Congratulations to Philip Vanderpol, winner of the 2018 Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and Agri-Food!

The president and CEO of Vitalus Nutrition was honoured for developing the technology to produce a prebiotic from a milk by-product that will help food processors develop new products for digestive health.

The award celebrates BC’s agriculture and agri-food leaders who have implemented specific projects or initiatives leading to economic, environmental or social benefits to British Columbia and the industry in general, or to a specific sector. Nominations will open again in Fall 2020.

Please see Tips & Resources below for application info.

The 2018 Winner

(From left) IAF director Alistair Johnston and Philip Vanderpol at the IAF Project Showcase in Abbotsford, April 12, 2018.

The Award Selection Committee also recognized two Honorable Mentions – Dr. Victor Lo from the University of British Columbia, for his pioneering efforts to enhance the environmental stewardship of BC dairy farms through the development of a more sustainable manure and nutrient management process; and Silvio Lettrari, owner of Kaslo Sourdough, for introducing the world’s first sourdough pasta to help address the needs of a growing number of consumers with gluten sensitivities and other dietary concerns.

Past Winners

2015 Award Winner
2013 Award Winner

2012 Award Winner
2011 Award Winner
2010 Award Winner
2009 Award Winner
2008 Award Winner

For more information contact

Sarah Rostami
Communications Officer