Jack Grushcow is the Founder, President and CEO of Smart Earth Seeds and its parent, Linnaeus Plant Sciences. Prior to founding Smart Earth and Linnaeus, Mr. Grushcow was the Founder and CEO of Consumers Software Inc., one of Canada’s largest software companies. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1991, in what was then the largest transaction of its kind. The technology developed by Consumers Software provides the underpinnings of the Microsoft Mail family of products including MS Outlook.
Mr. Grushcow served on the Science Council of British Columbia from 1991-1993. He was selected as one of British Columbia’s top business people under the age of 40 by B.C. Business Magazine and has been awarded Canada’s top export development award. He has authored three books on the subject of applying computer systems to business applications with Prentice-Hall and two books in the area of analyzing commodity futures with John Wiley & Sons.
David Csumrik is the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Earth Seeds and its parent, Linnaeus. Prior to joining Smart Earth (Linnaeus) in 1997, Mr. Csumrik carried on the practice of law since 1988 - primarily in the areas of corporate finance and technology. From 1984 to 1997 Mr. Csumrik was Chief Financial Officer of CSI Development Corp. CSI Development Corp. (then called Consumers Software Inc.) was a software development and marketing company whose principal product was The Network Courier, electronic mail and communications. Mr. Csumrik holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (economics and accounting) from the University of Toronto (1973) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia (1982).
Christina Eynck, Ph.D
Christina Eynck is the plant breeder at Smart Earth Seeds and Visiting Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Saskatoon, SK. Dr. Eynck studied Biology and Agricultural Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany and received her Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the Georg-August-University in Göttingen, Germany in 2008. Shortly after, she joined AAFC as a NSERC visiting postdoctoral fellow until 2011. Dr. Eynck conducted research on host/pathogen interactions with a focus on resistance in Brassica crops to fungal pathogens. Her duties at Smart Earth include germplasm and variety advancement, development of best agronomic practices, providing agronomic support to producers and preparation of funding proposals.
Debbie Puttick is the Oilseeds Research Team Leader and Biotechnology Specialist at Smart Earth Seeds. She has over 22 years of industry experience in molecular biology and lipid protein expression. At Smart Earth Ms. Puttick performs a variety of functions: managing the crop research program, preparing funding proposals, implementing the confined release programs and managing external collaborations with DuPont-Pioneer, POS BioSciences and the University of Saskatchewan amongst others. Prior to her work at Smart Earth, Ms. Puttick managed a fee-for-service analytical chemistry lab for Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. and was the Research Lab Supervisor for the Molecular Lab for Aventis Plant Sciences Inc. Ms. Puttick graduated with the highest honours from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry.
David Roberts manages Communications and Media Relations for Smart Earth Seeds. He is news media liaison and maintains Smart Earth's digital and social media presence. Mr. Roberts also conducts strategic industry and market research for the company. He holds an MA in Journalism and spent more than 20 years as a news reporter, mostly with The Globe and Mail. He is a 3-time National Newspaper Award nominee. He also served in the Communications and Consultation Secretariat of the federal Privy Council Office as a non-partisan strategic advisor. He is a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Manitoba Institute of Agrologists Journalism Award.
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