Following 16 years of dedicated volunteer service to the World Potato Congress Inc., John Griffin will be stepping down from his role of President of the World Potato Congress Inc.
Mr. Griffin has been involved with the WPC Board of Directors since 2007, serving in various capacities on the Board. He has played an integral role in the growth and development of the non-profit organization over his many years of service and the WPC Board of Directors wishes him well as he continues to focus on his potato operations in Elmsdale, Prince Edward Island.
Dr. Peter VanderZaag
In his place, Mr. Griffin is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter VanderZaag will step into the role of President and CEO. Dr. VanderZaag has served the World Potato Congress since 2013 initially as an International Advisor and then as a Director. Peter played a key supportive role in developing the programs for the past 3 congresses in China, Peru and Ireland.
Peter, along with his daughter Ruth and son-in-law Nick, own and operate Sunrise Potato, a large potato farming operation in Canada. Peter has served numerous roles in international potato research and development with the International Potato Center and as a visiting professor at Yunnan Normal University in Kunming, China.
WPC also announced Dr. Nora Olsen as the new Vice-President of the World Potato Congress. Dr. Olsen is Professor and Potato Specialist with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Idaho, USA.
The Board of Directors look forward to working with Dr. VanderZaag, Dr. Olsen and Brian Douglas in their new leadership positions.