Barry Mehr brings more than 50 years of experience and expertise in this industry sector and government to the board. He began his career in food and agriculture in Ontario in the early 1960s, after completing his undergraduate degree in food chemistry. Barry spent 10 years working for Swift Canadian Company Ltd. in various sales and managerial positions before joining Canada’s public service.

Between 1973 and 2009, Barry served the Government of Alberta as an Assistant Deputy Minister and Deputy Minister in various ministries, including Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (AAFRD), Economic Development, and Innovation and Science.

Barry is currently the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Governors at Olds College. He also serves as a member of the Alberta Innovates Glycomics Centre of Excellence Management Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors of Genome Alberta.

As Vice President, Forestry, Food & Fibre with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF), Barry’s group provides strategic support to various customers, including global consumers, distributors, processors and Government of Alberta agencies and regulators. His group is also helping develop the province’s food and agriculture value chain.