With forty years experience in the North American and Global Potato Industry, David Thompson has recently been appointed President and CEO of World Potato Congress Inc, (WPC Inc), an organization headquartered in Charlottetown, PEI, Canada and dedicated to promoting the potato industry world-wide.
Dave has been a member of the Board of Directors of WPC Inc since 2000. He served as Vice President before accepting his current position.
“I look forward to the challenges of leading such a dynamic organization,” said Thompson. “I believe we must ramp up our efforts to position WPC Inc as a relevant and significant player in the global potato industry,” he asserted.
After graduating from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Dave began his career in agriculture in the 1970’s and, in the succeeding 35 years, provided marketing and technical support to Canadian and US potato growers, where he initiated many stewardship programs as Field Marketing Specialist with Syngenta Crop Protection.
In retirement Dave continues his stewardship work serving on numerous agricultural organizations including; The Potato Association of North America, the Potato Marketing Association of North America, the Canadian Association of Agricultural Retailers, the Canadian Horticultural Council and the Prince Edward Island Grain Elevator Corporation.
In the community Dave has been an active member of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation Board, the Rotary Club of Charlottetown, K-40, the Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited.
Dr. Nora Olsen is a Professor and Extension Potato Specialist at the University of Idaho located at Twin Falls.
She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in horticulture from Washington State University with emphasis on potato physiology and production.
Her research and extension programs for the past 15 years, at the University of Idaho, have focused on potato field and storage management, sprout and disease control in storage, seed physiology and performance, cultivar evaluation, and food and farm safety.
She has been the Program Director for the University of Idaho Kimberly Potato Storage Research Facility since 2003. Nora has given over 350 extension and scientific presentations and authored or co-authored over 280 scientific and extension deliverables.
Dr. Olsen is currently serving as President of The Potato Association of America (PAA) and is the first women elected as President of the organization. She has also served as a Director of PAA and chair of the Physiology, and Extension sections of this organization.
Nora is also a Processing Editor for ‘Potato Research,’ the journal of the European Association of Potato Research. She also served as the United States member of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Technical Advisory group on Sprout Inhibition.