Dr. Maria Trainer is the Managing Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs – Chemistry – for CropLife Canada. She holds a PhD in Bacterial Molecular Genetics from the University of Waterloo; an MSc in Biochemistry from Washington State University; and BSc degrees in Microbiology and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from the University of Idaho. Maria Trainer joined CropLife Canada in April 2012 and provides technical expertise on a broad range of science and regulatory priorities related to pesticides, which is one of two main business lines at CropLife Canada.
Maria is passionate about environmental issues and sustainable agricultural development. She is a strong advocate for science-based regulation and enjoys explaining the importance of using an evidence-based approach to navigate hot-button science issues. In her free time, Maria can usually be found doing something active, preferably outside and usually involving a bike or a pair of hiking boots.