About Us

One of the great challenges of the 21st century is to provide sufficient, nutritionally-rich and sustainable produced food for the rapidly expanding global population. Climate change is one of the major threats to crop and livestock production as it has brought with it unpredictable episodes of heat and drought, and the emergence of new plant and livestock pests and diseases. Genome editing technologies such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats and associated endonuclease (CRISPR-Cas) has fundamentally changed the way biotechnology can be applied to agriculture. It offers plant and animal breeders with opportunities to optimise their biological resources for stable and abundant food production.

This program will prepare HQPs with the training to improve, assess and regulate the wide range of agricultural products derived from genome editing technologies. In order to train our students to translate their bench science into practical genome editing approaches to food security and environmental sustainability, we are partnering with government regulatory professionals and with industrial partners. This multi-disciplinary program will have nodes at McGill University, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba and Queen’s University and will combine training in a set of ‘core competencies’ in genome editing particularly CRISPR-Cas9 and its derived technologies with learning of professional and social skills to prepare trainees for careers in industry, the public sector and academia. The graduates of this training program will assume leadership roles in government and private sectors to protect our national interests.