Jacqueline Keena


Jacqueline Keena is the director of policy and stakeholder engagement for the Enterprise Machine Intelligence and Learning Initiative (EMILI). EMILI was created by industry and academic leaders in Manitoba to prepare and empower the provincial economy to leverage digital disruption for success. In 2019 with The University of Winnipeg, EMILI launched the three-year project, Machine Learning to Grow the Digital Agriculture Industry. 

Steve Whyard


Dr. Steve Whyard, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, studies the molecular genetics of insects, and is developing novel biotechnologies to control disease-vectoring insects such as mosquitoes and pest insects of crops. Dr. Whyard has been using RNA interference techniques to produce species-specific pesticides, and is now working on developing RNA interference technologies to protect canola from Sclerotinia, otherwise known as white mold.

Teresa de Kievit


Dr. Teresa de Kievit , Department of Microbiology, University of Manitoba, investigates bacteria as a possible safe alternative to conventional agrochemical pesticides, traditionally used to control plant disease. Her research is focused on two bacterial strains isolated from Manitoba soils, Pseudomonas chlororaphis strain PA23 and Pseudomonas brassicacearum strain DF41. Dr. de Kievit has found that these two bacteria produce an arsenal of antibiotics and degradative enzymes, which inhibit the growth of fungal pathogens causing disease in important crops, including canola.
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