2017 - CAES Annual Meeting


2017 CAES Annual Meeting — June 18-21, 2017 — Hôtel Delta Montréal — Montréal, QC

This is our first meeting in four years that we are holding independently. The 2012 Niagara Falls annual meeting was so well received that we decided to go it alone again. Montreal is a beautiful city with significant charm and atmosphere, with easy transportation links and situated close to the federal government. The Hôtel Delta Montréal is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, just steps away from the Entertainment District known as the Quartier des Spectacles, home to many festivals; museums on Sherbrooke Street; Mount Royal for the nature lovers; shopping on St. Catherine Street; and trendy restaurants. See Tourism Montreal for more information.


The program is complete. Program and Schedule (June 16).


Keynote Address: Economic Integration Reconsidered presented by Bruno Larue, Laval University. Sunday, June 18, 17:30-18:30

Economic integration is being reconsidered all over the world. Europeans have been questioning the merits of their currency union, their common market and even their free-trade agreement with Canada. The United States withdrew from the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership and has threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. The World Trade Organization has been paralyzed for years in its quest to finalize the Doha Round. Why is the general public increasingly skeptical about economic integration? What are the implications for Canada and its agri-food industry?

Presidential Address: Evaluation of Government Agri-Environmental Programs presented by Peter Boxall, University of Alberta. Monday, June 19, 8:00

This talk reflects on the need to evaluate the Growing Forward elements of agri-environmental programming. This largely involves the funding elements which focus on on-farm stewardship and the adoption of beneficial management practices. After introducing the various program elements and the concepts the case of Alberta is utilized to illustrate questions regarding the effectiveness of these programs. In this journey, various data issues are uncovered which need to be addressed before evaluation can be completed.

Fellows Address: The Growing Heterogeneity in the Farm Sector and its Implications presented by Alfons Weersink, University of Guelph. Monday, June 19, 8:40

This talk will examine the changes in the structure of the farm sector, reasons for the changes, and the policy implications.

Annual Business Meeting: Following Presidential and Fellows addresses.

Graduate Student Paper Competition: Monday, June 19, 10:30-17:00

David Sparling Business Case Competition: Monday, June 19, 3:30-18:00

CAES Annual Awards Banquet: Monday, June 19, 7:00 pm
* This event is included in the registration fees. Guest tickets must be purchased in advance.


Registration rates are listed in Canadian Dollars. Fees include entrance to keynote address, welcome reception, awards banquet, plenary session, and concurrent sessions. Guests who have been registered will receive a name badge to enter the welcome reception and a ticket to the awards banquet. Guests MUST be registered in advance to attend these events.

May 20

May 20 -
June 10
June 18 -
June 20
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  • No cancellations after June 10. Cancellations before June 10 will be fully reimbursed minus a $50 processing fee.


Conference Rate: $179 CND plus taxes   Cut-off Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

A block of standard rooms has been set aside for attendees at a discounted rate. The rate will be honoured until the cut-off date. Any rooms in the block not reserved by this date are released for general sale by the hotel. Reservation requested after the cut-off date will be accepted based on availability at the best available rate.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM or call toll free: 1-844-860-3753, Group Code: E0Y


Survey Designs based on Experimental Economics to Assess Consumers' Preferences: Do's and Don'ts Wednesday, June 21, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Hosted by former CAES president and professor, Maurice Doyon. CAES Members: FREE. Non-Members: $125.

Participants should bring: two $5 bills, two $2 coins (2 toonies), and four quarters, for a total of $15. You will have a chance to make money while running the experiments!

Stated preference methods are widely used by marketers, resource and applied economists to estimate the willingness-to-pay (WTP) for environmental goods or private goods such as new or improved goods or food novelties. The simplest form is open-ended questions about the respondent’s WTP for a good or closed-ended, multiple-choice questions or more elaborate contingent valuation surveys.

The validity of stated preference methods, more specifically their hypothetical nature, has generated a large literature on hypothetical bias and different tools have attempted to correct the hypothetical bias using ex post and ex ante calibration methods, with limited success. This workshop will introduce, using the literature and short experiments, the context and distinction of hypothetical bias for public and private goods, as well as discuss options to improve stated preference methods using validity tests to identify and hopefully mitigate hypothetical bias in the case of private and public goods.


The CAES Program Committee is accepting submissions of abstracts for the Selected Paper programme and Graduate Student Paper Competition, and Organized Sessions proposals. See Information on Submissions or the Submissions Flyer.


These sessions are an excellent opportunity to see what the next crop of students are working on and will be contributing to the profession. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top papers/presentations during the Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, June 19. See Graduate Student Paper Competition for more information.


University departments are encouraged to put together teams of 3 undergraduate students. Student teams will be given a "real world" business case on the first day of the annual meeting and will present their solutions to the case during a session set aside on Monday afternoon. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two teams during the Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, June 19. This is a great opportunity for universities to showcase the next generation of business leaders in the agri-food industry. For more information see David Sparling Business Case Competition.


Student travel grants are available to eligible students to offset their costs of travel and conference expenses. See Student Travel Grants for eligibility and how to apply.


Representatives of AgEcon Search will be present at this year's annual meeting. AgEcon Search is a free, open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics, including: working papers, conference papers and journal articles. In 2016 AgEcon Search celebrated its 20th year and has over 100,000 papers from 250 organizations. Early in 2017 AgEcon Search will migrate to a new software platform. Presenters at the 2017 annual meeting will have an opportunity to submit full papers of their presentations to AgEcon Search after the conference. Stop by the exhibit table to learn how!


February 6 Last day to submit selected paper abstracts and organized symposia proposals
March Early Registration begins
April 13 Last day to submit to the David Sparling Business Case Competition
Mid-April Notification of outcome of submissions
April 25 All presenters and moderators MUST be registered
April 25 All presenters and moderators MUST be a member of the CAES
May 18 Last day to reserve hotel room at discounted rate
May 20 Early Registration ends
May 30 Graduate Student Paper Competition full papers are due
June 8 Late Registration closes (no refunds given after this date)
June 18 The conference begins!