Lorne Hepworth, (Chair of the Board of Directors)
Lorne Hepworth, now retired, is past-President 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 Genome Canada, a member of the Board of CARE Canada, a member of the Board of the Global Institute for Food Security, a member of the Board of Input Capital Corp, and is on the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Governance Committee. He recently served on the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agricultural 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 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.