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Nicole Gaudette, Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Intelligence Network, Canada


Passionate about research and innovation, Nicole is dedicated to supporting the growth and improvement of Canada’s evolving ag-tech sector. Prior to joining the Canadian Agri-Food Automation and Innovation Network (CAAIN), she served as both Senior Scientist with Alberta’s Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, where she applied sensory science to identify and drive value-added opportunities for the province’s agricultural commodities. That focus, combined with skills she had developed in applied research, program development, stakeholder engagement, and strategic networking, prepared her well for her current role with CAAIN, which has her assessing innovations aimed at improving the entire Canadian agri-food value chain. That means Nicole evaluates and oversees projects and initiatives geared to developing everything from data-driven decision-making applications for precision agriculture to automation and robotics used in food processing, and a diverse range of initiatives in-between. Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Regina, a BSc in Human Nutritional Sciences from the University of Manitoba, and a PhD in Sensory Science from Brock University. She credits her time at Brock under the direction of Gary Pickering and the mentorship of Jeannine Delwiche, with instilling the curiosity, infusing the energy, and cementing the commitment to results that have allowed her to pursue a career she enjoys more with each passing day.


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