Lyndon William Ashton is the Centre Manager for the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre (CFWI IC). In this role, he is responsible for the overall operations and strategic leadership of the Centre. This includes outreach to key industry partners and the successful development and implementation of food and beverage innovation services. Lyndon joined the Research & Innovation division after a diversified career, beginning in the culinary arts and eventually leading to economic development, management consulting and business planning. He earned his Culinary Red Seal, and he holds a combined degree in Political Sciences and Labour Studies from Brock University, and a certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo. With a passion for food, business development, and strategic planning, Lyndon brings a client-centred focus to the Innovation Centre which recognizes that twinning talent development and knowledge transfer through value-driven R&D supports are key ingredients to the recipe for economic success.