2018 - CAES Annual Meeting


2018 CAES Annual Meeting — July 28, 2018 — Vancover, BC

The CAES is holding its 2018 annual meeting as a one-day pre-conference event of the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE) 2018.

We invite you to join us on July 28, 2018 to take in the Presidential and Fellow addresses; the Annual Business Meeting; the Annual Awards Banquet; a session in which newly hired faculty at Canadian Ag Econ Departments as well as related government policy units, will introduce themselves and their research and policy interests/portfolios; and a Focus on Fellows session.

The last time the international event took place in Canada was in 1979 in Banff and the only other time it was held in North America was in California in 1997. Since it is unlikely to be held in Canada for another 40 years, this could be the only time in your career when the ICAE will be held in Canada.


Instead of organizing our own program, members were encouraged to submit to the ICAE 2018 professional program and take advantage this unique opportunity to network and exchange knowledge with agricultural economists from all over the world. The submission deadline for Contributed Papers (Oral and Visual) and Organized Sessions for the ICAE program was January 15, 2018. Notification of provisional acceptance was March 23, 2018. Contact the ICAE 2018 Secretariat regarding submissions to the professional program. Contact information can be found on the conference website at ICAE 2018.

Print out the PROGRAM BOOKLET (July 23) and bring it with you to the annual meeting, or, view it online with your favourite devise.


08:30-10:00 Presidential and Fellows Addresses
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:30 Focus on Fellows: NAFTA in Crisis or Renewal: An Exploration of the “Elephants in the Room”
12:30-12:40 Funding Announcement from AAFC
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Young Professionals: A New Generation of Agricultural Economists Revealed
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Annual Business Meeting (ABM)
19:00-21:00 Annual Awards Banquet

For information regarding the July 28 CAES Annual Meeting contact:


Presidential Address: Institutions and Agricultural Economics: Alertness in Search and Research presented by CAES President-Elect Brady Deaton, University of Guelph (8:30-9:15)

In his presentation Prof. Deaton reflects on key motivations for the formation of departments of agricultural economics and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society. In this context, he suggests that the field of agricultural economics remains characterized by an appreciation of, and alertness to, institutional details. He believes ‘alertness’ to these details will continue to promise broad, powerful insights on which members of the CAES will continue to build knowledge and support unique extension efforts. He develops the specifics of his discussion by drawing on his own past research on property, inheritance, and rural economic development. He also shows how an ‘alertness’ to institutions is relevant to current research that seeks to understand drinking water quality and provision throughout Canada and on First Nations.

Fellows Address: The Dynamics of Farm Investment in Environmental Public Goods and Beneficial Management Practices presented by CAES Fellow James Vercammen, University of British Columbia (9:15-10:00)

In this talk Prof. Vercammen will use theory and simulation to examine life cycle investment in environmental public goods and beneficial management practices (BMPs) by an agricultural producer. The modeling exercise can be viewed as deriving a micro-level environmental Kuznets curve. The model is used to better understand how cost-sharing BMP policies influence agri-environmental outcomes in a dynamic context.

Focus on Fellows: NAFTA in Crisis or Renewal: An Exploration of the “Elephants in the Room” organized by CAES Fellow Kurt Klein, University of Lethbridge (10:30-12:30)

Prof. Klein will introduce the major developments that have affected trade between Canada and the United States over the last century and a half. A panel of Fellows will then address the “Elephants” of the NAFTA negotiations: the supply managed sector, border thickening, the softwood lumber dispute, and the prospects for Canadian agriculture. Presentations will depend on the progress of the negotiations. Audience Q&A will follow.

AAFC Funding Announcement: AgriRisk program (12:30-12:40)

Chris Forbes, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, will promote the AgriRisk program including a new option to support academic research in order to inform the development of business risk management tools in agriculture.

A New Generation of Agricultural Economists Revealed organized by CAES President Peter Boxall (14:00-15:30)

Newly hired faculty at Canadian Ag Econ Departments and government policy units will introduce themselves and their research and policy interests and portfolios.

Annual Business Meeting (16:00-17:00)
Society and Foundation affairs will be conducted. Members will have a chance to vote.


Help us congratulate this year's award winners! Reception begins at 7 pm. Open to CAES members and their guests. See how to register your guest below.


For registration purposes, the CAES annual meeting is treated as a free pre-conference workshop of ICAE 2018. A special link allows CAES members to register to attend the CAES one-day Annual Meeting for free without having to register for ICAE 2018. Note: You must be a CAES member or spouse of a CAES member to attend the Awards Banquet.

REGISTER HERE if you plan to attend ONLY the CAES Annual Meeting on July 28. To add a guest who will accompany you to the Annual Awards Banquet, select "2" instead of "1" at the start of the online registration process and then follow the prompts.

REGISTER HERE if you plan to attend both the CAES Annual Meeting and ICAE 2018, or only ICAE 2018. The online registration form allows you to add the CAES Annual Meeting for free. You will be contacted by email when registration closes to determine if you would like to add a guest to accompany you at the Annual Awards Banquet.

See ICAE 2018 for information on accommodation.


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.