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Conference Overview


This conference is the premier national policy outlook for the agri-food sector. The theme of this year's conference was Keeping Up with Consumers: Understanding the Policy Implications of a Changing Landscape.

Questions abound about the ability of global food systems to feed larger and wealthier populations in developing countries, while meeting increasingly more sophisticated food preferences at home. The reality of the marketplace is that it is demand-driven. Producers, businesses and governments must truly “keep up” with consumer trends if the agriculture and agri-food industry is to leverage these 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 across the supply chains.

  • Must economists reinvent how they think about policy issues?
  • What do businesses need to know about economic growth in emerging markets and its influence on future food consumption?
  • How can food suppliers foster innovative collaborations to take advantage of the Canada-EU trade pact?
  • What can be done to remove internal barriers that impede movement of agri-food products between provinces?
  • What options should be considered to improve Canada’s transportation infrastructure?
  • How do we improve coordination across the supply chain to meet diverse food demands?

A blend of presentations from distinguished scholars, industry stakeholders and government officials highlighted critical issues and potential policy solutions facing the agriculture and agri-food system in Canada today.

The fifth annual agri-food policy conference was held in Ottawa at the Château Laurier
from January 28-30, 2015.

Hosted by:

Cdn Agricultural Economics Society

Co-hosted by:

FARE | U of GuelphspacerCAPI | ICPA

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Agenda


2015 Conference Agenda 2015 Ag Policy Conference Agenda

 

Wednesday, January 28
6:00-8:00 PM Meet & Greet Reception
Registration Packet Pick-Up
Thursday, January 29
7:45-8:45 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:45-9:00 AM Welcome & Opening Remarks
Jean-Philippe Gervais, CAES Past President; Farm Credit Canada (Short Bio)
9:00-10:15 AM

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS: WHAT ARE THE LESSONS FOR DESIGNING POLICIES?

Behavioral economics takes greater considerations of the "human" factor than traditional economics. Therefore, this emerging branch of economics can be used to design more successful policies. Learn more on the subject through examples of recent applications.

Chair: Maurice Doyon, CAES President; Laval University (Short Bio)

 

Hossain
Hossain Presentation Tanjim Hossain, University of Toronto (Short Bio)
30 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK
10:45-12 Noon

SESSION 1: SUPPLYING CANADIAN AND EMERGING MARKET CONSUMERS - WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW?

Economic growth in emerging markets is driving the demand for food, shifting policy needs and business strategies. North American markets are also evolving due to ageing populations and many other influences related to health, environment, animal welfare, etc. What is the influence of consumer trends abroad and in our own domestic market on policy shifts/needs?

Chair: Colette Kaminsky, AAFC (Short Bio)

Speaker:

Beatty
Audio-synched presentation Nudging in Equilibrium: How much can behavioural economics improve diets?

Tim Beatty, University of California Davis
(Short Bio)
12:15-1:15 PM LUNCH
1:15-3:15 PM

SESSION 2: LEVERAGING ACCESS TO THE EUROPEAN MARKET THROUGH INNOVATION COLLABORATION

Organized by CAPI in collaboration with the Netherlands.

Kingdom of the NetherlandsspacerCAPI

With CETA being formalized, and with many tariff reductions and related issues addressed and widely-known, one relevant question is how can companies and food suppliers now get ready to take advantage of the Canada-EU trade pact. In doing so, a key next step is having an understanding of both the non-tariff barriers to trade and the opportunities for creating new collaborations. This session addresses these matters in the context primarily of the Canada-Netherlands relationship with implications for export strategies, innovative collaborations and for policy.

Speakers:

 

Brandle
Audio-synched presentation

Emerging Opportunities for Partnerships in the Greenhouse Sector: Best Practices and Clear Examples

Jim Brandle, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre
(Short Bio)

Rice
Audio-synched presentation

Preparing for a New Export Market Opportunity: CETA and Canadian Pork

Martin Rice, Canadian Pork Council (Short Bio)

deGooijer
Audio-synched presentation

The Dutch Agri & Food Research & Innovation Landscape

C.D. (Kees) de Gooijer, TKI-Agri&Food (Short Bio)

Post
Audio-synched presentation

Netherlands and Canada: Perfectly Positioned to Capitalize on Global Food Trends

Michel Post, Rabobank (Short Bio)

30 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK
3:45-5:15 PM

SESSION 3: PANEL ON INTERPROVINCIAL TRADE

The business environment of food suppliers and agricultural producers is increasingly global. But research shows that competitiveness is developed in the domestic market, before thinking about marketing on a global scale. Moreover, agricultural marketing systems are based on provincial pricing mechanisms and rely on regulations. What are the relevant reforms to interprovincial trade that will preserve the strengths of the agricultural marketing systems while allowing small businesses to ramp up scale in the Canadian market?

Chair: Alan Ker, University of Guelph (Short Bio)

Speakers:


Post
Audio-synched presentation

Agriculture and Internal Trade Agreements in Canada: Progress, Complexity and Challenges

Christopher Kukucha, University of Lethbridge (Short Bio)

Pellerin
Audio-synched presentation

Maintaining and Promoting Efficient and Competitive Agricultural Industries

Laurent Pellerin, Farm Products Council of Canada (Short Bio)

Post
Audio-synched presentation

Focus on the Canadian Market

Bruno Giuliani, Brome Lake Ducks (Short Bio)

EVENING RECEPTION
5:30-7:30 PM Research Poster Contest with Wine & Cheese Reception
End of Day  
Friday, January 30
7:30-8:30 AM Registration & Breakfast
8:30-10:00 AM

SESSION 4: PANEL ON GRAIN TRANSPORTATION ISSUES - LOOKING AT LONG TERM SOLUTIONS

Growing an industry can only be achieved if lucrative markets are accessible. The record 2013 crop in Western Canada and the resulting transportation hurdles raised questions about the potential of Canadian agriculture to meet rising food demand abroad, especially in the context of projected strong demand for Canadian commodities and energy. This session looks at future opportunities to improve the transportation system in Western Canada.

Chair: Derek Brewin, CAES President-Elect; University of Manitoba (Short Bio)

Panelists:

 

Fulton Speaking Notes
Fulton Audio

Regulatory Responses to Problems in the Grain Handling and Transportation System

Murray Fulton, University of Saskatchewan (Short Bio)

McCreary
Audio-synched presentation

Grain Handling and Transportation - Elements of a Solution in a Post Wheat Board Environment

Ian McCreary, Producer (Short Bio)

Bourque
Audio-synched presentation

Grain by Rail: Issues and Discussions

Michael Bourque, Railway Association of Canada (Short Bio)

10:00-10:30 AM PRESENTATIONS FROM TOP 3 POSTER COMPETITION FINALISTS
30 MINUTE NETWORKING BREAK
11:00-12:15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: A SUPPLY CHAIN PERSPECTIVE ON MEETING CONSUMERS FOOD PREFERENCES

Food consumption trends are ultimately driven by consumers. They have specific tastes, value variety, and desire convenience. These all attributes that are supplied at different stages of the supply chain. Coordination across the supply chain is thus critical for the industry to meet consumer preferences. What are the tools, strategies and policies that lead to market penetration and growth?

Chair: Jean-Philippe Gervais, CAES Past President; Farm Credit Canada (Short Bio)

 

Fearne
Audio-synched presentation Andrew Fearne, University of Kent (Short Bio)
12:15-12:30 PM

FINAL REMARKS

Maurice Doyon, CAES President, Laval University (Short Bio)

   

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Register Online


Registration for this event is now closed.

Registrant Type
Registration Fee in $CDN
CAES Member
$250
CAES Student Member
$175
Non-Member
$375
Group Registrant (5 or more)
$250

 

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Location & Transportation


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

The hotel is located at 1 Rideau Street.

 




Chateau Laurier

Hotel Website

Research Poster Competition


In order to highlight some of the current agri-food research, a poster viewing took place in a special poster session held in conjunction with the wine and cheese reception prior to dinner on Thursday evening as well as during conference breaks. 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.

The top three finalists delivered 10-minute oral presentations on their research poster on Day 2 of the conference. First place received a trip to the 2015 CAES Annual Meeting in Newport, Rhode Island including airfare (to a $1000 maximum), conference registration, and 3 nights hotel in Newport, RI. Second place was a cash prize of $300 and Third place a cash prize of $200.

Poster Prize 1st Place Presentation 1st Place - Nishanthy Balasubramaniyam
Poster Prize 2nd Place Presentation 2nd Place - Mohammad Torshizi
Poster Prize 3rd Place Presentation 3rd Place - Nasreddine Ammar

Research Poster Abstracts

Abstract 1

Exchange Rate Pass-Throughs for Fresh and Processed Products | Nasreddine Ammar, Markus Herrmann and Bruno Larue, Laval University

Abstract 1

The Effect of Auction Design on Individual Bidding Strategies in Multi-Unit Auctions | Rebecca Elskamp and Alan Ker; University of Guelph

Abstract 1

How Do Economists Perceive Canadian Dairy Supply Management? | Julien Garneau, Maurice Doyon and Pierre Beaudoin; Laval University

Abstract 1

Information and Encouragement from Independent Crop Advisors Increased Adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Practices by Québec Fruit and Vegetable Producers | Nounanwa Rock Eric Hounhouigan and Gale E. West, Laval University

Abstract 1

What Price Wetlands: How Prairie Farmers Value Wetlands | Manikarnika Kanjilal, Scott Jeffrey, Wiktor Adamowicz and James Unterschultz; University of Alberta

Abstract 1

Analysis of Market Interdependencies and Price Volatility Spillovers in the Western Canadian Feed Barley, U.S. Corn and Alberta Cattle Markets | Miao Zhen, Feng Qiu, James Rude and James Unterschultz, University of Alberta

Abstract 1

Hedonic Analysis on Retail Egg Prices in Canada | Nishanthy Balasubramaniyam and John Cranfield, University of Guelph

Abstract 1

Changing Demands for Corn in Canada and the Breeding Response | Sabrina Reza and Derek Brewin, University of Manitoba

Abstract 1

Innovation Induced Yield Variability | William Deen, Tor N. Tolhurst, Amelie C. M. Gaudin and Alan P. Ker, University of Guelph

Abstract 1

Innovation and Consolidation: Chicken or Egg? | Mohammad Torshizi and Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan

Abstract 1

Capacity Utilization and Productivity of Canadian Food Manufacturing Industry | Zili Lai and Getu Hailu, University of Guelph

Abstract 12

Estimation of Willingness to Pay for the Added Value of Food Items from a Hypothetical Internet Survey that takes into account Heterogeneous Strategic Behavior | Stéphane Bergeron and Maurice Doyon, Laval University

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We would like to thank our sponsors!

PLATINUM PLUS SPONSORS & CO-HOSTS


CAPI

 

FARE Institute

 

BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS


 

FCC

 

Egg Farmers of Canada

 

WINE & CHEESE RECEPTION SPONSOR


Dairy Farmers of Canada

 

SPECIAL SPONSORS


Western Producer spacerAGES

 

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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

Fax: 1-866-543-7613


Send an Email

Conference Organizing Committee:

Jean-Philippe Gervais, CAES Past-President
Maurice Doyon, CAES President
Derek Brewin, CAES President-Elect
Richard Sanchez, CAES Treasurer
Arden Esqueda, CAES Councillor
Alan Ker, U Guelph, FARE Institute
John Cranfield, U Guelph
David McInnes, CAPI/ICPA

Event Administration:

Valerie Johnson, CAES Executive Director
Kathy Larson, U Saskatchewan


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2015 Agri-Food Policy Conference

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