Task Force Members Bios
The following are the biographies of the Food Security Task Force Members:
Peter Dhillon (Chair)
Peter Dhillon is active in several business enterprises, including serving as CEO of the Richberry Group of Companies, an agribusiness enterprise with operations in British Columbia and Quebec. The Richberry Group consists of cranberry companies, which combined, are one of Ocean Spray Cranberries largest shareholders and suppliers. Dhillon is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ocean Spray Cranberries Ltd. – the youngest and first Canadian to hold the position. Most recently, Dhillon was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Bank of Canada.
Mr. Dhillon is known for giving back to the community with his philanthropic and charitable service, which has spanned a wide variety of important areas including health care, child humanitarian support, education, and sport. In 2009 he was honoured with The Order of British Columbia in recognition of his achievements and services. Most recently in a partnership with the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics was established.
In addition to his current business and philanthropic activities, Dhillon has also held many other board positions including: Vice Chairman; British Columbia Ferry Corporation, Vice Chairman; Agriculture Land Commission, which oversees all agriculture lands in British Columbia, Board Director; Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Board Director; Vancouver Airport Authority, Board Governor; Simon Fraser University, Board Director; VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, Board Director; Seacor Environmental and Board Director; Canwel Building Materials. This is just a highlight of the spectrum of Boards Mr. Dhillon has sat on.
Arvind Gupta is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto and at the University of British Columbia. He has served as President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC, and as the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs Inc. Arvind has published extensively on computational genomics and national innovation and industrial strategies. As the founder and CEO of Mitacs Inc., Arvind achieved international success for interweaving graduate education with business and socio-economic needs by bringing together 60 universities with more than 1,000 industrial partners. He serves as a regular contributor on research, innovation, and advanced skills policies, with more than 100 national and international appearances. He is a Senior Fellow of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and serves on the Boards of the India-Canada Research Centre of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS), BIRS, the Fields Institute (as Chair), the Canadian Statistical Society Institute (as Vice-Chair), Palette Inc (as Chair) and the Structural Innovation and Monitoring Technologies Resource Centre. He obtained his BSc from McMaster University, and his MSc and PhD from the University of Toronto.
Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security and Environment. She is an associate professor in the department of geography and the environment at UFV, and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s New College. Lenore researches agricultural land use policy, bioengineering in the food system, and the role of food and agriculture in the creation of place. Lenore sat on the BC Minister of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Revitalizing the Agricultural Land Reserve, and regularly speaks to government and community groups. She has published over forty academic journal articles and book chapters, and her opinion pieces on the future of farmland use and other food-related issues have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Vancouver Sun, and the Georgia Straight, and her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January 2017, and won a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her second book, Lost Feast, will be published by ECW Press in 2019. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from Toronto’s York University and lives in Vancouver, Canada.