Dr. Hepworth recently retired 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.
Dr. Hepworth is currently the Chair of the Board of Genome Canada, a member of the Board of CARE Canada and on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Governance Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Assiniboia Farmland Holdings LP. He recently served on the Expert Panel on Sustainability Management of Water in Agriculture. 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), 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 2014, Dr. Hepworth was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.