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Personnel

Fred Vaughn - President and CEO

 

 

Fred Vaughn, as the company founder and CEO, brings 35 years of research experience to the testing and reporting of new crop protection products.  Fred knows what it takes to develop the data that a company needs to register new products under PMRA's high standards.  Contact Fred or John to discuss your needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
Annette Vaughn - Corporate Secretary and Finance

 

 

Annette Vaughn looks after company accounting procedures, travel arrangements, vehicle leases and licences, payroll, tax matters and other administrative functions.  Annette's role is vital in keeping the company running smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

John H. Bonas - Vice President & General Manager

 

 

Our Vice President & General Manager came onboard January 1, 2016.  John comes from a strong background in agriculture, specifically the management of a large horticultural nursery operation in Southern Ontario.  He brings considerable skill to VARS in small business management, company-to-company sales, facility operations and human resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Colleen Szentimrey - Research Specialist

 

 

Colleen joined the VARS team full-time in 2012 after graduating from the University of Guelph in 2011 with a B Sc in Animal Biology.  She comes to us with a total of 3 summers of field research experience at the University of Guelph and VARS.  Colleen's experience with Soil Dissipation and Crop Residue studies makes her a valuable asset to the VARS team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mike Sharman - Research Specialist

 


Mike, a 2013 graduate of the University of Guelph with a B. Sc. in Agriculture, joined VARS in the spring of 2014.  He comes from a farming background specializing in cash crops and custom work.  Mike's experience with farm machinery keeps our equipment in top shape.  He also has experience in crop scouting and is currently a Certified Crop Advisor Candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Keely Wright - Research Specialist

 

 

Our most recent addition to the VARS team is a University of Guelph 2015 graduate with a B. Sc. in Biological Science.  Keely became familiar with following Standard Operating Procedures after 2 summers’ experience at the University of Guelph Laboratory Services. She began her field research experience at VARS by joining the team in 2015 as Research Assistant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Mike Vereecken - Research Specialist

 

 

Mike joined us as a 2015 graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a B. Sc. in Environmental Science.  He brings with him a diverse knowledge of agricultural research gained from working with the Univeristy of Guelph, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and Pioneer Hi-Bred, while maintaining his assistance on the family owned farms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Field Research Assistants

 

From April until the end of August we hire between 6 to 8 university students or recent graduates to help full-time staff with field trials as Research Assistants.  Throughout the summer these assistants gain experience in the production of many crops (fruit, vegetables, field crops, turf) and in the three main areas of crop protection (fungicides, herbicides, insecticides).  Training is also provided for the safe handling of pesticides and equipment, as well as specific training on research procedures and Good Laboratory Practices.

 

 

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