Stanford Blade PhD, P.Ag.

Dr. Blade was born in Alberta where he was raised on a dairy and grain farm. He obtained his M.Sc. (Crop Science) from the University of Saskatchewan for a breeding/physiology study on wheat. Dr. Blade’s doctorate was awarded by McGill University for work done at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on a Canadian International Development Agency Ph.D. Scholarship. He also is a 2012 graduate of the Wharton Business School’s Executive Development Program. Dr. Blade has published over 90 research articles, ten book chapters, upwards of 170 conference abstracts and has edited four books.

Dr. Blade is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. He previously served as CEO of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Corporation during which time he led the management and disbursement of their investment portfolio worth $75 million, supporting projects totalling $250 million.

He currently serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation a Nairobi-based agency supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Blade also serves as a board member for Genome Alberta, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.