Mr. Ted Bilyea is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) as of 2012. He is an agri-food consultant specializing in innovation, with clients in both the private and public sectors. He was formerly the Executive Vice-President of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. Ted is a member of the boards of several organizations, including Paterson Global Foods Inc., Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency, and BHG International Trade Inc. He is active with the Food Processors of Canada, an association he chaired for several years. He is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the University of Guelph. Ted is the current recipient of the H.R. MacMillan Laureate in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) and an M.A. in International Relations from York University.
Mr. Bill Buckner serves as senior vice president of Cargill, platform leader for Cargill's Animal Protein and Salt platform and leads Cargill's Corporate Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs function, which is responsible for the company's food safety efforts. He is a member of the Corporate Leadership Team, the core executive group in charge of Cargill's overall strategy, growth and funding. Buckner joined Cargill in 1987. The following year he moved to High River, Alberta, Canada, to oversee the construction of a beef processing plant and served until 1994 as general manager. Today, the Cargill Foods plant in High River is the largest beef packing facility in Canada. Buckner was named CEO of Wichita, Kan.-based Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation (formerly Excel Corporation) in April 1998. He was elected corporate vice president in January 2000 and senior vice president in June 2007. Buckner is a board member and former chairman of the American Meat Institute. He serves as a board member of two of Cargill's joint ventures, DOS – Standard Meat Company and Teys Australia. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Livestock Conference. Buckner graduated with honours from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, with a bachelor's degree in commerce.
Mr. Richard Gray is a Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at University of Saskatchewan. Richard's family experience in Saskatchewan agriculture spans several generations. After completing his Master's Degree, Richard worked for five years as a grain market analyst for Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food. After then completing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley, Richard was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. He has published in the areas of agricultural trade, agricultural marketing, and environmental economics. Over time, his research and his graduate students' research has increasingly focused on various aspects of agricultural research and innovation systems. From 2003 until 2013, Richard led the Canadian Agricultural Innovation Research Network and regularly provides advice to farm organizations and government regarding innovation policy and research funding models. In his spare time Richard helps his son Eric operate the family grain farm at Indian Head, Saskatchewan. In 2010 he was recognized as Fellow of the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.
Mr. Claude Lafleur is an agro-economist and MBA graduate, who, over the past eight years has served in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer with La Coop fédérée, the largest agri-food organization in Québec. Under his leadership, the aggregate business volume of the organization, which today employs close to 10,000 individuals, grew from $3.2 billion to $5.2 billion. Claude is currently a member of the board and Director General of IFFCO Canada. From 1991 to 1998, Claude served in the capacity of Director General of l'Union des producteurs agricoles du Québec (UPA).
Mr. David Rourke started Ag-Quest Inc. in 1983, after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Masters in Plant Science in 1981. He established Ag-Quest Inc. on the basis of doing quality work and has instilled that value in all members of the research team. David served as Project Coordinator for the Canada Grains Council from 1985 to 1993; Director of the Conservation Tillage Productivity Center from 1991 to 1995; reviewer for the Expert Committee on Weeds, and is currently Chair of the Western Feed Grain Development Co-op Ltd. David continues to give direction and vision to the entire team at Ag-Quest and also maintains an active role on his 5,000 acre grain farm and goat dairy at Minto, Manitoba.
Mr. Michel R. Saint-Pierre is on the board of directors of several organizations and is President of the 5th World Congress of Agronomist and Professionals in Agronomy. He is the former Deputy Minister of l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation for Quebec (2004-2008), President and CEO, Financière Agricole du Québec (2003-2004) and CEO, Centre d'insémination artificielle du Québec (2000-2003). From 1988 to 1999 he served as President and Chair of the Board of the Societé de Financement Agricole, formerly Office du Crédit Agricole, and from 1989 to 1994 he was President of the Administrative Council journal Affaires Agricoles. He is a former Member of the Central Committee of the International Confederation of Agricultural Credit and author of Rapport Saint –Pierre on revenue security in agriculture.
Mr. John F.T. Scott is an economist, consultant and speaker specializing in Canada's Food Distribution and Retail sector. John analyzes strategies and frequently speaks on Canada's retail industry to public and private companies, government, trade associations, universities and processing groups. In mid-2013 he stepped down as CEO of Canada's largest retail grocery association (The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers) a position he held for 22 years. He is currently Chair of the acclaimed Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA); the North American Advisory Board of Monaghan Mushrooms; Niagara College and is a Past Chair of Markham Stouffville Hospital. John is one of only three individuals who have received both of the highest recognitions in Canada's retail food industry – the Golden Pencil and the Spirit of the Independent Award.
Mr. Larry Simpson is the Associate Regional Vice President and Director of Strategic Philanthropy and Conservation — Alberta Region for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). Larry joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada in May 1990 as Western Regional Director. During his tenure with the Nature Conservancy of Canada more than 1,500,000 acres have been conserved and more than $135 million raised to advance conservation. Raised on a farm in southwest Alberta, Larry obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1979. Prior to joining NCC he worked in the oil and gas sector negotiating oil and gas deals as a Senior Land Negotiator with Amoco Canada Petroleum Limited. In 2012, the Emerald Awards Foundation recognized Larry for his extraordinary commitment to conservation. In 2015, Venture magazine listed Larry as one of the top 50 most influential people in Alberta, something usually reserved for people who excel in business or community work.
Mr. Wayne Stark is CEO of Pursuit Development Labs Inc., a Toronto based corporate strategy and development agency. Wayne is a strategy advisor to CEOs and their executive teams. He supports them in uncovering, engaging, living, and sustaining their authentic essential strategy to drive market relevance and enhanced value creation, resulting in sustainable performance and clear global thought leadership. Wayne has worked with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, and governments both in agri-food and other industries. He brings extensive experience as both an operator and developer of branded packaged goods and food processing businesses. Outside Pursuit, Wayne shares his passion and insights in 'Relational Strategy Transformation,' 'Effective Authentic Value Creation,' and 'Collaboration' with his students at the University of Toronto.
Ms. Suzanne Vinet is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Genome Quebec. She recently retired from the federal public service. Her most recent positions being Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (2012-2014), and Deputy Minister, Canada Economic Development for the regions of Quebec (2010-2012). She has also been Associate Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Associate Deputy Minister, Health Canada, among other positions. Suzanne began her public service career in 1984 with the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where she gained extensive expertise in strategic and trade policy. Suzanne holds a bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. She is a graduate of l'Institut de technologie agroalimentaire, St-Hyacinthe, Que.
Mr. John Weekes is an expert in international trade policy, trade agreements and the settlement of trade disputes. In 2010, John joined Bennett Jones LLP as a senior business adviser in the Ottawa office after working with Sidley Austin, an American law firm, at its Geneva office. John was Canada's ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) from 1995 to 1999 and chair of the WTO General Council in 1998. From 1991 to 1994 he served as Canada's chief negotiator for NAFTA. He was ambassador to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) during the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations and served as chair of the GATT Council in 1989 and chair of the Contracting Parties to GATT in 1990. John is a member of the Management Board of the Advisory Centre on WTO Law in Geneva and serves in an advisory capacity to the Washington-based Cordell Hull Institute. From 2008-2015, he was a director of the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency.
The governance of CAPI currently includes an Advisory Committee, appointed by the Board of Directors and drawn from industry groups, non-government organizations, policy research networks and other organizations. Committee members include:
|Ms. Joanne Bays
Farm to Cafeteria Canada
|Mr. Marcel Groleau|
L'Union des producteurs agricoles
|Mr. Ron Bonnett
Canadian Federation of Agriculture
|Mr. Rory McAlpine|
Vice President, Government & Industry Relations
Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
|Mr. Perry Caicco
former Managing Director,
CIBC World Markets
|Dr. Murray McLaughlin|
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (Ont.)
|Mr. Vincent Cloutier
Strategic Advisor to management
Les Éleveurs de porcs du Québec
|Dr. Grant Pierce|
Executive Director, Research
St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre
Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research and Medicine
|Ms. Elspeth Copeland
Elspeth Copeland Consulting
|Mr. Derek Tallon|
|Mr. Jean-Claude Dufour, Ph.D.
Faculty of Sciences, Agriculture and Nutrition
|Mr. Garth Whyte|
President & CEO
Ted Bilyea, Chair
John F.T. Scott, Acting Treasurer
Ms. Tulay Yildirim, Director, Policy Research Partnerships
Ms. Kim Kelly, Coordinator, Corporate Services and Meetings
Ms. Louise de Vynck, Executive Assistant to the President and
Chief Executive Officer | Communications Coordinator