Lincoln agriculture sector VP named to national ‘Influential Women’ list


Published May 25, 2023 at 9:39 am

Dr. Darby McGrath, Vice President of Research and Development at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, was just named as one of six Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture.

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Lincoln is already nationally known and lauded as a centre for horticulture science and innovation.

Now one of their own has also received national recognition. Dr. Darby McGrath, the centre’s Vice President of Research and Development, was just chosen as one of six Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture (IWCA), a recognition of women who are driving the future of agriculture in Canada.

McGrath, who has worked her way up the ranks at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, starting as a Research Scientist in 2013 and then a Program Leader in 2018 before becoming the R&D VP last September, said she was proud to receive the accolade.

“I’m honoured to be amongst this prestigious list of remarkable women who have been honoured through the 2023 IWCA program. Sharing the accomplishments and role women have played in agricultural leadership continues to be an important narrative to both celebrate and encourage greater women’s participation throughout all facets of agriculture,” she said.

“I look forward to sharing my experiences and also in hearing those of fellow honorees, who are striving to help shape and improve upon the face of agriculture.”

McGrath holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability from the University of Waterloo. She is an Adjunct Professor at Brock University and the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Ian Potter, President and CEO of the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, said McGrath makes a difference through her passion and dedication to the industry.

“Darby’s passion for horticultural research and innovation is infectious. She strives for excellence in her work, empowers her team, thinks creatively and produces results that have direct value to the horticultural sector,” said Potter.

“It’s the kind of forward-thinking leadership that will help the sector improve and thrive in an increasingly competitive and challenging environment.”

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