Trish Jordan is passionate about agriculture, farmers and enhancing agricultural awareness with the non-farming public. In her current role as Public and Industry Affairs Director with Bayer Crop Science (previously Monsanto Canada) Trish is responsible for media relations, issues management, and providing strategic communications support to core business activities. She also manages corporate giving activities, farmer and industry relations and she leads the company’s more recent efforts to share the story of modern agriculture with consumer audiences. Trish has spent her entire career working in agriculture and held previous roles with Alberta Wheat Pool; the Canadian Foodgrains Bank; and the Canadian Wheat Board before joining Monsanto in January 2001. For this seminar, Trish will share communication tips she learned from her experiences explaining GMOs, pesticides and modern agriculture to media and the public.
Trish donates her time to several boards and committees, including Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba, the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame, Clean Farms and CropLife Canada. In 2013, Trish was honoured to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership in agriculture; advocacy for innovation and competitiveness; and her commitment to community service. When not working, Trish is an avid competitive golfer and passionate curler. She also enjoys NFL Football, curling up with a good book, and spending time visiting friends on the farm.
Michel Aliani is a Professor at the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba and a member of the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM) and the Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders (DND) in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was educated in France (B.Sc. and Engineering degree in Agri-Food Biochemistry) and in Northern Ireland (PhD, and Post-doctoral at Queen’s University Belfast) prior to move to University of Manitoba in 2007. His area of scientific expertise includes food science, mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomics.
Michel's research focus and interests are to provide the scientific and molecular basis for the development and successful marketing of functional foods targeted to patients as well as healthy populations in the world and to investigate the effect of active compounds on metabolic pathways in animal and human model. For this seminar, Michel will explain how the body digests and uses food, and explain what the body really needs.
Dr. Jean-Eric Ghia is an Associate Professor at the Department of Immunology with a cross appointment with internal medicine, section of Gastroenterology. Ghia has become well-known as a television, radio, scientific analyst and contributing producer. As a major French voice on CBC-Société Radio-Canada, in his bi-weekly series “Des Éprouvettes et des Hommes” and his monthly appearance on the national talk-show “Les Éclaireurs”, he brings the joy of science to the French-speaking public by making it simple enough to understand and be entertained at the same time. He has mastered the art of reducing the complexity of science to an everyday experience, making his presentations memorable and fun in social media outlets. As a monthly contributor and producer of the TV segment on ICI-Radio-Canada Première, Jean-Eric highlights innovations in health research to French communities in Canada and beyond. He is very enthusiastic about sharing the work done by leading Canadian scientists and has brought additional recognition and prestige to the Canadian Research locally and nationally. In this seminar, Jean-Eric will share some tools to raise the scientific literacy of Canadians.