Dr. Thierry Vrain was a soil biologist and a genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada for 30 years. He joined the Canadian Department of Agriculture Research Centre in St Jean, Quebec (1977-1978), and in Vancouver (1978-1996). He was the director of the Biotechnology department at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC (1996 – 2002). In 1990 he was appointed to the Governing Board of the European Society of Nematology (ESN). In 1993 he was elected by the Board to represent the ESN in negotiations to create a global federation of Nematology Societies. In 1997 he was elected the first Vice President of the International Federation of Nematology Societies. Between 1978 and 1997 Dr. Vrain served and chaired several Committees of the Society of Nematologists (SON). In 1992 he organized the Local Arrangements for the SON annual conference in Vancouver, Canada. In 1997 he was elected Vice President of the SON, and served as President Elect, President and Past President (1997-2001). He was Program chair of the Fourth International Congress of Nematology (Tenerife, June 2002) and President of the International Federation of Nematology Societies until 2003 when he retired.
Dr. Vrain received his undergraduate training in Plant Physiology from the Universite de Caen, France in 1970. He was a technical advisor in Germany for Boeringher Manheim and a lecturer at Universite du Quebec in Montreal until 1973. He trained in Nematology with Professor Kenneth Barker and Joseph Sasser and received a PhD from North Carolina State University in 1977.