Manager, Research & Innovation with Grain Farmers of Ontario
Josh Cowan is responsible for managing the Ontario barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmer members’ investments and involvement in research. Josh has been part of the Grain Farmers of Ontario research team since 2012, first as a Research Coordinator and, since 2014, as Manager, Research & Innovation. Josh has also been Project Manager for the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) since 2012, managing CFCRA partner public plant breeding research investments in barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat leveraged through the federal Growing Forward and Growing Forward 2 research investment programs delivered by Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada.
Josh graduated in 2011 from the University of Guelph with a PhD in plant pathology and in 2006 from Acadia University with a BScH in biology. Josh was part of the Regulatory Affairs team at Syngenta Canada for one year before starting at Grain Farmers of Ontario in 2012. Josh lives in Guelph, Ontario with his wife and two young children.