Industrial Hemp ForumShawni Beaulieu March 13, 2018
About Dr. John Baker
JOHN BAKER, President, CBD BAKER INC.
John Baker has been a Professional Agrologist for 40 years. His expertise in plant breeding, new crop development and product development has been applied in the food, natural health product and bio-pharmaceutical sectors. Industrial Hemp has been a consuming focus over the past 18 years, and John has been responsible for placing over 12 new cultivars of industrial hemp on the Canadian and international OECD list of approved cultivars. These cultivars are grown across Canada, and in Northern / Central USA.
Since 2005 after his discovery of relatively high CBD levels in heritage Canadian industrial hemp germplasm, Baker focused on the development and release of cultivars for the biopharma sector. Canadian regulations prevent the utilization of these varieties for CBD production in Canada but they are now in full commercial use in the USA. The company CBD BAKER INC., is responsible for commercialization of this unique genetic material.
John Baker is also the breeder for Parkland Industrial Hemp Growers (PIGH) of Dauphin Manitoba. A number of high performance food type cultivars are available from PIHG with superior fatty acid chemistry. A parallel initiative was launched in 2014 to develop CBD cultivars for PIHG that will fit into the Canadian and USA market. Some of this material may come on stream by 2020. This material is of a different origin than the CBD Baker germplasm.
John was born and raised in York County, Ontario, and completed his undergraduate at the University of Guelph in 1972. After 15 years of industry experience in the food processing, and government extension, he returned to complete a Master’s Degree in plant physiology / new crop development. The balance of his career was spent working in the area of medicinal plants, their development as NHP feedstocks and their processing for the Natural Health Products (NHP) sector.
John and his wife Christine live in the Belleville / Stirling area of Central Ontario, and their business activities are located within the Quinte region.