Raised on a farm in Saskatchewan, Don came to know the joys and challenges of growing up in a tightly-knit rural community. His first major travel off the farm was to work on development projects in Senegal at the age of 20. As his parents greatly valued education, he continued his studies after high school, completing an undergraduate degree in French literature, a master’s level degree in international development studies, and then bachelor, master and doctorate level degrees in law with a focus on agriculture and food law.
His professional life has taken him abroad for several postings. As a lawyer, he has served as an administrative judge and then CEO of a national food and agriculture think-tank. He continues to marvel at how he can serve Christian and pre-Christian brothers and sisters at home and aboard through various volunteer and professional avenues in the agriculture, food and the environment world.
His family inspires and sustains him. As a “foodie” family, good meals are an opportunity to discuss the complexity of the world and God’s Creation.