Stan Blade – Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Dr. Stan Blade served as the CEO of Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, where he was responsibility for all aspects of the organization’s activities to support the agriculture, food and forestry sectors in Alberta (innovation coordination, foresighting, technology scouting, research investment/monitoring and industry engagement).

He previously served as Executive Director of the Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (in the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology) and as the Deputy Director General (Research) for the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

His expertise has been recognized through his invitations to participate in initiatives and reviews conducted by the European Union, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Harvard Business School and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Dr. Stan Blade has published 80+ research articles, ten book chapters, 140+ conference abstracts and has edited four books. Dr. Blade serves as an appointed Trustee of the African Agricultural Technology foundation.