Dr. Evan Fraser, the first director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, has had his term extended for five years.
The Arrell Family Foundation launched the institute in 2016 with a $20-million donation.
Fraser co-chairs the annual Arrell Food Summit and manages the Arrell Food Scholarship Program, an experiential learning program that prepares graduate students for leadership in the agri-food sector.
Through the Arrell Food Innovation Awards, the institute delivers hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to groups working to improve the global food system.
Fraser said he plans to continue pursuing a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to creating more sustainable agri-food systems, improving food safety, security and sovereignty, and strengthening food value chains.
He also wants to expand student training and increase connections with governments, businesses, academics and other food system stakeholders.