Lone Jesperson, PhD


“I believe that a food manufacturing firm’s success hinges on the evolution of the
individuals within them.”
I’ve dedicated the last 15 years of my life to bettering food manufacturing operations and studying how
culture affects food safety performance. I’m proud to hold a Ph.D. in Culture Enabled Food Safety and to have created an incredible network of worldwide collaborators within the food supply chain.
I had no idea that one day I would be involved so intimately in this often lack-luster industry, but after 11
years with Maple Leaf Foods—including the uphill battle to regain consumer trust following the 2008 tragedy that killed 23 people—my life purpose shifted. At the time, I was in charge of food safety and operations learning strategies. It took a lot of introspection, questioning and scrutiny to turn Maple Leaf around. I lead the relaunch and execution of Maple Leaf Foods’ food safety & operations learning strategies. A little more every day, we transformed its culture from the inside out.
One of the most memorable moments for me over the years was when a plant manager who was getting
ready to deliver his first food safety course called me the night before in a panic. Not sure if he could deliver what was expected although he had prepared and reflected on what he had to get done. We talked and hung up. The next day he engaged his team with such passion and conviction in his own journey and shared that which he set out for the plant. The energy and excitement was amazing and went to show how a single exchange can transform & engage others in the importance of foods safety.
Cultivate is my business and the services we offer stem from a history of trials and tribulations. I don’t
pretend to know everything because every day, I’m learning from the people I work with. I make mistakes and have moments of self-doubt just like everyone else. But I promise to deliver the best of what I’ve learnt, the utmost transparency and most especially, resounding results.
For those who are curious about my academic background, I hold a Master in Mechanical Engineering from Syd Dansk University in Denmark, a Master of Food Science from the University of Guelph in Canada, and a PhD on Culture Enabled Food Safety. I also serve as chair of Food Safety Culture for the GFSI technical working group dedicated to characterizing and quantifying food safety culture across the global food industry from farm to fork.
See more about what I do at www.cultivatefoodsafety.com.