A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series

A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series
Macdonald Campus, McGill University

The A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series is named in honour of McGill’s Chancellor Emeritus. M. de Grandpré, who served as Chancellor from 1984-1991, was a long-standing member of the McGill Board of Governors and one of Canada’s pre-eminent and most distinguished business leaders. An astute and visionary administrator, he brought these skills, together with his wisdom, clarity of thought, and persuasive logic, to the highest levels of leadership at McGill University.

Do you have safety concerns surrounding genetically modified food and the way our food is labelled? Watch as our expert panelists demystifies the issues with respect to the safety of GMO food products in the short and long term, and the regulatory obligations of labeling.


Anja Geitmann
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Anja Geitmann is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2015. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Biomechanics of Plant Development and is member of the Department of Plant Science.


Sarah Berger Richardson, BA'06, BCL/LLB'12

Sarah Berger Richardson is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Law at McGill University and a recipient of a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Her research focuses on the relationship between science and ethics in food law and policy, particularly the social and cultural values underlying food safety regulations. In September, she will join Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law as their 2018-2019 Teaching Fellow. She is also a consultant with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, providing policy advice to the Government of Northwest Territories for their implementation of an agriculture regulatory framework. Sarah completed her masters of law (LL.M) at Tel Aviv University, where she was a research fellow at the Manna Center in Food Safety and Security. Previously, she was a law clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel and the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal. Sarah is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and Food Lawyers of Canada.

Robert Saik

Robert Saik, Founder of The Agri-Trend® Group of Companies (now part of Trimble Navigation) is a Professional Agrologist and a Certified Agricultural Consultant. In addition to being a keen entrepreneur, Rob’s technical strengths lie in soil chemistry, plant physiology and crop nutrition.

In his capacity as Founder and now Global Business Development for Agri-Trend, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture including the development of The Agri-Data® Solution which was a winner of Alberta’s 2002 E-business of the Year for on-line farm data management as well as 2015 Ag Innovation of the Year Award by Agri-Trade Show.

Robert was awarded the 2014 Canadian Agri-Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Association of Agricultural Marketers. Robert is also the author of an Amazon 2014 Best of Books, “The Agriculture Manifesto” – 10 Key Drivers That Will Shape Agriculture in the next Decade. 

He is a passionate keynote speaker addressing audiences on the importance of modern agriculture, His 2014 TEDx talk, entitled “Will Agriculture be ALLOWED to feed 9 Billion People” is a popular on-line reference and has been viewed over 100,000 times. He is the Executive Producer of KNOW GMO the MOVIE a full feature movie project looking at the advancements of technology use in agriculture. 

He has travelled extensively through North America, South America, the EU, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East as well as Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan working on technology integration and agriculture advancements.