SPEAKERS AND CHAIRS | BIOGRAPHIES DES CONFÉRENCIERS
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Ian Affleck is the vice-president of plant biotechnology for CropLife Canada. In this role, he works with domestic and international agricultural stakeholders and governments on the development of policies, regulations, and science related to plant biotechnology. Prior to joining CropLife Canada, Affleck worked at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for 10 years with a focus the regulation of novel plants and new varieties. Affleck holds a bachelor of science in agriculture from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, concentrating on agronomy and pest management. He also holds a master’s degree in agriculture from the University of Guelph, specializing in horticulture and plant breeding. Affleck has been involved in agriculture from an early age, having grown up on a potato farm in Bedeque, Prince Edward Island.
Kara Beckles is the Director General of Research and Analysis Directorate (RAD) and Chief Data Officer at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Early in her career Kara held a wide range of policy roles across the Government of Canada, including: 5 years with Finance Canada working on immigration and homelessness issues; the negotiation of free trade agreements at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade; as well as various roles at the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Privy Council Office, and Statistics Canada. Kara first joined AAFC in 2007 as a Regulatory Policy Analyst, then as Chief of Bioeconomy Policy, where she developed broad, collaborative departmental strategies. She joined RAD in 2014 when she took on the position of Director, Economic and Industry Analysis where she re-discovered her academic roots in economics before becoming Director General in 2017. Kara holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in economics and business from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Arts from Dalhousie University.
Scott Biden is a Sr. Research Associate with the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. His current research is focused on building, and maintaining, a toolbox of interregional, agricultural market models available to assess ‘what if’ type questions through price and quantity impacts along a vertically integrated supply chain. Previous research interest has focused on the intersection between biotechnology, policy, and the environment. In August 2019, Scott joined the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics/Revue canadienne d’agroeconomie as the Editorial Coordinator. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Ted Bilyea retired in 2005 as Executive Vice-President, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., having spent a very successful 35 years with the same company. Mr. Bilyea is an Agri-food consultant specializing in innovation with clients in both private and public sector.
Prior to becoming Executive Vice President of the parent company, Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Mr. Bilyea held the position of President of Maple Leaf Foods International, from 1995 to 2004. Earlier in his career with the antecedent company Canada Packers Ltd., Mr. Bilyea led teams that pioneered the export of chilled beef from Canada and was the first in North America to export chilled pork to Asia. Under his leadership Maple Leaf Foods entered the specialized bakery business in Europe and became the largest exporter of food in Canada.
Mr. Bilyea holds a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in International Relations from York University and is the past recipient of the H.R. MacMillan Laureate in Agriculture from the University of Guelph and was inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2018.
He is a member of the board of Paterson Global Foods Inc., and is past Chair and advisor to the board of the Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute. Previously he has served on a number of other boards including B.H.G. International Trade Inc. (major supermarket in China), Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, Afexa Life Sciences (Cold-fx), PrioNet Canada, the University of Guelph and chaired the Food Processors of Canada and Metals in the Human Environment NCE.
Ted has an extensive global network in the agri-food space and frequently does keynote presentations in Canada and abroad.
Senator (Ontario) The Honourable Rob Black has worked in the rural, agricultural, and leadership arenas for much of his working career. He has had close involvement in 4-H and other leadership porograms, such as Junior Farmers and the Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). He credits his involvement in these programs with allowing him to develop the skills that would lead him to apply to be a senator. He has been involved in 4-H for the 45 years in all aspects of the program, at the local, provincial and national levels and is a Past President of the Canadian 4-H Council. Rob was Ward 5 Representative on Wellington County Council. He has also been Manager of the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, and President of the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association and the Wellington County Historical Society. Rob worked with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs for 15 years. He then spent a short time with Ontario Soybean Growers before accepting the job of his dreams: Executive Director of The Centre for Rural Leadership, which morphed into the Rural Ontario Institute (ROI). In 2012, in recognition of Rob’s significant contributions to 4-H across Canada over many years, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubliee Medal. In 2013, Rob was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award from the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL) and in 2016, Rob was made an Honourary Member of the Canadian 4-H Council. Rob applied to be a senator in July 2016, after some prompting from his son, Tayler. In February 2018 he recieved a call from the Prime Minister, summoning him to the Senate to represent the pronice of Ontario. The Prime Minister told Rob specifically that he wanted him to bring his background in agriculture, rural community development, and leadership development to the Senate. On February 27, 2018, Rob was sworn in as a senator. Since then, he has been working on several issues of importance to Canadians through his role. Rob and his wife Julie live north of Fergus and have four grown children and two grandsons.
Derek Brewin is a Professor and Head of the Department of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. He has a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics. His recent research has focused on spatial grain and oilseed markets. He is an award-winning teacher of agricultural finance, marketing and risk management. Derek has served on numerous boards and committees. He is a Past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and a current Director of Farm Management Canada. He has served as a Senator at the University of Manitoba and as a member of the Manitoba Agricultural Risk Task Force. Prior to his academic career Derek was a Corporate Advisor for the CWB; a Policy Economist for AAFC and a farm lender with FCC. Derek was raised on a mixed irrigation farm in Purple Springs, Alberta.
Ryan Cardwell is an associate professor in the Department of Agribusiness & Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba. Ryan is president of the Canadian Council of the International Association of Agricultural Economists and is a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. Ryan’s research interests include international trade regulation and foreign aid, with a focus on international food aid. Current research topics include voters’ perceptions of agricultural policies, and the reform of international food aid policies. The Canadian Economics Association recently awarded his research on the distributional effects of supply management the Vanderkamp Prize for the best article in the journal Canadian Public Policy. Ryan teaches courses on the economics of food and agricultural policies to diploma, degree, and graduate students.
Professor Brady Deaton is Professor and McCain Family Chair in Food Security in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on the allocation of resources, within society, and the subsequent consequences for food security, economic development and environmental quality. Property rights and ownership of natural resources figure prominently in his research and teaching efforts.He has examined these issues in a number of different settings including: Canada, First Nations, the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. In 2017 he gave testimony before sub-committees of both the Canadian Senate and the House of Commons on issues related to farmland and farmland ownership.
In 2010, he founded a podcast series called FARE Talk. The podcasts address important contemporary issues in food, agricultural, and resource economics. It is available here: FARE He has served as an editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and is currently the acting past-president of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.
Johanne Delves is the Vice President, Commercial Markets for Eastern Ontario and Public Sector for the Ontario North and East region at RBC. She began her banking career in Quebec as a Client Advisor in 1991. Moving to Ontario in 1996, Johanne held a series of advisor and leadership roles. Prior to her current role, Johanne led the retail team in Eastern Ontario including the branch network, small business and financial planning teams as the Regional Vice President of Eatsern Ontario. In additon to her depth of experience, Johanne also has her Personal Financial Planning designation, an undergraduate degree in Economics from McGill University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration (eM.B.A.) from Athabasca University. Johanne has a passion for giving back to the communities in which she lives and works. She sits on the board of the Cornwall Innovation Centre, was an advisor to the United Way of Prescott Russell, and is a past executive on the boards of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences as well as the Children’s Aide Society of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry. A mother to Rachel, John and Jonah, Johanne lives in Ottawa with her husband Gabriel and enjoys family gatherings and travel.
Kathleen Donohue is the Director General of the Market Access Secretariat (MAS), focused on advancing the government’s trade agenda for Canadian agriculture and agri-food products abroad. Kathleen brings extensive trade experience to her current position, having previously held the position of Executive Director, Market Access Coordination at AAFC, as well as having served overseas as Counsellor (Agriculture) at the High Commission of Canada to India and as Counsellor (Commercial) and Senior Trade Commissioner at the Embassy of Canada to Japan. Prior to serving abroad, Kathleen worked in various executive positions at AAFC, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) focused on advancing Canada’s trade, investment and innovation agenda. Born in Montréal, Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Concordia University and is a graduate of the School of Community and Public Affairs.
Dr. Aline Dimitri is the Executive Director of the Animal Health Directorate at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Dr. Dimitri is responsible for leading the design and development of programs to protect the health and welfare of terrestrial and aquatic animals and to ensure the safety of animal feeds, veterinary biologics, and animals products and by-products, all of which are integral to maintaining a safe and accessible food supply, as well as to public health. As the executive lead of the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) initiative within CFIA, she collaborates extensively across the Government of Canada, with international partners, and with stakeholders in the development and implementation of the pan-Canadian action plan in response to the global threat of AMR. Dr. Dimitri has held a range of positions in the CFIA, including that of Deputy Chief Food Safety officer. Throughout her career, she has gained a wide range of experience in the areas of policy design and program delivery in highly complex scientific and corporate areas. Aline is a graduate of McGill University where she received her Ph.D. in Food Science.
Chris Forbes was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) on May 29, 2017. Prior to returning to AAFC, Mr. Forbes served as Associate Deputy Minister of the Department of Finance from November 2016 to May 2017. He was Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada from January 2015 to November 2016. From May 2013 to January 2015, Mr. Forbes was Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy Branch and Regional Directors General Offices at Environment Canada. From November 2010 to May 2013, he was Assistant Deputy Minister, Federal-Provincial Relations and Social Policy Branch at the Department of Finance.
Mr. Forbes joined the federal government in 2000, and has held several senior positions in the areas of policy development, economic analysis and regulations and managed a range of regional programs. He has also worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Toronto Dominion Bank. Mr. Forbes holds a Masters in Economics from McGill University
Aaron Fowler joined Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) as Chief Agriculture Negotiator in August 2018. He had previously spent his career at Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Aaron served most recently as Executive Director of Tariffs and Market Access at GAC. From 2014 to 2016, Aaron was Director and Deputy Chief Negotiator for Softwood Lumber. From 2010 to 2014, Aaron served as Counsellor – Market Access at Canada’s Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick and an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University.
Ellen Goddard is Cooperative Chair in Agricultural Marketing and Business, University of Alberta, since December 2000. The position she holds is from an endowment created by various co-operatives, credit unions and marketing boards in Alberta during the 1980s. She came to Alberta from a position as National Australia Bank Professor of Agribusiness and Associate Dean, Coursework, at the Institute of Land and Food Resources, the University of Melbourne. Prior to that Australian appointment Ellen Goddard worked in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Guelph. Over the past 30 years Professor Goddard’s research has been focused on economic modeling of domestic and international markets for food products (particularly meat) for policy analysis purposes. Current research includes various aspects of food behaviour including consumer response to food safety incidents, consumer interest in labels, demand for credence attributes, traceability and certification. She has also been (and remains) a core social science researcher (GE3LS lead) in five large livestock genomics projects (Genome Canada) –on identifying genes related to animal disease resilience, on identifying genes related to feed efficiency and on identifying and undertaking surveillance for animal disease. In her current role, much of her research has a connection to co-operatives – in terms of fair trade, in terms of market structure outcomes, in terms of farmer development of strategies to sell niche products and livestock genetics sales, as some examples. Ellen has recently served on the Alberta Local Food Council, on the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Socio-Economic Impact of Antibiotic Disease Resilience in Canada and on the National Steering Committee for Public Trust in Agriculture.
Richard Gray is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources of the University of Saskatchewan. He earned his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics for University of California, at Berkeley. Since 1990, he has supervised more than fifty graduates students with research topics ranging from international trade, land use, risk and production economics, food safety, economics of nutrition, climate change, food security GM regulation, agricultural marketing, grain transportation and various aspects of agricultural innovation. For the past decade his research has focused on the economics of research, intellectual property management, innovation systems. Prof. Gray led the Canadian Agricultural Innovation Regulation Network from 2003 to 2013 and currently holds the Canadian Grain Policy Chair at the University of Saskatchewan. He also continues to be actively involved in his family’s grain farm.
Getu Hailu is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph, Editor for the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and Associate Editor for the Journal of Agribusiness in Developing & Emerging Economies. Getu relocated to the University of Guelph in May 2005 following his Ph.D. studies at the University of Alberta. His research interest includes agricultural and food production economics, competitiveness and food security, as well as consumer demand for food.
Dr. Douglas Hedley is a private consultant following many years in the Canadian Public Service in Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. His last position was as Assistant Deputy Minister, programs Branch in AAFC. He has also worked in several countries around the world, USA, South America, Africa and South East Asia with The Rockefeller Foundation and Winrock International, and more recently in Ukraine with the University of Missouri. His overseas work involved farm and experimental farm research, agricultural economic development, development and teaching of postgraduate-level university training in economics, university development, and policy and program development and advice at Ministerial level. He holds Masters and Ph.D degrees in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and business administration from the University of Guelph. During his graduate studies, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Overseas Scholar in Colombia and the USA.
Barry Hill and his wife Cheryle operate Hillsfield Farms, a 2,000 acre grains and oilseeds farm on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He has worked constantly to promote agriculture both as a business and an asset to the Six Nations community. Barry has served as President and/or director of many organizations, including the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, the Brant County Federation of Agriculture, First Nations AgriGroup, Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative Ethanol Plant and Two Rivers Community Development Fund. He has also been a panel member and a consultant to the Six Nations Economic Development Department. He wrote a column on energy, agriculture and local issues for the Brantford Expositor, and was a member of the Community Editorial Board. From 1993 until 2003 he taught mathematics and computers at Six Nations Polytechnic. He has been Brant County Farmer of the year, a BMO Farm family winner and named a Community Treasure. Prior to his career in agriculture, Barry had a long and successful career as an engineering, and worked on several projects designing and managing computer control systems for both fossil and nuclear generating stations for Ontario Hydro. He completed his career at Ontario Hydro as Manager of Strategic Planning and a member of a task force on developing a policy for Sustainable Development. His interest in history has led to his involvement with preserving and promoting the Mohawk Chapel in Brantford, the oldest Protestant church in Upper Canada, and he recently published a book on the Chapel’s place in the history of the Six Nations people.
Brian Innes, Vice President, Public Affairs, Canola Council of Canada, leads the Canola Council’s public affairs activities including trade policy, market access, government relations and communications. During his time at the Council he has developed the industry’s market access strategy and used it to achieve results in China, the EU and beyond. In recent years a major focus of his role has been bringing the value chain together so that farmers can have innovative seeds and crop protection products while meeting the needs of export customers. He is the past president and current vice president of the Canadian Agri-food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), an organization focused on improving market access through trade agreements.
Prior to joining the Canola Council, Brian was a senior consultant with the Ottawa office of an international public affairs firm. Brian also worked on Parliament Hill for the Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of National Defence and an Industry Critic. He holds a B.Sc., Agriculture from the University of Guelph and M.Sc., Agricultural Economics from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.
Alan Ker. After obtaining his joint PhD in Economics and Statistics at North Carolina State University (09-92 to 03-96), Alan worked as a professor (and subsequently Head from 2002-07 in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona. In April 2009, Alan moved to Canada where he joined the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics in his new position as Chair and Professor. In September 2014, Alan concluded his 5-year term and became Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Food and Agricultural Policy. The Institute attracts and supports students in the area of food and agricultural economics, hosts conferences, publishes FAREShare (newsletter) and supports FARETalk (podcast). Alan served as 2016-17 President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and sits on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and the European Review of Agricultural Economics.
In 2019, he became the OAC Research Chair in Agricultural Risk and Policy. Also in 2019, he became Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. 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 the link between climate change, innovation, and yield volatilities, issues related to risk management and crop insurance, and developing methodologies that borrow information like dgps to increase small sample efficiency of nonparametric estimators. Alan and his students have been consistently recognized with national awards of excellence for their research.
Bruno Larue is a Professor of Agricultural Economics at Laval University. He obtained a BSc diploma from McGill University in 1983 and a PhD diploma from Iowa State University in 1988. He began his academic career at the University of Guelph in 1988 and joined Laval University in 1991. In 202, he is a visiting professor at the University of California at Davis. He was the Canada Research Chair in International Agri-Food Trade between 2003 and 2014. Between 2005 and 2013, he was director of the Center for Research on the economics of the Environment, Agri-Food, Transports and Energy, a research center bringing together a dynamic group of economists, agricultural economists and political scientists at Laval University. He was coordinator of the research network on the structure and performance of Agriculture and Agri-Food Industries between 2009 and 2013. He was editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics between 1998 and 2001, President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2004 and was named Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2017. He has published widely in economics and agricultural economics journals on a wide range of topics in international trade, agricultural and trade policy, production economics and consumer economics.
Al Mussell is Research Lead, and founder, of Agri-Food Economic Systems, Inc. Prior to establishing Agri-Food Economic Systems, Al was Senior Research Associate at the George Morris Centre in Guelph, Ontario for fifteen years. His areas of research expertise are farm management and agricultural systems, agricultural marketing, and agri-food policies. Previously, Al worked as an economist in the milk procurement division of Land O’Lakes, Inc. in Minnesota.
Al holds bachelors and masters degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Guelph, and a doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Al is a past President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and has served on the board of the Progressive Dairy Operators. He currently serves as Chair of the Ontario Pork Industry Council. Al is originally from Stratford, Ontario where he grew up in a family with roots in the farm supply and dairy business.
Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst is the Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), Canada’s AgriWorkforce Centre of Excellence. Through collaboration, the Council researches emerging labour issues, modern job requirements, position vacancies and labour impacts to competitiveness. CAHRC also develops practical staff management tools and training programs to grow the AgriWorkforce and ensure it is skilled and resilient for future success.
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 contributor to many industry initiatives and is currently guiding the national Labour Task Force and the Agriculture & Agri-food Workforce Action Plan.
Rory McAlpine is Senior Vice President, Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods. In this role, Mr. McAlpine has overall responsibility for working with government and industry partners on matters of public policy, programs, regulatory affairs and trade. Mr. McAlpine brings to Maple Leaf Foods a wealth of experience gained during more than 30 years of working in government, trade and agribusiness. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. McAlpine served as Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries from 2002 to 2005. He also obtained significant experience with the Federal Government as Executive Director and Director General, International Trade Policy Directorate; Director Grains and Oilseeds Division; and Deputy Director Multilateral Trade with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Mr. McAlpine also held the position of Executive Director of the National Farm Products Council and was a Trade Commissioner with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with postings in Kuwait, Bangkok, Brussels, Edmonton and Ottawa. Mr. McAlpine holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Dr. Sandra Romain completed her Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in Medical Anthropology where she conducted community-based research in Nunavut examining the relationships between policy, Inuit culture, Indigenous language preservation and health care. She has worked in pedagogical development and as an Indigenous Curriculum Consultant combining her western learnings, and experience with Indigenous world views and perspectives. Currently, Sandra is an Acting Manager and Senior Policy Analyst at Indigenous Services Canada in the Lands and Economic Development sector where she continues to use her experiences to develop federal policies towards the advancement of reconciliation. Most recently she has led work on Recommendations for Northern Sustainable Food Systems.
John Ross has been the Canadian Pork Council’s Executive Director since 2016. In his role he ensures the views of Canada’s pork producers are effectively represented on national issues such as foreign trade and animal health. He is member of the government-industry African Swine Fever Executive Management Board and has been a long-time advocate of implementing collaborative approaches to managing animal health challenges.
John has had a lifelong passion for livestock. He studied animal science at the University of Guelph (OAC 83). After graduation, he enjoyed a successful career at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. While at the Department he worked through a series of livestock and red meat related positions focusing largely on sectoral development issues. John is also a member of the 4-H Canada Board of Directors.
James Rude is an Associate Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology (REES) at the University of Alberta. James conducts research in the areas of trade policy, agricultural marketing, and price analysis, specifically on the economic impacts of multilateral and regional integration agreements; the WTO Agreement on Agriculture and modeling the impacts of its liberalization; and assessment of emerging issues in trade policy, including: state trading enterprises, direct producer support payments, liberalization of TRQs, and export credit guarantees. James has served as on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and as on the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.
Peter Slade is an assistant professor and the Canada Canola Growers Association chair in agricultural policy in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan. He received his PhD from the University of Guelph in 2015. His research focuses on Canadian agricultural policy, consumer adoption of novel food, and social economics.
Dr. Rene Van Acker is Professor and Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) at the University of Guelph. Prior to his appointment as Dean, Rene was Associate Dean External of OAC (2009-16) and previously chair of the department of Plant Agriculture (2006-09). Prior to his appointments at Guelph, Rene was a professor at the University of Manitoba (1996-2006). Rene is a co-founder of the Food Institute at the University of Guelph (now the Arrell Food Institute) and has played a key roles in fundraising for OAC since 2009. Rene’s research interests include weed management and agronomy. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed works to-date and over 300 other non-peer reviewed contributions. His research on coexistence and genetically modified crops has led to work in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Australia, and the US. Rene grew up on a farm in southern Ontario. He holds BSc and MSc degrees from the University of Guelph and a PhD from the University of Reading (UK).
Emmanuel Yiridoe is in-coming CAES President and Professor and Associate Dean, Department of Business and Social Sciences, Dalhousie University.