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Monday, November 22 • 8:30am - 10:00am
906: Evidence-based policies to build the future of agriculture in Canada / Des politiques et des données probantes pour bâtir l’agriculture canadienne de demain

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Organized by: Fonds de recherche du Québec

Agriculture has a considerable impact on population health and the economy, both in terms of production methods and the quality and accessibility of the food it produces. It is for this reason, among others, that this sector is involved in the achievement of several sustainable development goals. In recent years, the Government of Canada and provincial governments have worked in collaboration with the research community to build policies and strategies to stimulate innovation in agriculture and food processing from a sustainable perspective. In this panel, we will discuss how Agriculture Canada and the Ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) have integrated research and development into their policies, and how they have established strategic inter-jurisdictional collaborations. For example, we will discuss strategic investments by Canada and Québec in precision agriculture and in research aimed at improving diagnostic and biovigilance capabilities.

 L’agriculture a un impact considérable sur la santé des populations et des économies, tant par ses modes de production que par la qualité et l’accessibilité des aliments qu’elle produit. C’est pour cette raison, entre autres, que ce secteur se voit interpellé dans l’atteinte de plusieurs objectifs de développement durable. Ces dernières années, le gouvernement du Canada et les gouvernements provinciaux ont travaillé en collaboration avec le milieu de la recherche pour bâtir des politiques et stratégies stimulant l’innovation en agriculture et en transformation alimentaire, dans une perspective durable. À l’occasion de ce panel, nous aborderons comment Agriculture Canada et le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) ont intégré la dimension de recherche et de développement dans leurs politiques, et comment ils ont établi des collaborations stratégiques inter-juridictionnelles. A titre d’exemple, on abordera l’investissement stratégique du Canada et du Québec dans l’agriculture de précision et dans les recherches visant à améliorer les capacités de diagnostic et de biovigilance.

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Michèle Marcotte

Senior Director, Science Advisory Services, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Bio : Dr. Michele Marcotte obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences (B.Sc.A) in Chemical Engineering from Laval University in 1985; a M.Sc. in Food Engineering from the University of Alberta in 1988; and a Ph.D. in Food Processing from McGill University in 1999. In 1988... Read More →

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Stéphanie Lord-Fontaine

Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Genome Québec
Bio : Stéphanie Lord-Fontaine is a senior research administrator with close to 20 years of experience in the academic and biopharmaceutical sectors as well as in research funding agencies. In her current position of Vice President, Scientific Affairs at Genome Quebec, she leads... Read More →
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Bernard Verret

Assistant Deputy Minister, Biofood Processing and Policy, Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec
Bio : Mr. Bernard Verret holds a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Laval University, and has extensive experience in the agricultural sector, particularly in business strategy, both in Quebec and internationally. From 1983 to 1995, Mr. Verret was director of pork production at Breton... Read More →
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Natasha Kim

Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Bio : Natasha Kim is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch at  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Prior to this she was Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy at Immigration at Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Natasha also... Read More →
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Al Mussell

Research Lead and founder, Agri-Food Economic Systems
Bio : Al Mussell is Research Lead, and founder, of Agri-Food Economic Systems, Inc.Prior to establishing Agri-Food Economic Systems, Al was Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre in Guelph, Ontario for fifteen years. His areas of research expertise are farm management... Read More →

Monday November 22, 2021 8:30am - 10:00am EST