Truro, N.S., October 6, 2016 – TruLeaf is pleased to announce the addition of Ted
Grant to its Senior Management Team as General Manager, and Chief Product Officer
at its subsidiary GoodLeaf Farms, and Dr. Richard Donald as Vice President of
Research & Development and Chief Science Officer at TruLeaf. The addition of Ted to
the team marks a transformation for GoodLeaf as it looks to develop more chefinspired
products, and to build partnerships in new markets outside of Atlantic
Canada. Dr. Donald will be leading TruLeaf’s next phase of research and
development for system design and the development of new plant varieties to be
grown in the Smart Plant System®.
Ted’s passion, curiosity and appreciation for food started at an early age, inspired by
generations of gourmet cooks. After attending Dalhousie University, he chose to
pursue culinary studies at the Stratford Chefs School in Ontario and completed his
apprenticeship under world renowned Chef Marc Thuet at The Fifth in Toronto. He
spent the next 6 years working in London, New York and Toronto working in
Michelin star kitchens, and with the famous Chef Daniel Boulud in New York City.
Ted returned home to his roots in Nova Scotia in 2007 to run the four diamond
Prince George Hotel kitchen.
In 2009, Ted joined the team at the Culinary Institute of Canada, as a second year
Culinary faculty. In his third year of teaching Ted was asked to join Canada’s
Smartest Kitchen as a food product developer, creating products for global food
companies. In this role, he traveled extensively representing companies on the
In 2013, Ted returned to Nova Scotia, to complete his Masters in Education while
joining the team at the Nova Scotia Community College as Manager of Hospitality
Programming overseeing six Culinary campuses and three Tourism schools.
“I have dedicated my entire professional career to travelling, education and working
globally, learning about culinary, nutrition and the importance of innovative food
products. I am very excited about the opportunity to launch the GoodLeaf Farms
brand in Atlantic Canada, and to provide the team with leadership and culinary
direction as we expand into other urban markets.”
An experienced researcher, educator and consultant in the fields of sustainable
agronomy and the environment, Dr. Donald has worked as an agriculturalist across
Canada and in over 20 countries around the world. Dr. Donald has consulted in
agriculture and the environment for the United Nations, the World Bank, the
Canadian International Development Agency, the United States Agency for
International Development, the International Finance Corporation and many other
Canadian and International institutions.
Most recently, Dr. Donald served as Vice-President of Research and Extension at
Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC), and Associate Dean Research upon the
merger of NSAC with Dalhousie University. As part of those positions Dr. Donald
was also President and CEO of Perennia Inc., a crown-owned company with the
responsibility of knowledge translation and transfer to the agriculture and food
sector in Nova Scotia.
“We are going to see enormous changes in how and where we produce food in
Canada, driven by new technologies and a demand for food that is local, fresh,
healthy and produced in such a way that is energy efficient and conserves our
natural resources,” said Dr. Donald. “TruLeaf is on the leading edge of these trends
and changes, and I look forward to contributing in this exciting domain.”
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Ted and Richard join our team as we grow our
product offering and begin to scale nationally and internationally”, said Gregg
Curwin, President & CEO of TruLeaf. “Ted has an extensive background in
developing new products and managing large teams. I think he has the right skills to
take GoodLeaf to the next level in terms of product development and farm
operations. Richard has the depth of knowledge and expertise to lead a world-class
research team, and his experience shows that. I’m excited to see the progress that
our research team will make globally under his leadership.”
Founded in 2011, and located in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, TruLeaf has developed an
indoor farming system that grows fresh plants for food and medicines anywhere in
the world, regardless of environment, 365 days a year. The system integrates
growing technologies in a controlled environment to grow high quality, predictableyield,
and clean plants with innovative and efficient technologies.
About GoodLeaf Farms
GoodLeaf Community Farms Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of TruLeaf
Sustainable Agriculture Ltd., and is the exclusive Canadian licensee of the TruLeaf
Smart Plant System®.
Founded in 2015, and located in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, GoodLeaf Farms uses
innovative vertical farming technology to produce ultra-fresh leafy greens all year
long, in a clean and safe indoor environment.
By producing greens inside, GoodLeaf eliminates the need for pesticides, herbicides,
insecticides and fungicides. Additionally, GoodLeaf’s greens are ready-to-eat
because they’ve taken the time to grow them in an ultra-clean environment.
GoodLeaf’s goal is to grow delicious leafy greens, hand-pack them at their peak
freshness, and get them on customer’s plates within hours of harvesting.
For more information please visit: http://www.truleaf.ca
O: 1 (902) 843-5160
C: 1 (902) 452-6558
90 Research Drive
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia