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Faculty Researchers:

Dr Poonam Singh smiling at the camera while examining a plant.

Dr. Poonam Singh

BSc, MSc, PhD

Specialist in sustainable greenhouse horticulture, controlled environment agriculture, soilless growing media, rootzone management, and plant physiology.

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Dr Sajjad Rao standing in front of tomato plants and looking at the camera.

Dr. Sajjad A. Rao

BSc, MSc, PhD

Specialist in plant breeding, agronomy, horticulture and greenhouse energy efficiency.

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Dr. Baljeet Singh standing in a small dirt pit and talking to students.

Dr. Baljeet Singh

BSc, MSc, PhD

Specialist in agronomy, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, and pesticide science.

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James Hood standing in a stream and smiling at the camera.

James Hood


Specialist in source water protection, watershed planning, natural resources management, policy development, law, economics and environmental assessment.

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Grant Nicol standing in front of server racks and looking at the camera.

Grant Nicol


Specialist in communication engineering technology and smart agriculture tools for crop and livestock production.

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David Rourke standing in front of a wall with photos, looking at the camera.

David Rourke

BSc, MScAg-Adjunct

Currently focusing on farm-based research and climate change mitigation.

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Research Team Members:

Ken Martens, Research Technician

Having completed numerous courses from Canadian post-secondary institutions specializing in agriculture education and research, Ken Martens holds a Certificate in Prairie Horticulture and a provincial pesticide license. His educational background includes studies at Assiniboine College, Olds College, University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, and University of Guelph.

Since 2012, Ken has served as a Research Technician and grower for applied research projects at the Russ Edwards School greenhouse complex and grow plot. In this role, he oversees integrated plant management, data collection, and pest and weed management. Ken also plays a key role in providing orientation and supervision to temporary research staff and students. Beyond his technical duties, he serves as an Educational Assistant for the Horticultural Production and Sustainable Food Systems programs.

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Dustin Bauer, Research Assistant II

Recently joining the Russ Edwards Applied Research team as a Research Assistant Level II, Dustin is currently pursuing a two-year Diploma in Land & Water Management. His introduction to the team follows a productive summer in 2023 when he served as an Assiniboine College Summer Student, collaborating with Dr. Baljeet Singh.

Dustin's background is marked by a diverse range of experiences. Growing up on a mixed farm provided him with early exposure to agriculture, while the following fifteen years were dedicated to roles in drilling, pipeline, and facility construction within the oil industry. Additionally, he accrued three years of experience in the plumbing trade. His expertise extends to a robust understanding of plant taxonomy, wetland management, and soil management, making him a valuable addition to the research team at Russ Edwards School.

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Jane De Pauw, Coordinator, Applied Research


In her role, Jane De Pauw supports the Applied Research Committee and researchers by exploring and sourcing funding, compiling eligibility information and application requirements, preparing applications, annual and interim scientific reports, and coordinating requests from external funders for financial reporting. She liaises with the Research Grants Officer regarding application and reporting submissions, organizes and takes minutes of Applied Research Committee meetings, prepares Memorandum of Understandings, and collaborates with external industry partners. Jane also coordinates and participates in meetings with researchers and industry partners and reviews funding agreements.


Jane holds a Masters in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta and a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba. In 2019, she joined ACC, bringing with her more than 14 years of experience in research administration from the University of Alberta. During her time at the University of Alberta Research Services Office, she held various roles, engaging in research administration for all Tri-Council and external research funding partners in natural and health sciences. Additionally, she gained expertise in Canada Foundation for Innovation project management and application preparation and submission.

As the Research Facilitator for five different faculties at the University of Alberta, Jane provided support to researchers and faculty administrators. Her responsibilities included collaborating with external funders, industry partners, and ACC Faculty Researchers to submit applications, ensure compliance with reporting requirements, and facilitate effective communication.

Contact Info:

Russ Edwards School of Agriculture and Environment
Assiniboine College
1430 Victoria Ave E,
Brandon, MB
R7A 2A9
Office #268

204-725-8700 Ext. 7111
Cell: 204-868-8141

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