Dr. Blade is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. The Faculty is made up of 400+ faculty and staff, 1600 undergraduates and 520 graduate students. The Faculty has an annual budget of $85m, with approximately $45m of external research funding. The Faculty has a strong record of spin-off companies, IP license agreements and company partnerships. Dr. Stan Blade was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions Corporation (AI Bio). Dr. Blade’s expertise has been recognized through his invitations to participate in research reviews conducted by the European Union, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, Food and Agriculture Organization, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Agropolis Foundation and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Blade is a 2012 graduate of the Wharton Business School’s Executive Development Program (University of Pennsylvania). Dr. Blade’s doctorate was awarded by McGill University (Montreal, Canada) for work done at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture on a Canadian International Development Agency Ph.D. Scholarship. He currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation, a Nairobi-based agency supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Blade is also a Board Member of the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Genome Alberta, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute and Livestock Gentec.