Speaker Bios

Julian Alston is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the University of California, Davis, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in microeconomic theory and the analysis of agricultural markets and policies.

Alston was raised on a family farm in northern Victoria, Australia. Prior to beginning in his current position in 1988, he was the Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture in Victoria. His experience in public policy analysis and advice, and the administration of a large scientific organization shaped Alston's scholarly and applied research interests in the economic analysis of agricultural markets and public policies concerning agricultural incomes, prices, trade, and agricultural research and promotion.

He has published many journal articles, chapters, and books related to these subjects. He is a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, and a Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association.

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Rick Barichello is a Professor within the Food and Resource Economics Group at the University of British Columbia and has worked at UBC since his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1979. He was Head of the UBC Department of Agricultural Economics from 1988 to 1994, and since September 2007 has been the Director of the Center for Southeast Asia Research within UBC’s Institute of Asian Research. He has worked as a visiting professor or scholar at several international universities and institutes. His research has been on the economic analysis of public policy, particularly trade and agricultural policies and institutions, and on agricultural development issues, mostly applied to Southeast Asia. Within Canada this has centered on the dairy industry, various aspects of supply management, especially concerning quota markets, policy risk, TRQs, designing quota systems, the implications and effects of trade agreements, and other trade policy issues. He is both a past President and Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

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Peter Boxall is currently a Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Rural Economy at the University of Alberta. His principal research interests lie in the economic valuation of changes in environmental quality. His most recent research programme has involved agri-environmental issues, such as BMP adoption in agriculture for environmental improvements and the economics costs and benefits of wetland drainage and restoration. He is currently involved in examining market based approaches to increasing the provision of ecosystem services such as procurement auctions and offset programs for water quality improvements. He is the network leader of LEARN – Linking Environment and Agriculture Research Network – a national policy research network funded by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

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Jim Brandle is CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre - a horticulture research institute. Previous to joining Vineland in 2007, Dr. Brandle was involved in international work in Sudan and Germany, the Siebens Drake Research Institute (London, ON) and was site leader for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Crop Genomics Initiative. Dr. Brandle has a wealth of experience in both national and international research initiatives, including numerous plant and crop breeding projects, bioproducts, bioprocesses, and functional genomics research. He is both a graduate of the University of Manitoba (PhD, MSc) and University of Saskatchewan (BSA).

 

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Brenda Brindle is with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development in Edmonton. She is the Executive Director of the Environmental Stewardship Division. Her area is responsible for facilitating the adoption of sustainable farming practices through policy, applied research, and extension services. Brenda is also Co-Chair of Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta, a forum for developing consensus on policy that impacts agriculture and the environment.

She has been with the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development for 11 years. Prior to joining government, she spent many years in the private sector, as a consultant, working with farmers and the agriculture industry.

She is a graduate of the University of Alberta with a B.Sc. in Agriculture and a M.Sc. in Rural Economy.

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Jean-Phillipe (J.P.) Gervais is the Senior Agriculture Economist at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Prior to joining FCC, he was a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at North Carolina State. He laso taught in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Laval University where he held the Canada Research Chair in Agri-industries and International Trade from 2003 to 2008. Jean-Philippe obtained his Ph.D. in economics in from Iowa State University in 1999.

 

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Ellen Goddard is Cooperative Chair in Agricultural Marketing and Business, University of Alberta. She came to Alberta from a position as National Australia Bank Professor of Agribusiness and Associate Dean, Coursework, at the Institute of Land and Food Resources, the University of Melbourne. Prior to that Australian appointment Ellen Goddard worked in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. Over the past 20 years Professor Goddard’s research has been focused on economic modeling of domestic and international markets for food products (particularly meat) for policy analysis purposes. Current research includes various aspects of food marketing including consumer response to food safety incidents, consumer interest in labels, demand for credence attributes, traceability and certification. She also currently leads a national policy research network for Agriculture and Agri-food Canada in Consumer and Market Demand for Food.

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Richard Gray is a Professor in the Department of Bioresources Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. His career began in 1981, working as market analyst with the provincial government while he also operated the family farm at Indian Head. He joined the University in 1990 after receiving a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. Since then, he has supervised over two dozen graduate students and has studied a wide range of agricultural policy issues. He is a network leader for the Canadian Agricultural Innovation and Regulation Network (CAIRN) as well as a Fellow and former President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

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Jill Hobbs is a Professor and Head of the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Hobbs' research interests can be broadly defined as supply chain and food economics, including analyses of changing supply chain relationships in the agri-food sector, the economics of food safety, quality assurance and traceability, and consumer attitudes toward food quality attributes. Jill served as President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2003-4. She holds a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, an M.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary and a B.Sc. (Econ) from the University of Wales - Aberystwyth, UK. Jill is a member of four ERCA networks (CMD, CAIRN, SPAA and CATPRN).

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Neal Hooker is the CJ McNutt Professor of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. He is also a visiting professor at the Food Policy Institute, Rutgers University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, a MA from the University of British Columbia (Canada) and a BA (Hons.) from Essex University (U.K.). Dr. Hooker’s research explores marketing and management issues within global food supply chains. He is particularly interested in how safety, nutrition and sustainability attributes are communicated, controlled, and (where appropriate) certified. Dr. Hooker has published more than 50 journal articles and book on the economics and marketing of food quality, product recalls, international food trade, the demand for functional food, and E-Business.

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Alan Ker is Chair and Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. Prior to joining the University of Guelph he spent thirteen years at the University of Arizona. He holds a joint PhD in economics and statistics from North Carolina State University. Ker conducts research on risk management, institutional economics, and econometrics. He has published in agricultural economics, law, statistics, and economics journals.

 

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William A. Kerr is a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan and Senior Associate of the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade. He received is PhD in Economics and Agricultural Economics from UBC. He has over 300 academic publications including 20 co-authored books. Recent titles include: Handbook for International Trade Policy (2007), Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Era of Globalization (2010), Guide to Geographical Indications – Linking Products and Their Origins (2009). He is editor of The Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy.

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Bruno Larue is Professor and Canada Rsearch Chair in International Agri-Food Trade at Laval University and Director of the Center for Research on the Economics of Agri-food (CREA). Over the years, he has held various leadership roles including editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, and currently as lead of the Structure and Performance of Agriculture and Agri-products Industries (SPAA) Research Network. His areas of specialization are International Trade, Industrial Organization, Consumer Economics and Production/Environmental Economics.

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Jayson Lusk is Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. Lusk conducts research related to consumer behavior and decision making, food and livestock marketing and policy, and non-market valuation. Since 2001, Lusk has published over 100 articles in peer reviewed journals, has won several published research awards, and has been invited to present his research at over 25 Universities in the U.S. and abroad. Lusk has served as associate editor for six academic journals including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Lusk recently co-authored a book on experimental auctions published by Cambridge University Press and is also a co-author of an undergraduate textbook on agricultural marketing and price analysis published by Prentice-Hall. He has a forthcoming book on the topic of animal welfare with Oxford University Press and he is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy.

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Andrea Lyon became Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada on October 13, 2009.

From January 2008 to October 2009, Ms. Lyon served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic and Program Policy, at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. In that capacity, she was responsible for all aspects of program policy and design for Canada's immigration, refugee, integration, citizenship and multiculturalism programs.

Between September 2006 and January 2008, she served as Chief Trade Negotiator: North America at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada where she was responsible for developing, negotiating and managing Canada's trade policy interests as they relate to the United States and Mexico.

Prior to this, Ms. Lyon served as Director General of the North America Trade Policy Bureau and as Canada's NAFTA Coordinator (2003-2006). Her previous responsibilities include Director of the Tariff and Market Access Division (1999-2003), Director of the Services Trade Policy Division (1996-1999), Acting Director and Deputy Director of the U.S. Trade Relations Division (1993-1996), all at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

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Rory McAlpine is Vice-President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Appointed to his current position in November 2005, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulation and trade to support the success of Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Mr. McAlpine has more than 25 years of experience in government, trade and agribusiness. Prior to joining Maple Leaf Foods, he gained experience at both the federal and provincial levels of government, including Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and Deputy Director Multilateral Trade with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. He was also the former Executive Director of the National Farm Products Council, and was a Trade Commissioner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Kuwait, Bangkok, Brussels, Edmonton and Ottawa. He also serves on several boards and committees.

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Owen McAuley and his wife operate a 6,000-acre farm in McAuley, Manitoba. He has served on several Blue Ribbon Panels for the federal government: Safety Net Review 1989-91; Producer Payment Program 1992; Western Grain Marketing Panel 1994; Prairie Agricultural Landscapes 1998; Grain 2000 Project 1997-1999; and Review of Canada Grains Act and Canadian Grain Commission 2000. He was involved in "Report on NAFTA" meetings with Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. He is currently on an advisory committee for rural affairs for the federal government. He has also served on provincial projects, namely: Manitoba Farm Mediation Board as Vice-Chair for 11 years; Farmland Ownership Board; and currently the Saskatchewan Ethanol Development Committee. More recently, Mr. McAuley was Chair, Western Agri-Food Institute. His local activities have included sitting on the board of directors for an inland terminal and working with the local economic development authority, promoting an integrated feedlot ethanol plant in the local area.

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Alex F. McCalla spent his academic career at the University of California - Davis where he taught for 28 years, served as Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (1970-75) and Founding Dean, Graduate School of Management (1979-1981). After retirement from UCD he was Director of Rural Development at the World Bank (1994-1999).

Dr. McCalla is best known for his research in international trade. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and has also been honored by the AAEA and WAEA. He was the founding Chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC). He served as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) from 1988 to 1994.

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Karl Meilke is Professor of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. He is also Director of the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competitiveness Research Network, a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and served on the executive committee of the International Agricultural Trade Policy Research Consortium and as Chair from 1989-1992. Dr. Meilke was also Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (1991-1994) and serves on the editorial boards of the Review of International Economics and the Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy.

Karl was reared on a wheat and cattle ranch and joined the University of Guelph in 1973 following completion of a doctorate in Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests relate to domestic and trade policy and agricultural commodity modeling.

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Bertrand Montel holds a PhD from the Institut National Agronomique de Paris (now AgroParisTech) where he worked for 6 years as an assistant professor. His fields of research and teaching were system theory, environmental management, and supply-chain organization applied to intensive livestock industries.

In late 2003, he emigrated to Canada and became a Canadian citizen in 2008.

In 2004, he began a new career in agricultural banking with RBC. He joined CIBC as a senior risk manager in 2007, then National Bank of Canada in 2009 as a senior advisor for agriculture and agribusiness.

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Al Mussell is a Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre in Guelph. His areas of research expertise are farm management, agricultural marketing, and farm income policies. He also teaches finance and marketing in the George Morris Centre’s executive management courses.

Prior to joining the George Morris Centre, Al worked as an economist in the milk procurement division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Minnesota. Al holds bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Al is originally from Stratford, Ontario where he grew up in a family with roots in the farm supply and dairy business. Al now lives near Rockwood, Ontario, with his wife Alison, his daughter Emma and son Carson.

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Richard Phillips is a 3rd generation seed grower from Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Currently he and his wife Sally live in Ottawa, where Richard is the Executive Director of the Grain Growers of Canada, and sits on the Boards of the Canada Grains Council, Nutrients for Life, Canadian Agrifood Trade Alliance, and Grow Canada.

Previous to this position he was involved with a number of agricultural organizations such as United Grain Growers, Canola Council of Canada, Western Grains Research Foundation, and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

He has a keen interest in agricultural policy and firmly believes that the government doesn’t owe farmers a living, but it does owe them a policy environment that will allow farmers to make a living.

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David Sparling is a Professor and Chair in Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Before joining Ivey, David was an Associate Dean at the University of Guelph, Executive Director of the Institute of Agri-Food Policy Innovation and a professor in FARE. David was a senior Associate at the University of Melbourne and has taught at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

David farmed for twenty years and has been president of an agribusiness insurance company and a biotechnology start-up. He is actively involved in creating agri-food industry strategies and government policy. His research interests are in agriculture and food policy, innovation and new technologies. For more information see www.ivey.ca/agri-food.

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Wayne Stark is CEO of Pursuit Development Labs Inc., a Toronto based corporate strategy and culture development agency. Wayne is a strategy advisor to CEOs and their executive teams. He supports them in uncovering, engaging, living, and sustaining their authentic essential strategy to drive market relevance and enhanced value creation, resulting in sustainable performance and clear global thought leadership. Wayne has worked with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and governments both in agri-food and other industries. He brings extensive experience as both an operator and developer of branded packaged goods and food processing businesses. Outside Pursuit, Wayne is an active Board of Directors member of The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and chairs the Health & Wellness panel. As well, Wayne shares his passion and insights in 'Relational Strategy Transformation,' 'Effective Authentic Value Creation,' and 'Collaboration' with his students at the University of Toronto.

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Robert L. Thompson retired recently from the University of Illinois, where he held the Gardner Endowed Chair in Agricultural Policy. Now, in addition to consulting, he serves part-time as a Senior Fellow with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, based in Washington, DC. Previously he Served as Director of Rural Development at the World Bank, President of the Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University; Assistant Secretary for Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Senior Staff Economist for Food and Agriculture at the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

 

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G. Cornelis van Kooten is Professor of Economics at the University of Victoria and is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies and Climate Change. He has over 25 years experience in natural resource economics, including non-market valuation, bio-economic modeling of wildlife populations, economics of carbon sequestration, and managing lands for multiple tradeoffs. Dr. van Kooten’s interests range from agricultural and forest economics to computational and energy economics. He has been a consultant to various governments and government agencies, the United Nations, and a variety of non-governmental organizations, including the International Fund for Animal Welfare, WWF and the World Bank.

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Crina Viju was born and raised in the Southern part of Romania. After she obtained her M.Sc. in Economic and Management Science department at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICH), Crete, Greece, Crina completed her PhD in Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2009, she moved at Carleton University in Ottawa, where currently she is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her main research interests include the economic effects of different trade policies applied within the US, Canada and the European Union; economic integration; and EU enlargement.

 

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Gale West received her doctorate in Applied Sociology from Iowa State University and teaches courses in Consumer Sciences at Laval University, including a course on consumer food choices.

She is a researcher with the Centre for Research on the Economics of Agrifoods (CRÉA) and a member of the Institute on nutraceuticals and functional foods (INAF).

An expert in survey research, she has completed many surveys of consumers, doctors, nutritionists and farmers. Her research has touched upon consumer perceptions of functional foods, their willingness to pay premiums for health claims and their responses to organic versus GM foods.

Dr. West has also conducted research on the prevention of malnutrition in long-term care facilities.

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David Zilberman is a Professor and holds the Robinson Chair in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Zilberman’s areas of expertise include agricultural and environmental policy, marketing, risk management, the economics of innovation, natural resources, water, biotechnology, and biofuels. He is a Fellow of the AAEA and AERE. He has published 250 refereed articles in Science, AER, Econometrica, AJAE, and JEEM, among others, and has edited 13 books. He has served as a consultant to the EPA, USDA, the World Bank, FAO, and OECD. He received his B.A. in Economics and Statistics at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1979.

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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

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