Dr. Digvir Jayas (PhD University of Saskatchewan; MSc University of Manitoba; BTech G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India), serves as the Vice-President (Research and International) at the University of Manitoba. Prior to this, he held the position of Vice-President (Research), Associate Vice-President (Research), Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Department Head of Biosystems Engineering, and Interim Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals.
Dr. Jayas has received awards from several organizations in recognition of his research and professional contributions, including a Canada Research Chair in Stored-Grain Ecosystems, the Dr. John M. Bowman Memorial Winnipeg Rh Institute Foundation Award, as well as the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize in 2008. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009.
Dr. Jayas serves on the boards of many organizations including: TRIUMF, ArcticNet, Composite Innovation Centre, Engineers Canada, and serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, a research centre dedicated to the discussion, discovery, and development of functional foods.
Dr. Jayas has authored or co-authored over 800 technical articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books dealing with issues of storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring of grains. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Agrologist.
He is a member of NSERC's Executive Committee.