Dr. Evan Fraser
University of Guelph
Dr. Evan Fraser is the Director of Arrell Food Institute and a professor of Geography. Evan started thinking about agriculture and food systems while spending summers working on his grandfather’s farm in Niagara, Ontario. There, he learned that his grandmother’s success as a stockbroker was paying more of his wages than the money brought in by the u-pick strawberries and sweet corn. As such, he decided it was easier to write and talk about farming than to try to make a living selling fruits and vegetables so passed on the family farm, opting instead for grad school.
He works to bring large and diverse teams together in order to develop strategies that balance our need to produce and distribute accessible, healthy and nutritious food while stewarding the ecosystems on which we all depend for life. He believes that it is only by building bridges between the corporate sector, government, civil society and academics that we will be able to create the food systems fit for the challenges of the 21st century.