Peter Swinkels is an agricultural engineer who served in Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture for 28 years. Currently, he is general manager and engineer in Doug Bragg Enterprises (DBE) Limited. He is also in charge of the Research and Development component of DBE. The primary purpose of Doug Bragg Enterprises Limited was to manufacture the patented blueberry harvester and a number of other unique agricultural implements involved with the cultivation of low-bush wild blueberries. DBE has since diversified its business by utilizing the technology and expertise it has acquired through the development of specialized blueberry equipment, to develop and execute various projects outside the blueberry industry. DBE has a number of research, product development and improvement programs that are presently under way to take the wild blueberry industry into the digital age and beyond.
DBE, with Dalhousie University, is working on different research project to increase farm profitability and reduce environmental risks. Currently, DBE is working closely with the Precision Agriculture Research Team to develop innovated precision harvesting technologies to increase berry yield and quality. Peter received shields of honour in recognition of his excellent service and contribution towards the engineering profession and agriculture industry. He recently received the prestigious Friend of the Faculty Award from Dalhousie University in recognition of his service and research contribution towards the faculty of agriculture.