Speaker Bios (Listed in alphabetical order)


Barry Barnett Barry Barnett is professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Mississippi State University. Dr. Barnett conducts research and writes extensively about agricultural public policy and insurance. He regularly conducts analysis for the Risk Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has testified before the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to numerous scholarly journal articles, he has contributed to several World Bank, OECD, and USAID publications.

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Derek BrewinDerek Brewin is an Associate Professor of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. Derek is President of Canadian Agricultural Economics Society 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 near Purple Springs, Alberta.

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JoAnne ButhJoAnne Buth is CEO of the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI). She is an agriculture professional who is committed to a sustainable and profitable Canadian agricultural and food sector. Prior to joining CIGI she was a Senator. Her career includes President of the Canola Council of Canada and various management positions in private industry and government. Over the years she has served on many agriculture advisory committees.

 

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John CranfieldJohn Cranfield is a Professor in and Chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on the economics of consumer behaviour and demand analysis for food and food products, innovation in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors, and economic history. A noted expert on the economics of food and agricultural markets, John has published widely, served as President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, and appeared on an episode of TVO’s The Agenda on "Feeding the World 2050”.

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Gaetan DerochesGaétan Desroches has worked for agricultural co-operative services and La Coop fédérée for more than 30 years. He was a representative for crop production at Comax agricultural co-operative until he joined La Coop fédérée in 1983, in the same position. From 1986, he successively served as Technical Adviser, Sales Director and Marketing Director for the Crop Production sector. In 1994, he was promoted to Director of the Crop Sector and the Food Laboratory of the Agricultural Supplies Division, and then Director of Agriculture, before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2006. In 2014, he became Chief Executive Officer of La Coop fédérée. Mr. Desroches Mr. Desroches has a degree in agronomy from Laval University and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Sherbrooke.

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Maurice DoyonMaurice 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 Past-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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Joe GlauberJoe Glauber is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC where his areas of interest are price volatility, global grain reserves, crop insurance and trade. Prior to joining IFPRI, Glauber spent over 30 years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture including as Chief Economist from 2008 to 2014. As Chief Economist, he was responsible for the Department’s agricultural forecasts and projections, oversaw climate, energy and regulatory issues, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

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Brenna GrantBrenna Grant grew up in SW Saskatchewan on a cow/calf, yearling grasser operation where her family still operates. She received a BA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in Applied Economics from Montana State University. She has been a Research Analyst with Canfax Research since 2007.

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Jill HobbsJill Hobbs is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business & Economics at the University of Saskatchewan and chaired the department from 2006 to 2011. She holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her research interests encompass food policy, consumer preferences, and supply chain economics. Dr. Hobbs is presently a co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and is a former President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

 

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Kevin HurshKevin Hursh is one of the country’s leading agricultural commentators. He is an agrologist, journalist and farmer. Kevin and his wife Marlene run Hursh Consulting & Communications based in Saskatoon. They also own and operate a farm in southwest Saskatchewan growing a wide variety of crops.

 

 

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Alan KerAlan 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 and the President-Elect of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. 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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Grant KosiorWilliam A. Kerr is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a BA (International Relations) from UBC, an MA (Economics) from Simon Fraser University and a PhD (Economics and Agricultural Economics) from UBC. Prior to joining the Department of Agricultural Economics (now BPBE) at the U of S in 1999 he was a member of the Economics Department at the University of Calgary starting in 1980. His major area of research is international trade and international commercial policy. He has over 250 academic publication including 24 books. Recent titles include: Handbook on International Trade Policy (2007); A Guide to the Global Business Environment (2014); Conflict, Chaos and Confusion – The Crisis in the International Trading System (2010) and Bilateral Trade Agreements in the Era of Globalization – The EU and India in Search of a Partnership (2010). He is editor of the Estey Journal of International Law and Trade Policy. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

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Grant KosiorGrant Kosior grew up on a grains and oilseed farm in southeast Saskatchewan. After graduating he attended the University of Regina where he obtained a bachelor’s degree majoring in economics. Upon completion of university he embarked on a career in finance which included banking, financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance, based in the agricultural sector. In August of 2009 the embryo for Production Cost Insurance came in a discussion with an Ag accounting professional. Research and development as well as finding appropriate reinsurance capital ensued and the product was launched for the 2011 crop year. The company is going into its 6th crop year and currently has 70 marketing and training staff and 18 admin/processing Employees.

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Portia MacDonald-DewhirstPortia MacDonald-Dewhirst is the Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), a national, non-profit organization that focuses on addressing human resource issues facing agricultural businesses across Canada. Portia holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and organizational Psychology and has a wealth of experience in strategic Human Resource Management. Ms. MacDonald-Dewhirst is an active member of industry based Boards and is currently guiding the Labour Task Force and the national Workforce Action Plan for the agriculture and agri-food industry.

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David McInnesDavid 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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Guy SeguinGuy Séguin is an agricultural engineer working as Assistant Director, Policy and Dairy Production with Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) since April 2013. Before joining DFC, Guy worked 10 years as a Milk Inspector and Representative with Dairy Farmers of Ontario, as well as an Udder Health Specialist, a Dairy Systems Engineer and a Project Manager. Finally he worked for DeLaval Canada for nine years as a Product Manager managing milking, feeding and manure management systems. He graduated from the University of Guelph with a BSc in Agricultural Engineering and a BA in Computer Science. He lives with his wife Kathleen and their four children in Casselman, Ontario.

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