Management Team

Jack Grushcow
Founder

Jack Grushcow is the Founder, President and CEO of Smart Earth Seeds. Prior to founding Smart Earth Seeds, Mr. Grushcow was the Founder and CEO of Consumers Software Inc., one of Canada’s largest software companies. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1991, in what was then the largest transaction of its kind. The technology developed by Consumers Software provides the underpinnings of the Microsoft Mail family of products including MS Outlook.  
 

Mr. Grushcow served on the Science Council of British Columbia from 1991-1993. He was selected as one of British Columbia’s top business people under the age of 40 by B.C. Business Magazine and has been awarded Canada’s top export development award. He has authored three books on the subject of applying computer systems to business applications with Prentice-Hall and two books in the area of analyzing commodity futures with John Wiley & Sons.

David Csumrik is the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Earth Seeds. Prior to joining Smart Earth in 1997, Mr. Csumrik carried on the practice of law since 1988 - primarily in the areas of corporate finance and technology. From 1984 to 1997 Mr. Csumrik was Chief Financial Officer of CSI Development Corp. CSI Development Corp. (then called Consumers Software Inc.) was a software development and marketing company whose principal product was The Network Courier, electronic mail and communications. Mr. Csumrik holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (economics and accounting) from the University of Toronto (1973) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia (1982).

David Csumrik
Chief Financial Officer

Deb Puttick
Research Team Leader

Debbie Puttick is the Oilseeds Research Team Leader and Biotechnology Specialist at Smart Earth Seeds. She has over 22 years of industry experience in molecular biology and lipid protein expression. At Smart Earth Ms. Puttick performs a variety of functions: managing the crop research program, preparing funding proposals, implementing the confined release programs and managing external collaborations with DuPont-Pioneer, POS BioSciences and the University of Saskatchewan amongst others. Prior to her work at Smart Earth, Ms. Puttick managed a fee-for-service analytical chemistry lab for Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. and was the Research Lab Supervisor for the Molecular Lab for Aventis Plant Sciences Inc. Ms. Puttick graduated with the highest honours from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry.

 

Mike grew up on a farm near Scott, SK. as part of a large farming family. He obtained his Agriculture degree in 1991 at the University of Saskatchewan with a Specialization in Soils. He worked for Dow, Agriculture Canada, Novozymes and Monsanto in various research capacities during his university years. Upon graduation he began his career as a retail agronomist with Imperial Oil. In 1994 Mike moved to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool as a Senior Commodity Merchandiser, sourcing and trading special crops. From 1997 to 2000 he acted as a Business Process Reengineer, obtaining his PMP and helping design and implement a new IT grain handling system. From 2001 to 2004 Mike worked with the Canadian Wheat Board operating out of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 2004 he joined Federated Co-operatives Ltd. in Saskatoon as their Corporate Agronomist and later served as the Director of Marketing in the Crop Supplies Department until 2011.

Mike spent the years from 2011-2019 as the Director of Corporate Initiatives for Ag-West Bio, In that role he worked with industry, research institutions, associations, and government agencies to identify and lead key strategic initiatives and execute collaborative projects to strengthen Saskatchewan’s ag-bioeconomy.

Currently Mike acts as the General Manager of Smart Earth Camelina based in Saskatoon helping to grow the camelina business with producers, processors and end user customers. Mike is happily married with four children. He continues to own land with his wife, but is no longer actively farming. Recently he completed his MBA with a specialization in Innovation Leadership. In his spare time Mike is a member of Toastmasters and serves on the executive of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.

Mike Cey
General Manager

Jack Grushcow
Founder

Jack Grushcow is the Founder, President and CEO of Smart Earth Seeds. Prior to founding Smart Earth Seeds, Mr. Grushcow was the Founder and CEO of Consumers Software Inc., one of Canada’s largest software companies. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1991, in what was then the largest transaction of its kind. The technology developed by Consumers Software provides the underpinnings of the Microsoft Mail family of products including MS Outlook.  
 

Mr. Grushcow served on the Science Council of British Columbia from 1991-1993. He was selected as one of British Columbia’s top business people under the age of 40 by B.C. Business Magazine and has been awarded Canada’s top export development award. He has authored three books on the subject of applying computer systems to business applications with Prentice-Hall and two books in the area of analyzing commodity futures with John Wiley & Sons.


David Csumrik
Chief Financial Officer

David Csumrik is the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Earth Seeds. Prior to joining Smart Earth in 1997, Mr. Csumrik carried on the practice of law since 1988 - primarily in the areas of corporate finance and technology. From 1984 to 1997 Mr. Csumrik was Chief Financial Officer of CSI Development Corp. CSI Development Corp. (then called Consumers Software Inc.) was a software development and marketing company whose principal product was The Network Courier, electronic mail and communications. Mr. Csumrik holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (economics and accounting) from the University of Toronto (1973) and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia (1982).


Deb Puttick
Research Team Leader

Debbie Puttick is the Oilseeds Research Team Leader and Biotechnology Specialist at Smart Earth Seeds. She has over 22 years of industry experience in molecular biology and lipid protein expression. At Smart Earth Ms. Puttick performs a variety of functions: managing the crop research program, preparing funding proposals, implementing the confined release programs and managing external collaborations with DuPont-Pioneer, POS BioSciences and the University of Saskatchewan amongst others. Prior to her work at Smart Earth, Ms. Puttick managed a fee-for-service analytical chemistry lab for Phenomenome Discoveries Inc. and was the Research Lab Supervisor for the Molecular Lab for Aventis Plant Sciences Inc. Ms. Puttick graduated with the highest honours from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry.


Mike Cey
General Manager

Mike grew up on a farm near Scott, SK. as part of a large farming family. He obtained his Agriculture degree in 1991 at the University of Saskatchewan with a Specialization in Soils. He worked for Dow, Agriculture Canada, Novozymes and Monsanto in various research capacities during his university years. Upon graduation he began his career as a retail agronomist with Imperial Oil. In 1994 Mike moved to the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool as a Senior Commodity Merchandiser, sourcing and trading special crops. From 1997 to 2000 he acted as a Business Process Reengineer, obtaining his PMP and helping design and implement a new IT grain handling system. From 2001 to 2004 Mike worked with the Canadian Wheat Board operating out of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In 2004 he joined Federated Co-operatives Ltd. in Saskatoon as their Corporate Agronomist and later served as the Director of Marketing in the Crop Supplies Department until 2011.

Mike spent the years from 2011-2019 as the Director of Corporate Initiatives for Ag-West Bio, In that role he worked with industry, research institutions, associations, and government agencies to identify and lead key strategic initiatives and execute collaborative projects to strengthen Saskatchewan’s ag-bioeconomy.

Currently Mike acts as the General Manager of Smart Earth Camelina based in Saskatoon helping to grow the camelina business with producers, processors and end user customers. Mike is happily married with four children. He continues to own land with his wife, but is no longer actively farming. Recently he completed his MBA with a specialization in Innovation Leadership. In his spare time Mike is a member of Toastmasters and serves on the executive of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists.