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Permanent Resident on Canada's 150th

Mullai Manoharan has been working at Maritime Innovation Limited - the new research lab in Sussex - since 2015, shortly after he graduated from his Masters of Science at Dalhousie University. This past July, on Canada’s 150th birthday, Mullai found out that his permanent residency was granted. 

Mullai is from Pondicherry, India, where he had already completed 3 years of university in horticultural studies before coming to Canada. While in Pondicherry, he met several students on exchange from the program at Dalhousie University. After a little investigation, Mullai became the first student from his university to go on an exchange to Truro, NS. He completed his undergraduate degree through Dalhousie University, and stayed to complete his Masters of Science in Agriculture. 



Mullai now lives in Sussex, running the somatic embryogenesis operations at the Sussex research lab. Somatic embryogenesis is a plant reproduction method using ‘parent’ trees of high-value varieties of spruce and pine, sourced from the forests across the region.

“I love the Maritimes, there are great people here, and I have great friends. Friends who eventually became family,” says Mullai, who is getting married this coming December.

As JDI looks to hire over 8600 people between 2017-2019, we are working with local colleges to keep our young people at home, and to bring them home. We are also welcoming new team members like Mullai who have chosen to make the region home. 

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