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Monday, November 8 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
803: Developing holistic food policy in Canada

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Organized by the University of Guelph

COVID-19 revealed much about the Canadian food system's strengths and weaknesses.  Food continued to fill grocery store shelves while farm workers tested positive for the virus; food prices stayed relatively stable while rates of food insecurity skyrocketed.  Addressing these sorts of complex and inter-related challenges requires policy making that cuts across government ministries, scales of government and stakeholder groups.  In this panel, five members of the newly inaugurated Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council will introduce the audience to the federal government's Food Policy for Canada, present their opinions on key priorities for the new government, and reflect on barriers to be overcome.

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Malcolm Campbell

Vice-President (Research), University of Guelph
Dr. Malcolm Campbell is a distinguished scholar and accomplished plant genome biologist, who oversees an active research group; serves on journal editorial boards as well as scientific and non-scientific advisory boards; and advises governmental, non-governmental, private sector... Read More →

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Evan Fraser

Director, Arrell Food Institute
Dr. Evan Fraser is the director of Arrell Food Institute and a professor of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Guelph. As a researcher, Dr. Fraser is a co-author on over 100 academic papers and book chapters about food systems, climate change and food security... Read More →
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Sylvie Cloutier

CEO, Quebec Food Processing Council (CTAQ)
Sylvie Cloutier is a key player in Quebec’s bio-food sector. She has worked in strategic positions in this sector for nearly 20 years and has developed expertise in fields including issues management, negotiations, stakeholder relations and public affairs. She has worked for the... Read More →
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Connor Williamson

Farmer, Food System Researcher
As a fifth-generation farmer, Connor Williamson was born into a passion for agriculture, and later, a drive to understand and provide solutions to Canada’s food system. He has researched topics that range from food security in transnational settings, to how supply management can... Read More →
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Gisèle Yasmeen

Executive Director, Food Secure Canada
Dr. Gisèle Yasmeen joined Food Secure Canada as Executive Director in May 2019 and has worked on food-systems issues since 1991. She 20 years of leadership experience in knowledge organizations having served as a not-for-profit and government executive including Vice-President of... Read More →
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Joseph LeBlanc

Associate Dean, Equity and Inclusion, Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Dr. Joseph LeBlanc is a life-long Northern Ontarian and member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. Passionate about community health and wellbeing, he has extensive experience in asset-based community development and food system change throughout the region.He is currently the Associate... Read More →

Monday November 8, 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST