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J. Blair Knippel, CPA, CA, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
T Base 4 Investments/O.M.D. Food Products

Blair is a cross-sector innovator focused on helping companies establish the solid business foundations necessary to bring new technologies and ideas to the marketplace. He has deep expertise in manufacturing operations and analysis, raising capital and investment instruments, financial modeling, overall corporate strategy and human capital development. In 2015 after a 27-year career with Deloitte LLP, Blair joined T Base 4 Investments and O.M.D. Food Products, the founders of Verdient Foods. He was appointed as CFO (2015 to 2020) and General Manager (2020) for Verdient Foods and ultimately led its sale to Ingredion Incorporated in late 2020. Blair remains CFO for T Base 4 Investments/O.M.D. Food Products and continues to serve Ingredion as a Senior Advisor. More recently, Blair is a General Partner of a new Canadian-based private equity fund seeking to raise $200M CAD for plant-based food and ingredient processors.

Day 2 - Nov 02, 2022
3:50 PM

Keynote: Curated Reflections of the Future of Plant-Based Foods

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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
  • See who’s attending Plant Forward!