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Conference Overview


The Canadian agricultural policy conference is considered the premier national policy outlook for the agri-food sector. The general theme of this year’s conference is Policies and Regulations for a Thriving Canadian Agri-food System.

A prosperous Canadian agri-food industry calls for a continued focus on competitiveness. Regulation is a vital aspect of well-functioning markets. Policies have direct impacts on the ability of Canadian producers and businesses to generate value-added. How should we regulate markets to secure a prosperous future? The conference will look at emerging policies, regulations and economic drivers such as:

  1. Do we still have the right set of regulations and policies to assure a prosperous future to the agri-food industry?
  2. Will the recent increases in farmland values lead to changes in the structure and organization of farming operations?
  3. What can we learn from the evolving dairy policy environments in the U.S. and EU?
  4. What are the key determinants of competitiveness in the Canadian food manufacturing sector?
  5. How will the Safe Food for Canadians Act and U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act impact competitiveness in the supply chain?
  6. Sustainability and private standard in agri-food supply chains
  7. Does the emergence of local food markets enhance or hinder growth opportunities?

The objective of the conference was to advance policy discussions in the Canadian agri-food industry by stressing key economic and policy issues that impact competitiveness of producers, food manufacturers, retailers and agribusinesses.

A blend of presentations from distinguished scholars and key industry stakeholders highlighted critical issues and potential policy solutions facing the agri-food sector in Canada today. The conference featured research being undertaken throughout the country, with a focus on the exchange of ideas between invited speakers, industry participants and policy analysts.

The fourth annual agri-food policy conference was held in Ottawa, ON at the Château Laurier from January 29-31, 2014.

 

Agenda


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Wednesday, January 29
7:00-9:00 PM Meet & Greet Reception
Registration Parcel Pick-Up
   
Thursday, January 30
7:45-8:45 AM Registration and Breakfast
8:45-9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jean-Philippe Gervais, CAES President, Farm Credit Canada (Biography)


9:00-10:15 AM

 

 

 


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KEYNOTE ADDRESS: AGRI-FOOD MARKETING AND REGULATIONS

Chair: J.P. Gervais, FCC, CAES President (Biography)

Agricultural markets are often identified as textbook examples of perfectly competitive market structures. Agri-food industry stakeholders know very well that the reality is different. Agri-food commodities are increasingly differentiated, concentration occurs at various levels of the supply chain, and producer and consumer decisions spill over to other markets. In this context, regulations in agri-food markets are pervasive.

Agriculture Is Evolving. Do We Still Have the Right Set of Regulations and Policies to Assure a Prosperous Future to the Agri-food Industry?

Speaker: Richard Sexton, University of California–Davis (Biography)

30 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK

10:45-12:15

 

 

 

 

 


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SESSION 1: A PANEL ON CANADIAN FARMLAND ISSUES

Chair: J.P. Gervais, FCC, CAES President (Biography)

Canadian farmland values continue to rise, fueled by strong crop receipts and low interest rates. Some evidence point towards increased ownership of farmland by non-operators as well as increased foreign ownership which can change the functioning of land sales and rental markets and the structure of agricultural production. Given the large amount of farm assets to be transferred in the future and current debt levels in Canadian agriculture, do we need new regulations and policies to assure the competitiveness of Canadian agricultural producers?

 

Farmland Value, Farmland Ownership, Farm Policy: Facts, Implications, and Future Considerations

Brady Deaton, University of Guelph (Biography)

 

Encouraging Farm-Friendly Investment: Policy Considerations

Ron Bonnett, Canadian Federation of Agriculture (Biography)

 

Farm-Friendly Investment: An Investor's Perspective

Tom Eisenhauer, Bonnefield(Biography)

12:15-1:30 PM LUNCH

1:30-3:00

 

 

 

 


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SESSION 2: STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENTS IN GLOBAL DAIRY POLICY

Chair: Maurice Doyon, Laval University, CAES President-Elect (Biography)

The U.S. and European Union are currently defining their new farm policy environment and significant reforms are considered. The U.S. could impose some form of production limitation in return for supporting dairy producers’ margins. The dairy quota system of the EU will be phased out by 2015, but questions remain about the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy framework. What can we learn from other dairy farm policy environments?

 

Dairy Policy When the World Gets Small

Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin (Biography)

 

Discussants

EU Dairy Policy in a Smaller World

James Rude, University of Alberta (Biography)

 

The Canadian Dairy Industry: a Small Player on the Sidelines of the Big League

Gilles Froment, Canadian Dairy Commission(Biography)

 

30 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK

3:30-5:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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SESSION 3: COMPETITIVENESS IN THE CANADIAN FOOD PROCESSING SECTOR

Chair: David McInnes, CAPI (Biography)

The processed food sector is vital to Canada’s economic vibrancy. Yet, the country must confront a hard reality: at best, it is undergoing a rapid transition; at worst, it is facing a debilitating retrenchment. The evidence is brutally honest. In 2004, the trade balance was negative $1 billion; in 2012, it nearly reached negative $6.5 billion.

The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is undertaking a major study investigating this situation. Do we truly understand what is occurring and the ramifications for the sector, other agri-food players and consumers? There are bright spots. Investments are being made but do we understand the nature of this activity and why? These are among the pertinent questions that must inform a dialogue about strategy, our choices and our future.

 

Macro and Micro Drivers of Food Manufacturing Competitiveness-Complexity of Micro Decisions

Bob Seguin, George Morris Centre (Biography)

 

Food Manufacturing in Canada: Resilient but Changing

David Sparling, Ivey Business School (Biography)

 

Implications from CAPI's 'Traits of Success' Case Research for Canadian Food Processing Sector Competitiveness

Brynn Winegard, Schulich Executive Education Centre (Biography)

 

Canada’s Processed Food Industry: Financial Services for Growth

Marc Deschênes, Export Development Canada (Biography)

 

EVENING RECEPTION

5:30-7:30

Research Poster Contest with Wine & Cheese Reception

End of Day  
Friday, January 31
7:30-8:30 Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:45

 

 

 

 

 



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SESSION 4: NEW FOOD SAFETY REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS IN NORTH AMERICA

Chair: Margaret Zafiriou, AAFC (retired), CAES Executive (Biography)

A few high profile food safety incidents in the U.S. and Canada, as well as heightened consumer awareness have an impact on the regulations that are devised to address food safety issues. The Safe Food for Canadians Act and U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act represent a shift to risk-based approaches to prevent food contamination. What are the key changes to regulations that will impact competitiveness in the supply chain? What are the implications for monitoring, enforcement and compliance? Who should communicate these changes to consumers and how might the evolving regulatory environment affect their risk perceptions and food choices?

 

The Evolving Governance of Food Safety – Implications for Government, Business and Consumers

Spencer Henson, University of Guelph (Biography)

 

Safe Food for Canadians Action Plan: A Public Policy Perspective

Paul Mayers, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (Biography)

 

9:45-10:15

Presentation from Top 3 Poster Competition Finalists

 

30 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK

10:35-11:35

 

 

 

 

 

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SESSION 5: SUSTAINABILITY AND PRIVATE STANDARDS IN FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS

Chair: Jill Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan (Biography)

Consumer demands to know more about their food and limited resources are forcing businesses to adopt sustainable practices. The drive towards sustainable food has triggered a significant growth in standards. What is the appropriate mix of private and public standards to ensure food quality and deliver strong performance across the food supply chain?

 

Sustainability Standards – The Retailer View

Heather Mak, Retail Council of Canada (Biography)

 

It's sustainable! Says who...?

Sven Anders, University of Alberta (Biography)

11:35-12:30

 

 

 


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SESSION 6: THE ROLE OF LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Chair: Arden Esqueda, AAFC, CAES Executive (Biography)

Local food markets account for a growing share of total food sales and recent policies and marketing regulations in Canada have generally been supportive of developing local supply chains. New marketing arrangements impact the performance of small and large farms. What are the factors that enhance or hinder competitiveness of local food systems?

 

Local and Regional Food Systems in Economic Development: Modest Opportunities

Stephen Vogel, Economic Research Service - USDA (Biography)

 

Whither Local Food: How Context Matters in the Local Food Discussion

John Cranfield, University of Guelph (Biography)

 

12:30-12:45

FINAL REMARKS

Maurice Doyon, CAES President-Elect, Laval University (Biography)

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Registration


 

2014 REGISTRATION RATES

CAES Member $225

Non-Member $350

Student $175

 

 

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Location & Transportation


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

The hotel is located at 1 Rideau Street.

 




Chateau Laurier

Hotel Website

Free Guest Room Wi-Fi with President's Club Enrolment

Join the Fairmont Hotel's President's Club prior to your arrival to receive complimentary internet service and free local calling. Simply present your membership number upon check-in. For more details, click here.

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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Sponsorship


Thank you to this year's sponsors!

DOUBLE PLATINUM SPONSORS


CAPI

 

GOLD SPONSORS


Laval

 

SILVER SPONSORS


Fare

Fareinstit

 

UManitoba

 

USask

U of Alberta

 

BRONZE SPONSORS


FCC

 

Egg Farmers of Canada

 

WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION SPONSOR


dfc

 

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PLATINUM - $ 10,000

  • Two complimentary registrations for the conference including evening receptions
  • Free Exhibit table
  • Prominent logo placement on conference kit for participants
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Conference kit welcome letter to conference participants
  • Opportunity for company representative to provide a welcome to conference participants
  • Recognition of company representatives in attendance
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Prominent display of company logo on the conference web site
  • Prominent display of company logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

GOLD - $ 5,000

  • Two complimentary registrations for the conference including evening receptions
  • Free Exhibit table
  • Logo placement on conference kit for participants
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Recognition of company representatives in attendance
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Prominent display of the company logo on the conference web site
  • Prominent display of company logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

SILVER - $2,500

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening receptions
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Prominent display of company logo on the conference web site
  • Prominent display of the company logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

BRONZE - $1,000

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening receptions
  • Prominent display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Prominent display of company logo on the conference web site
  • Prominent display of the sponsor’s logo and sponsorship recognition on all media relations material
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

WELCOME RECEPTION SPONSOR - $2,500

One exclusive sponsorship opportunity available to host the evening reception on Wednesday,
January 29th. This sponsorship includes:

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening receptions
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of company logo during reception
  • Display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION SPONSOR - $4,000

One exclusive sponsorship opportunity available to host the evening reception on Thursday, January
30th. This sponsorship includes:

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening receptions
  • Brief address to conference participants at reception
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of company logo during reception
  • Display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

LUNCHEON SPONSOR - $3,000

One sponsorship opportunity available. This sponsorship includes:

  • One complimentary registrations for the conference including evening receptions
  • Brief address to conference participants at sponsored luncheon
  • Conference kit promotional item
  • Prominent display of company logo during luncheon
  • Display of logo and sponsorship recognition on promotional material including posters, program brochures, event signage, and conference proceedings
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

NETWORKING BREAK SPONSOR – $1,500

Two sponsorship opportunities available. Each sponsorship includes:

  • One complimentary registration for the conference including evening receptions
  • Prominent display of logo during sponsored break
  • Logo placement on the conference web site
  • Special mention as an event sponsor during the conference

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Research Poster Competition


In order to highlight some of the current agri-food research, a poster presentation is held in conjunction with the evening Wine & Cheese reception on Thursday evening. In 2014, the evening reception was January 30th. Conference delegates were invited to view the posters and direct any questions on the research to the researchers. Delegates viewing the posters had an opportunity to vote for their first, second and third choice winners for the poster awards.

New this year, the top three finalists gave an oral presentation of their research poster on Day 2 of the conference. First place receives a trip to the 2014 CAES Annual Meeting in Vancouver (airfare ($1000 maximum), conference registration, and 3 nights hotel accommodation). Second place was a cash prize of $300 and Third place a cash prize of $200.

FIRST PLACE - Jessica Kelly, University of Guelph

SECOND PLACE - Johanna Wilkes, Balsillie School of International Affairs

THIRD PLACE - Zhihua Xiao, University of Saskatchewan

Poster Abstract Title Researcher(s) & Institution(s)
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DOES ECONOMIC VALUATION OF ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES PROVIDE USEFUL INFORMATION TO HELP GUIDE AGRICULTURAL POLICIES? Stéphane Bergeron, Maurice Doyon, Monique Poulin, Université Laval
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IS THERE A WEAKEST LINK? AN APPLICATION OF THE INNOVATION VALUE CHAIN CONCEPT TO ONTARIO FARM BUSINESSES Andreas Boecker, University of Guelph
Eric Micheels, University of Saskatchewan
 
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THE EPR SYSTEMS IMPACT ON WHEAT VARIETY ADOPTION Katarzyna Bolek and Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan
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HEALTH, WATER QUALITY AND THE ADOPTION OF HOUSEHOLD DEFENSIVE MEASURES AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES ON QUEBEC FARMS Lota D. Tamini, Sagine Jeudy, Gale West and Bruno Larue, Laval University
 
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ADOPTION OF INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT BY QUEBEC GRAIN FARMERS Gale West and Isamëlh Cissé, Laval University
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IODINE RESIDUES IN BULK-TANK MILK: PRODUCER PERCEPTIONS OF ECONOMIC VERSUS CONSUMER IMPERATIVES Gale E. West and Lassina Ouattara, Laval University
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ARE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT BAD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT? Eskandar El Marzougui, Bruno Larue and Lota Tamini, Laval University
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GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS AND TRADE WITHIN THE EUROPEAN UNION Zakaria Sorgho and Bruno Larue, Laval University
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BIDDING STRATEGIES IN SEQUENTIAL AUCTIONS Rebecca Elskamp and Alan Ker, University of Guelph
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NOT ALL UPOV 91 LEGISLATION IS CREATED EQUAL; THE IMPLICATIONS FOR FUTURE WHEAT BREEDING IN CANADA Seraina Giovanoli, University of Saskatchewan
Supervisor: Richard Gray
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RISK ATTITUDES AND THE ADOPTION OF GENOMIC TECHNOLOGY IN DAIRY PRODUCTION Xi Yu, Getu Hailu and Ying (Jessica) Cao, University of Guelph
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CANADIAN FOOD DOLLAR: BREAKDOWN BETWEEN THE FARM SHARE AND MARKETING BILL Jessica Kelly, Alfons Weersink, & John Cranfield, University of Guelph;
Patrick Canning, Economic Research Service;
Ken Nakagawa, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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WTO POLICY SPACE FOR DISTORTING FARM SUPPORT FROM 1995 TO 2011: INDIA, CHINA, EU AND US Lars Brink, Independent Advisor
 
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CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN CREDENCE ATTRIBUTES: THE ROLE OF TRUST IN THE FOOD SYSTEM AND BRANDS Rim Lassoued and Jill E. Hobbs, University of Saskatchewan
 
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REFORMING SUPPLY MANAGEMENT: THE CASE OF DAIRY Richard Barichello, Michael Grant, Mark Liew and Vijay Gill, University of British Columbia, The Conference Board of Canada – Centre for Food in Canada
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SPATIAL ARBITRAGE IN THE WESTERN CANADIAN CANOLA MARKET Janelle M Mann and Derek G Brewin, University of Manitoba
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ESTIMATING THE COST OF AGRICULTURAL POLLUTION ABATEMENT: ESTABLISHING BENEFICIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN THE BRAS D’HENRI WATERSHED René Roy, Laurie Baker, and Paul J. Thomassin, McGill University
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ON TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE IN CROP YIELDS Tor N. Tolhurst and Alan P. Ker, University of Guelph
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ARE GOVERNMENTS OF THE RIGHT LEVIATHAN FOR AGRICULTURE? Tor N. Tolhurst, John Cranfield and Shuang Li, University of Guelph
 
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A NEW APPROACH TO MODEL INNOVATION THROUGH NEW PRODUCT CHARACTERISTICS Mohammad Torshizi and Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan
 
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HYBRIDIZATION AND THE DYNAMICS OF VALUE CAPTURE IN THE CANOLA INDUSTRY Mohammad Torshizi and Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan
 
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INNOVATION DRIVERS AND BARRIERS IN CANADIAN FOOD MANUFACTURING: IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICY MAKING Nicoleta Uzea and David Sparling, Ivey Business School, Western University
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WHAT’S TRADE GOT TO DO WITH IT?: EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF DIRECT TRANSFER FOOD AID ON SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS AND AGRICULTURAL TRADE Johanna Wilkes, Balsillie School of International Affairs
Rakhal Sarker, University of Guelph
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MEASURING ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF CANADIAN PRODUCER-FUNDED R&D Zhihua Xiao, University of Saskatchewan
  PDF ANALYSIS OF THE PRACTICE OF CATCH AND RELEASE FISHING IN THE ATLANTIC SALMON IN QUEBEC

M.O. Robert Lambert, J.P. Gagnon Fleury, R. Lambert, Centre de recherche en économie de l'environnement, l'agroalimentaire, les Transports et l'Énergie (CREATE) and

L. Bernatchez, Chaire de recherche du Canada en Génomique et Conservationdes Ressources Aquatiques, Département de biologie

 

 

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Organizing Committee:

Jean-Philippe Gervais, CAES President
John Cranfield, CAES Past-President
Maurice Doyon, CAES President- Elect
Tabitha Rich, CAES Treasurer
Margaret Zafiriou, CAES Councillor
Arden Esqueda, CAES Councillor
Valerie Johnson, CAES Executive Director
Kathy Larson, U Saskatchewan

Program Committee:

Jean-Philippe Gervais, FCC/FAC
John Cranfield, U Guelph
Maurice Doyon, U Laval
Chad Lawley, U Manitoba
Namatie Traore, Telfer School of Management
Greg Strain, AAFC/AAC
Ted Bilyea, CAPI/ICPA
David McInnes, CAPI/ICPA
Peter Boxall, U Alberta
Ellen Goddard, U Alberta
Jill Hobbs, U Saskatchewan
Bruno Larue, U Laval
Al Mussell, George Morris Centre
Valerie Johnson, CAES Executive Director


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