Sep 23, 2023
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre appoints new head of horticultural technology systems

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre welcomes Brian Lynch, PhD as its new director, Horticultural Technology Systems. In this role, Lynch will lead Vineland’s refreshed vision for the Horticultural Technology Systems program, a hub for testing, validating and optimizing both Canadian and international technology solutions for the horticultural industry.

Lynch joined Vineland in 2018 as its senior research scientist and has led a team of engineers and technicians on projects tackling R&D problems in horticultural automation and robotics. He has also been instrumental in project technical developments in machine learning, computer vision, mobile robotics, manipulators and mechatronics.

Previously, Lynch was an adjunct assistant professor at Queen’s University, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa.

“It is my sincere pleasure to announce Brian’s promotion to Director, Horticultural Technology Systems,” Darby McGrath, PhD, vice president, Research and Development at Vineland, said. “Since his start at Vineland, Brian has shown a strong understanding of horticulture, Vineland’s value proposition and a dedication and passion for solutions in the industry and Vineland as an organization.”

The Vineland Research and Innovation Centre is a Canadian-based organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. For more information, visit

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