"Agriculture ... is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals & happiness”
-Written in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to George Washington August 14, 1787
Born of a shared passion for healthy foods, Churchill Global International was founded in 2013 as a partnership between a surgeon and an industrialist. Combining decades of expertise, a mutual passion for quality, and an inspired vision for a vertically integrated organic agricultural enterprise, Churchill Global International brings together successive steps of production and distribution under single ownership. Sole stewardship not only assures exceptional quality control, but also provides for significant operational advantages in terms of efficiency and achieving economies of scale.
Dr. Iain Cleator is a surgeon, academician, former president of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology, and now, Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. He is also the founder of Cleator Organic Farms, the culmination of a lifelong devotion to health, nutrition and human welfare. Carrying forward the Hippocratic Oath of “First do no harm”, Dr. Cleator methodically and meticulously converted a once conventional 2500-acre farm near Wynyard, Saskatchewan, to a fully-certified organic farm, free of all synthetic chemicals, antibiotics, fertilizers or hormones. Since then, the farm has grown considerably, serving as model of innovation in organic agriculture through the cultivation of Churchill Global International products and commodity grains, including red fife wheat, oats, peas, hemp, flax, camelina, emmer and spelt.
Mr. Paris Winston is an attorney, entrepreneur and industrialist. Above all, he is a pragmatist, with a gift of being ahead of the curve and an eye for what others miss. Fresh out of law school, he traveled to Latin America, where in his first venture, he turned three lone plastic injection molding machines into a multi-million dollar industrial complex. Where others saw sugarcane plantations sitting idle, he envisaged and built burgeoning gasohol refineries. Later in life, when others warned of the collapsing steel industry, he turned a bankrupt steel factory into a thriving steel production and distribution company. Then came retirement, until the life-long food enthusiast became intrigued by the inherent irony in one statistic: while consumer demand has transformed organic agriculture into a $43-billion dollar industry and the fastest-growing sector of the food market, only one percent of all North American farmland is certified organic.
This intrigue culminated in the founding of Churchill Global International.
Dr. Garth Meckler is Associate Professor and Head of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. A modern-day renaissance man, he studied English Literature at Princeton University, prior to completing his medical degree at Harvard University. He subsequently completed a primary care fellowship in Health Services Research at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, where he obtained a masters degree. This was followed by subspecialty training in pediatric emergency medicine at the Mattel Children's Hospital, Los Angeles.
As a humanitarian, exemplar of compassionate patient care, and role model to the next generation of physicians, Dr. Meckler fittingly serves as the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Churchill Global International.