Paul Lightfoot

CEO, BrightFarms

As BrightFarms’ CEO, Paul Lightfoot leads the company on its mission to provide consumers with the freshest, tastiest and most responsibly grown local produce. He joined the company as CEO in 2011. A healthy and sustainable food zealot, Lightfoot has delivered keynote speeches at a myriad of conferences, including Agriculture 2.0, Canadian Grocers Association, Food Industry Sustainability Summit, and the Toronto Urban Agriculture Summit. He has been recognized by Chain Store Age magazine as a “Rising Star in Retail” and was the winner of YPO’s CSR Award for Environmental Sustainable Business Practices in 2011. In 2014, Fast Company featured him on its list of “1000 Most Creative People in Business.” Lightfoot’s 2012 TED talk, A Produce Supply Chain Revolution, has been viewed nearly 45,000 times.