Steven Webb, PhD

Global Institute for Food Security

Dr. Steven R. Webb
Steven joined the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) as Chief Executive Officer in 2019, following a 23-year career with Corteva Agriscience (formerly Dow AgroSciences) in Indiana, United States. His most recent role at Corteva was Research and Development Director of External Technology, where he led many research collaborations with private sector companies, research institutes and universities around the world.

Steven earned a PhD in immunochemistry (1998), a Master’s degree in biochemistry (1992) and a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology (1990) from the University of Guelph, Ontario.

About the Global Institute for Food Security
The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) works with partners to discover, develop and deliver innovative solutions for the production of globally sustainable food. Founded by Nutrien, the Government of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan (USask), GIFS is agriculture’s innovation catalyst, connecting the agri-food ecosystem, advancing innovation and bridging the gap to commercialization to deliver resilient and sustainable food security for all stakeholders. Learn more about GIFS at

New Foods and Food Ingredients Using Precision Fermentation and Engineering Biology

 Remote speaker / Presenting virtually

Canada is in a unique position.
We are a global breadbasket, and one of only a handful of nations that is a net producer of food. We have a moral obligation to continue to feed the world sustainably.
With natural challenges such as an increasing population, climate change and the pandemic, as well as man-made threats caused by wars and labour disruptions, the pressure is on to meet the demand for safe and nutritious food while minimizing environmental impact. This would not be possible without collaboration across all sectors, an enabling regulatory framework and importantly, innovation. 
Learn about the game-changing opportunities that the innovation of engineering biology offers, and how Canada can take advantage of this to continue to be a relevant leader in the production and supply of globally sustainable food.