Speaker Bios


Beatty
Tim Beatty is Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. His research relates to the empirical analysis of consumption behavior, in particular as it relates to health outcomes. His research has tended to focus on food consumption and the demand for nutrition and health, at both the household and aggregate levels.

 

 

 

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Bourque

Michael Bourque is the President and CEO of the Railway Association of Canada (RAC). The association is the voice of the railway industry, representing Canada’s Class 1 rail companies, CN and CP; and, over 50 regional, local, commuter and tourist railway operators. The RAC also has more than 60 associate members who are suppliers and partners of the Rail members. Michael joined the RAC from the Canadian Chemical Producers Association, the organization that pioneered Responsible Care® and programs like TransCAER. Michael started his career as a political aide during the Mulroney government and is a graduate of Toronto’s York University, where he studied Public Administration and Economics. Please follow Michael Bourque on Twitter: @BourqRail

 

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Brandle
Jim Brandle is the CEO of Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, a position he assumed in 2007 with start-up of the organization. As a strong advocate for the horticulture sector, Mr. Brandle leads a team of over 85 research scientists and support staff in Consumer Insights, Horticultural Production Systems and Applied Genomics. With his direction, Vineland has emerged as a leading centre for innovation and industry outreach. His efforts have also helped generate private and public sector investment in horticulture research. Mr. Brandle joined Vineland from his role at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as senior scientist working in plant molecular biology and genomics. Mr. Brandle serves on the Boards of the Invasive Species Centre and the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance.

 

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Brewin
Derek Brewin is an Associate Professor of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. Derek is President-Elect of CAES and has served on numerous boards and committees including the U of M Senate and the Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council. His recent research has focused on the spatial dimensions of grain and oilseed markets and firm location choices as well as innovation in food processing and plant breeding. Prior to his academic career Derek was a Corporate Advisor for the Canadian Wheat Board; a Policy Economist for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (PFRA and Policy Branch) and a lender for Farm Credit Corporation. Derek was raised on a mixed irrigation farm in Purple Springs, Alberta.

 

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Doyon
Maurice Doyon is a professor in the Department of Agri-Food Economics and Consumer Science at Laval University, and chair of economic research of the egg industry. He is current president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He is also a member of CREATE (Centre for Research on the environment, food, transportation and energy), visiting professor at the University of Maine, and Fellow of the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO).

 

 

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Fearne
Andrew Fearne is professor of value chain management and the Director of Kent Business School (Medway Campus). His research is concerned with the creation and distribution of value and the collective allocation of resources in supply chains, from input supply to final consumption. He is the founding editor of the International Journal of Supply Chain Management, author of over 100 articles, the 14th Adelaide Thinker in Residence (www.thinkers.sa.gov.au) and son of a Kentish pig farmer!

 

 

 

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Fulton
Murray Fulton is a Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School, University of Saskatchewan. His interests include industrial organization and regulatory compliance, and he is a co-author of Canadian Agricultural Policy and Prairie Agriculture. His current research is focused on executive compensation in the public sector, governance, and behavioural economics and its application to business strategy and public policy formation.

 

 

 

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Gervais
J.P. Gervais is the Chief Agricultural Economist at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). In his role, he oversees economic analysis to guide strategy and monitor risk. He is a featured speaker at national and international conferences and acts as a FCC spokesperson on economic matters. 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 immediate Past-President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. He obtained his Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University in 1999.

 

 

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Giuliani

Bruno Giuliani is vice president of sales and marketing at Brome Lake Ducks Ltd. He has over 32 years of experience in the field of food distribution. Before joining the team at Brome Lake Ducks Ltd, he served as a representative, sales director, and director of procurement and marketing with the largest distributor of food services in Quebec. He joined the ranks of Brome Lake Ducks Ltd in 2001 as director of marketing. He became director of sales and marketing in 2003, and vice president of sales and marketing in 2006—a position he still holds today. Since his arrival at Brome Lake Ducks Ltd, he has contributed to the company’s strategic planning, more specifically in the restructuring of the sales department, the creation of a marketing department, and in the development of new products.


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Gooijer
Dr.ir. C.D. (Kees) de Gooijer holds an MSc degree in Food Science and a PhD in Bioprocess Engineering. He has worked in the IT sector, the State Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) and held several positions at Wageningen University. He was Managing Director of Food & Nutrition Delta, international science advisory council member of AFMnet in Canada, and advisory board member for Schuttelaar & partners Ltd. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Topconsortium for Knowledge and Innovation for the Biobased Economy (TKI-BBE), and Director of the Bureau for the TKI-Agri&Food. Dr.ir. de Gooijer is also Chairman of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society and on the board and executive committees of several sustainability and life science organizations.

 

 

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Hossain
Tanjim Hossain is an associate professor at the University of Toronto. He is a core member of the Behavioural Economics in Action @ Rotman research cluster. His main research interests include behavioural economics, industrial organization, quantitative marketing, and applied microeconomic theory. He specializes in using field and laboratory experiments to test the validity of theoretical predictions in the real world. His research has been published in American Economic Review, Management Science, Marketing Science, Quarterly Journal of Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies and has been featured in The Economist, USA Today, Financial Times, and other news outlets. Tanjim Hossain earned an MA and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University. Prior to that, he earned a BA in Economics and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland College Park.

 

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Kaminsky

Colette Kaminsky is a Director in the Research and Analysis Directorate in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She oversees the department’s international economic engagement and provides analysis and advice on commodity markets, international trade and global agriculture policies. She was previously a Senior Economist at the Privy Council Office and Finance Canada, responsible for agriculture and international finance portfolios. She has M.A. in Economics from Queen’s University and a B.A in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.

 

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Ker
Alan Ker obtained a joint Ph.D. in Economics and Statistics from North Carolina State University in 1996. He was a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona between 1996-2009. In 2009 Professor Ker joined the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph as Chair. Currently, he is Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy within FARE. His interests are varied having published in leading academic journals ranging from agricultural economics, economics, statistics, probability, law, animal science, and plant science. Current research involves issues of technology induced innovation, economics of disease outbreaks, risk management/insurance, nonparametric econometrics, and model averaging using mixture estimators.

 

 

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Kukucha
Christopher J. Kukucha is a professor at the University of Lethbridge. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta and his M.A. from the University of Windsor. He is a co-editor, with Duane Bratt, of the third edition of Readings in Canadian Foreign Policy: Classic Debates and New Ideas (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is also the author of The Provinces and Canadian Foreign Trade Policy (UBC Press, 2008). In 2007, Chris served as the William J. Fulbright Research Chair in Canadian Studies at the State University of New York (Plattsburgh). He is the past President of the International Studies Association of Canada and a former book review editor for the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. His primary teaching and research areas include Canadian foreign policy, international political economy, international relations theory, and Canada’s global trade relations.

 

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McCreary
Ian McCreary , together with his wife Mary Smillie, owns and operates a mixed grain and livestock farm at Bladworth Sask. Ian has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. Following University, Ian worked five years with the Canadian Wheat Board including positions as international trade analyst and marketing manager for East and West Europe and the USSR. After a year in Africa, Ian completed a research project on food aid and food markets for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank involving pilot projects in 8 countries. Ian returned to farm full time in 1997 and was elected to the first farmer elected Board of Directors of the CWB in 1998. In this capacity, Ian chaired the transportation committee of the Board and oversaw the negotiation of the last set of commercial arrangements in the grain handling and transportation sector from 1998 through 2004. Ian has also served on the Board of the Western Canadian Shippers Coalition involving commercial shippers for a wide cross section of commodities from Western Canada.

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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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Pellerin

Laurent Pellerin has been a hog and cereal producer in Bécancour, Québec, since 1972. In addition to holding a Bachelor’s degree in group management, he was President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (2008-2010), the Union des producteurs agricoles (1993-2007), the Fédération des producteurs de porcs du Québec (1985-1993), and Agricord, a network of agricultural associations dedicated to international development. In 2005, he was awarded the Ordre National du Québec in recognition of his contributions to agriculture. Laurent Pellerin has been the Chairman of Farm Products Council of Canada since 2010.

 

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Post
Michel Post is Managing Director, Food, Beverages and Agribusiness at the Dutch bank Rabobank International. He leads a sales team for mid-market corporates, managing their own client portfolio of large corporates (family owned, private equity and listed companies); he is also a member of the Rabobank Risk Management Committee. Michel is a board member of the Netherlands Top sector Agri & Food, leading the International Agenda of the Agri & Food Sector, working together with the Dutch Ministries of Economic & Foreign Affairs, Wageningen University (WUR) and representative organisations in the Dutch food industry. The sector’s ambition is to grow their global position. Michel has a Master of Business degree in Economics and a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership & Marketing.

 

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Rice
Martin Rice was born and raised in the rural area of the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. He attended the University of Guelph where he obtained a B.A., majoring in economics, in 1974, and a Master of Science, majoring in agricultural economics, in 1978. Upon graduation, he joined the Canadian Federation of Agriculture as an economist where he worked for both general and commodity interests, including dairy and pork. He currently also serves as a director and a member of the executive committee of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, an industry group devoted to improving the terms of trade for Canada’s agri-food exporting industries. Martin has been with the Canadian Pork Council since 1987.

 

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Rozelle
Scott Rozelle is the Helen F. Farnsworth Senior Fellow and the co-director of the Rural Education Action Program in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He currently is a member of several organizations, including the American Economics Association, the International Association for Agricultural Economists, and the Association for Asian Studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of Economic Development and Cultural Change, Agricultural Economics, the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the China Economic Review. Scott is fluent in Chinese and has established a research program in which he has close working ties with several Chinese collaborators and policymakers. He is the chair of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy; a co-director of the University of California's Agricultural Issues Center; and a member of Stanford's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and Food, Security, and the Environment Program. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Scott has received numerous honors and awards, including the Friendship Award in 2008, the highest award given to a non-Chinese by the Premier; and the National Science and Technology Collaboration Award in 2009 for scientific achievement in collaborative research.

 

 

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