Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has announced the appointment of Dr. Mark Redmond as the chief executive officer, effective March 1, 2021.
Dr. Gerald Hauer has been the interim CEO since April 1, 2020, and will assist Redmond during the transition.
The RDAR Board of Directors is extending their appreciation to Hauer for his leadership and for guiding RDAR’s development over the last 11 months.
Redmond joins RDAR as a seasoned professional with 25-plus years experience in senior business, research, and academic positions involving the agriculture industry. Most recently, Mark held the position of Director of Incubation Service at PEI BioAlliance, leading bio-based research across Atlantic Canada. He has strong ties to Alberta academia, holding the position of Associate Dean at NAIT’s School of Health from 2016-2018, and Adjunct Professor positions at the University of Alberta and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.
With a significant portion of his career in animal health and value-added agriculture products, Redmond says he looks forward to working with Alberta farmers, ranchers, researchers, and government in what he says is “the vital work of accelerating Alberta’s agriculture research potential and growing innovation from the roots up.”
“I look forward to meeting and engaging with the agriculture industry, research community, and government,” he says. “Together we will build strong relationships based on trust and understanding and fulfil RDAR’s vision for Alberta: to see our agriculture and food sectors achieve their full potential through producer-led investments in research and innovation.”