CEO and Board of Directors

President and CEO

Dr. James Dosman

James A. Dosman

Dr. James Dosman, often known as the "father of agricultural medicine" in Canada, has been instrumental in establishing rural health and safety programs nationally and internationally.

An outstanding physician-scientist, he helped to found such initiatives as the first annual Agriculture Health and Safety Conference, the Canadian Agricultural Injury Surveillance Program, the Canadian Agriculture Safety Program, and the Agricultural Health and Safety Network, which provides educational services, respiratory health and hearing screening programs, courses in emergency preparedness, and other educational opportunities to agricultural populations.

He has devoted his career to improving the health of and preventing injury to, farmers and their families, working to enhance the health of agricultural populations in Canada and worldwide.

Recently honoured for his contributions to the advancement of agricultural health and safety in Canada by being named an officer of the Order of Canada, James Dosman, as the President and CEO of Agrivita Canada Inc., continues his commitment to improving the lives of those who live and work in agriculture and rural communities.


1975-1984: Founding Head, Division of Respiratory Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

1986- 2001:  Founding Director, Centre for Agricultural Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

2001- 2005:  Founding Director, Institute of Agricultural, Rural and Environmental Health, University of Saskatchewan

2005- 2007:  Founding Director, Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan

2007: Founder, Canadian Agricultural Industrial Hygiene Laboratory, University of Saskatchewan

2006- Present:  President and CEO. Agrivita Canada Inc.


Signal Achievements

1988 - Establishment of the Agricultural Health and Safety Network in Saskatchewan

1994 - Establishment of the Canadian Coalition for Agricultural Safety and Rural Health, now the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

1994 - Establishment of the Canadian Agricultural Safety Program

2000 - Establishment of the Canadian Rural Health Research Society

2011 - Leading the International Labour Organization to establish an International Code of Safe Practice in Agriculture



1976-1981:  Research Scholar, Medical Research Council of Canada

1980:  Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians

1982-1987:  Research Scholar, Health Canada

1975-1984:  Ferguson Professor of Respiratory Diseases, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan   

1988-1993:  Research Scholar, Health Canada            

1998-2003:  Scientist Award, Medical Research Council of Canada/Canadian Institutes of Health Research

2001:  Award for Meritorious Service to the People of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities

2003:  Award for Public Service and Extension, University of Saskatchewan

2005:  Saskatchewan Order of Merit

2005:  Induction as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

2007:  Dean Stueland Award, National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield, WI

2008:  Saskatchewan Lung Association, Lifetime Achievement Award

2009:  Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Achievement Award

2009:  Canadian Medical Association Honorary Life Membership

2010:  Inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

2010:  Officer of the Order of Canada

2011:  Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame

2013:  Distinguished Service award, Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America

2017:  Horizon School District Wall of Fame

2019:  Canadian Medical Hall of Fame

Board of Directors

Agrivita Canada Inc. is governed by a board of directors consisting of:

Hon. Terry Mercer

  • Retired, Senate of Canada, NS

David Miller

  • Senior Advisor to the Executive, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, BC

Terry Baker

  • Chair, Board of Agrivita Canada Incorporated
  • Agricultural Producer and President, Franklin Land and Cattle Co. Ltd., SK
  • Chair, Nutrients for Life Foundation Canada

Ernie Barber

  • Secretary, Board of Agrivita Canada Incorporated
  • Academic Strategic Business Advisor, University of Saskatchewan, SK

(Dorothy) Linn Holness

  • Professor and Chief, Occupational and Environmental Health, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, ON

Niels Koehncke

  • Director, Canadian Centre for Rural and Agricultural Health, University of Saskatchewan, SK

Marek Radomski

  • Vice-Dean (Research), College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, SK

Garnett Volk

  • Vice-Chair, Board of Agrivita Canada Incorporated
  • Senior Director, Saskatoon District, Farm Credit Canada, SK

Alain Marchand 

  • Scientific Director, Research Division, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), QB

Ken Juba

  • Founder/Retired Partner Creative Fire, SK