• Stephen Yarrow

    Ottawa, ON, Canada


Dr. Yarrow joined CropLife Canada - the trade association representing the developers, manufacturers, and distributors of plant science innovations – in June 2011, as the organization’s Vice-President, Plant Biotechnology. In this role at the association, Stephen applies his 28 years of experience in biotechnology to contribute to enable the plant biotechnology industry to bring the benefits of its technologies to growers, producers, processers and the public, at the same time as being the trustworthy, authoritative and unified voice for Canadian plant biotechnology product developers. 

Prior to his appointment with CropLife Canada, Stephen spent 19 years as a Canadian Government public servant in Ottawa in various roles relating to the regulation of agricultural products, including plants derived from biotechnology. He played a key role in establishing Canada’s internationally recognized regulatory systems for the confined and unconfined release of biotech plants, including creating the Canadian policy concerning regulating the product and not the process, i.e. plants with novel traits.

During his time with the Government, Stephen had extensive international experiences, including the negotiation of the UN Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, an active player with the OECD’s Working Group on Biotechnology Harmonization, and leading regulatory cooperation initiatives with the US and Mexico, China and India. Prior to government, Dr. Yarrow spent nine years in Toronto working for Allelix Inc., in the field of tissue culture and plant genetic manipulation research.

Stephen received a PhD from the University of Nottingham and a BSc from the University of Birmingham.