Speaker Bios


Anders
Sven Anders is an Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta. His research interests lie in the economics of food marketing and retailing, with a focus on food quality, safety and related policies in the context supply chains and international trade. His research includes work on the economics of third-party certification and food standards, the industrial organization of food supply chains, and consumer food and health behavior.

Sven received his MSc and PhD degrees in Agricultural Economics from the Justus-Liebig University in Giessen, Germany. Before coming to Canada he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Food Marketing Policy Center at the University of Massachusetts.

 

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Bonnett

Ron Bonnett is President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), has had a long and varied career in agriculture. In the mid-1980s, Ron became the founding president of the Algoma Federation of Agriculture, where he helped combat high interest rates. He also was engaged in municipal politics during this time. He served as councilor and reeve of the Township of Plummer where he advocated for rural economic development, inter-municipal cooperation and a strong agriculture sector.

In 1997, Ron sat on the provincial board of directors for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and OFA executive. He was the OFA Vice-President for two years, and also served as the OFA President for four years. During his time with OFA, Ron sat on the CFA National Council and CFA executive, before becoming 2nd Vice-President in February 2007. He has held the role of CFA President since June 2010.

He is currently CFA’s representative for Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the Agricultural Working Group of the Canada Mexico Partnership Initiative. As an advocate of agriculture at the international level, Ron sits on the Board of Directors for the World Farmers’ Organization as the North American
representative and played a lead role in the development of the organization, acting as interim
President.

In addition to his work at CFA, he also serves as a Board Members of Beef Improvement Ontario and was a founding member of the Ontario’s Agricultural Management Institute.

In 1975, Ron and his wife, Cathy, bought a dairy farm in Bruce Mines, located in Northern Ontario, which they operated until 1995. Since 1995, they have operated a cow/calf farm. Ron and his wife Cathy have a son, Terry, and a daughter, Veronica, and four young grandchildren

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Cranfield
John Cranfield is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on the economics of consumer behaviour and demand analysis for foods at the individual, household and market level, innovation in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors, and economic history. John served as President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2012-2013, and has acted as a Guest Editor on two special issues of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. His recent research focuses on consumer acceptance and willingness to pay for food products embodying production based attributes, such as organic and local foods.

 

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Deaton
Brady J. Deaton, Jr. is Associate Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph. His research is primarily focused on rural land use issues. He hosts a podcast series (FARETalk) that addresses issues of contemporary importance to the food and agricultural sector.

 

 

 

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Deschenes
Marc Deschênes has a degree in Finance from the University of Ottawa. Marc has 25 years of experience in International Finance his experience in underwriting and business development spans many industries and markets. He joined EDC in 1995 and has held many roles within the organization. His present role of Strategic Account Executive is centered on managing relationships with large Canadian exporters and strategic accounts within the broad Agriculture industry. He also plays a developmental role with EDC investments in Agri food funds. Prior to joining EDC, Marc worked for seven years with a consulting firm that specialized in procurement for international financial institutions and later with a British Insurance company.

 

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Doyon
Maurice Doyon is Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Science at Laval University and holder of the Egg Industry Economic Research Chair. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor, in the Department of Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine. He is a Fellow of the research institute CIRANO in Montreal, an associate senior researcher at the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) and a Professor member of Centre de Recherche en économie de l'Environnement, de l'Agroalimentaire, des Transports et de l'Énergie (CREATE). From 1999 to 2004, he was Assistant Director of Groupe de Recherche en Économie et Politique Agricoles (GREPA). He was Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Science at Laval University from 2006-2009. Professor Doyon is on the board of Director and President of the investment Committee of CRCD, an investment funds of 1.5 billion dollars dedicated to the development of firms and cooperatives in Quebec.

Dr. Doyon holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Laval University (91), a M.Sc. (93) and a Ph.D. (97) in Agricultural Economics and Applied Economics from Cornell University. Professor Doyon is the author of more than 90 research reports and journal articles, as well as over 55 articles in professional publications. He teaches microeconomics, the economics of cooperatives and experimental economic classes. Professor Doyon research interests are agricultural policy analysis, market design, the valuation of goods and services as well as experimental economics.

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Eisenhauer
Tom Eisenhauer is President and a co-founder of Bonnefield Financial, Canada's largest farmland investment manager. Bonnefield provides farmland sale-leasback financing to farmers across Canada. Tom is responsible for Bonnefield’s investment management operations, farmland investments as well as relationships with Bonnefield’s institutional and high-net-worth farmland investors. Tom has over twenty-three years’ of finance industry experience in a broad range of private equity investing, investment banking and merchant banking activities including buyouts, restructurings, merger and acquisitions, equity underwritings, private placements of debt and equity, as well as numerous valuation and strategic advisory transactions. Tom holds an M.A. Economics from Queen’s University with a specialization in natural resource economics. He holds a B.A. (Gold Medal) in Economics and Russian Literature from Dalhousie University. His professional designations include the SME Board Effectiveness Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management and the PDO from the Canadian Securities Institute.

 

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Esqueda
Arden Esqueda is an Economist in the Research and Analysis Directorate of the Strategic Policy Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Arden’s current research focuses on the performance and structure of farm business in Canada, which includes topics like small and medium farm enterprises, direct marketing, organics and local food systems. In 2007, Arden completed a B.Sc. in International Agribusiness Management at University of Manitoba. In 2009, she completed her M. Sc. in Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. Arden has been an active member of the CAES since 2007, and is currently a Councillor on the Executive Committee. She is the current Chairperson of the Membership Committees and also sits on the Communication Committee. She is also a member of Class 15 of the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP), an executive development program for leaders in Ontario agriculture.

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Froment
Gilles Froment joined the Canadian Dairy Commission in 1997. He is now the Chief Operating Officer. He directs the Policy and Economics analysis as well as the Communications, the Information Management and Technology services. Among his duties, he oversees the work of the Canadian Milk Supply Management Committee and is an advisor to the P5 Supervisory Body and Western Milk Pool Coordinating Committee. He also chairs various industry committees.

Mr. Froment is the Canadian representative and Deputy Chair of the International Dairy Federation (IDF) Standing Committee on Dairy Policies and Economics. He is also currently the Vice-President of the Canadian FIL-IDF National Committee after serving four years as President.

Mr. Froment is an economist and professional agrologist. He holds a B.Sc. in Economics (University of Montreal) as well as a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (McGill University). He grew up on a farm in Quebec.

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Gervais
J.P. Gervais is the Chief Agricultural Economist at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Prior to joining FCC in 2010, he was a Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at North Carolina State. He also taught in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Laval University where he held the Canada Research Chair in Agri-industries and International Trade. J.P. is the current President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University in 1999.

 

 

 

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Henson
Spencer Henson is Professor of the Economics of Food, Health and Development in the Department of food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. A key focus of his research is on the economics of food safety and quality in which he is recognised internationally. He has undertaken research in over 60 countries on the role of public and private regulation in governing food safety.

 

 

 

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Hobbs
Jill Hobbs is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests encompass food economics and supply chain economics and she has published widely on topics such as the economics of food safety, quality assurance and traceability, changing supply chain relationships in the agri-food sector, and consumer attitudes toward new food quality attributes. She is currently a co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

 

 

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Mak
Heather Mak is currently Sustainability Manager at the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), a not-for-profit association which represents more than 45,000 storefronts in Canada. At RCC, Heather works on industry sustainability strategy and driving pre-competitive collaboration on environmental and social issues including those in responsible sourcing, and climate change. Prior to RCC, Heather worked in the UK at consultancy and think tank SustainAbility with food and beverage companies and co-authored the report Signed, Sealed…Delivered?, focusing on the value and challenges of standards, certifications and eco-labels. She also sat on ISEAL Alliance’s Credibility Principles steering committee for sustainability standards. Heather holds an MBA in Business and Sustainability from Schulich School of Business at York University and a B.Com from McGill University.

 

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Mayers

Paul Mayers is the Associate Vice-President, Policy and Programs Branch (PPB) in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He joined the Agency in April, 2006.

The PPB provides strategic policy advice and designs the Agency programs related to its mandate to protect Canadians' health in relation to the food supply and to protect Canada's plant and animal resources. Paul supports this mandate and, in particular, provides overarching leadership to modernizing CFIA's regulatory frameworks and to its federal-provincial and international relations.

Prior to joining the Agency, for more than 17 years, Paul provided leadership to Health Canada policy development in the areas of food safety and nutritional quality.

In addition to his contribution in the agriculture and agri-food sector within Canada, Paul has been Canada's representative and Head of the Canadian Delegation to numerous international fora including, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and, most notably, several United Nations bodies- the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Codex Alimentarius Commission, where he was elected by its member countries to two consecutive terms as its Vice­ Chairman

 

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McInnes
David McInnes is President and CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), an independent, non-partisan organization focused on advancing a national dialogue on emerging issues facing Canada’s agri-food sector.

David has previously worked for a life sciences company, a national association, a major bank and a Royal Commission on the economy. David is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Dalhousie University.

 

 

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Rude
James Rude has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Rural Economy at the University of Alberta since 2007. Previously, he worked at the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). His current research focuses on trade policy, agricultural marketing and price analysis.

James sits on the editorial board for a number of journals and is a member of the executive committee for the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Network. James received his Ph.D. (Agricultural Economics and Business) from the University of Guelph in 1992. He is also a graduate of University of Saskatchewan (M.A. Economics and B.A. Economics and Political Science.

 

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Seguin
Bob Seguin has been the Executive Director of the George Morris Centre since January 2010. His previous roles as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Ontario Cabinet Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Development & Trade, as well as with OMAFRA and AAFC, have provided experience in public policy development, analysis, and leadership in areas such as economic development, agriculture and food sector policy, federal-provincial issues and trade policy. Bob also has experience in human and financial resource management.

Bob holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph.

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Sexton
Richard J. Sexton is professor and chair in the Agricultural & Resource Economics Department at UC Davis. He is also the immediate Past President of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and a Fellow of the AAEA and a Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association. His research program emphasizes competition, organization, and structure of agricultural markets. Sexton’s recent work focuses on the rapidly changing landscape of agricultural markets, with their increased emphasis on multifaceted dimensions of product quality, attempts by sellers at all market stages to differentiate their products, and close vertical coordination within the supply chain.

 

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Sparling David Sparling is a Professor and the Chair in Agri-Food Innovation at the Ivey Business School. David is also the faculty director for the Cultivate Strategic Agricultural Leadership in Canada as well as for executive development programs in Africa and Ireland. Before joining Ivey, David was an Associate Dean at the University of Guelph and Executive Director of the Institute of Agri-Food Policy Innovation. David was also a senior Associate at the University of Melbourne and has taught at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

David has been president of farming company, an agribusiness insurance company and a biotechnology start-up. He is actively involved in shaping agri-food industry strategies and government policy. David has made almost 300 presentations to audiences around the world and over 250 appearances in the media. For more information visitwww.ivey.ca/agri-food or follow him on Twitter @iveyagrifood.

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Stephenson
Mark Stephenson is the Director of Dairy Policy Analysis, where he has been employed since July, 2010. In this position, Dr. Stephenson conducts and coordinates research and outreach activities related to the dairy industry. He is involved in applied research at the firm-level, including milk assembly costs, processing costs and efficiencies, new processing technologies and new dairy ingredients. He is also active in sector-level performance including dairy policy and price forecasting.

Prior to his present position, Mark was the Associate Director for Educational Outreach with the Cornell Program on Dairy Markets and Policy.

 

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Vogel
Stephen Vogel is an agricultural economist in the Resources and Rural Economics Division of the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). His current research program broadly investigates the farm-community linkages separate from those generated by traditional commodity production. Specific topics include farmer participation in local/regional food systems, farm portfolio entrepreneurship, and small farmers’ importance in the rural economy. In his research capacity, he has worked to advance the collection of national farm-level survey data on the alternative uses of farm and farm household resources. Dr. Vogel also serves on the Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Task Force (KYF), an interagency committee charged with promoting collaboration among USDA agencies and partner agencies outside of USDA. As a member of the KYF Research and Data Gathering Subcommittee, he is working to identify future USDA research and data needs with respect to local and regional food systems.

Dr. Vogel’s previous research at ERS examined the economywide impacts of policy shocks in agricultural trade, welfare reform and food assistance, bioenergy, and conservation. He earned his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at the University of California, Berkeley. His fields are economic development, economic history, and statistics.

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Winegard
Brynn Winegard is a Canadian professor, consultant, speaker and writer. Brynn holds the positions of: Faculty Member at the Schulich Executive Education Centre and Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management; Director of Research at Material Minds Inc.; Principal of Winegard & Company. Prior to an academic life Brynn spent over a decade in corporate marketing in Canada with such companies as Pfizer, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson.

 

 

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Zafiriou
Margaret Zafiriou is an economist, recently retired from Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, where she was Chief of the Agri-Food Chain Analysis Section in the Research and Analysis Directorate.

While at AAFC she led a small group of economists providing economic research and policy analysis on innovation, competitiveness, retail food price developments, productivity growth, global supply chains, consumer and market demands for food, and standards for food quality and safety. Her team was also responsible for producing a key departmental publication called the “Overview of the Agriculture and Agri-food System”.

She is an outgoing Councillor on the Executive of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, where she was Newsletter Editor from 2012 to 2014.

 

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