Evan Fraser - Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph

holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security in the Department of Geography

Evan Fraser did a PhD and post-doc at the University of British Columbia and worked at the University of Leeds in the UK between 2003 and 2010. He is currently the director of the Arrell Food Institute, a Professor of Geography and holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph.

He is also a fellow of Trudeau Foundation, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and an elected member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. His work is on challenges to food security over the next two generations, during which time population growth and climate change threaten to make food harder to produce and more expensive to buy. He has worked extensively with climate modelers, economists, ecologists, anthropologists, and journalists to explore possible solutions to this global challenge. During his career he has played a leadership role in securing over $100M in funding for topics related to food, agriculture, technology and sustainability including being the scientific lead in the University of Guelph’s “Food from Thought” initiative, a $76.6M grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

In addition to over 90 academic articles and book chapters, he has written two popular books on food and sustainable agriculture and has had articles published by CNN.com, theguardian.com, ForeignAffairs.com, The Ottawa Citizen and the Walrus. His web video series on “feeding nine billion” has been watched over 425,000 times, he has self-published a graphic novel called #FoodCrisis about a fictitious food crisis that hits North America in the 2020s. Dr. Fraser has also created a card game about global food security. The videos, the graphic novel and the card game have been pulled together in a series of teacher-friendly high school lesson plans that are used in classrooms around the world.

Evan Fraser