Our History

In February 2011, three visionary leaders in Saskatchewan – Bill Doyle (former President and CEO of PotashCorp), Brad Wall (Premier of Saskatchewan), and Peter MacKinnon (former President of the University of Saskatchewan) – shook hands on an agreement in principle to create a research institute based at the University of Saskatchewan dedicated to achieving global food security. 

Following significant negotiations among the three organizations regarding the mandate and governance for such an institute, in December 2012, the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) was officially established.