Steven King

Global Canola Breeding Lead

Steven King serves on the Canadian Leadership Team as the Global Canola Breeding Lead. He is responsible for a team that spans across Canada, Europe, India and Australia. Steve’s team drives operational excellence at research centers with innovative breeding strategies and high data-quality standards. His role focuses on coaching and developing scientists and technical staff to deliver canola hybrids with improved yield, agronomic, disease resistance and seed quality traits. Holding to advice from early in his career, Steve has learned that you can never overestimate the power of a seasoned team.

Steve’s career in agriculture began in a Canadian start-up plant biotechnology company before joining Corteva in 2001 as a Corn Research Scientist. Prior to his current role, Steve provided regional and global leadership for early maturity corn breeding.

Steve takes pride in developing new seed products that enable growers to be more productive. He enjoys continuous learning and directs his research towards practical, high-quality outcomes for growers. Outside of his career, Steve enjoys running, travelling and spending time at his cottage in the summer.

Steve holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Plant Physiology from the Australian National University, a Master of Science in Crop Biotechnology and a Bachelor of Science in Crop Science from the University of Guelph.