University of Saskatchewan

Alberta Grains proudly supports an industry-funded Chair position at both the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan. These roles provide dedicated support towards ongoing institutional research and supervision to students in a variety of master's and doctorate programs. With that, they help promote collaboration through education and provide mentorship for the next generation of research professionals.

Dr. Stuart Smyth

Dr. Stuart Smyth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Agri-Food Innovation & Sustainability Enhancement Chair position. His research focuses on sustainability, agriculture, innovation and food.

In the fall of 2014, as a result of his research and focus on sustainable agriculture, Dr. Smyth was granted the title of Industry-Funded, where he holds the Agri-Food Innovation Chair and the Agri-Food Innovation and Sustainability Enhancement Chair in 2019. With his Chair and Professorship, Dr. Smyth continues to focus on innovations and agriculture.

Dr. Smyth publishes a weekly blog on these topics at

Recent publications include authored books with William Kerr and Peter Phillips, GM Agriculture and Food Security: Fears and Facts, published by CABI (2019) and Biotechnology Regulation and Trade, published by Springer (2017).

Dr. Smyth is involved in social science research with the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre at the U of S. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research.