Dr. Michael Stevenson, President and Vice-Chancellor,
Simon Fraser University, invites you to
THE PRESIDENT’S FORUM
With Dr. Cary Fowler, Executive Director, Global Crop Diversity Trust
A World Wide Sanctuary for Seeds:
e Doomsday Vault Story
Cary Fowler is known as the world's seed banker. He led the creation of a
management plan and sanctuary to protect the worlds' seeds — about 1.5
million varieties of food plants. is initiative is driven by the loss of genetic
diversity as traditional seed varieties disappear. We will hear how this global
6:30–8:30 pm seed sanctuary was established and what its mandate is. Most importantly,
this forum will examine why preserving crop diversity is vital to sustaining
October 8, 2008
reception to follow agricultural production in a warming world, and with it, human health,
Asia Paciﬁc Hall, Morris J Wosk economic well-being and political security.
Centre for Dialogue, 580 West
Hastings Street, Vancouver AGENDA
6:30 pm Moderator’s Welcome and Introductions: President Dr. Michael Stevenson
Presentation: Dr. Cary Fowler
Respondents: Dr. Zamir Punja, Mr. Herb Barbolet, Mr. Warren Bell
Closing Remarks: Dr. Cary Fowler
e President’s Forum,
hosted and moderated Summary Reﬂections and Acknowledgements: Dr. Michael Stevenson
by Simon Fraser
8:30 pm Adjourn to Reception
Reception graciously funded by the President’s Forum and
Michael Stevenson, SFU’s Burnaby Mountain College http://www.sfu.ca/college/
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Dr. Cary Fowler (born on December 24th 1949, in Memphis, Tennessee) is the executive director of the Global
Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT), based in Rome. Previously, Fowler was Professor and Director of Research in the
Department for International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
in Ås, Norway. Dr. Fowler received the Right Livelihood Award with Pat Mooney in 1985 for his work in agriculture
and the preservation of biodiversity. Under Dr. Fowler’s leadership at the GCDT, e Svalbard Global Seed Vault,
the media dubbed “Doomsday Vault,” has been established to safeguard 2 billion seeds in case of natural or
human-caused disaster, e GCDT has played a key role in the planning of the Seed Vault and is coordinating
shipments of seed samples to the Vault in conjunction with the Nordic Genetic Resource Center.
Mr. Warren Bell is Executive Director, Climate Change Policy, in the Climate Action Secretariat, Oﬃce of the
Premier. Warren is responsible for supporting the Cabinet’s Committee for Climate Action, coordinating the
climate action legislative agenda, and leading the development of climate policy in a wide range of areas. He has
over 20 years of experience with energy and climate change policies and programs. Prior to joining the Secretariat
in 2007, Mr. Bell was an Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development and also managed
a consulting company that provided support to Canadian corporate and government clients in the areas of
climate change, energy, and sustainability. Mr. Bell has degrees in economics from the Universities of Victoria and
Mr. Herb Barbolet has been an Associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon
Fraser University since 2003. He has been active in community development for more than 30 years — helping
to found and working with Local Food First, a network of organizations developing a business approach to re-
localizing our food supply. Mr. Barbolet was also the founder and Executive Director of FarmFolk/CityFolk.
Dr. Zamir Punja is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at SFU. His research involves the study of
pathogens which aﬀect crop plants and cause diseases in plants. His lab uses techniques in genetic engineering
and biotechnology to improve resistance to disease. Prior to joining SFU, Dr. Punja was a research scientist with
the Campbell Soup Company in California. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Davis.
Dr. Michael Stevenson became the eighth President of Simon Fraser University in 2000, and was reappointed for
a second term in 2005. Prior to coming to SFU he was Vice-President Academic and Provost at York University.
Under his leadership, Simon Fraser University has been involved in signiﬁcant expansion and innovation,
including the establishment of a new Faculty of Health Sciences; the opening of the new Segal Graduate School of
Business in downtown Vancouver; an award winning market housing development, and extensive new research
and teaching facilities on the Burnaby Mountain campus.
Dr. Stevenson is an accomplished scholar and has published widely on the post-independence politics of Africa
as well as on political culture and public policy issues in Canada. His book on shifts in public opinion and public
policy in the 1970s and 1980s, coauthored with Michael Ornstein, won the 2000 Harold Innis Prize for the best
book in the social sciences published in Canada.
He has served as Chair of the University Presidents’ Council of British Columbia, and is Chair of the Standing
Committee on Educational Issues and Funding of the Association of Colleges and Universities of Canada.
He currently serves on the Boards of the BC Business Council, Genome BC, and MITACS (Mathematics and
Information Technology and Complex Systems).
President’s Forum website: http://www.sfu.ca/presidentsforum