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Chris Theal

Founder, President & Chief Executive Officer
Phyto Organix Foods

Chris is the Founder, President & CEO of Phyto Organix Foods Inc. and has over 25 years of business and leadership experience as an Alberta entrepreneur.

Most recently, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Velvet Energy Ltd., a private company backed by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, and private equity holders, including Warburg Pincus. Prior to that he founded an energy hedge fund and was the founding partner of a full service energy investment boutique, Tristone Capital Inc., and a top ranked securities analyst.

A former officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he is the Past President of the Royal Military Colleges of Canada Foundation.

Chris holds an Undergraduate degree in Economics, with Distinction, and was the recipient of the Sword of Honour as the top al-round graduate from Royal Roads Military College in 1992.

He has a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of British Columbia; is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder (2000); and received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2021.

Day 1 - Nov 01, 2022
1:00 PM

Panel: Perspectives on Sustainable Sourcing - Location and Processing Impacts

Chris Theal Headshot

Don’t Miss Out.

Over the course of two days, Plant Forward will demonstrate the strength and integrity of Canada’s integrated supply chain, highlight sustainability initiatives and the latest innovations happening in Canadian crops and ingredients, and provide insights from trailblazing companies who have chosen Canada as their preferred place to invest in plant-based innovation.

Registration is now closed.


Access to all Plant Forward in-person sessions including networking opportunities.

Regular: $1050


Virtual access to event sessions, includes virtual access to all Plant Forward speaker sessions. Q&A and networking opportunities are unavailable for virtual pass.

Online only: $850

Important Registration Information:

  • Registration closes October 28
  • Early bird registration rates are available April 1 – July 31
  • Plant Forward will follow the government-mandated COVID-19 regulations in place at the time of the event
  • There will be no on-site registrations for Plant Forward. Attendees must be registered prior to coming on-site
  • View the cancellation policy here
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