Lorne Hepworth, (Chair of the Board of Directors)
Lorne Hepworth is 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 and on
the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund Scientific Advisory Committee. 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.