OTTAWA – The International Conference on Pesticides & Pest Management, ICPPM 2020, has announced some of the keynote speakers and the beginning of registration. The three-day conference will take place at Carleton University, Ottawa on June 22 to 24. Local and international field-leading experts will deliver keynote talks, while focused themed sessions will offer the opportunity to delve deeper into specific issues and solutions related to pesticides and pest management. Researchers, experts, consultants, and decision-makers from across the world have expressed interest in attending the event, representing a variety of organizations including government bodies, academic institutions and industry.

Who is speaking at ICPPM 2020?
The conference organizing committee announced the first list of keynote speakers including experts and scientists representing academic institutions and industry. The list of keynote speakers is shown on the conference website as follows:

Prof. Michel Couderchet is president of the French Pesticide Reseach Group (Groupe français de recherche sur les pesticides – GFP).
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•  Prof. Michel Couderchet, president of the French Pesticide Research Group (Groupe français de recherche sur les pesticides – GFP).

Couderchet is a professor at the Research Unit on Induced Resistance and Plant Bioprotection (Unité de recherche résistance induite et bioprotection des plantes) at the University of Reims, France. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota (USA) and his Ph.D. in plant biology in 1988 from the University of Besançon (France). After a two year traineeship/post-doctoral position at the BASF Agronomy Research Station in Limburgerhof (Germany), he was appointed in 1989 as assistant professor at the University of Constance (Germany) and the University of Reims in 1995. He was appointed full professorship in 2003. His main interests include the effects of pesticides on the physiology of target and non-target organisms (mainly plants and algae), the behaviour, fate, and bioavailability of pesticides in ecosystems, ecotoxicology of pesticides and soil and water pollution by these compounds. Dr. Couderchet, has authored/co-authored, and published more than 60 articles peer-reviewed in various journals; having more than 1,680 citations. He has participated in over 100 poster sessions or oral presentations in conferences around the world.

Dr. Silvia Todorova, CEO, president and founder of Anatis Bioprotection, Quebec, Canada.
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•  Dr. Silvia Todorova, CEO, president and founder of Anatis Bioprotection, Quebec.

Dr. Todorova started the company in 2005 as a spin-off from her R&D activities conducted at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The R&D activities focused on technologies addressing the need for efficacious, reliable and sustainable bioinsecticide solutions. Dr. Todorova holds a Master’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in environmental sciences. She has worked at l’Institut national de recherche scientifique – Institut Armand Frappier and at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Sean Rollo, president of the Canadian Pest Management Association, Canada.
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•  Sean Rollo, president of the Canadian Pest Management Association.

Rollo began his career with Orkin Canada in 2002 as a pest control technician. Over the years he has held many different positions within the company; quality assurance manager, service manager, branch manager, and senior regional manager. In his current position as technical director and director of business development, he oversees Canada’s talented team of technical and quality assur ance managers. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (Canada) where he received a degree in Zoology with a specialization in Entomology. He is a board-certified entomologist with the Entomological Society of America.

Dr. Samira Amellal, director general CropLife Africa Middle East, Morocco.
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•  Dr. Samira Amellal, director general CropLife Africa Middle East.

With a degree in Agronomy Science from the Institut national polytechnique de Lorraine, Dr. Amellal has extensive experience in  agricultural technology. Her experience includes research, regulatory, product development and stewardship. She started her professional career at the Research for the Agronomic institute (INRA) in France. After two years of being responsible for regulatory in Europe at the Promovert company, she returned to her roots and became a director of R&D in Bayer Morocco for North, West and Central Africa, for eight years. In 2017 she became executive director at CropLife Africa Middle East. In 2018, Samira was appointed director general of CropLife Africa Middle East.

CropLife Africa Middle East is the regional association representing the leading global manufacturers of crop protection products (pesticides), seed and plant biotechnology in more than 20 national associations spread through Africa and the Middle East. Together with national associations, CropLife Africa Middle East is the voice and advocate for the plant science industry. The main priorities of Crop­Life Africa are stewardship, regulatory harmonization and fighting illegal and counterfeit pesticides. Dr. Amellal promotes agricultural technology in the context of sustainable development.

Donald R. Good, B.Sc.(Agr.) LL.B., P.Ag., president Ottawa-Valley Branch of Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA), Canada.
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•  Donald  R. Good, B.Sc. (Agr.) LL.B., P.Ag., president Ottawa-Valley Branch of Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA).

Good grew up on a dairy farm in Waterloo County and later a cash crop farm in Lincoln County, Ontario. He studied at Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology and then graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Sc. (Agr.). He received a Bachelor of Law from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Bar in 1981.

Good has more than 37 years experience providing legal services to the farmers of Ontario. He is a member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (past president and president, Ottawa-Valley Branch), Agricultural Institute of Canada, Canadian Consulting Agrologists Association (past president), Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers’ Federation of Ontario, Carleton County Law Association, Law Society of Upper Canada and Canadian Environmental Law Association.

Previous experience in pesticide research enabled Good to work for Agriculture Canada doing regulatory work and evaluating pesticides for registration. He has been a sessional lecturer at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University on the subject of Environmental Law. Good regularly contributes articles to agricultural newspapers.

At the ICPPM 2020, Good’s presentation will focus on “The International Regulation and Interjurisdictional Co-operation of the Management of Pesticides,” how different countries regulate pesticides and how they co-operate on data production, sharing data and the cost of review. Also, he’ll cover national pesticide review regimes of major blocks of countries, as well as Codex Alimentarious.

Who’s attending ICPPM 2020?
The conference is open to the public; therefore, individuals interested in the conference topics may attend after completing the registration requirements online. The early bird registration has begun and the discounted rate will be valid until Jan. 17.

ICPPM 2020 offers the opportunity for sponsors and exhibitors to meet and network with peers. Furthermore, flexible packages were designed to suit the promotional requirements of national and international sponsors.

Details about the conference, speakers, sponsorship packages, registration, and venue, are available on the conference website: For direct inquiries you can reach the organizing committee by email at: