Speaker Bios (Listed in alphabetical order)


BaylisKathy Baylis is an Associate Professor in the department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. She joined the department after several years as an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia where she remains an adjunct faculty. In 2001-2002, Kathy was the staff economist in charge of agriculture for the Council of Economic Advisors in the White House, and in the mid-1990s, she worked as Executive Secretary of the National Farmers Union in Canada. She earned her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003, where she specialized in international agricultural policy and trade. Her research evaluates agricultural, conservation and trade policies and their effect on environmental and food security outcomes in China, India and Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she leads an initiative at the University of Illinois on using big data for international food security and the environment.

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BrewinDerek Brewin is the Head of Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics at the University of Manitoba and Director of the Solomon Sinclair Farm Management Institute. Derek is a former 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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CobleKeith Coble is a Giles Distinguished Professor and Head of the Agricultural Economics Department at Mississippi State University. Previously, Coble worked at USDA Economic Research Service and studied at Texas A&M and the University of Missouri. He focuses on risk management, agricultural policy, and insurance. Since writing a dissertation on crop insurance in 1993, he has researched and lectured on crop insurance and has published over 85 scientific research journal articles. He has also contributed to several crop insurance studies for the USDA Risk Management Agency. Coble served on the Board of Directors of Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (2012-2015) and as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (2008-2011). Recently, he served as the Chair of the ‘Big Ag Data’ committee for the Council of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics. He has testified before Congressional Committees on three occasions and served as a Chief Economist for the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.

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Cranfield
John Cranfield is a Professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (FARE) at the University of Guelph. His research focuses on the economics of consumer behaviour and demand analysis at the individual, household and market level (largely in relation to demand for food and food products), innovation in the agri-food and biotechnology sectors, and economic history. John served as President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in 2012-2013, and has acted as a Guest Editor on two special issues of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics. A noted expert on the economics of food, John appeared on an episode of TVO’s The Agenda on “Feeding the World 2050”, and has testified before the House of Common’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food, and the Canadian Senate’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

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DeatonBrady 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 natural resources in food production, rural development, and environmental quality. Property rights and ownership of natural resources figure prominently in his research and teaching efforts. He has examined the relationships between natural resources and economic development 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. He has served as an editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and is currently president-elect of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.

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Del BiancoFrancesco Del Bianco is the Director General, Business Risk Management Programs Directorate, at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Prior to joining the department, he held various executive positions at Western Economic Diversification and Industry Canada. As a member of Industry Canada's Automotive Industry Crisis Response Team, Francesco was recognized with a Public Service Award of Excellence in 2009 in the category of Exemplary Contribution under Extraordinary Circumstances. Francesco holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Science in Administration from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales.

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DoyonMaurice Doyon is Professor at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Consumer Science at Laval University and holder of the Egg Industry Economic Research Chair, as well as Director of the Masters Program of the Department. He is a Fellow of the research institute CIRANO in Montreal, a senior researcher at the Institute of Nutrition and Fonctional Foods (INAF) and a Professor member of the research center CREATE. Professor Doyon is on the board of various investments funds or organisations. From 2008 to 2017 he was on the board of CRCD, an investment fund of 2 billion dollars dedicated to the regional economic development of firms and cooperatives in Quebec, where he presided investment committees as well as being vice-president of the board. Dr. Doyon holds a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Laval University (91), a M.Sc. (93) and a Ph.D. (97) in Agricultural Economics and Applied Economics from Cornell University. Professor Doyon's research interests are agricultural policy analysis, market design, the valuation of goods and services as well as experimental economics.

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GiffordMike Gifford For thirty-five years Mike Gifford was directly involved in all aspects of Canada’s bilateral, regional and multilateral agricultural trade policy. For the last fifteen of those years he served as Canada’s chief agricultural trade negotiator and principal agricultural trade policy advisor to the ministers of agriculture and trade. During the course of his public service career, he was involved in virtually every major trade negotiation, beginning with the renegotiation of the Canada/New Zealand and Canada/Australia trade Agreements in the late 1960’s and the Tokyo Round of GATT negotiations (1975-79). He also served as the Chairman of the GATT International Meat Council (1980) and acted as the Chief Canadian Agricultural Negotiator in the Canada/US Free Trade Agreement (1986-87), the North American Free Trade Agreement (1990-91), and the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations (1986-1993). Since retiring from the Canadian Public Service in late 2000, he has acted as an agricultural trade policy advisor to the Canadian public and private sector and has undertaken agricultural trade policy capacity building projects in China, Egypt, Africa and Russia. Mike Gifford has also acted as a consultant to the WTO and served as a member of a WTO dispute settlement Panel.

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GoodwinBarry K. Goodwin is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Graduate Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics at North Carolina State University. He is a Fellow and Past President of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He has coauthored over 150 refereed journal articles and three books. He has received numerous research awards, including Best Article Awards from the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

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HailuGetu Hailu is an Associate 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 food production economics, competitiveness and food security, as well as consumer demand for food. His international work is in collaboration with CGIAR organizations such as the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Ethiopia.

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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 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 innovation induced yield volatilities, mixture modelling of price volatilities, risk management, and nonparametric econometrics. Professor Ker sits on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics and the European Review of Agricultural Economics.

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LarueBruno Larue holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University (1983) and a PhD from Iowa State University (1988). He began his academic career in 1988 at the University of Guelph before moving to Laval University in 1991. He was the director of the Center for the economics of the Environment, Agri-food, Transports and Energy (CREATE) between 2011 and 2013 and of the Center for Research of the Economics of Agri-food (CREA) between 2005 and 2011. His research focusses mainly on international trade issues, but he also published several articles on agricultural policy, production and environmental economics and industrial organization.

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Qiu
Feng Qiu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta (UofA). Dr. Qiu completed her Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in 2012. Her research over the past five years at the UofA has focused on land use, applied spatial analysis and price risk modeling. Much of her work has been on land use and risk management that have implications for policy and policymakers. These projects include the analyses of price volatility spillovers along the Canadian cattle supply chain, impacts of agricultural commodity programs on farmers’ contracting behaviours, incidence of government subsidies in farmland rents and agricultural land loss and fragmentation. Dr. Qiu is the instructor (and developer) for an innovative Land Use Economics course at the UofA. The course incorporates geo-spatial analysis into the classic land economic framework making the empirical investigation more practical and interesting. The students and the department have been enthusiastic and benefited significantly from the class.

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RossScott Ross has been Director of Business Risk Management and Farm Policy at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) for the past 5 years. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing a wide array of policy files for CFA, including: Canada’s business risk management programming, labour market policies and programs, agricultural taxation, and the need for a national food policy, amongst others. Prior to his role at the CFA, Scott worked with the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and the University of Waterloo researching and speaking to how municipal and regional governments can raise the profile of agriculture as an economic development priority and the value in establishing regional development strategies focused on innovation promotion and value addition, in collaboration with industry. This work culminated in his co-authoring a 2012 study for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario examining opportunities to promote agricultural value-addition through regional economic development strategies. Concurrent to this research, Scott completed a Master’s in Applied Environmental Studies, specializing in Local Economic Development, at the University of Waterloo. Scott’s work focused on the drivers of agricultural innovation, value-addition, and their contribution to regional economic development outcomes.

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Rude 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.

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SeppeyFrédéric Seppey is Assistant Deputy Minister of the Market and Industry Services Branch and Canada’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). His responsibilities include trade negotiations, agriculture and agri-food sectoral competitiveness, and the department regional operations. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Seppey held several management positions with AAFC and at the Canadian section of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council. During his 25-year career in the Public Service, Mr. Seppey also worked at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, as well as the Privy Council Office, the Department of Finance and the Treasury Board Secretariat.is Canada’s Chief Agriculture Negotiator at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

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TolhurstTor Tolhurst is a third-year doctoral student in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. He received a bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of British Columbia in 2011, and a master's degree in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Guelph in 2013. Tor has five publications in academic journals, including two in his field's top journal, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and his work has been recognized with a number of distinctions including an Outstanding Master's Thesis award from the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society and a Taste America Scholarship from the James Beard Foundation. He is currently writing his dissertation under on capturing, controlling for, or otherwise representing econometric model heterogeneity in applied settings.

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VerammenJames Vercammen completed a BSc and MSc in Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, and a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1991 he began an academic appointment at the University of British Columbia, and he is currently a professor with a joint appointment in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Food and Resource Economics group) and the Sauder School of Business. James served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics (CJAE) from 2001 to 2004, President of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society (CAES) from 2010 to 2011 and co-editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics (AJAE) from 2013 - 2017. His research interests (primarily theoretical) are broad, including commodity price analysis, risk and insurance, agri-food industrial organization and agri-environmental markets.

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ZahniserSteven Zahniser works as an Agricultural Economist in the International Trade and Demand Branch of the USDA-ERS’s Market and Trade Economics Division. His current research focuses on agricultural trade among Canada, Mexico, and the United States, the renegotiation of NAFTA, the prospects for U.S.-Colombia agricultural trade, and hired farm labor in the United States and Mexico.

 

 

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