Lana Culley – Director, Business Development
Lana Culley leads the business development and commercialization activities at Vineland. Working closely with the research team, Lana is responsible for building strong relationships with partners, clients and stakeholders, as well as negotiating and executing the various agreements that are required to enable the research activities of Vineland. Lana also heads up the commercialization and technology transfer elements of Vineland’s programs. This involves managing intellectual property portfolios, developing long-term strategies for germplasm and cultivar management, and identifying opportunities for transferring newly developed technologies and discoveries to the horticulture industry.
Darren Ward – Manager, Business Planning & Commercialization
Darren Ward works with Vineland's research teams to support business planning and mapping the pathways to market for Vineland’s technologies. In his capacity he provides direct support to Vineland’s partners and licensees to ensure successful commercialization and the creation of impact. Darren also explores new and innovative business models for bringing Vineland's technologies to market.
Michael Kauzlaric – Technology Scout & Grower Outreach
Michael Kauzlaric scouts for new technologies, including various tree fruit varieties to fill gaps in the existing pipelines and to improve the overall profitability of the Canadian horticulture sector. He consults regularly with industry and provides feedback on technologies and innovations of potential value. He is also Vineland’s liaison to various grower networks across the country. Ultimately, Michael searches for new ways to reduce labour, increase yields and improve the profit picture for the horticulture industry.
Beth Sappelt-Skurnac - Coordinator, Contracts & Intellectual Property
Beth Sappelt-Skurnac is responsible for a number of activities to support Vineland’s research and business activities. Some of these include: managing and tracking Vineland’s many agreements; coordinating business-related reporting with licensees and licensors; and managing and tracking the IP portfolio (patents, trademarks, and Plant Breeders’ Rights).