Research and Innovation Branch
Our Vision Statement
'Leadership and support to research, development and innovation programs that strengthen the agriculture and food sectors and Ontario communities, and address societal changes.'
Branch Director Michael Toombs, M.Sc., P.Eng.
Welcome to the Research and Innovation Branch (RIB). We administer most of the ministry's research and innovation programs.
RIB staff are listed below according to four main activities:
Staff who administer the operational aspects of the branch's programs and provide secretariat services to the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) are located in the branch's Finance, Infrastructure and Administration Unit. The unit's manager is Jeff Schieck (519-826-4187). Staff are listed below according to activity:
Knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) is the transformation of research knowledge into use. Staff involved in KTT activities are located in the Innovation and Knowledge Management Unit. The Unit's manager is - Oswald Zachariah, Ph.D. (519-826-4173). Staff are listed below according to activity:
Stuart Budd B.Sc (Agr.) - 519-826-4189
Staff who administer the technical aspects of the branch's research and priority setting programs are located in the Research Program Coordination Unit. The Unit's manager is Stacy Favrin Ph.D. - 519-826-4248. Staff are listed below according to program area:
For more information:
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