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Professor David Sparling is Chair of Agri-Food Innovation and Regulation at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

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Innovation Related Publications

Chapters in Books

Sparling, D. 2008 Building a new technology business: A framework for translating biotechnology experiences to nanotechnology. In What Can Nanotechnology Learn From Biotechnology? Academic Press. Pp. 175-178.

Vitale, M and D. Sparling. 2004. Australian Biotechnology IPOs: Too Early, Too Small? in Innovating Australia, Committee for the Economic Development of Australia, Melbourne,73-91.

Papers in Refereed Journals

P. Laughland, J. Cranfield and D. Sparling. 2012. Innovation and Commercialization in the Canadian Bioproducts Industry, International Journal of Biotechnology, v. 12, 3:123:146.

Schaufele, B. and D. Sparling. 2011. Regulation and the Financial Performance of Canadian Agribusinesses, Agricultural Finance Review. Forthcoming

Herath, D., S. Henson, J. Cranfield and D. Sparling. 2008 Firm, Market and Regulatory Factors Influencing Innovation and Commercialization in Canada’s Functional Food and Nutraceutical Sector, Agribusiness 24:2 207-230.

van Moorsel, D., J. Cranfield and D. Sparling. 2006 Factors Affecting Biotechnology Innovation in Canada: Analysis of the 2001 Biotechnology Use and Development Survey International Journal of Biotechnology 9:1 39-59.

Sparling, D. S. Henson, S. Dessureault and D. Herath. 2006. Costs and Benefits Assessment of Traceability. Journal of Food Distribution Research, Volume 37, Number 1.

Sparling, D. and J. Caswell. 2005 Risking Market Integration without Regulatory Integration: The Case of NAFTA and BSE. Review of Agricultural Economics, 28:2, 212-228.

Refereed Papers on Government Websites

Sparling, D., P. Laughland and V. Mitura 2009 The Canadian Bioproducts Industry 2003 and 2006. Statistics Canada Vista Series 21-004-XIE, Available at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/21-004-x/21-004-x2009001-eng.pdf

Sparling, D., P. Laughland and V. Mitura 2008 Are Large Farms Really that different? Statistics Canada Vista Series 21-004-XIE, Available at http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/21-004-XIE/21-004-XIE2007001.pdf

Sparling, D. J. Cranfield, S. Henson and P. Laughland. 2006 The Canadian Bioproducts Development Survey – 2004: Analysis of Summary Results Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Invited. Available at http://www4.agr.gc.ca/resources/prod/doc/pol/pub/bioprod/pdf/bioproducts_e.pdf A summary of results was also highlighted in the StatCan Bulletin Innovation Analysis Bulletin Catalogue Number 88-003-XIE Vol. 8, no. 1 (February 2006)

Sparling, D and P. Laughland, 2006. Agriculture’s Role in the Bioproducts Industry, Statistics Canada Vista Series 21-004-XIE. Invited. Available at http://www.statcan.ca/english/freepub/21-004-XIE/21-004-XIE2006003.pdf

van Moorsel, D., J. Cranfield and D. Sparling. 2006 Factors Affecting Biotechnology Innovation in Canada: Analysis of the 2001 Biotechnology Use and Development Survey Statistics Canada Agriculture and Rural Working Paper Series, 78. Available at http://www.statcan.ca/english/research/21-601-MIE/21-601-MIE2006078.pdf

 

Refereed Publications in Conference Proceedings

Cervantes-Godoy, D., D. Sparling, B. Avendaño and L. Calvin. 2008 North American Retailers and Their Impacts on Food Chains. In press Invited

Sparling, D. and J. Caswell. 2006. A NAFTA Approach to Animal Health and Biosecurity: Pipedream or Possibility. In press. Invited

Technical Reports

Sparling, D., F. Pries and E.Cheney, Greening manufacturing supply chains – Introducing bio-based products into manufacturing supply chains. Proceedings of the Advances in Production Manufacturing Systems 2012 Annual Meeting, 2013.

Sparling D and N. Uzea. Six years that changed agriculture. Ivey Agri-Food Research Paper.  September 2012.

Sparling D. and E. Cheney.  Complex Agricultural Establishments in Canada. Report for AAFC. May 2012.

Sparling D. and S. Thompson. Competitiveness of Canadian Agri-Food Chains.  CAIRN Policy Brief. March. 2012.

Sparling D. and S. Thompson. Innovation and Competitiveness.  CAIRN Policy Brief. March. 2012.

Sparling D. and E. Cheney. Identifying Successful Business Models, Strategies and Policies for Promoting the Canadian Bioeconomy.  CAIRN Policy Brief. Feb. 2012.

Sparling D., E. Cheney and J. Cranfield. Canada’s Shrinking Bioproduct Industry.  CAIRN Policy Brief. Feb. 2012.

Sparling D. Report on Farm Level Risk Management Discussions of the National Program Advisory Committee, Report to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, January 2012.

Sparling, D. and S. Thompson, Market Development and Promotion by Agricultural Commodity Boards and Organizations in Canada: State of the Industry and Evidence of Best Practices, Report to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, June 2011.

Sparling, D. E. Cheney and J. Cranfield. Not Enough Green in Canadian Bioproducts. Ivey White Paper. July 2011.

Sparling, D. Enhancing Food Processing Innovation: Report from the Food Industry Innovation Forum. May 2011

Sparling D., P. Laughland and B. Sterling. An Appetite for Traceability Results from On Traceability 2011. May 2011.

Sparling, D. Understanding and Enhancing Innovation in Canadian Food Processing. Prepared for the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors and the Food Industry Innovation Forum. May. 2011.

Sparling, D. and S. Thompson. Market Development and Promotion by Agricultural Commodity Boards and Organizations in Canada: State of the Industry and Evidence of Best Practices. Prepared for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. April 2011.

Sparling D. and S. Thompson Background Report on Risk Management in Canadian Agriculture. Prepared for the Canadian Agricultural Policy Institute as background for developing a National Food Strategy. Sept. 2010

Sparling D. Background Report on Risk Management in Canadian Agriculture. Prepared for the OECD as a basis for the OECD country report on agricultural risk in Canada. July 2010

Sparling, D., Jerome Konecsni, Murray McLaughlin and Lorne Hepworth and Agricultural Biotechnology – Where’s Canada’s Future? Prepared for the FPT Deputy Ministers of Agriculture. May 2010.

Sparling, D. and Janet Beauvais Genetically Modified Food Against Hunger – Can we feed the world without biotechnology? Prepared for the Munk Centre’s report on the G20.

Sparling, D., P. Laughland, B. Schaufele and E. Cheney. Case studies in health food innovation. Prepared for the Ivey Food and Health Workshop, the Advanced Food and Materials Network and Canadian Agricultural Policy Institute. Feb. 2010.

Sparling, D. A Traceability Strategy for Ontario, A paper written for OnTrace and the Ontario Agri-Food Traceability Summit, January 2010.

Dube, L, Paul Thomassin, Janet Beauvais and D. Sparling Building Convergence Toward an Integrated Agri-Food Strategy for Canada – A summary paper prepared by David Sparling from a 100 page paper. 2009.

Sparling, D. Investing in Innovation and Commercialization – AAFC’s role in preparing for a different agri-food future – A paper for AAFC May 2009. Commissioned

Sparling D. and S. Alletson Traceability in the Canadian Produce Industry Dec. 2008

Sparling D., R. Gray, K. Gray and S. Weeson. The Future of Public Sector Agricultural Biotechnology Research – A paper for the OECD future technologies project. July 2008. Commissioned

Sparling, D. Food for Health – Research priority report for OMAFRA. July 2008. Commissioned

Sparling, D. A Strategy for the Ontario Food and Beverage Industry – Strategic Priorities for the Alliance of Ontario Food Processors. Jan. 2008. Commissioned. Available at http://www.aofp.ca/Uploads/File/FoodBeverageStrategyFINAL.pdf

Academic Conference Presentations

Sparling, D. Food, Fuel and Farmers: Agriculture at the convergence of multi-disciplinary science policy issues. Canadian Science Policy Conference. Calgary Nov. 2012

Sparling. D., F. Pries. E. Cheney and Greening manufacturing supply chains:
Introducing bio-based products into manufacturing supply chains.
  Advances in Production Management Systems Annual Conference. Rhodes, Sept. 2012

Sparling, D., E. Cheney, F. Pries and J. Cranfield.  Identifying Successful Business Models, Strategies and Policies for Promoting Innovation in Biochemical Value Chains.  International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Annual Conference.  Shanghai, June 2012.

Sparling, D.  and P. Laughland..Honibe: Into the Dragon’s Den.  International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Annual Conference.  Shanghai, June 2012. 

E. Cheney, D. Sparling and F. Pries.  Complex agricultural establishments in Canada.Canadian Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting.  Niagara Falls, June 2012.  Invited

Uzea, N. and M. Fulton. Another perspective on the efficiency of the federated co-operative structure: Insights from a federated marketing system. Canadian Economics Association Annual Meeting, Panel on the Economics of Co-operatives. Calgary, June 2012. Invited

Uzea, N. Leadership and success in a federated co-operative system: Retail co-operatives in Western Canada. Alberta Agricultural Economics Association 2012 Visions Conference. Red Deer, May 2012. Invited

Pries, F., D. Sparling and E. Cheney The Impact of Value Chain Structure on the Commercialization of Inventions in the Biochemical Industry. Johns Hopkins Workshop on Commercialization. April 2012  Invited

Sparling, D. How does modern biology integrate into the business world?  Biology Research Colloquium. Wilfrid Laurier University. April 2012. Invited

Sparling D. Global bioeconomy development, strategies and policies.  Annual workshop of the Structure, Performance in Agriculture and Agri-Food Network.  Ottawa. January. 2012.

Sparling. D. Setting the Stage: A Snapshot of Bioproducts in Canada. World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Toronto, May 2011.

Sparling, D. Bio-chemical supply chain development – business models, strategies and policy impacts. Structure, Performance of Agriculture and Agri-Food Network Workshop. Ottawa. Jan. 2011.

Sparling. D. Case Based Research in Agribusiness. Agribusiness Research Forum, Baton Rouge, Oct. 2010

Sparling, D. and. Efficiency, Equity, and Complexity: An Examination of How Agricultural Economists Evaluate Agricultural Policy in Canada. AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, July, 2010.

Schaufele, B. And D. Sparling Does the Dietician Keep the Doctor Away? Obesity, Diet, and Health in Canada. AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, July, 2010.

Cranfield, J., Sparling and B. Schaufele. How health is changing the Dynamics of Food Innovation. AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, July, 2010.

Sparling, D. and P. Laughland. The Role of Policy and Industry Strategy in Supporting and Capitalizing Healthy Food Innovations: A Case Study Analysis AAEA, CAES, & WAEA Joint Annual Meeting, Denver, July, 2010.

Sparling D. Case Studies in Food and Health. International Agribusiness Management Association. Boston, June 2010.

Schaufele, B. and D. Sparling. Are Food Companies Different? Regulation and the Financial Performance of Canadian Agribusinesses. International Agribusiness Management Association. Boston, June 2010.

Sparling, D. Sustainability and the Agri-Food Industry, Schulich School of Business Sustainability Speaker Series, Toronto, March 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. 360 Degrees of Sustainability – Bioproducts in Canada World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal July 2009

Sparling, D. Supply Chains and Commercializing New Technologies – Alberta Agricultural Economics Association Annual Conference. Red Deer, April 2009 Invited

Sparling, D. Can Agricultural Economics Research be Relevant for Policy? Summary presentation and panelist, CAES workshop, Ottawa Oct. 2008 Invited

Sparling, D. and R. Gray Developing Agbiotech Research Policy in an Era of Changing Consciousness Future Oriented Technology Analysis 2008 Conference, Seville Oct. 2008 Poster

Laughland, P., J. Cranfield and D. Sparling Innovation and Change in Canada’s Bioproduct Industry Canadian Agricultural Economics Annual Meeting, Quebec, July 2008

Goode, David and D. Sparling Agricultural Foresight and the Long View for Policy Change Agricultural Policy Changes: Canada, the E.U and the W.T.O., Victoria, Sept. 2007

Sparling, D. Reflections on the Agricultural Policy Framework – CAES/AAEA Annual Conference, Portland OR, July 2007. Invited

Sparling, D. and B. Avendaño, North American Retailers and Their Impact on Food Chains and Small Farmers – NAAMIC Trade Conference, Cancun, June 2007 Invited

Sparling D., What can nanotechnology learn from biotechnology? American Academy for the Advancement of Science symposium on nanotechnology and agriculture, San Francisco, Feb. 2007

Sparling D., J. Cranfield and P. Laughland. Innovation in Canadian Bioproducts - World Congress for Industrial Biotechnology, Orlando, March 2007

Industry and Government Presentations

Sparling D. Canada’s Agri-Food Future. Annual meeting of the Agriculture Council of Saskatchewan. Regina, June 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Enhancing Innovation in Canada’s Food Processing Industry. Food Industry Innovation Forum. Toronto, May 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Enhancing Innovation – What should we do? Presentation, moderated discussion and iClicker survey. Food Industry Innovation Forum. Toronto, May 2011 Invited.

Sparling, D. Agri-Food Trends and OMAFRA. Presentation to OMAFRA directors and ADM’s for an OMAFRA Foresight Planning session. Guelph. April 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. The Changing Agri-Food Landscape - How will it change your business? Martin Feeds Annual Strategic Planning Meeting. London, April 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. The Changing Consumer Landscape - What will it mean for your customers? Thompson Grains Annual Planning Meeting. Grand Bend, March 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Grow your idea in a changing world. Farm Credit Canada Knowledge Insider Workshop, Abbotsford, Feb. 17, 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Agriculture and Food – The Next Ten Years. Norfolk Soil & Crop Improvement Assoc. Annual Meeting, Delhi, Feb. 15, 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Global Challenges, Local Change, Canada’s Agri-food Future and Implications for AAFC Communications. AAFC Communications Division Strategic Planning Meeting, Ottawa, Feb. 3, 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Better Health and Economic Prosperity Ontario Processing Vegetable Association Annual Meeting, London, Jan. 17, 2011. Invited

Sparling, D. Ontario’s Changing Consumer Landscape – What it will mean for the Agri-Food Sector? Ontario Agribusiness Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Dec. 7, 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. Ontario’s Changing Consumer Landscape – What it will mean for the Agri-Food Sector? Agricultural Adaption Council Annual General Meeting, Guelph, Dec. 2, 2010. Invited

Sparling. D. Discussant on two sections of the OECD Risk Management Workshop How can policies enhance farmers management of normal agricultural risk? and the Canada Study on Agricultural Risk Management. OECD conference on agricultural risk management. Paris. Nov. 22, 23, 2010. Invited

Sparling. D. Other market choices for agricultural risk management. OECD conference on agricultural risk management. Paris. Nov. 22, 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. Creating a vibrant future through sustainable choices. Alberta Milk Annual Conference. Calgary. Nov. 17, 2010. Invited

Sparling. D. The Future of Agriculture in Canada. Canadian Farmland & Agri-Business Private Equity Seminar. Toronto Sept. 2010. Invited

Sparling D. Innovation and Agricultural Biotechnology – Where’s Canada’s Future? Presentation to the 11 federal and provincial Deputy Ministers of Agriculture and other senior government representatives. Toronto. June 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. Translating today’s trends into tomorrow’s profits. Ontario Canadian Association of Farm Advisors Annual Meeting, Stratford, June 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. Sustainability and your business – Presentation to the Ontario Canadian Agricultural Marketing Association Ontario Chapter, Guelph, May 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. The changing consumer landscape – How will it change your business? – Presentation to the Ontario Canadian Agricultural Marketing Association Ontario Chapter, Guelph, May 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. Ontario’s Unique and Changing Consumer Landscape. Premier’s Summit on Agri-Food, Toronto, April 2010 . Invited

Sparling D. Advancing the Food and Health Agenda – Presentation to the Presidents’ Council. Guelph, April 2010. Invited

Sparling, D. Food and Health – A Framework and Innovation Case Studies. Lawrence Centre Workshop on Food and Health, London, March. 2010. Organizer

Sparling, D., B. Schaufele and P. Laughland Sparling, D. Looking Ahead to a Different Future for Agriculture and Food. Ontario Agribusiness Association Board of Directors, March 2010, Invited

Sparling, D. Food and Health Case Studies. CAPI Forum on Food and Health, Montreal, Feb. 2010, Invited

Sparling, D. Sustainability – A Reality Today. Syngenta Ambassador’s Program, Scottsdale, Feb. 2010, Invited

Sparling, D. Ontario Agri-Food Traceability: The need for a concrete strategy. Minister’s Summit on Traceability, Guelph, January 2010. I was co-chair of the conference as well. Invited

Sparling, D. A Different Future for Ontario’s Agri-Food Industry. London Agri-Food Conference, London, January 2010, Invited

Sparling, D. Ontario Agri-Food Traceability: The need for a concrete strategy. Presidents’ Council, Guelph, Dec. 2009. Invited

Sparling, D. Agricultural Solutions for Energy: Biomass Where to from here? Research to Receptor Series, Ridgetown, Nov. 2009. Invited

Sparling, D. Integrating health and agriculture considerations along value chains to meet food and nutrition security for all. McGill World Platform Health and Economic Convergence Think Tank 2, Montreal Nov. 2009. Invited

Sparling, D. Public/Private Partnerships and Food Innovation - The Challenge of Salt. McGill World Platform Health and Economic Convergence Think Tank 2, Montreal Nov. 2009. Invited

Sparling, D. Food and Health Case Studies, Presentation to the Advisory Board of the Canadian Agricultural Policy Institute, Toronto, Oct. 2009. Invited

Sparling, D. Policies to Make GREEN Energy Happen: Workshop Findings and Recommendations, Ivey Ideas Series, Toronto, Sept. 2009 Invited

Sparling, D. Two faces of farming 2009 Crop Insurance General Managers Conference, Waterloo, July 2009 Invited

Laughland, Pam, John Cranfield and D. Sparling Analysis of the 2003 and 2006 Bioproducts Development Surveys. 2010 BioProducts Survey: Engaging Stakeholders Workshop, Ottawa, June 2009 Invited

Sparling, D. Global markets, changes and traceability. OnTrace Annual Conference. Guelph May 2009 Invited

Sparling, D. The Changing Agri-Food Landscape – What does it mean for your business? North American Mushroom Conference. Niagara Falls, May 2009 Invited

Sparling D. Moderator From Science to Solutions Panel. Green Enegry Conference, Richard Ivey School of Business, April 2009 Invited

Sparling D. Premier’s Agri-Food Summit – Closing panel member and moderator for a panel on Strategic Alliances through the agri-food chains. April 2009 Invited

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

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