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Dr. Lorne Hepworth, Director and member of the Audit Committee

Mr. Hepworth retired in 2014 as President of CropLife Canada, the national trade association representing developers, manufacturers and distributors of plant science innovations for use in agriculture, urban and public health settings. Mr. Hepworth is currently the Chair of the Board of the Global Institute for Food Security, a member of the Board of CARE Canada, and of the Advisory Board for Assiniboia Farmland Holdings LP. He is a past Chair of Genome Canada; and, recently served on The Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agricultural Landscapes of Canada and on the Governance Committee of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund. In 2014 he was named to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. 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 Pest Management Advisory Committee and National Biotechnology Advisory Committee. A graduate of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan (1971), Mr. 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 agrifood/feed production, processing and marketing.

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