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Conference Overview


The Canadian agricultural policy conference is considered the premier national policy outlook for the agriculture sector.

The focus for the 2013 conference was the role of trade in shaping Canada's agricultural economy. Plenary sessions considered policy questions, such as:

  • How and why is the Trans-Pacific Partnership important for Canadian Agriculture?
  • Are regional trade agreements effective in stimulating trade?
  • Can Canadian agriculture benefit from regional trade agreements?
  • What has the WTO contributed to global trade?
  • Is the WTO really important for the future?
  • How has the structure of domestic support in agriculture changed internationally and how has this affected trade?
  • What impact do technical barriers to trade and private standards have on Canada’s agri-food trade flows and how can they be overcome?
  • Will rising economic opportunity in emerging markets drive Canada’s trade future?
  • What is the present status of the Canadian grain economy and how will recent reforms affect the future of Canada’s grain sector?

The Growing Canada's Agricultural Economy: The Role of Trade Conference was 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 Environment and Agriculture Research Network (LEARN), Consumer and Market Demand Policy Research Network (CMD), Structure and Performance of Agriculture and Agri-products Industries network (SPAA).

A blend of presentations from distinguished scholars, industry stakeholders and research posters highlighted the issues and potential policy solutions facing the agricultural sector in Canada today. The conference featured the research being undertaken throughout the country, with a focus on the exchange of ideas between invited speakers, industry participants, policy analysts and researchers in the five ERCA Policy Research Networks.

This conference is for Canadians interested in food and agriculture policy and its role in dealing with the trade environment in which Canada operates. Annually, this conference provides policy analysis and information in order to improve the dialogue between industry stakeholders. Attendees have access to the country’s cutting edge research in food and agricultural policy and an opportunity to interact with decision makers from across the country and across the globe. The speakers represent some of Canada’s and the world’s best experts in their respective fields.

This policy conference was held January 23-25, 2013 in Ottawa, ON at the Château Laurier.

Agenda

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Wednesday, January 23
7:00-9:00 PM Meet & Greet Reception
Registration Packet Pick-up
Thursday, January 24
7:30 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM Registration
8:45 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

John Cranfield, President, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, University of Guelph

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Chair: John Cranfield, University
9:00-10:30 AM The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Implications for Canada, Agriculture, and the World Trading System (Presentation Overview)
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Discussants

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youtube Canada's Dairy and Trade Policies: Reconciling the Irreconcilable (Presentation Overview)
Mike Gifford, CTPL Carleton University
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youtube Priorities for Canadian Beef Producers (Presentation Overview)
John Masswohl, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association
15 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK

SESSION 1: REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS

Motivation: Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) have become more prevalent in many regions of the world. Given the long, and unexpected, duration of the Doha round of WTO negotiations, many countries have come to increasingly rely on RTAs. This session focus on the role of RTAs in shaping trade, the benefits arising from RTAs and the consequences for Canadian agri-food trade.

Chair: Karl Meilke, University of Guelph, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network Leader

10:45-12:15 PM

Regional Trade Agreements: A 2012 Stocktaking
(Presentation Overview)

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John Whalley, University of Western Ontario


 

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Discussants

Proliferating Regionalism: What do we know about its Impact on Trade and Preferential Margins? (Presentation Overview)
Jason Grant, Virginia Tech

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The Impact of RTAs on the Canadian Meat Industry (Presentation Overview)
Ray Price, Canadian Meat Council
12:15-1:15 PM - LUNCH
LUNCH SPEAKER
12:15-1:15 PM

Canada's Agricultural Policy in a Global Context
Greg Meredith, Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch, AAFC

 

SESSION 2: DOMESTIC POLICY AND TRADE

Motivation: The Agreement on Agriculture led to changes domestic policy in many signatory countries. These changes have affected the level and nature of domestic support allowed under the WTO. While commonalities exist with respect to the ends that were to be achieved, the means by which countries achieved those ends are varied. This session will provide an international comparison of changes in domestic support and draw out the implications of such change for trade.

Chair: Bruno Larue, Université Laval, Structure and Performance of Agriculture and Agri-products industry Network Leader

1:30-3:00 PM The Changing Structure of Domestic Support and Its Implications for Trade (Presentation Overview)

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David Orden, Virginia Tech and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  Discussants

Provincial Perspectives on Farm Support (Presentation Overview)
Dave Hope, Retired, former ADM, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
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Domestic Support and Trade: Indentifying the Linkages and Impacts (Presentation Overview)
Douglas Hedley, Consultant, AAFC (retired)
15 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK
SESSION 3: THE IMPACT OF NON-TARIFF MEASURES (NTMs) and PRIVATE STANDARDS

Motivation: Technical barriers to trade (such as country-of-origin labeling and low-level presence regulations) and sanitary and phytosanitary regulations have become commonplace in the modern trade environment. In some cases, market access is more about trade than bringing tariffs down. While the impact of NTMs is generally well known, the details of their implementation, use and specific impact are not widely understood. At the same time, the rapid evolution of private standards layers further complexities on emerging trade opportunities. This session will synthesize existing knowledge regarding NTMs and private standards and present analysis that highlights their impact on trade flows.

Chair: Ellen Goddard, University of Alberta, Consumer and Market Demand Network Leader

3:15 - 4:45 PM The Devil is in the Details: The Impact of Public and Private Standards on Trade (Presentation Overview)

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William Kerr and Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan


 

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Discussants

Market Access: Business-to-Business Assurance of Food Safety (Presentation Overview)
Heather Gale, CanadaGAP Program

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The International Market Space for Food Quality: Interaction of Public and Private Standards (Presentation Overview)
Julie Caswell, University of Massachusetts
EVENING RECEPTION
5:00-7:00 PM Research Poster Contest with Wine & Cheese Reception
End of Day    
Friday, January 25
7:30 AM
Breakfast
SESSION 4: EXPANDING CANADA'S TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN EMERGING MARKETS

Motivation: Canada’s agricultural economy has evolved to be an export-oriented sector. Important in sustaining growth in agricultural sector is growing exports, both in terms of volume and value. This session focuses on the role of emerging markets in shaping the potential growth of Canadian agri-food exports. Attention will focus on important factors shaping demand in emerging markets, the competition Canada faces in these emerging markets from other countries, and the challenges and opportunities these emerging markets pose.

Chair: Peter Boxall, University of Alberta, Linking Environment and Agriculture Research Network

8:30-10:00 AM Emerging Markets, Agricultural Trade and Canada's Relative Performance (Presentation Overview)

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Colin Carter, University of California, Davis


Discussants

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Can Canadian Food Companies be Global Players? (Presentation Overview)
Ted Bilyea, CAPI
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The Need for Diversification in Agri-Food Export Markets (Presentation Overview)
Martin Rice, Canadian Pork Council
15 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK

CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Chair: Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan, Canadian Agricultural Innovation and Regulation Network

10:15-11:45 AM Canada's Grain Economy in an Open Market Environment
(Presentation Overview)

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Earl Geddes, Canadian International Grain Institute

 

Discussants

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Historical Changes to Canadian Agriculture: Saving the Wheat and Losing the Chaff (Presentation Overview)
Jean-Marc Ruest, Richardson International Limited

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Policy Issues in a Post-CWB World
(Presentation Overview)
Murray Fulton, University of Saskatchewan
11:45 AM Wrap-Up and Closing Comments
  J.P. Gervais, Farm Credit Canada, CAES President-Elect

 

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Location & Transportation


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

The hotel is located at 1 Rideau Street.

 




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Transportation Options

  • #97 Bayshore/Airport City Transit Bus (OC Transpo) Phone: 613-741-4390 www.transpo.com
    Route 97 departs from pillar 14 outside the level 1 Airport Arrivals area. Route 97 uses low-floor, fully accessible buses that accommodate wheelchairs. Bus tickets are available at the Ground Transportation Desk located on level 1 at the central door of the Arrivals area. Exact change only.
  • Limousine (on-demand) Phone: 613-523-1560 Toll-free: 1-888-901-6222
  • Taxi Service Phone: 613-523-1234
    Fare: $29 average to downtown; Accessible vehicles available upon request.

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Conference Sponsors


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Research Poster Competition


CLICK ON PDF ICON BELOW TO VIEW RESEARCH POSTER. CLICK ON TITLE OF POSTER TO VIEW ABSTRACT OF RESEARCH.

In order to highlight some of the research conducted by the research networks and their partners, a poster presentation was held in conjunction with the evening Wine & Cheese reception on Thursday, January 24th. Conference delegates were invited to view the posters and direct any questions on the research to the researchers. Delegates viewing the posters voted for their first, second and third choice winners for the poster awards.

Poster Prize Winners

FIRST PRIZE - $500
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An Empirical Analysis of the Limit Order Book and Liquidity Shocks in Livestock Futures Markets Omololu and Frank, Unversity of Manitoba
SPAA
SECOND PRIZE - $300
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Wheat Futures Contracts Performance and Hedging Effectiveness Aghvami and Frank, University of Manitoba
SPAA
THIRD PRIZE - $200
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Long Term Dynamics of Firm R&D Investment in Plant Breeding Under Plant Breeders' Rights Arzandeh and Brewin, University of Manitoba
CAIRN

Special thanks to the George Morris Centre for sponsoring
the cash awards for the Research Poster Competition!

 

Poster Title Researcher/Institution Network
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Public -Private Partnerships (P3s) for the Management of Agricultural Research and Development Innovation Systems Boland and Phillips, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
  Induced Innovation in Canadian Agriculture Clark, Dalhousie University; Cechura, Czech University of Life Sciences; Thompson, SJT Solutions
CAIRN
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The Role of Human Values in Consumer Choices When Meat is Labeled for Carbon and Water Footprints Grebitus, Arizona State University; Steiner, University of Southern Denmark; Veeman, University of Alberta
CAIRN
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The Role of Corporate Governance in Australian Crop R&D Bolek and Gray, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
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The Potential Role of International Barcode of Life (Ibol) Technology in Governance and International Regulatory Protocols Ugochukwu, Hobbs and Phillips, University of Saskatchewan
CAIRN
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Accession of Black Sea Region Wheat Producers to the WTO: What Will it Mean for World Wheat Trade? Burkibayeva, University of Saskatchewan
CATPRN
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Canadian Agrifood Export Performance and the Growth Potential of the BRICS and Next-11 Cairns and Meilke, University of Guelph
CATPRN
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Modeling the Price of Dairy Quotas under Price Ceiling Legislation: A Case Study of the Market for Dairy Quotas in Quebec Chernoff, Queen's University
CATPRN
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The TRIPS Agreement as a Coercive Threat: Estimating the Effects of Trade Ties on IPR Enforcement Cardwell, University of Manitoba; Ghazalian, University of Lethbridge
CATPRN
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Half a Century of Changes in International Competitiveness of Canadian Agriculture Sarker and Ratnasena, University of Guelph
CATPRN
  Determining the Likelihood of Agri-Food Disputes: An Investigation on the Success of the WTO Tavchandjian and Ker, University of Guelph
CATPRN
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Improving Transparency as a Tool for the Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Agriculture Thorvaldson and Wolfe, Queen's School of Policy Studies
CATPRN
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Box-Cox Double Hurdle Models and the Estimation of Gravity Models of Agricultural Trade Thibodeau and Clark, Statistics Canada and Dalhousie University

CATPRN

  Socio-Economic and Health Determinants of Canadian's Body Mass Index in 2010 Qin and Clark, Dalhousie University
CMD
  Is There a Relationship Among Overall Nutritional Quality Index, Carbon Footprint and the Price of Food? Qiumei and Clark, Dalhousie University
CMD
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Market Failure and Food Claims: An Assessment of the Prevalence and Usage of the Exaggerated Product Claim in the Processed Food Sector Wiseman, University of British Columbia
CMD
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Consumer Confidence in Food Attributes: A Two-Phase Approach to Structural Equation Modeling Lassoued and Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan
CMD
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An Assessment of PEI's Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Program Anderson, Johnston and Lantz, University of New Brunswick
LEARN
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Incorporating Risk Into Conservation Auctions Wilson and Boxall, University of Alberta
LEARN
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The Economic Determinants of Adoption Rates of Conservation Tillage in the Prairie Region in Canada Park and Vercammen, University of British Columbia
LEARN
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Assessing the Effectiveness of an Alberta-Based Agri-Environmental Extension Service Simpson, Rollins and Boxall, University of Alberta
LEARN
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On-Farm Economic Impacts of Agricultural Business Risk Management Programs on Incentives to Adopt Beneficial Management Programs Trautman, Jeffrey and Unterschultz, University of Alberta
LEARN
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How do Restrictions on Foreign Ownership Affect Price: Empirical and Theoretical Analysis of the Saskatchewan Farmland Security Act Bell and van Kooten, University of Victoria
LEARN
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Investigating the Feasibility and Acceptability of TDC's in the BHI Packman, Cutlac and Weber, Alberta Innovates Technology Futures; Bernadino, Advanis
LEARN
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Developing Financial Weather Derivatives for Prairie Farmers Bell, McGregor, van Kooten and Wilson, University of Victoria
LEARN
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Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of How Online Social Media Networks Emerge to Bring Products to Market: the Case of the Ontario Goat Industry Leithwood, University of Western Ontario
SPAA
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Brand Competition and Demand for Health-Differentiated Food Products with Private Labels Ying and Anders, University of Alberta
SPAA
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Modeling Egg Producers' Behaviour Under Technological and Economic Risks Tamini and Doyon, CREATE and Laval University
SPAA
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Impacts of Biofuels Production on Food Industry in the Prairie Region of Canada Zhong and Clark, Dalhousie University
SPAA
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On the Non-Equivalence Between Specific and Ad-Valorem Tariffs Under Loss Aversion: Implications for Agri-Food Trade Olatounde and Larue, Laval University; Pouliot, Iowa State University
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

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Organizing Committee:

Valerie Johnson, CAES
John Cranfield, CAES
Bruno Larue, SPAA, U of Laval
Karl Meilke, CATPRN, U of Guelph

Peter Boxall, LEARN, U of Alberta
Ellen Goddard, CMD, U of Guelph
Richard Gray, CAIRN, U of Saskatchewan
Kathy Larson, U of Saskatchewan
Greg Strain, AAFC
Bob MacGregor, AAFC
Namatié Traoré, AAFC
Margaret Zafiriou, AAFC, CAES
Tabitha Rich, AAFC, CAES


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