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Tyler Whale has deep experience in the agriculture sector, academia, technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and network development.  Being raised on a 7th generation dairy farm ignited his passion for the ag-sector and after earning his PhD from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization in 2005 and an MBA in 2007 and founding 2 different companies, he has worked for a variety of organizations including Johns Hopkins University, The Saskatoon Colostrum Company, the University of Guelph and most recently as the President of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies.  At OAFT, his role is to optimize the potential of innovative ventures with a focus on food and agri-tech and to help coordinate and launch new initiatives that will benefit the overall sector.  As a catalyst for change, Tyler enjoys explaining the benefits of new opportunities, providing stakeholders with the information needed to make sound judgements and encourages progress through a commercial and technology based lens.