• Jerome Konecsni

    Saskatoon, SK, Canada

    Past Chair


Dr. Konecsni - President and CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan since October 2011. The organization was created to coordinate and facilitate the strategic development of an innovation agenda for the province. His appointment was based on extensive experience in Saskatchewan’s research and innovation community. Before joining Innovation Saskatchewan, he served as Director General of the National Research Council’s Plant Biotechnology Institute in Saskatoon -- recognized as Canada’s technology leader in plant science.

Dr. Konecsni also brings an entrepreneurial background from prior positions as the President and CEO of both Genome Prairie and BioSmart Technologies, and as Vice President Corporate Development for Bioriginal Food & Science Corporation. He also served as Vice President - Agricultural Biotechnology, Small Industry Services, Marketing and Commercialization and Corporate Services at the Saskatchewan Research Council. He has extensive international experience and has managed and facilitated many international research collaborations and consortia. His leadership profile also includes service on a number of Boards and Committees such as: Chair of Ag-West Bio and the Saskatchewan Nutraceutical Network, Vice Chair of STEP and Member of the Knowledge Translation Committee of SHRF. Dr. Konecsni was born in Saskatchewan and received his education from University of Saskatchewan and a doctorate from Karunya University in India.