Chief Executive Officer
The founder of Noblegen: changemaking innovation with a far-reaching vision for global impact. Adam’s award-winning scientific acumen achieved accolades on the world stage. Learn about his mission here.
David Abramson, J.D.
David is a principal at SDA Ventures, a consulting firm that advises on corporate development, business acquisition, customer relationships, growth strategies and finance in health, nutritional products, food ingredients and service. He was president of Martek Biosciences, which was sold to Royal DSM, and served as a Senior Advisor to DSM Nutritional Products on new corporate opportunities. He also played a leadership role in the sale of U.S. Foodservice to Royal Ahold.
John Desbiens, P. Eng.
John is CEO of consulting and engineering firm Cambium, and brings practical experience in pilot scale treatment process development, as well as environmental management, sustainability and design. He coordinated an environmental baseline and risk assessment of the Patagonia, and was a contributing author of the Colombian Mining Environmental Management Guidelines. He has served on municipal water and land councils, and sits on the Trent University Board of Governors.
As Executive VP, Innovation, Technology and Quality, at General Mills, Peter led a globally diverse team focused on inventing advantaged food products to nourish consumer lives. He cultivated trustworthy brands using attention to quality, food safety and technical excellence, and efforts to embrace open innovation and venture investing. Peter is the cofounder and past board chair for Partners in Food Solutions, and sits on the University of Minnesota Venture Center Advisory Group and the University of Massachusetts Food Science Advisory Board.
As VP, Corporate Development, Robert played a key role transitioning Martek Biosciences from R&D company to fully integrated, profitable organization with over $470 million in annual sales. He was instrumental in negotiating sole source license agreements with Coca-Cola, General Mills and Dean Foods to include life’s DHA in functional foods and beverages for iconic brands like Minute Maid, Yoplait and Horizon Organic. Prior to Martek, he was Senior VP and Treasurer for U.S. Foodservice.
Gwyn Morgan, CM
Gwyn Morgan, a Member of The Order of Canada and an inductee to the Alberta Business Hall of Fame, devoted three decades to building North America’s largest independent energy company. When he stepped down as founding CEO of at the end of 2006, EnCana Corporation had an enterprise value of $60 billion. Gwyn has served as a director of five global corporations including London-based HSBC. He has been recognized as Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year and also as Canada’s Most Respected CEO. He is the recipient of three Honorary Degrees and several business leader awards from Canadian universities.
Kate is a business owner, venture philanthropist and angel investor, and holds the Institute of Corporate Directors designation. She served as a director of James Richardson & Sons, one of Canada’s largest family enterprises with businesses in agriculture, energy, financial services and real estate, as well as a Trustee of the Richardson Foundation and on Trent University’s Board of Governors. She has played governance and leadership roles in education, conservation, arts and the community.
As CFO of James Richardson & Sons, Donald directs financial and strategic activities, including treasury, banking, financial reporting, risk management and formulating, and recommending financial policies and plans. He is on the board of JRSL’s subsidiaries Richardson International, Lombard Realty, Richardson Financial Group, Tundra Oil & Gas, Tundra Energy Marketing, and Wynward Insurance Group and is Chairman of the James Richardson & Sons Pension Trustee and Investment Committee.