Conference Overview


This conference will provide the premier national policy outlook for the agriculture sector. A blend of presentations from invited speakers, invited agriculture policy research network members and research posters will highlight the issues and potential policy solutions facing the agricultural sector in Canada today. The research being undertaken throughout the country will be featured and the exchange of ideas between invited speakers, industry participants, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada policy analysts and researchers in the five ERCA Policy Research Networks will be facilitated.

This conference should be a high priority for Canadians interested in food and agriculture. The focus on food and farming highlights the critical issues facing Canadians today in terms of sustainable agricultural production and food consumption, production, processing and sales. This conference will provide you with access to the country’s cutting edge research in food and agricultural policy and allow you to interact with decision makers from across the country. The speakers represent some of Canada’s and the world’s best experts with thought provoking topics.

"The Future of Farms & Food in Canada" Conference is being organized jointly by the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and the five ‘Enabling Research for a Competitive Agriculture’ policy research networks – Canadian Agriculture Trade Policy Research Network (CATPRN), Canadian Agricultural Innovation and Regulation Network (CAIRN), Linking Agriculture and Environment Research Network (LEARN), Consumer and Market Demand Policy Research Network (CMD), Structure and Performance of Agriculture and Agri-products Industries network (SPAA).

This 1.5 day policy conference will be held January 13 & 14, 2011 in Ottawa, ON at the Chateau Laurier.

 

Financial support for this conference has been provided Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

 

Agenda


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Day 1 - Thursday, January 13
8:00 AM Registration

WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS

8:45 - 9:00 AM

William A. Kerr
Past-President, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Organized by the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competitiveness Research Network (CATPRN)

World Drivers of Agriculture, Food and Policy

Robert L. Thompson
Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

NETWORKING BREAK
SESSION 1: MANAGING RISK THROUGHOUT THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN
Organized by the Structure and Performance of Agriculture and Agri-Products Industries (SPAA) Network

Growing Forward I and II: Business Risk Management Programs - Successes, Failures, Opportunities
Alan Ker, University of Guelph

The Drivers of Change in Agriculture and Their Impacts on Financial Risk
Jean-Philippe Gervais, Farm Credit Canada

 

Chair:
Dave Sparling, University of Western Ontario

Discussants:
Bruno Larue, Laval University
Rory McAlpine, VP Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

LUNCHEON SPEAKER - Andrea Lyon, Associate Deputy Minister, AAFC
SESSION 2: CROP RESEARCH AND INNOVATION SYSTEMS
Organized by the Canadian Agricultural Innovation and Regulation Research Network (CAIRN)

The State of the Global Crop Innovation System
Julian Alston, UC Davis

The Future of Crop Innovation in Canada - Options and Consequences
Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan

 

Chair:
Bertrand Montel, Senior Advisor, Agriculture and Agribusiness, National Bank Financial Group

Discussants:
Jim Brandle, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
Richard Phillips, Executive Director, Grain Growers of Canada

NETWORKING BREAK

SESSION 3: FOOD TRANSFORMATIONS

Organized by the Consumer and Market Demand Network (CMD)

Communicating Safety, Plus
Neal Hooker , St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia PA

Consumers, Food Values and Changing Markets
Ellen Goddard, University of Alberta
Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University

 

Chair:
Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan

Discussants:
Wayne Stark, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute
Gale West, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

EVENING RECEPTION
5:30 - 7:30 PM Research Poster Display with wine & cheese
End of Day 1    
Day 2 - Friday, January 14
SESSION 4: ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Organized by the Linking the Environment and Agriculture Research Network (LEARN)

Prospects for a Low-Carb Economy: Climate Change, Agriculture and the Rest
G. Cornelis van Kooten, University of Victoria

Payment for Ecosystem Services Policies
David Zilberman, University of California-Berkeley

 

Chair:
Crina Viju, Professor, Carleton University

Discussants:
Brenda Brindle, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Owen McAuley , Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

NETWORKING BREAK
SESSION 5: OUTLOOK

Global Economic Forces and the Outlook for Agriculture
Dr. Alex McCalla, Professor Emeritus, University of California-Davis

Chair:
Rick Barichello, University of British Columbia

PANEL DISCUSSION
11:00 - 12:30 PM

Implications for Canadian Agriculture
Karl Meilke, Peter Boxall, Richard Gray, Ellen Goddard, Bruno Larue

Closing Comments
Al Mussell, George Morris Centre

Announcement of Poster Award Winners

End of Conference  

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Registration


REGISTRATION CLOSES SATURDAY, JANUARY 8 AT MIDNIGHT EST

Click here to register online for this conference.

Note: You will be directed away from this website.

Disclaimer: Registration fee refunds will not be allowed after January 3, 2011.

Downloadable registration form, click here.

ONSITE REGISTRATION?
Onsite registration is available for a fee of $325/person.

ARE YOU A STUDENT?
Students click here to register online for this conference.

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Disclaimer: Registration fee refunds will not be allowed after January 3, 2011.

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Location & Transportation


This conference was held at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The hotel is located at 1 Rideau Street.

Shuttle service available through YOW Airporter
$25 for round trip

Airport Shuttle Website


Chateau Laurier

Hotel Website

 

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Conference Sponsors

We would like to thank the following sponsors!


 

 

 

 

 


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Sponsorship Opportunities

To download the sponsorship package, click here.

Platinum Level Sponsors ($10,000+)


  • One complimentary registration for the conference & evening reception
  • Prominent logo placement on conference kit for participants
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Conference kit welcome letter to conference participants
  • Opportunity for company representative to provide a welcome to conference participants
  • Recognition of company representatives in attendance
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material
  • Prominent display of logo on conference website
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

 

Gold Level Sponsorship ($5,000)
  • One complimentary registration for the conference & evening reception
  • Logo placement on conference kit for participants
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Recognition of company representatives in attendance
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material
  • Prominent display of logo on conference website
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

Silver Level Sponsorship ($2,500)


  • One complimentary registration for the conference & evening reception
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material
  • Prominent display of logo on conference website
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

Bronze Level Sponsors ($1,000)


  • One complimentary registration for the conference & evening reception
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material
  • Prominent display of logo on conference website
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

Special Sponsorships


Evening Reception Sponsor - $2,500 - Filled

One exclusive sponsorship opportunity available to host the evening reception on Thursday, January 13th. This sponsorship includes:

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening reception
  • Brief address to conference participants at reception
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of company logo during reception
  • Display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional materials
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

Luncheon Sponsor - $3,000 - Filled

One sponsorship opportunity available. This sponsorship includes:

  • Two complimentary registrations for the conference including evening reception
  • Brief address to conference participants at sponsored luncheon
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of company logo during luncheon
  • Display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional materials
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

Networking Break Sponsor – $1,500 - Two Remaining

Two sponsorship opportunities remain. Sponsorship includes:

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening reception
  • Prominent display of logo during sponsored break
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

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Research Poster Competition

In order to highlight some of the research conducted by the research networks and their partners, a poster presentation will be held in conjunction with the evening reception on Thursday, January 13. Conference delegates are invited to view the posters and direct any questions on the research to the researchers who will be present with their posters at the event. Delegates viewing the posters will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the poster committee on those posters suitable for awards provided by the George Morris Centre.

Poster submissions are no longer being accepted. Thank you!

Poster Title
Researcher(s)
/Institution(s)
ERCA Network
(if applicable)

Supply Management and Price Ceilings on Production Quota Values:Future or Folly?

Alex Cairns, U of Guelph
CATPRN
Is Water an Agricultural Trade Issue? Examining the Montana-Alberta Dispute K.K. Klein, Danny G. Le Roy, Md Kamar Ali and Tatiana Cook, University of Lethbridge
CATPRN
Commodity Price Volatility: The Impact of Commodity Index Traders Getu Hailu and Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph
CATPRN
Explaining consumers’ attitudes towards carbon and water footprints Carola Grebitus, Bonn University
Bodo Steiner and Michele Veeman, U of Alberta
CMD
Changing the egg demand in Canada: do advertising and health message contents matter? Getu Hailu, U of Guelph
Ellen Goddard, U of Alberta
CMD
The Demand for Milk in Canada by Fat Content and Province Jing Zhang, U of Sask
Ellen Goddard, U of Alberta
CMD
Consumers' Willingness to Pay for Animal Welfare: A Cross-Border Comparison Maurice Doyon, U Laval
William Allender and Timothy J. Richards, ASU
CMD
Effects of a Traceability System on the Economic Impacts of a Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreak Jason Jones, Texas A&M
Jared Carlberg, U of M
CMD
Examining consumer response to broad-based promotion programs for fruits and vegetables Bradley J. Rickard, Jura Liaukonyte, and
Harry M. Kaiser, Cornell; Timothy J. Richards, ASU
CMD
Food Risks: Concerns and Policy Issues Michele Veeman, U of Alberta
CMD
Heterogeneouss Consumer Response to Snack Food Taxes and Warning Labels: Implications for Public Health Sean Cash, U Wisconsin-Madison, Ryan Lacanilao, AB Government, Wiktor Adamowicz, U of Alberta
CMD
The Effects of a Grading System on the Development of Consumer Driven Best Practice Value Chains: The Example of Meat Standards Australia Gregory Bott and Sven Anders, U of Alberta; Wendy Umberger, U of Adelaide
CMD
Generational differences in disease prevention attitudes and behaviors across Canada: The case of functional foods Gale West, Denise Ouellet, Virginie Vigneault, U Laval
CMD
Valuation of Negative Externalities in the Urban Fringe: The Effect of Propane Cannons on Nearby Neighbours Tracy Stobbe, Trinity Western University
LEARN
Evaluating the potential to implement performance-based agri-environmental policy instruments: stakeholder attitutdes related to agricultural rights and responsibilities in southern Alberta Julia Baird & Ken Belcher, U of Sask; Mike Quinn, U of Calgary
LEARN
A Border Tax Adjustment Study: Calculating and Pricing the "Carbon FoodPrint" of Foods Imported to Canada Sumeet Gulati & Tegan Adams, UBC
LEARN
Feasibility of an Environmental Marketing Conception for Alberta Pork Al Mussell & Claudia Schmidt, George Morris Centre
LEARN
Evaluation of Objectives for a Transfer of Development Credit Program: The Beaver Hills Initiative Katherine Packman, U of Alberta, Marian Weber, AB Innovates Technology Futures, Peter Boxall, U of Alberta
LEARN
An empirical examination of landowner characteristics, social capital, and farmland rental rates in southern Ontario James Bryan, Brady Deaton and Alfons Weersink, U of Guelph
LEARN
The Impact of Wetland Loss Shane Gabor, DU Canada, Wanhong Yang, U of Guelph, Xixi Wang, Tarleton State Univ, Pascal Badiou & Cynthia Edwards, DU Canada
LEARN
The Impact of the Switch from Traditional to Zero Tillage Technology on the Spring Wheat Industry on the Canadian Prairies Lana Awada and Murray Fulton, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
Co-regulation: Exploring the Interface between Regulation and Private Standards Rim Lassoued and Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan

CAIRN

Why Does Farm Yield Growth Vary from Research Trials Yield Growth Mohammad Torshizi and Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
Functional Foods and Natural Health Products Regulations, Policies and R&D in Canada and Around the World Stavroula Malla and Eric Kofi Sogah, University of Lethbridge, Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
Commercialization Systems for Applied Crop Research in Australia Katarzyna Bolek and Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
The more technically efficient are also environmentally more efficient! Lota Dabio Tamini, Bruno Larue and Gale West, CRÉA, Université Laval
SPAA
The Economics of Livestock Disease: The Impact of a Regionalization Policy Michael St. Louis and Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan
SPAA
Is the Price of Corn Driven by the Price of Oil? Eskandar Elmarzougui and Bruno Larue, CRÉA, Université Laval
SPAA
Price Determination in a Regulated Market: The Quebec apple market Chokri Meddeb and Rémy Lambert, CRÉA, Université Laval and Sébastien Pouliot, Iowa State
SPAA

 


 

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Conference Contact Information


Address:

Canadian Agricultural Economics Society
Rm 360, Business & Economics Building
PO Box 1700, STN CSC
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC
V8W 2Y2

Fax: 866-543-8613


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Organizing Committee:

Valerie Johnson, CAES
James Vercammen, CAES
Bill Kerr, CAES
Rick Barichello, UBC
Peter Boxall, LEARN, U of Alberta
Ellen Goddard, CMD, U of Alberta
Richard Gray, CAIRN, U of Saskatchewan
Bruno Larue, SPAA, U of Laval
Karl Meilke, CATPRN, U of Guelph
Kathy Larson, CAIRN, U of Saskatchewan*

*We would like to recognize CAIRN's in-kind support; provision of Kathy Larson's organizational assistance for this conference.

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