Canadian Fruit & Vegetable Summit
March 10, 2021 at
Processing panel: Boosting Canada’s processing industry
Dr. Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph
Pascal Forest, President, Fédération québécoise des producteurs de fruits et légumes de transformation; co-owner, Ferme Jean Forest et Fils, Inc.
Dr. Evan Fraser
Evan is the director of Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, which was established by a $20 million-dollar gift from the Arrell Family Foundation. In this capacity, he co-chairs the Arrell Food Summit, and manages the Arrell Food Scholarship program as well as the Arrell Food Innovation Awards, which deliver hundreds of thousands of dollars annually to groups that have made tremendous impacts on global food systems.
Dr. Fraser is a full professor of Geography at the University of Guelph and helps lead the Food from Thought initiative, which is a $76.6 million research program based at the University of Guelph that explores how to use big data to reduce agriculture’s environmental footprint.
Evan’s web video series on “feeding nine billion” has been watched over 500,000 times, he has self-published a graphic novel called #FoodCrisis about a fictitious food crisis that hits North America in the 2020s. Evan has also created a card game about global food security that won a gold medal at the International “Serious Play” conference. The videos, the graphic novel and the card game have been pulled together in a series of teacher-friendly high school lesson plans that are used in classrooms around the world.
His latest book, Uncertain Harvest, was released May 7th, 2020.
Pascal grows Asian vegetables, beans for freezing, corn and soybeans on the family farm he co-owns with his brother, Philippe, in Saint-Jacques, Que. The farm was once owned by his father, and Pascal now has help from his children. He is also president of the Quebec fruit and vegetable producers organization. Since its inception in 1974, the FQPFLT has come to represent 450 agricultural producers in four regions