As an integral component of Alberta’s innovation system, Alberta Innovates offers the opportunity to accelerate development of new knowledge, technology and products that can be significant to Alberta.
As an Executive Director at Alberta Innovates, Dr. Cornelia Kreplin is engaged in activities that are designed to grow prosperity of the agriculture and food sectors. This includes investment in research and innovation that utilizes emerging technologies and automations for accelerated intergenerational genetic improvement; enhanced livestock and crop productivity; food safety and the development of new ingredients, foods, beverages and bioactives. Cornelia works with others to define future opportunities and connects people who can collaboratively build on their respective strengths.
Cornelia’s training in veterinary medicine led to her career with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. She served as the provincial reproductive pathologist and later as Alberta’s first Chief Provincial Veterinarian before accepting the challenge of building a Food Safety Division for the Ministry in 1999.
As Executive Director of Agriculture Research Division, Cornelia enabled staff to participate in development of new information or products for Alberta’s primary agricultural producers. An interim assignment as General Manager of Agricultural Products Marketing Council allowed Cornelia to remain in touch with the opportunities and challenges facing Alberta’s agriculture industries. Cornelia now applies what she has learned from these experiences to her position at Alberta Innovates.
As part of her effort to contribute back to society, Cornelia is a member of the Board of Directors for a number of organizations including Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (Ontario), Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (Saskatchewan) and Safe Food Canada.