2020 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gary Judd completed his entire post-secondary education at Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, BC, Canada, receiving an Honours B.Sc. in Marine Biology – 1979, MSc Pest Management Program – 1982, and PhD in 1987. In 1989, Gary began working at the Summerland Research and Development Centre (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada), where he continues to work in tree fruit Entomology and extension.

At Summerland, Gary met pheromone enthusiast Don Thomson. As scientist and technician, Gary and Don’s initial collaboration led to the first successful codling moth mating disruption project in Canada, and kick-started a career in tree fruit entomology.  Early research demonstrated the power of complementary technologies in managing a key pest, and for an emerging organic apple industry, it ensured successful implementation of a codling moth sterile insect programme (OK-SIR) in 1994. Dealt a semiochemical career inevitably entwined with SIT, Gary has endeavored to understand and improve this technology through many basic studies of codling moth behaviour.

Collaborations have allowed Gary to author and co-author over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, 175 extension articles and 7 Book Chapters. His Adjunct Professorship and role as Head Instructor of the Tree Fruit Pest Management course at SFU, since 1992, have allowed him to contribute to the mentorship of over 30 students and post-docs. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Pest Management Association of B.C. and was awarded an Honorary, Lifetime Membership in the Similkameen-Okanagan Organic Producers’ Association.

When not working, which is rare, Gary spends time tinkering with and driving his ‘65 Austin Healey, enjoying time in his garden, especially that in shared exploration with his six grandchildren. In the near future Gary hopes to rekindle a passion for fly fishing between times spent traveling the world with his wife and life friend, Linda.