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Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to help feed the world through transformative innovations in agriculture and food production that will benefit Saskatchewan’s economic, social and environmental wellbeing and which will empower developing countries to achieve local food security.

Our vision is to create ingenious science that delivers sustainable food security for the world.

Our History

In February 2011, three visionary leaders in Saskatchewan – Bill Doyle (former President and CEO of PotashCorp), Brad Wall (Premier of Saskatchewan), and Peter MacKinnon (former President of the University of Saskatchewan) – shook hands on an agreement in principle to create a research institute based at the University of Saskatchewan dedicated to achieving global food security.

Following significant negotiations among the three organizations regarding the mandate and governance for such an institute, in December 2012, the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) was officially established.

Our Mandate

GIFS has been constituted with a unique focus on research and technology development that has the potential to improve agriculture in both the developed world and the developing world. Traditionally, discovery research has first been exploited in industrialized economies and eventually flows into the developing world. It usually takes many years before new technologies are transferred to the places that most need it. This is often because of a focus on more lucrative markets, the cost of product launch, and intellectual property considerations. However, there are examples where recent discovery research has been delivered directly to developing world agriculture with rapid beneficial impact.

At GIFS, we are choosing to work in areas of agricultural research that have the potential to benefit “breadbasket” nations like Canada but also have the potential to enhance agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Progress in both worlds is essential to assuring long-term food security. This cannot be achieved without many partners, but it can be promoted if scientists from the outset are focusing on opportunities in both worlds. It starts with a vision and a mindset; it succeeds when a discovery becomes part of farming practice and contributes, even village by village, to global food security.

Executive Management and Staff

The Executive Director and CEO is responsible for the overall management of the Institute under the direction of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Maurice Moloney

Prior to joining the Global Institute for Food Security, Dr. Moloney led the work of over 1,100 research and support staff in R&D in Agriculture, Food and Nutrition and Biosecurity at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO). Previously, Dr. Moloney was the Director and Chief Executive of the world’s oldest agriculture research centre, Rothamsted Research. The UK-based institute is a world leader in food security, agricultural sustainability and the adaptation of agriculture to the consequences of both climate change and fossil fuel depletion. Founder of SemBioSys Genetics Inc. based in Calgary, Dr. Moloney also served as the company’s president from 1994-1998 and as Chief Scientific Officer from 1998-2010. He held a Dow AgroSciences-Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in plant biotechnology from 1995 until 2003. Dr. Moloney also spent fifteen years as a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary pursuing research on seed-specific gene expression, herbicide resistance, recombinant protein production and the plant cell cycle. Previously, he was the head of the Cell Biology Group at Calgene Inc., where he developed the first transgenic oilseed plants using Canola as the target. This resulted in a landmark patent in plant biotechnology and eventually became the basis of RoundUp Ready® and Liberty Link® Canola, which now commands more than 90% of the Canola acreage in Canada with a seed market of more than $200 million per year and a product value of >$8 billion annually. Dr. Moloney has published more than 90 original research papers and is an inventor on 43 issued US patents and over 300 patents worldwide. He was Chair and Co-organizer of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology Congress in Quebec City, June 2000 and continues to serve on the conference’s board. He has served on the advisory board of the National Research Council of Canada’s Plant Biotechnology Institute and on numerous Canadian Federal government committees including NSERC Council (the governing body of NSERC), Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and the Networks of Centres of Excellence program. He has consulted for several biotechnology and multinational agribusiness companies. He has also worked extensively with the UK Government and the EU on issues relating to agricultural policy and biotechnology at the ministerial and commissioner levels. He has received a number of prestigious awards, including two Alberta Science and Technology (ASTECH) Awards for leadership in Alberta Technology. Dr. Moloney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London, Associateship of the Royal College of Science, and was awarded his doctorate in plant biochemistry from De Montfort University/Leicester Polytechnic in the United Kingdom. He was honoured by the University of Lethbridge with a D.Sc. honoris causa in 2004 by De Montfort University in 2011 and by Lancaster University, U.K. in 2013.

Dr. Leon Kochian

Dr. Leon Kochian joined the University of Saskatchewan in August 2016 as the Associate Director of the Global Institute for Food Security and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Food Security. He also is a Professor in the Departments of Plant Science and Soil Science. Prior to coming to the University of Saskatchewan, he was the Director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health on the Cornell University campus. In addition, Dr. Kochian was Professor of Plant Biology and also Soil and Crop Sciences at Cornell University, as well as an Adjunct Scientist at Boyce Thompson Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Botany at the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and his PhD in Plant Physiology at the University of California at Davis in 1984. In 1985, Dr. Kochian took a position as a Plant Physiologist with USDA-ARS at the US Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory, Cornell University. He became Director of the US Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory in 1997 and Director of the newly established USDA-ARS Robert Holley Center on the Cornell campus in 2007. Dr. Kochian’s research deals with the molecular biology, physiology, and genetics of mineral ion transport and root biology processes as they relate to mineral nutrient acquisition, plant response to abiotic environmental stresses, and the role of root architecture in nutrient acquisition efficiency. Dr. Kochian has published 251 papers that have been cited 25,784 times and has an H index of 90. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as an American Society of Plant Biologists Fellow, and is a member of the ARS Hall of Fame. Dr. Kochian was also named to Thomson Reuter’s list of 2015’s “Most Influential Scientific Minds”, a citation analysis identifying the scientists who have made the most significant global impact within their respective field of study over the past 11 years.

Gwen Miller

Gwen Miller is the Institute’s Director of Finance and Corporate Development. Gwen has extensive experience in industry having worked for large corporations such as General Electric and Delta Hotels as well as small privately owned corporations. She has experience in a variety of industries including software development, real estate development, hospitality and public accounting. Immediately prior to joining GIFS in 2016, Gwen spent five years with the University of Saskatchewan contributing to various enterprise-wide strategic projects. Gwen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a BA in psychology as well as a BComm in accounting.

Amber McCuaig

Amber McCuaig is the Institute’s Director of Administration and Executive Assistant. She has been working in administration for more than 20 years and has extensive experience in executive management. Amber joined the Global Institute for Food Security in February 2013, shortly after its creation was announced. Previously, she spent five years as the Manager of the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) campus of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, helping build the school from conception. Her career at the U of S began in 2000, when she joined the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic; she spent the better part of her time in the office as the Executive Assistant to the Provost.

Cynthia Hiebert

Cynthia Hiebert has significant administrative experience in the private and public sectors. She joined the University of Saskatchewan in spring 2014, working first in Advancement and Community Engagement and now at the Global Institute for Food Security.

Research Staff

Dr. Leon Kochian

Dr. Leon Kochian joined the University of Saskatchewan in August 2016 as the Associate Director of the Global Institute for Food Security and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Food Security. He also is a Professor in the Departments of Plant Science and Soil Science. Prior to coming to the University of Saskatchewan, he was the Director of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Robert W. Holley Center for Agriculture and Health on the Cornell University campus. In addition, Dr. Kochian was Professor of Plant Biology and also Soil and Crop Sciences at Cornell University, as well as an Adjunct Scientist at Boyce Thompson Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Botany at the University of California at Berkeley in 1978 and his PhD in Plant Physiology at the University of California at Davis in 1984. In 1985, Dr. Kochian took a position as a Plant Physiologist with USDA-ARS at the US Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory, Cornell University. He became Director of the US Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory in 1997 and Director of the newly established USDA-ARS Robert Holley Center on the Cornell campus in 2007. Dr. Kochian’s research deals with the molecular biology, physiology, and genetics of mineral ion transport and root biology processes as they relate to mineral nutrient acquisition, plant response to abiotic environmental stresses, and the role of root architecture in nutrient acquisition efficiency. Dr. Kochian has published 251 papers that have been cited 25,784 times and has an H index of 90. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as an American Society of Plant Biologists Fellow, and is a member of the ARS Hall of Fame. Dr. Kochian was also named to Thomson Reuter’s list of 2015’s “Most Influential Scientific Minds”, a citation analysis identifying the scientists who have made the most significant global impact within their respective field of study over the past 11 years.

Dr. Tim Sharbel

Dr. Timothy Sharbel, internationally acclaimed expert in apomixis in plants is helping to build GIFS’ reputation in the area of apomixis. He comes to GIFS most recently from Gatersleben, Germany, where he was a group leader and PI at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK).

Dr. Sharbel’s research on a transition (sexual or asexual seed development) species called Boechera has resulted in the isolation of two genes, APPOLO and UPGRADE, which appear to have a pivotal function in the transition to apomixis. This is now being tested in canola.

GIFS is providing $5 million over five years plus $2 million one time for capital and renovations to support Dr. Sharbel’s work. Matching funds of $5 million is also being sought which will place Dr. Sharbel in a world-leading position with respect to funding for apomixis research.

Dr. Sharbel’s research team will include several key members of his team from Germany who will re-locate to Saskatoon. He also plans to recruit more staff and graduate students locally. By the end of 2016, Dr. Sharbel could be leading a lab of approximately 20 people.

Dr. Marco Pellino

Marco’s background is in food technology and evolutionary biology studies, and he earned a PhD at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) on the study of plant asexual reproduction (apomixis). He is the Manager of the Sharbel Laboratory at GIFS and conducts research and provides bioinformatics support for several projects on the topic of asexual reproduction. Marco was born in Napoli, Italy, and is known for his colourful and happy Mediterranean spirit.

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John Pickett

Having received his BSc Honours chemistry in 1967 and PhD, in organic chemistry synthesis in 1971 from the University of Surrey, John completed his training in organic chemistry with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester (then UMIST) 1970/1972.  He joined the Brewing Industry Research Institute in 1972 studying the chemistry of malt and hops for new brewing processes.  In 1976 he joined the Insecticides and Fungicides Department (later the Department of Biological Chemistry) and was appointed Head of Department in 1984 and, concurrently in 2007, Scientific Director of the Rothamsted Centre for Sustainable Pest and Disease Management. In 2010, he relinquished these positions on being awarded the first Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellowship at Rothamsted. In November 2017, he took up a new position as Chair of Biological Chemistry in the School of Chemistry at the University of Cardiff. As well as fulfilling this prestigious new role, he leads a new laboratory at Cardiff contributing to the subject of chemical ecology and wider interests in biological chemistry in the UK and around the world. He has over 540 publications and patents. John’s contributions to the field of chemical ecology have been acknowledged with the 1995 Rank Prize for Nutrition and Crop Husbandry, election to Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1996, Member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina, 2001, International Society of Chemical Ecology Medal 2002, appointment to CBE for Services to Biological Chemistry in 2004, and the Wolf Foundation Prize in Agriculture in 2008, among many other international measures of esteem. He also presented, in 2008, the Royal Society’s premier lecture in the biological sciences, The Croonian Prize Lecture, and the Cornell University Lecture in 2009. He was awarded the International Congress of Entomology Certificate of Distinction, presented at the XXIV International Congress of Entomology. In June 2014 he became President of the Royal Entomological Society. In April 2014 he was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (US). In 2017 he presented Sterling B Hendricks Memorial Lecture of the American Chemical Society.

Julia Bailey-Serres

Julia Bailey-Serres is Professor of Genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and Director of the Center for Plant Cell Biology at the University of California, Riverside. She is also Professor of Rice Physiology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Her honors include member of the US National Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists and recipient of the USDA National Research Initiatives Discovery Award. Dr. Bailey-Serres is recognized for the in-depth dissection of the function of SUBMERGENCE 1A gene, responsible for survival of rice plants under prolonged submergence as evidenced by its successful use in breeding programs that has led to stabilizing rice grain yield in flood-prone regions of Asia.

Richard 'Dick' Flavell

Dr. Flavell received his PhD and DSc from the University of East Anglia in the UK and has been a Fellow of European Molecular Biology Organization since 1990 and of The Royal Society of London since 1998. From 1987 to 1998, Dr. Flavell was the Director of the John Innes Centre in Norwich, England, a premier plant and microbial research institute. He joined Ceres in 1998 and served as Chief Scientific Officer from 1998 to October 2012, overseeing a large gene discovery program and the breeding of improved bioenergy crops. He has published over 220 scientific articles, lectured widely, and contributed significantly to the development of modern biotechnology in agriculture. In 1999, Dr. Flavell was named a Commander of the British Empire for his contributions to plant and microbial sciences.

Margaret Gadsby

With degrees from McMaster University and the University of British Columbia, Margaret Gadsby worked in the Agribusiness industry for 31 years based in Canada and the United States. The first part of her career focused on environmental characteristics and impacts, mitigation approaches and regulatory approvals for pesticides in Canada. Since 1992, her emphasis has been on the development of science-based regulatory systems and stewardship approaches as well as the pursuit of regulatory approvals for products of biotechnology globally. She led the team that earned the approval of the first LibertyLink™ canola in Canada and has since been involved in development of more than 30 products of ag biotechnology including corn, cotton, soybeans, and rice. She served for five years as the Global Head of Stewardship and a further nine years as Global Head of Regulatory Affairs for the Bayer CropScience, Seeds Business. Margaret retired in 2014 and currently resides in Ontario where she is involved with several charitable groups.

Bill Lucas

Bill Lucas is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis. He also currently holds academic positions as Chair Professor at National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan and Distinguished Guest Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Dr. Lucas received his BSc (Hons) in 1971, his PhD in 1975 and his DSc in 1990, from the University of Adelaide. He was appointed to the faculty at UC Davis in 1977 where his research team has made seminal contributions to the field of plant biology. Dr. Lucas has co-authored over 250 articles and has served as senior editor for The Plant Cell and Journal of Integrative Plant Biology and Associate Editor for the Journal of Theoretical Biology. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Original Member), has been awarded the ASPB Gibbs Medal and the Belgian Francqui Medal, and is a foreign member of the French National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, an Inaugural Fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists.

Kiran Sharma

Dr. Kiran Sharma is the Principal Scientist (Cell & Molecular Biology) at ICRISAT, a non-profit organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Dr. Sharma earned a Master’s degree in plant physiology from the CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar in India and a PhD from the University of Delhi. During his postdoctoral work at the University of Calgary in Canada, Dr. Sharma worked on various aspects of cell and developmental biology and biotechnology. In 1991, ICRISAT with the responsibility to develop transformation systems for ICRISAT’s mandate legume crops, as well as providing group leadership for transformation work and the development of strategies for collaborative research with advanced research institutes and national agricultural research institutions of various developing countries in the semi-arid tropics. Dr. Sharma has been involved in conceptualizing and setting up of an Agri-Business Incubator (ABI) at ICRISAT, and in the conceptualization of a Platform for the Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC), which has recently been established at ICRISAT.

Joerg Bohlmann

Joerg Bohlmann is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He is co-director of the UBC Genome Science and Technology Graduate Program. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Fellow of the German Scholarship Foundation. He received his PhD from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Washington State University and group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

Gijs van Rooijen

Gijs van Rooijen graduated with a MSc in Molecular Sciences from the Agricultural University in Wageningen in 1989 and a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Calgary in 1993. Dr. van Rooijen joined SemBioSys Genetics in 1995 where he advanced to Director of Cellular and Molecular Biology. In January 2003, Dr. van Rooijen assumed the position of Chief Scientific Officer with Genome Prairie, and in 2006 he made the transition into his current position as Chief Scientific Officer for Genome Alberta. Dr. van Rooijen is (co)author of numerous reviewed publications and an (co)inventor on 25 issued US patents. During his doctoral studies, Dr. van Rooijen received several awards and fellowships, including the University of Calgary “Silver Anniversary Graduate Fellowship” (awarded to the four top-ranked doctoral students). From 1997-2006, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Calgary.

Board of Directors

Lorne Hepworth

Lorne Hepworth is now retired, after serving for over 16 years as President and CEO of CropLife Canada, the trade association representing developers, manufacturers and distributors of plant science innovations for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings. Dr. Hepworth is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Institute for Food Security, as well as a member of the Boards of CARE Canada and Input Capital Corp. He is on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Governance Committee and the Advisory Board for Assiniboia Farmland Holdings LP. Dr. Hepworth previously served as Chair of the Board of Genome Canada. He recently served on the Canadian Council of Academies Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agriculture Landscapes of Canada. He has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Research Council of Canada, Plant Biotechnology Institute; the Canadian Agri-Food Research Council; the federal government’s Pest Management Advisory Committee and National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. A graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (1971), Dr. Hepworth was a veterinarian in Alberta and Saskatchewan until 1982, when he was elected to Saskatchewan’s Legislative Assembly. He subsequently served nine years in Cabinet, during which he was minister of Agriculture, Education, Finance, and Energy and Mines. From 1993 to 1997, he held several executive positions with the Canadian Agra group of companies specializing in agri-food/feed production, processing and marketing. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2014 was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was raised on a farm near Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, and continues to have an interest in farming there, including the original homestead quarter established by his grandfather in 1907. He is married to Fern and they have two adult children (Graeme and Alana).

Michael Atkinson

Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

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Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson is a Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. He has held a number of academic administrative appointments including Associate Vice-President Academic at McMaster University (1995-97) and Provost and Vice-President Academic at the University of Saskatchewan (1997-2007). He served as the founding Executive Director of Johnson-Shoyama (20087-2015) and has also held visiting appointments at Duke University, Western University, and the Université de Strasbourg. In the early 1990s, he served as editor of Governance: An International Journal of Policy and Administration. Michael's academic background is in political science, and he has published extensively in that field and in public administration and public policy. He is a past President of the Canadian Political Science Association and in 2012, Michael was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for achievement in public administration. His research interests include public-sector compensation, political ethics, and the broad topic of good governance.

Rick Burton

Deputy Minister
Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture

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Rick Burton

Rick became Deputy Minister of Saskatchewan Agriculture, effective July 1, 2016. Rick has been with the Ministry of Agriculture for over 25 years in various positions. He previously held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, since October of 2013, and Assistant Deputy Minister of Regulatory and Innovation, from April 2008 to October 2013. Prior to joining the Deputy Minister’s Office in April 2008, Rick held various positions in the Ministry, including Director for the Crop Development Branch and Director of the Policy Branch. Rick has a BSA in Agriculture Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Regina. He has completed the Directors Education Program and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Rick sits on the Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation Board of Directors, the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership Board of Directors and the Habitat for Humanity Regina Board of Directors. Rick was born in Kipling, Saskatchewan, but has lived in Regina for over 25 years. Rick is married to his wife Anna and they have two sons (Hunter and Lane).

Dallas Howe

Dallas J. Howe was the founding Chair of the Board of the Global Institute for Food Security and now a member. He served as the Chair of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. from 2003 to 2015 and a Director since 1991. He was a Director at Viterra Inc., (formerly Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Inc. and acquired by Glencore in 2012) since 2005. He serves as Chair of the Board of Advanced DataSystems Ltd. and is a director of the C.D. Howe Institute. He served as the Chair and a Member of the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors. He also served as director of a Crown corporation from 1982 to 1989. He is the owner of DSTC Ltd., and serves as its chief executive officer. Mr. Howe currently serves in a management advisor role to BDM IT, a company he sold to GE Medical Systems in 2002 and was repurchased in 2012. His principal areas of expertise and experience include governance, general business, compensation programs, agriculture, and e-commerce/technology. In 1989, he was the first recipient of the Saskatchewan/KPMG Entrepreneur Award. He was recognized in early 2009 with an ICD Fellowship Award for his leadership in board governance. Mr. Howe received a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan. He pursued graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Toronto.

Stephen Visscher

Deputy Chief Executive, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

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Stephen Visscher

Steve has been Deputy Chief Executive at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) since November 2008. He now leads on BBSRC international activities and global partnerships. He has extensive experience of research policy, funding and administration in institutes and universities having joined BBSRC on its formation in 1994 from the Agricultural and Food Research Council, initially serving as Director of Finance. He has subsequently undertaken a variety of roles, including BBSRC Interim Chief Executive for one year and Chief Operating Officer for seven years, a role that included international relations alongside other strategic initiatives such as UK Campus Developments.

Steve has developed extensive links in food security with funders in the US, Canada, Brazil, France, India, China, the European Union, and the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). He took a leading role in establishing the G20 International Wheat Initiative and the International Wheat Yield Partnership, a public-private partnership. In recent years, he has led the UK delegation to G20 meetings of agricultural chief scientists in Russia, Australia, and Turkey.

Steve’s external roles include Chair of the Institutions’ Committee of the G20 sponsored Global Wheat Initiative, Vice Chair of the International Wheat Yield partnership, director of the Norwich Research Park Campus Partnership, trustee of the Medical Research Foundation and observer member on the boards of two leading institutes: Rothamsted Research and the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences.

Steve is fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

For his support for scientific research, Steve was honoured in 2013 with the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire, awarded for outstanding work in the respective individual’s field.

Lutz Goedde

Dr. Goedde is a partner in the Denver office of McKinsey & Company. He is a leader in McKinsey’s agriculture/food and social sector practices, working with agriculture and food companies, governments, and NGOs to improve agricultural productivity and efficiency, increase food availability and supply chains, and reduce poverty and hunger. He has a passion for complex strategic problems of growth and development and has demonstrated knowledge and experience in creating transformative multi-year country food security and global agribusiness strategies. He is currently advising a number of the firm’s private equity clients and institutional and strategic investors in the agriculture and food sector. Dr. Goedde has a rich experiential history of applying his deep expertise in agriculture and economic development. From 2006 to 2010, he was part of the leadership team building the global and agricultural development program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. During his tenure the Foundation committed over $2 billion to development efforts in Africa and Asia to improve smallholder agriculture. Until 2005, Dr. Goedde was CEO of Alta Genetics, a global livestock genetics improvement company based in Western Canada. In his early career, Dr. Goedde worked for Bayer CropScience in Central America and South Africa in sales and marketing. Dr. Goedde is fluent in English, German, and Spanish and has extensive work experience in North America, Latin America, Europe, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia. He received a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Bonn in Germany and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Leslie Prosser, Q.C.

Corporate Secretary to the Board

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Leslie Prosser, Q.C.

Les Prosser was appointed as the Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors for the Global Institute for Food Security in July 2016. He is a former managing partner of Robertson Stromberg LLP and is a senior member of the corporate/commercial group in Saskatoon. With years of experience and a record of countless successful files, Les represents large and small businesses in all aspects of commercial law, with particular expertise in corporate acquisitions, mergers, and re-structuring, all manner of commercial and secured financing transactions. He also handles personal, estate and succession planning matters. Before joining Robertson Stromberg LLP, Les managed his own law firm. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, earning a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in 1970 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1974. He was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1975.