The Arrell Family Foundation
Arrell Food Institute is supported by a $20-million investment. This was matched by the University, establishing the Arrell Food Institute in 2017. Through this investment, the Arrell Family Foundation aims to connect individuals and organizations working to address the defining challenge of our time: food security, safety and sustainability.
The Arrell Family Foundation was founded by Tony and Anne Arrell in 1999. They are directors of the Foundation along with daughters Laura (managing director), Ashleigh and Nicole, as well as Richard Rooney and Erik Joyal. The Foundation is built on the same principles that have long guided the Arrell family: to be kind and compassionate to those who are less fortunate, and to try to make the world we live in a better place.
The Arrell Family Foundation’s mission is to Improve Human and Planetary Health Though Food. It also supports initiatives in mental health, brain research and Cystic Fibrosis.
The Foundation’s commitment to improve global health and quality of life correlates with the University of Guelph’s goals to do the same through research and teaching.
Both founders have close and long-time connections with the University. Tony and Anne (nee Taylor) met on a blind date while they were students at the University. Tony received a Bachelor of Science in 1967 from the Ontario Agricultural College as well as an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2012. Anne graduated from the Macdonald Institute in 1968 with a Bachelor of Household Science. Both have made significant contributions to the University through multiple volunteer commitments and financial support over many years.