CIOPORA elects new board

Posted On 22 May 2017
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dc3d0af1-fb15-4254-8402-3b793b6de4f0HAMBURG, Germany: CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties, held elections for a new Board and President during the association’s 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) held April 24-28 in Toronto.  Steve Hutton, President and CEO of Star® Roses & Plants/Conard-Pyle of the USA, was elected President of CIOPORA.  The following individuals complete the Board, which will serve CIOPORA from 2017-2020:

  • Wendy Cashmore, Plant & Food Research (New Zealand) – Vice President
  • Per Klemm, Selecta One (Germany) – Vice President
  • Dominique Thévenon, A.I.G.N. (USA) – Treasurer
  • Bruno Etavard, Meilland International (France)
  • Lars Henriksen, FloriPartner A/S (Denmark)
  • Rafi Karniel, Grapa Varieties (Israel)
  • Maarten Leune, Royalty Administration International (The Netherlands)
  • Jan de Riek, ILVO (Belgium)
  • Dean Rule, Conectiflor SA (Ecuador)
  • Peter van der Weijden, Florist Holland and HilverdaKooij (The Netherlands)


Andrea Mansuino, the predecessor of Hutton, will also remain on the Board as immediate past president.  Seventy-four members – either in person or via proxy – cast their ballots during the election which took place on Wednesday, April 26.   More than 120 International Breeders and IP Experts Gather During AGM   Beyond elections, the CIOPORA AGM 2017 consisted of crop section and working group meetings, educational programming through the CIOPORA Academy, three special networking events, a full-day public conference, business excursions and other events which took place April 24-28.  In all, more than 120 plant breeders, government officials and intellectual property experts from 23 nations.   AGM 2018 will take place in Ghent, Belgium, from April 23-27.  For more information, visit CIOPORA at or call +49 40 555 63 702.

About CIOPORA: CIOPORA is the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties.  Breeders of such varieties account for two-thirds of all Plant Variety Rights (PVR) titles in the world.  For more than 50 years, CIOPORA has represented these breeders in all matters of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and aims to foster an environment throughout the world in which the creativity and innovation of these breeders can flourish.  CIOPORA is a member-based, nonprofit Swiss organization with its administrative office in Hamburg, Germany.  CIOPORA: Uniting Breeders, Protecting Innovation. For more information, visit

About The CIOPORA Academy:  The CIOPORA Academy is an ongoing, specialized training and certificate program for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP) in the field of horticulture.  CIOPORA Academy events are held at locations around the world and vary between one-day workshops to three-day seminars.  Each event tackles topics surrounding IP and is led by industry experts.  To learn more or view upcoming events, visit

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