Speaker Bios

adamowicz Vic Adamowicz is a Professor in the Department of Rural Economy, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. He obtained his BSc and MSc from the University of Alberta and his PhD from the University of Minnesota.

Adamowicz’s main research areas include environmental valuation, economic assessment of environmental change, and modeling consumer choice behavior. His research interests also include the incorporation of economic perspectives into sustainable forest management and the development and implementation of economic instruments for environmental protection.

Adamowicz was the Scientific Director of the Sustainable Forest Management Network of Centres of Excellence, from 1998 to 2004. He was awarded the Canadian Institute of Forestry’s Canadian Forestry Scientific Achievement Award in October, 2004. He was elected to be a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy II – Social Sciences, in 2007. In 2001-2002 Adamowicz was a Gilbert White Visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington DC.

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Bilyea Ted Bilyea retired in 2005 as Executive Vice-President, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., having spent a very successful 35 years with the same company. Mr. Bilyea is an Agri-food consultant specializing in innovation with clients in both private and public sector.

Mr. Bilyea holds a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in International Relations from York University. He is a member of the board of Paterson Global Foods Inc., Afexa Life Sciences Inc. and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency. Ted chairs the Science Advisory Board of Agriculture & Agri-food Canada, and is a member of the Board of PrioNet Canada, Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute and George Morris Centre, where he also is a fellow. Mr. Bilyea was the 2010 recipient of the H.R. MacMillan Laureate in Agriculture from the University of Guelph.

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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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Conklin Neil Conklin is President of Farm Foundation. Prior to joining Farm Foundation in January 2008, Dr. Conklin was director of the Market and Trade Economics Division of USDA’s Economic Research Service. The Market and Trade Economics Division provides a broad range of economic research and analysis on global agricultural markets. Prior to his service at USDA, Dr. Conklin was chief economist at the Farm Credit Council. Between 1984 and 1988, Conklin worked at the USDA Economic Research Service in various capacities including fruit and vegetable outlook and as deputy director of the Agriculture and Trade Analysis Division. He also served as chief of the Agriculture Branch at the Office of Management and Budget and on the faculties of Colorado State University, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Conklin received a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an M.S. degree in agricultural economics from the University of Wyoming and a B.A. in history from Castleton State College in Vermont.

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cranfield

John Cranfield is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph . He has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. John's research focuses on the economics of consumer demand for food and food products; innovation in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors; and economic history.

 

 

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de Beer Jeremy de Beer is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law, working at the intersection of technology, intellectual property and international trade and development.

De Beer has a graduate degree in law from the University of Oxford, and degrees in business and in law from the University of Saskatchewan. He has practiced law with Government of Canada's Department of Justice and Macleod Dixon LLP (Calgary) and was law clerk to Justice Allen Linden at the Federal Court of Appeal. He still practices law and is a frequent consultant to law firms, technology companies, think tanks, governments and international organizations.

His research and publication topics range from digital copyrights to biotechnology patents. He is co-lead for the Canada-EU "Trade Environment Technology Exchange" (TETE) project, funded by the European Commission, and the new "Open AIR" project, a multi-million dollar research and training initiative on open innovation in Africa, funded by Canada's IDRC and Germany's GIZ.

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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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Gray

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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Irwin Scott Irwin is recognized as a national and international leader in agricultural economics. His research on agricultural marketing and price analysis, commodity market efficiency, and speculation in commodity markets is widely-cited by other academic researchers and in high demand among market participants, policy-makers, and the media. He has over 200 academic publications, is the co-director of AgMAS, team leader of the award-winning extension program farmdoc, and founder of farmgate (a site designed to integrate, synthesize and summarize information available to Midwest agriculture community).

In recent years, Irwin has made important contributions to the international debate on the role of speculators in commodity futures markets. He has been widely quoted as a leading authority on futures speculation in the financial press (e.g., Barron’s, The Economist, Institutional Investor and The Wall Street Journal).

Raised on family farm in west central Iowa, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Iowa State University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

After 12 years in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology at Ohio State University, Irwin joined the faculty of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois in 1997. He was named the Laurence J. Norton Chair of Agricultural Marketing in 2004. Irwin currently teaches courses on commodity price analysis and futures market research.

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Knight Andrew Knight is a Senior Planning and Development Officer with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. Previously, he worked in academia at Arkansas State University, Michigan State University, and was a Visiting professor at Susquehanna University. During this time, he published over 20 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on a variety of topics including agriculture, consumer behaviour and perceptions, environmental issues, food safety, and risk perception. He earned a PhD in Rural Sociology from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Brunswick.

 

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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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mackenzie Don MacKenzie leads biotechnology and regulatory affairs for Pioneer Hi-Bred in Canada. He represents the Pioneer business interests to key external stakeholders in Canada and ensures coordination with related US activities, and also works to influence policy developments that have the potential to impact the future success of Pioneer’s business within North America. Don began his professional career within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Research Branch, later moving to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) with responsibilities for managing high-visibility issues in the areas of animal and plant health and production, food safety, and consumer protection. In his final government posting, Dr. MacKenzie was the head of Science Policy Division within Health Canada’s Health Products and Foods Branch. Dr. MacKenzie has also co-led US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded projects focused on working with governments and regulatory authorities in South Asia and Africa to develop science-based policies whereby agricultural biotechnology can be assessed for its utility as a tool for economic and rural development.

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Owen McAuley his wife Anna-Mae have three children and six grandchildren. They currently help their daughter and son-in-law on their 6,000 acre century farm in western Manitoba. Owen has been involved in numerous policy initiatives including safety net design, producer payment panel, western grain marketing panel, NAFTA report card, Saskatchewan ethanol development. He also served on many boards – municipal councillor, vet services, Manitoba mediation board, farm land ownership, western agri-food institute, Canadian agri-food institute. Owen and Anna were nominated Manitoba farm family of the year in 1991 and Owen was inducted into the Manitoba Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2006.

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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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Mussell 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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Penm Jammie Penm is Chief Commodity Analyst and General Manager, Agricultural Commodities and Trade Branch, of Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). His professional expertise and achievements revolve around commodity analysis and economic research that are important to Australia’s primary industries.

Before his current position, Jammie worked as Chief Economist and General Manager, Agricultural Trade and Data Resources Branch. Jammie also managed ABARES’ program of farm surveys, including both survey collection and data analysis.

Jammie has a PhD in econometrics from the Australian National University and a Master’s degree in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before joining ABARES, Jammie worked at the Australian National University, the former Industries Assistance Commission and the State University of New York at Stony Brook in the United States.

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Skinner Stewart Skinner was raised on his family's hog farm near Listowel, Ontario. Following the completion of a B. Comm (Agriculture Business) from the University of Guelph Stewart worked as a Commodity Trader for a local co-operative. In 2010 Stewart graduated with a MSc in Agriculture Economics from the department of Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. Presently, Stewart farms with his family on their 350 sow farrow-finish farm where he is responsible for the nursery and finishing production along with the development of a direct to consumer pork business. Stewart also does freelance writing and occasional lecturing within FARE and tries to spend as much time as possible with his wife Jessica.

 

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Sumner Dan Sumner is the Frank H. Buck, Jr., Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis and the Director of the University of California, Agricultural Issues Center. He participates in research, teaching, and directs an outreach program related to public issues facing agriculture. He has published broadly in academic journals, books, and industry outlets. His research and writing focuses particularly on the consequences of farm and trade policy on agriculture and the economy.

He received a bachelors degree in agricultural management, a MSc from Michigan State, and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
He has received numerous honours and awards for his agriculture policy contributions.

Sumner started his career in 1978 as a professor in the Division of Economics and Business at North Carolina State University. He spent much of the period after 1986 on leave for government service in Washington, D.C. During 1987-88 he was a Senior Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers and was Deputy Assistant Secretary at the USDA from 1990-92.

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Wim Verbeke is a professor in agro-food marketing and consumer behaviour and chairman of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Ghent University in Belgium. He has a MSc in Bio-science Engineering, an MBA in Marketing Management, and a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences. He is involved in academic teaching and scientific research in the field of food consumer science. His research group is partner in several European and national funded projects dealing with food consumer issues. He has (co-) authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in international journals in the disciplines of agricultural economics and policy, agricultural sciences, marketing, communication, food science and technology, and nutrition and dietetics.

 

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Wheater Howard Wheater is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. A world expert in hydrological science and sustainable water resource management, he has extensive international experience studying and advising on flood, water resource and water quality issues. He is vice-chair of the World Climate Research Programme’s Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX), leads UNESCO’s arid zone water resources program, is a member of the Alberta Environment Monitoring Panel, the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in the Agricultural Landscapes of Canada, the Water Partner Advisory Committee to the Council of the Federation Water Stewardship Council, and an International Court of Arbitration concerning the Indus Waters Treaty.

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Organizing Committee:

Valerie Johnson, CAES
Al Mussel, CAES
Peter Boxall, LEARN, U of Alberta
Ellen Goddard, CMD, U of Guelph
Richard Gray, CAIRN, U of Saskatchewan
Bruno Larue, SPAA, U of Laval
Karl Meilke, CATPRN, U of Guelph
Kathy Larson, CAIRN, U of Saskatchewan
Andrew Goldstein, AAFC
Namatie Traore, AAFC
Cameron Short, AAFC
Tabitha Rich, AAFC/CAES

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