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Alastair Summerlee

University of Guelph
Professor, President Emeritus

Alastair Summerlee served as president of the University of Guelph in 2003-14. Under his leadership, the University of Guelph became preeminent among Canadian universities with a strong reputation for civic engagement and volunteerism. Dr. Summerlee spent six years as the chair of the board of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), one of the leading Canadian international development agencies, and became involved in humanitarian issues in the refugee camps in Kenya. For his humanitarian work he was name the International Quality of Life Laureate for 2012 by Auburn University in the United States. Through his work as the Executive Director of FundtheFood, an initiative funded by the Kirchner Group in the United States, Summerlee is involved in helping to train capital allocators in small to mid-range start-ups that have the potential to use disruptive technologies to improve hunger and poverty at home and abroad.

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