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.
The 2021 A. Jean de Grandpré Lecture, held September 8th, welcomed Dr. David Hughes--Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University U.K.--who presented "What's Happening in Our World of Food and Does it Matter?".
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Dean and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald)
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University
Anja Geitmann is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Professor in the Department of Plant Science. She also holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Biomechanics of Plant Development. She represents and promotes the interests of the Faculty in the dialogue with other academic institutions, the provincial and federal governments and industries in the environmental, agricultural and agri-food sector. She leads initiatives that focus on increasing the quality of education through experiential learning and out-of-the classroom training, broadening the range of collaborations at national and international level, and developing a network of academic partnerships fostering innovation. She has been instrumental in setting up the ‘McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative' in collaboration with the Faculties of Science and Engineering and under her leadership McGill has positioned itself to be a leader and convener of stakeholders in food safety, food security, sustainable agriculture, and environmental stewardship.
Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K.
As “Dr. Food”, Dr. David Hughes is a much sought-after speaker at international conferences and seminars on global food industry issues, particularly consumer and retail trends.
David has lived and worked in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia and has extensive experience as an international advisory board member with food companies and financial service organizations on three continents.