Dr. Christine Murray completed her BSc. Agriculture, from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, now the Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture, then went on to complete her Ph.D. in the Dept. of Horticulture, University of Guelph.
She is currently the Director of Agricultural Technologies with Alberta Innovates and Co-lead of the Clean Technology Development program, part of the Climate Change Innovation Technology Framework (CCITF) within Alberta Innovates.
Her work is focused Alberta Innovates goal area, of bioindustrial innovation. Her work to support the development and growth of the biondustrial sector in Alberta is accomplished through strategic development and planning as well as evaluating and managing investments in leading research and innovation, developing and working with academic-industry networks and connecting companies and technologies. The overarching focus of the work is on increasing the sustainable, valuable and effective use of the biomass resources in Alberta. She is leading the development and implementation of the Alberta Bio Future program launched in March of 2015. Dr. Murray also leads the cross-organizational, collaborative, integrated, Bioeconomy Alberta Team focused on marketing, business development and integration of science industry within the province and beyond.
Dr. Murray’s work as co-lead with the Clean Technology Development program supports, development to pilot and demonstration scale projects focused on measurable and enabled greenhouse gas emission reductions in Alberta. Her experience with bioindustrial, agriculture and forestry biomass and innovation has increased the contribution of a broad range of biobased technologies to the Clean Technology Development program.
Previously, at Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Murray was the leader of the researchers, staff and the infrastructure at both the Crop Diversification Centre South, in Brooks and Bioindustrial Crop Research Branch, in Edmonton. Research with strong industry collaboration was focused on a range of agronomy questions, best management practices for water and nutrients, crop improvement, in field and greenhouse production and on a number of crops including: barley, wheat, canola, triticale, chickpeas, lentils, potatoes, vegetables, nursery and medicinal crops.