Speakers

Ian BurtonIan Burton
Emeritus Professor and climate change expert, University of Toronto

Ian Burton’s research and writing is on adaptation to climate change. He has previously specialized in natural hazard and disaster risk reduction and environment and development. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Toronto and a Scientist Emeritus with the Meteorological Service of Canada. He now works as an independent scholar and consultant, mainly on the boundaries between science and policy. Ian has been an IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) lead author in the last two assessments and is now helping in the preparations for the 5th Assessment due in 2012–13. He is co-chair of the Ontario Expert Advisory Panel on Adaptation to Climate Change and co-chair of the World Bank Expert Group on Climate Resilience. Recent consulting assignments include work for the United Nations Secretariat for the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change)on adaptation finance, the UK DFID (Department for International Development)in Bangladesh, and a financial flows evaluation study for DANIDA (the Danish Development Assistance Agency).
 

Jennifer ClappJennifer Clapp
CIGI* Chair in International Governance and Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Environment and the Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo

Jennifer Clapp’s published work covers a range of topics on the interface of the global economy, food, and the environment, including the politics of agricultural trade, food aid, agricultural biotechnology, and the role of transnational corporations in global environmental and food governance. She is co-author of Paths to a Green World: The Political Economy of the Global Environment; Exports: The Transfer of Hazardous Wastes from Rich to Poor Countries; and Adjustment and Agriculture in Africa: Farmers, the State and the World Bank in Guinea. Jennifer is co-editor of Corporate Accountability and Sustainable Development; Corporate Power in Global Agri-Food Governance; The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities, and the Global Environmental Politics journal, an editorial board member of the Global Governance journal, and program leader for CIGI’s (Centre for International Governance Innovation) Environment and Resources Research Group. She is completing a manuscript on the politics of food aid.
 

Donald CoxeDonald Coxe
Global Portfolio Strategist and Chairman, Coxe Advisors LLC

Since 1992, Donald Coxe has been analyzing and making recommendations on global markets for BMO Financial Group through his monthly journal, Basic Points, weekly conference calls, and in public and private meetings. Now retired, he focuses on his consulting business, Coxe Advisors LLC, and on special projects while continuing to consult with BMO. The Coxe Commodity Strategy Fund (TSX: COX.UN ) –  launched in 2008 at $297m – was the largest IPO in Canada for the year. Don is Portfolio Consultant to Harris Investment Management Inc., the investment advisor to the Fund. In the future, he intends to address the global food challenge, which is likely to become the global food crisis. Before entering the investment business, he served as General Manager for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and General Counsel for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. For many years, he was involved in framing public policy for agriculture and for public pension funds. He considers his greatest accomplishment the repeal of provincial death taxes on Canadian family farms.


Ronald DoeringRonald Doering, B.A., LL.B., M.A., LL.D
Partner, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Ronald L. Doering practices law with the Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Group of Gowling Lafleur Henderson. He was responsible for setting up the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and served as its President for several years. He now practices primarily in the area of agriculture, food, and drug law where he provides regulatory law services to a broad range of Canadian and international companies. Ronald has a longstanding interest in aboriginal law and policy and has acted for many aboriginal groups, especially in matters relating to environmental assessments and aboriginal claims, and is the Chief Federal Negotiator in the Caledonia/Six Nations claims negotiations. He has written extensively on many public policy issues, including a chapter on Foodborne Illness for the new book, Public Health Law and Policy in Canada. He writes the monthly columns on food law for Food in Canada and Food Safety and Quality Magazine, the leading trade magazines for the food industry. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph.


Richard EllisRichard Ellis
Senior Vice-President, Communications & Corporate Affairs, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited

Richard Ellis became McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Limited Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, in 2008 after serving as Vice President, Communications at McDonald’s USA. He was Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs of the Canadian organization from 2003 to 2005. Earlier, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Weber Shandwick Worldwide (Canada) Inc., Canada’s leading national public relations consultancy. He managed business operations and applied his strategic public relations, issues/crisis management, and marketing communications expertise to leading Canadian and international clients. Richard began his career as Community Relations Officer at Ontario Hydro in Toronto. He next was Director of Communications at General Mills Restaurants (Canada) Limited and Vice President at Marshall Fenn Communications. He is the President of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada and also serves on the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, The Toronto Santa Claus Parade, and the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. He is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society, the International Association of Business Communicators, and McDonald’s Global Communications Council and Worldwide Corporate Relations Council, and holds numerous volunteer positions.


Debbie FieldDebbie Field
Executive Director, FoodShare, Inc.

For the past 17 years, Debbie Field has been the Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto and has helped to build FoodShare into Canada’s largest food security organization. She came to FoodShare through her role as a founding member of the Coalition for Student Nutrition. As a parent, she was instrumental in organizing a hot lunch program at her children’s school. FoodShare’s vision is: “Good Healthy Food for All” and its mission is to work with communities to improve access to affordable, healthy, sustainably produced food. Debbie has helped FoodShare to expand its work in the area of active nutrition education. She believes passionately in the power and healing nature of food, and works to change the way our society sees food. Rather than fast food, FoodShare promotes home-cooking. Rather than eating on the run, FoodShare promotes meals as opportunities for families, friends, and communities for sharing and community building. Rather than any food at all, FoodShare encourages healthy food.


Harriet FriedmannHarriet Friedmann
Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto and Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga

Harriet Friedmann collaborates with international research on comparative farming systems and is completing research on the politics of food standards at regional, national, and international scales, including public, private, and third sector initiatives. The research focuses on cultural renewal as key to deepening the widely recognized leadership of the Toronto community in food practice. She is launching a new project in collaboration with public, private, and non-profit organizations in the Toronto region that are working to deepen urban-rural food networks. Harriet is a co-founder of the food regimes approach, which has inspired interdisciplinary research and debate on global, national, and local agri-food systems. She has published widely on family farms, regional agri-food economies, and international political economy and political ecology of food and agriculture. Her work has been translated into several languages, most recently as a popular book in Japanese. She teaches courses on global governance, development, and food at graduate and undergraduate levels, for both Sociology and Global Studies. She is serving a second term on the Toronto Food Policy Council


Mohammed Emrul HasanMohammed Emrul Hasan
Economic Policy and Development Advisor, Plan Canada

Mohammed Emrul Hasan holds specializations in microfinance, financial and economic sector reform, enterprise development and promotion, integrated livelihood, and food security issues. He has provided services to the European Union, ActionAid, Plan International, South Asian Partnership, Sonali Bank, and numerous NGOs/MFIs across South Asia, Southeast Asia, East and West Africa, South and Central America, and East Europe. He has worked directly with 25 large-scale, mid-scale, and small-scale organizations in the areas of organization development, business planning and growth, program development, innovative approaches (developing hybrid models), financial and internal control systems development, and capacity development and program evaluations using a range of innovative tools and techniques. Emrul has researched and written numerous publications focused on microfinance, financial sector reform, governance and development, privatization, poverty and economic growth, disaster management and preparedness, food security, and child-centered community development. He has worked in over 15 countries and his expertise on public concerns, policy and programs is frequently sought by media, universities, networks, governments, multi-laterals, UN agencies, NGOs, and donors around the world.


Glen HodgsonGlen Hodgson
Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, The Conference Board of Canada

 Glen Hodgson brings 27 years of experience and a specialization in international economic and financial issues to The Conference Board of Canada. He is responsible for overseeing macro-economic outlook products, tourism, custom research, and conference programs. He is the chief spokesperson on economic issues and has written extensively on Canadian and international economic and financial issues. In January 2007, Glen published Mission Possible: Stellar Canadian Performance in the Global Economy, co-authored with Anne Park Shannon, and available at www.conferenceboard.ca. He took the lead in launching the Board’s International Trade and Investment Centre and has published more than 80 articles and briefings, including a series on Canadian tax reform for sustainable prosperity. He joined the Board after 10 years at Export Development Canada where he held several senior positions, including Vice President of Policy and Deputy Chief Economist. He spent 10 years with the federal Department of Finance and also served as Advisor/Assistant to the Executive Director for Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean at the International Monetary Fund.


Rory McAlpineRory McAlpine
Vice-President, Government & Industry Relations, Maple Leaf Foods, Inc.

Rory McAlpine, a former Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and fisheries, has responsibility for building strong and effective relationships with government and industry stakeholders to develop a coordinated and proactive government and industry relations program across Maple Leaf Foods. He has served 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. He was also the 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. Rory represents Maple Leaf Foods on the international affairs committees of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters. He serves on the advisory committee to the Dean of the Ontario Agricultural College and the program advisory committee for the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ontario 4-H Foundation.


Alex McCallaAlex McCalla
Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Emeritus, University of California Davis

Throughout his academic career, Alex McCalla was associated with the University of California Davis where he served as Dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Associate Director of the California Agricultural Experiment Station, and Founding Dean, Graduate School of Management. He received the Quality of Communication Award and Quality of Research Discovery Award from the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). He is a Fellow of the AAEA, a Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, and a Distinguished Scholar of the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He was a founding member and co-convener of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium. He served as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and a Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Center in Mexico, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis.


Pat MooneyPat Mooney

Executive Director, ETC Group

For more than 30 years, Pat Mooney has worked with civil society organizations (CSOs) on international trade and development issues related to agriculture and biodiversity. Mooney has lived most of his life on the Canadian prairies. The author or co-author of several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity, Pat Mooney received the Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) in the Swedish Parliament in 1985. In 1998 Mooney received the Pearson Peace Prize from Canada’s Governor General. He also received the American “Giraffe Award” given to people “who stick their necks out”. Pat Mooney has no university training, but is widely regarded as an authority on agricultural biodiversity and new technology issues. Together with Cary Fowler and Hope Shand, Pat Mooney began working on the “seeds” issue in 1977. In 1984, the three co-founded RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International), whose name was changed to ETC group (pronounced “etcetera” group) in 2001. ETC Group is a small international CSO addressing the impact of new technologies on rural communities. ETC has offices in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and works closely with CSO partners around the world. 


Ray MowlingRay Mowling
Executive Director, Biotech Council and Past President, Monsanto Canada

Ray Mowling’s career with Monsanto Company included assignments in Brazil and Mexico and as President of Monsanto Canada Inc. In 2001, he became Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information formed by the leading developers of plant biotech products (Dupont, Dow, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta and Monsanto) to share information on the benefits of plant biotech to interested Canadians. These companies recognized that public acceptance was as important as the technology itself. He has served on several business boards including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Biotech Canada. Ray has also been on not-for-profit boards and has been recognized with awards for communication and advertising and an award from Planet Africa. He is an honorary member of the Office of Science and Society at McGill University.


Carol OffCarol Off
Host, CBC Radio’s As It Happens and author, Bitter Chocolate

With extensive experience in both Canadian and international current affairs, Carol Off has covered conflicts in the Middle East, Haiti, the Balkans, and the sub-continent, as well as events in the former Soviet Union, Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada. She reported the fallout from the 9/11 disasters with news features and documentaries from New York, Washington, London, Cairo, and Afghanistan. She has covered Canadian military missions around the world, including the combat operation in Kandahar. Carol has won numerous awards for television and radio work, including a Gemini, two gold medals from the New York Festival of Television, a selected screening at the Monte Carlo Television Festival, several awards and citations from the Columbia Television awards, a Gabriel award, a B'nai Brith Award, and a number of awards and citations from the National Radio and Television Association. She is currently the host of As It Happens on CBC Radio.


Eric RegulyEric Reguly
European Business Correspondent, Rome Bureau, The Globe and Mail Report on Business

Eric Reguly joined The Globe and Mail in November 1997 and is currently the paper's roving European business correspondent. He has worked for a number of publications, including the Times of London, The Financial Post in New York London, England, the Financial Times of Canada, Alberta Report magazine, and the London (Ontario) Free Press. Until April, 2007, when he moved to Rome, Eric wrote the Globe’s main business column from Toronto. He also co-hosted a daily business program on BNN, formerly Report on Business Television, and contributed to several magazines and web sites, including the Globe’s Report on Business Magazine, thefirstpost.co.uk and Time Canada. He is a regular guest on CBC Radio and makes speeches about business issues. Eric has won several awards for his work, including, in 2007, the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. In the same year, he was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for his coverage of the BCE Inc.-leveraged buyout attempt.


Susan WalshSusan Walsh

Executive Director, USC Canada

Susan Walsh cut her teeth in development work with Canada World Youth completing a 10-month contract as a staff member of their India-Canada team in 1984. Upon her return to Canada she was recruited as USC Canada’s program officer for Nepal and Indonesia, an assignment that lasted five years. Work as the Executive Director of the World Food Day Association was next, followed by a 10-year stint in Winnipeg as the Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s Director for Latin America Programs. USC Canada drew her back to Ottawa in 2004, this time as the agency’s Executive Director. Susan has spearheaded strategies designed to promote the legal, cultural, and livelihood rights of indigenous peoples and marginalized farmers, strengthened though the completion of a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology at the University of Manitoba, and a year of SSHRC-sponsored field research on the biodiversity conservation and resilience strategies of indigenous potato farmers in Bolivia’s southern highlands.


Samy WatsonSamy Watson
Executive Director, World Bank

Samy Watson was formerly Canada's representative to the World Bank Group. Prior to his nomination, he worked briefly as a Special Advisor to the Privy Council Office in Ottawa. Earlier he had been the Deputy Minister of both Environment Canada and Agriculture Canada. His career in the Canadian federal public service began in the Administrative Trainee Program following which he became Senior Project Manager for Revenue Canada and Customs and Excise. Other assignments included acting as a Senior Advisor within Transport Canada. Samy was a Policy Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Transport Canada and held several Director positions in the Department of Finance Canada, specifically relating to tax policy. He then became Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet (Priorities and Planning) at the Privy Council Office and, later, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet.


Galen G. WestonGalen G. Weston
Executive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited

Galen G. Weston is Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s largest food distributor and a leading provider of general merchandise products, drugstore and financial products and services. Since his appointment in 2006, Mr. Weston has overseen a multi-year renewal of the business that has included a return to a focus on food; a restructuring of the organization to drive efficiency and unlock the benefits of national scale; and a significant investment program in store, supply chain, and information technology infrastructure. Under his leadership, Loblaw has increased its commitment to corporate social responsibility, leading the grocery industry in such areas as the reduction of plastic bag use and seafood sustainability. In 2008, Corporate Knights recognized Loblaw as the #1 retailer among its 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada. In his 11 years with the company, Mr. Weston has held increasingly senior executive positions within Loblaw. He is a director of Wittington Investments, Limited, and has served as a director of George Weston Limited. 

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