Cellular Agriculture Research: Building the Future of Food in Canada

Sep 10, 2020
Cellular Agriculture Research: Building the Future of Food in Canada

Join CAC’s Executive Director, Yadira Tejeda Saldana and moderator, **Ahmed Khan **from CellAgri during this event that will bring together four talented researchers from across Canada. 

Research is the foundation of any industry. Without it, the industry can’t thrive. During this event, we intend to engage in a fruitful discussion about the opportunities, the challenges, and the next steps to make Canada a leading country in cellular agriculture.

If you have any questions that you would like our panelists to address, share them with us at info@cellag.ca.


Cameron Semper is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary and a member of the New Harvest Fellowship Program.  His research applies protein biochemistry to advance the development of serum-free growth medium tailored for fish cell culture.  He is passionate about cellular agriculture and excited to see the field develop and expand within Canada. 

Dr. Lenore Newman is the director of the Food and Agriculture Institute at the University of the Fraser Valley where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Security. Lenore is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada's New College. Lenore researches agricultural land use policy, bioengineering in the food system, and the role of food and agriculture in the creation of place. Her first book, Speaking in Cod Tongues, was published to wide acclaim in January 2017. Her second book, Lost Feast, was published by ECW Press in 2019. She holds a PhD in Environmental Studies from York University.

Dr. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy is a Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University and the Canada Research Chair in Biomicrofluidics. He is also the co-director of the School of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are in microfluidic devices and artificial organs. He has more than 22 years of extensive experience in micromanufacturing, microfluidics and materials development which has resulted in ~110 journal publications, 60 conference publications, 35 invited talks and 8 patents. Some of the notable outcomes of his research are the world’s first artificial placenta device capable of supporting neonates in respiratory distress, the discovery of electrotaxis of C. elegans worms in microfluidic environment, Canada’s first tissue engineered meat and development of reagent free water quality sensors. His research has won several best paper awards and highlighted on journal covers. He won the Early Researchers Award in 2010 and has been named as a Rising Star in Global Health in 2012. 

Dr. Greg Potter obtained his PhD in Food Science and Technology from Dalhousie University and has a diverse background in bioprocessing, fermentation science, analytical chemistry and microbiology. As a researcher, he is particularly motivated to use his skills and specialized knowledge to accelerate projects which address humanity’s need for more sustainable food systems, bioprocesses and bioproducts. In the field of cellular agriculture, Greg is associated with Clean Research, which is targeting the development of cell-based lean fish, and with the Cultivated Meat Modeling Consortium, which is spearheading the application of computational modeling techniques in the cultivated meat space. Most recently he started working with New School Foods, an emerging Canadian company focused on the development of safe, highly-nutritious plant-based seafood ingredients and products for the consumer market.

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