Dr. Bruce Coulman, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada, received his B.S.A and M.Sc. from the University of Saskatchewan and the Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba. From 1976-1993, he was a professor in the Department of Plant Science on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. He was chair of this department from 1988-1993. In 1993, he became a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Saskatoon Research Centre, where he was responsible for the programs in the breeding and genetics of alfalfa and perennial grasses. He was acting science director of the national program in crop cultivar development and genetic enhancement for approximately one year. Dr. Coulman moved to the University of Saskatchewan in 2005, where he was head of the Department of Plant Sciences for eight years and is presently a professor. During his career, Dr. Coulman has published over 250 scientific and technical articles, has supervised the research of 35 graduate students, has developed 22 forage crop cultivars, and has chaired Canadian expert committees on forage crops and plant genetic resources. In 2008, he received the Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award from the Canadian Seed Trade Association in recognition of the productivity of his career as a plant breeder. He has been involved in numerous international agricultural research and development activities and is presently chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).