Research Program Contacts

Research Program Contacts

The OMAFRA-U of G Agreement is based on a thriving collaboration between staff from the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs. 

Each research theme has representatives from both institutions available for consult about the OMAFRA-U of G Research Program. 

Research Program Staff

For any questions related to the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement Research Program, please contact OMAFRA-U of G Research Support by emailing

Please visit the Our People page for a complete staff directory.

Theme Directors

Research Program Directors are faculty who administer the theme-based research programs under the OMAFRA-U of G Agreement. 

OMAFRA Director Champions are OMAFRA Directors whose program areas benefit from research. Director Champions provide overall direction in the research theme areas. 

Theme Directors

Research Theme  U of G Research Program Director  OMAFRA Director Champion
Agri-Food and Rural Policy  Beverley Hale Scott Duff
Bioeconomy - Industrial Uses Manju Misra Thom Hagerty
Emergency Management  Zvonimir Poljak Leslie Woodcock
Environmental Sustainability  Laura Van Eerd Colleen Fitzgerald-Hubble
Food for Health  Alison Duncan  Doug Reddick
Products and Value Chains  Paul Spagnuolo Doug Reddick
Production Systems - Animals  Stephen LeBlanc  Annette Anderson
Production Systems - Plants  Mary Ruth McDonald Annette Anderson


OMAFRA Research and Innovation Branch Research Analysts 

Each research theme is assigned a research analyst and a knowledge translation and transfer (KTT) analyst from OMAFRA's Research and Innovation Branch (RIB). 

RIB Contacts

Research Theme OMAFRA KTT Analyst OMAFRA Research Analyst
Agri-Food and Rural Policy  Tieghan Hunt Sara Fisher
Bioeconomy - Industrial Uses Kelly Jackson Rajib Hazarika
Emergency Management  Tieghan Hunt Anna Formusiak
Environmental Sustainability  Elin Gwyn Rajib Hazarika
Food for Health  Kelly Jackson Kelley Knight
Products and Value Chains  Kelly Jackson Kelley Knight
Production Systems - Animals  Tieghan Hunt Anna Formusiak
Production Systems - Plants Elin Gwyn Anna Formusiak

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