Management

Founder and President

Dr. Michael M. Oelck grew up in Germany and obtained his M.Sc (Dipl. -Ing. agr.) in agriculture at University of Bonn. He worked at Max-Planck-Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany, obtaining his Ph. D. from University of Cologne in Molecular- and Cellular Biology. He established a new laboratory for Hoechst AG in Frankfurt, Germany. As expatriate, in Ottawa, he led a project for canola herbicide tolerance with Dr. Wilf Keller at AAFC. After successfully producing herbicide tolerant plants, Michael set up a new R&D group for Hoechst/AgrEvo Biotechnology in Saskatoon. His team was the first to globally market introduce Liberty Link® tolerant Canola, which today is the best-selling Canola in Canada, and the US. Back in Germany, Michael became biotechnology speaker at corporate communication at Hoechst/AgrEvo including internal, external, and crisis communication. In 2000, Michael founded Incubate-Biotech, a biotechnology, and communication consulting firm in Frankfurt. He also co-founded Optima-Biotech GmbH which became a winner of the Science4Life competition in Frankfurt, Germany. Moving back to Canada, Michael founded Saponin Inc in 2003, and Canadian Carnation Bioproducts in 2011 to bring Prairie Carnation as a new crop to the prairies.

CEO

Dr. Geeta Patel grew up in India and obtained her Ph.D at Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Plant Biotechnology Division, Bombay in 1987. She passed her BSc in Botany and her Masters in Plant Tissue Culture at Bombay University. As postdoc, she went to Technical Research Center of Finland, Espoo (‘87-’89). Returning to India, Geeta started the tissue culture business for Godrej group, the largest agricultural company in India. She was with Godrej group for 19 years and responsible for Tissue Culture business. Then she moved to Ahmedabad and worked as Executive Vice President of the Agro Division of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd, turning the Agro Division into a successful enterprise. During her tenure of 8 years at Cadila, she introduced various products and new businesses. Her team was working with more than 5,000 farmers. She also started and managed Ethiopia operations of Cadila Agro directing local staff in that country.