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Canadian Private Potato Breeders Network elects new president

At the annual meeting of the Canadian Private Potato Breeders Network CPPBN, held on March 4 and 5, 2020 in Guelph Ontario, the group elected Andre Gagnon as President for a 2 year term.

Andre Gagnon

“Andre is an active private potato breeder for the past 14 years and has released several varieties, notably the variety “Alliston” which has proven to be outstanding in Ontario,” says Dr Peter VanderZaag, secretary of CPPBN.

Andre is Partner and Director for Quebec based Research for Production SEMBEC (ProgesT2001 is the R&D arm of the company).


Dr VanderZaag says the Network greatly appreciates and thanks Joel VanderSchaaf of Tuberosum Technologies Inc for his leadership as President of CPPBN over the past 2 years.

Dr Robert Coffin was re-elected as Vice President for another 2 year term.

The CPPBN is a network of private potato breeders from across Canada who share expertise and genetic material amongst themselves and cooperate with many public institutions on an individual basis.

“CPPBN members have released numerous varieties that are grown in North America, and are being evaluated in many other countries of the the Southern Hemisphere as well as Asia,” according to Dr VanderZaag.

Anyone with an interest in CPPBN’s activities and varieties are welcome to get in touch:
Andre Gagnon: [email protected]
Robert Coffin:  [email protected]
Peter VanderZaag: [email protected]

Top photo: Members of the CPPBN in a potato breeding and selection field of Peter VanderZaag in Ontario.
From left to right: Dan Ronis, Philippe Dolbec, Darin Gibson, Andre Gagnon, Peter VanderZaag,  Duane Falk, Joyce Coffin and Robert Coffin.

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