and habitat degradation resulting in a loss of genetic diversity. Come and join the conversation at the July GTEx Forum to discuss safer and more sustainable options that are being pursued by BC based researchers and companies.

July 30th, 2014 5:00 PM   through   8:00 PM
515 West Hastings Street
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
Room 1400
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
About the Speakers
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Name 1 Leonard Foster
Description 1 Dr. Leonard Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC and he is currently the Director the UBC’s Centre for High-Throughput Biology and the Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Proteomics. Leonard comes from a family of beekeepers and got his introduction to academic bee research at SFU while doing his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry – at SFU he worked with Drs. Winston and Slessor on honey bee pheromones, particularly the components of queen mandibular pheromone. He then did a Ph.D in Toronto and post-doctoral studies in Denmark before starting his current position.
Presentation 1 140730_LeonardFoster_ppt.pdf
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Name 2 Keith Gillard
Description 2 Keith Gillard is a General Partner of Pangaea Ventures. Keith has been investing in cleantech and advanced materials start-up companies since 2001, initially with Mitsubishi Corporation, where he was responsible for technology-related investment and business development activities in Canada, with a specific focus on cleantech. From 2006-2010, Keith was President of BASF Venture Capital America Inc., establishing the Silicon Valley VC presence for the company. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. Keith has a long standing interest in new technologies for agricultures and bees.
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Name 3 Karn Manhas
Description 3 Karn Manhas is the Founder and CEO of Terramera PlantScience, a private bio/ag-tech company that is commercializing a solution to replace toxic pesticides. Terramera’s patent-pending forulations has applications in bee health and public health that uses the chemistry of natural plant defenses. In 2001, Karn was elected to the Legislative Assembly of BC where he served as a member of the government caucus, representing the electoral district of Port Coquitlam-Burke Mountain. Karn holds a Juris Doctor in Law from UBC, and a B.Sc. in Biology (Genetics) and Biotechnology from McGill University.
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