Filippo Miglior and Nezar Rghei

Welcome Filippo Miglior and Nezar Rghei!

December 4, 2018

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Filippo Miglior and Nezar Rghei to the Ontario Genomics team. Nezar joined us on December 3rd as Vice President Strategic Partnerships & Resource Development, and Filippo will join us on January 7th as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President, Sector Innovation and Programs.

We live in the most interesting of times, where scientific knowledge and data are exploding all around us, and technologies that impact our everyday lives are changing at an ever-increasing pace fueled by global competition. This vibrant atmosphere sparks innovation and presents terrific new opportunities to solve challenges across all sectors of our economy. Ontario Genomics has built an amazing team committed to facilitating this, one which Filippo and Nezar will now help to lead and expand.

Our core business at Ontario Genomics is to bring together ideas, researchers and partner organizations for collaborative investment opportunities that leverage public and private sector funding. We are so thrilled to have an experienced leader of industry-driven research join our team and take us to the next level. Dr. Filippo Miglior is a world renowned researcher in animal breeding and genetics. Most recently Filippo was Chief, Research and Strategic Development at the Canadian Dairy Network, a role he assumed in 2013. Filippo is Adjunct Professor at University of Guelph since 2004, Senior Editor for Journal of Dairy Science since 2005, member of several industry boards, Secretary of the Permanent International Committee of WCGALP (World Conference of Genetics Applied to Livestock Productions), and Past-President of Canadian Society of Animal Science. The recipient of several prestigious awards, Filippo is author of 2 book chapters, 114 scientific journal articles, and over 600 articles/conference proceedings. Originally from Milan, Italy, Filippo moved to Guelph in 1989, where he obtained his PhD in Animal Genetics in 1994.

The development of strategic partnerships and fostering collaboration is central to our mission of leading the application of genomics-based solutions across key sectors of our economy to drive improved quality of life, economic growth and global leadership for Ontario. That is why we are so thrilled to welcome Nezar Rghei to our team. With over 25 years of Business and Genomics applications experience, Nezar joins us from Norgen Biotek Corp, where he commercialized a number of products and services and was responsible for business development and commercial operations. He received a B.Sc. degree in Biology from the University of Victoria, BC and a M.Sc. degree in Biological Sciences from Brock University, ON.

I am delighted to have Filippo and Nezar join the Ontario Genomics leadership team. I have no doubt both will be instrumental in helping us drive new, strategic partnerships and collaborative initiatives to advance the application of genomics solutions across all sectors of Ontario’s burgeoning bioeconomy. Please join me in welcoming Filippo and Nezar to Ontario Genomics!

Dr. Bettina Hamelin
President and CEO,
Ontario Genomics