Sessions

Thursday August 6, 2009

7:30pm Opening Keynote Address: Global Pressures That Will Shape the Politics of Food

Keynote SpeakerDonald L. Coxe, global portfolio strategist, former general manager, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and former general counsel, Canadian Federation of Agriculture
Moderator: Alan Pearson, President, CIPA

Global Pressures That Will Shape the Politics of Food

Long before he became known as a global portfolio strategist and the chair of Coxe Advisors LLC, Don Coxe was the general manager of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and general counsel for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. He has watched closely as Canada’s agricultural and food policies have evolved over the years since he was involved in developing them. Indeed, he has kept his eye on the world of food, food security and agriculture, and has been working with the University of Guelph to bring together academics, investors and policy makers to find solutions to today’s food shortages. Drawing on his eclectic background and decades of experience, Don will open up the conference’s discussions with a tour d’horizon, setting the global context and explaining Canada’s role in feeding the world.

 

Friday August 7, 2009

9:30am Production and Cultivation: How Can the World Produce Enough Food to Go Around?

Speakers: Harriet Friedmann, Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto, Samy Watson, Regional Executive Director, World Bank, and former Canadian Deputy Minister of Agriculture, and Ray Mowling, former President of Monsanto Canada
Moderator: Gwen Burrows, CIPA

Production and Cultivation

The global population continues to grow, and to urbanize, presenting us with new challenges for food production. The Green Revolution in the 1950s and 60s has allowed human beings to expand the production of food exponentially, turning to fossil fuel fertilizers, pesticides and new methods of irrigation. However, many are increasingly critical of the impact these technologies have had on the environment and on our health and wonder if the Green Revolution is sustainable. The conferences will begin with a discussion of a key question we will need to consider throughout: whether we currently have the capacity to feed the world and if yes, under what conditions of production and what political frameworks?
 

2:30pm  Discussion Groups
Delegate-created discussion groups:

  • Moving from Food to Nutrition
  • Can We Have an Integrated Future: Enough Quality Food, a Healthy Environment and Healthier People – All at the Same Time?
  • Food and Population Issues
  • What Would a People-centred Food System Look Like?
  • Imbalance: Is Muchness the Problem?


Plus a screening of Food, Inc.


7:30pm Distribution and Distortion: How Can We Get Enough Food to Everyone Who Needs It

Speakers: Jennifer Clapp, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo; Eric Reguly, Columnist, Globe and Mail Report on Business; Glen Hodgson, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada; and Dr. Alex McCalla, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Moderator: David McGown, CIPA

Distribution and Distortion: How Can We Get Enough Food to Everyone Who Needs ItThis panel will look at global and local food distribution, trade systems and subsidies. If food is a right for all, what are the implications for our current food pricing and distribution systems? How do we ensure everyone has access to food at a reasonable cost?
 

 

 


 

Saturday August 8, 2009

9:30am Food Safety and Regulation — How Safe Is Safe Enough?

Speakers: Rory McAlpine, Vice-President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods, Inc., former British Columbia Deputy Minister of AgricultureRonald DoeringPartner, Gowlings; former President, Canada Food Inspection Agencyand Pat MooneyExecutive Director, ETC Group, biotechnology and biodiversity consultant 
Moderator: Sara Sarkar, CIPA

Food Safety and Regulation - How Safe Is Safe Enough?What is government’s role in food safety and regulation? How should that role fit with business interests, in the context of government’s choices about acceptable risks? What is an acceptable risk for the consumer, and how much mitigation is reasonable to expect from government? What are the health consequences, intended or not, to treating food as an industrial product? So many questions, and a whole morning to examine them all.

What is government’s role in food safety and regulation? How should that role fit with business interests, in the context of government’s choices about acceptable risks? What is an acceptable risk for the consumer, and how much mitigation is reasonable to expect from government? What are the health consequences, intended or not, to treating food as an industrial product? So many questions, and a whole morning to examine them all.
 

2:30pm Discussion Groups
 

7:30pm The Politics of Diet: How Can We Strike the Right Balance?

The Politics of Diet: How Can We Strike the Right Balance?

Speakers: Richard Ellis, Senior Vice President, Communication and Corporate Affairs, McDonald’s Canada, Debbie Field, Executive Director, Foodshare Inc., and Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
Moderator: Bob Ramsay, Communications Consultant

The food we consume affects our health, our cultural identities, our ethical commitments and, for some, our political beliefs. In North America, the issue of food consumption has become increasingly fraught, with the rise of obesity and constant concern about what we can or should eat. Yes, we have seen a rise in organic foods and vegetarianism, and the slow food movement places food at the centre of human activity, but the consumer still has a seemingly unlimited appetite for convenience and low prices. Can there be a happy medium?

 

Sunday August 9, 2009

9:30am Presentation of the Annual Couchiching Award for Excellence in Public Policy Leadership to the Honourable Lincoln Alexander

AlexanderEach year, we present the Couchiching Award for Public Policy Leadership to a nationally recognized Canadian who has demonstrated a particular kind of leadership: someone who has made an impact in public policy for Canada or for a community, often in the face of public opposition.

We are extremely proud to present the 2009 Couchiching Public Policy Award to the Honourable Lincoln Alexander – Canada’s first black Lieutenant Governor and first black member of Parliament – for his lifelong work toward the creation of a socially just, diverse society.

 


10:00am The Future of Food(s): What Will Our Children Eat?

The Future of Food(s): What Will Our Children Eat? Speaker: Susan Walsh, Executive Director, USC Canada and Seeds of Survival; Ian Burton, University of Toronto environmentalist; and Emrul Hasan, Plan Canada
Moderator: Danielle Martin, CIPA

Climate change, overfishing, pollution, urbanization: our ability to feed the world is under attack and the future availability of some foods is uncertain. How do we protect the most vulnerable people and the most vulnerable sources of nourishment? What political and social levers can we use to respond to these challenges, and what political pressures will make it difficult to do so? This last panel of the conference will circle back to some of the questions we asked in the very first panel and project them into the future.


1:00pm Closing Keynote

The Global Politics of Food: What Now?

Speaker: Carol Off, journalist, co-host of CBC Radio's As It Happens and author of Bitter Chocolate: Investigating the Dark Side of the World's Most Seductive Sweet
Moderator: John Gregory, CIPA

In Bitter Chocolate, Carol Off followed the bean from the cocoa farms of rural Africa to the candy counters of North America, a story that touches on almost every aspect of food production: protests over rising prices, child labour and trafficking, multinational corporations and fair trade. Having investigated the corruption and human rights abuses associated with the multimillion-dollar cocoa industry, and having listened keenly with an expert ear to the weekend’s discussions, Carol will draw the disparate threads of all our conversations together and sum up.

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