David Gillespie, Doctor of Science, honoris causa
Tuesday, June 7, 9:45 a.m.
SFU alumnus David Gillespie’s pioneering scientific achievements in the field of entomology have revolutionized greenhouse agriculture around the world, significantly reducing the need for pesticides. An SFU adjunct professor and a scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, he was first to discover predatory insects and mites that are natural enemies of pests—leading to the new field of biological pest control. He has received many awards and honours for his contributions to pest management, biocontrol and agriculture, including the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gold Medal in 2014. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2015 for his contributions to reducing pesticides in agriculture. He continues to work in research and development, seeking new microbial agents to biologically control pests, and new biological control agents for managing aphids on greenhouse vegetable crops.