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Canada Must Move Now to Unleash Economic Growth in the Agri-Food Sector
TORONTO, April 20, 2017 — Canada's agri-food leaders want Prime Minister Trudeau to create an Agri-Food Growth Council to focus on actions that will unleash growth in the industry, according to the Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse report, released today by the Public Policy Forum (PPF) and the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI).
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Dr. Donald E. Buckingham appointed CAPI CEO
OTTAWA, April 4, 2017 —Ted Bilyea, Chair, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute are very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donald E. Buckingham to the position of CEO effective July 1, 2017. Currently Chair of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal, Dr. Buckingham brings to CAPI a rich career founded in law but uniquely focused on agriculture and agri-food.  
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Leadership change at CAPI
OTTAWA, Dec. 13, 2016 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) announced today that David McInnes is stepping down after eight years as President and CEO. To ensure a smooth succession process, Mr. McInnes will continue to lead the Institute through March 2017.
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Changes to the CAPI Board
OTTAWA, July 6, 2016 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Vinet, Larry Simpson and John Weekes to the Institute's Board of Directors.
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Enhancing trust to ensure Canada's agri-food success
OTTAWA, Feb. 2, 2016 — In a report released today, Achieving What's Possible for Canada's Agri-Food Sector, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) declares that the future success of Canada's agri-food sector will depend on meaningfully enhancing "trust."
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2015

Forum on agri-food future sparks dialogue
OTTAWA, November 19, 2015 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and Canada 2020, two leading Canadian think tanks, held The Forum on Canada's Agri-Food Future in Ottawa on November 3-4.
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Changes to the CAPI Board
OTTAWA, August 13, 2015 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Buckner to the Institute's Board of Directors. His appointment was confirmed at CAPI's Annual General Meeting held in Charlottetown on June 24th. This brings the total number of Directors to eleven.
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CAPI to co-host Forum on Canada's Agri-Food Future
OTTAWA, June 24, 2015 — CAPI and Canada 2020, and their partners, will hold The Forum on Canada's Agri-Food Future November 3-4, 2015, in Ottawa. Our guiding question is: Should Canada aim to become the most trusted food system in the world?
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Commentary on dairy, exports and trade
OTTAWA, June 22, 2015 — A paper released today by CAPI addresses certain issues facing Canada's dairy sector, rising dairy imports, the prospect for growing exports, and the connection between international producer subsidies, the impact on sustainability and implications for Canada's agri-food sector as a whole and the country's future trade agenda.
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Ontario Creating New Guide to Help Companies Increase Exports
TORONTO, April 24, 2015 — Ontario will help agri-food businesses successfully expand into international markets and improve their readiness to do business internationally by developing a Food Export Roadmap — a reference guide about exporting products to foreign markets.
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Getting more Canadian food onto the Chinese retail shelf
OTTAWA, February 10, 2015 —Chinese retailers want to stock more Canadian foods, but Canadian exporters are being largely out-flanked by competitors in getting space on supermarket shelves and exposure on China's e-commerce sites, concludes a report released today by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) entitled Competing in the World's No. 1 Emerging Market.
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2014

Remarks to Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry; Trade
OTTAWA, Oct. 28, 2014 — CAPI's Chair Ted Bilyea and President and CEO David McInnes were invited to present to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry on the first day of hearings on international market access priorities for Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector.
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Negotiating and utilizing first mover advantage of preferential trade access critical to Canada's agri-food success
OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2014 — A report published by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) states that Canada's agri-food sector is competing in an increasingly complex trade world where significant export success depends on the timely negotiation of preferential trade access and achieving new ways to reach consumers in foreign markets. The discussion paper is co-authored by John Weekes (Bennett Jones), Al Mussell (George Morris Centre) and David McInnes (CAPI).
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New directors join CAPI board
OTTAWA, July 24, 2014 —The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Directors to the Institute's Board of Directors. Their appointments were confirmed at CAPI's Annual General Meeting held in Calgary on June 25. The four Directors and their province of residence are: Richard Gray (Saskatchewan), Claude Lafleur (Quebec), David Rourke (Manitoba) and John F.T. Scott (Ontario). This brings the total number of Directors to 11.
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Persistent trade deficit requires immediate action and a new strategy for Canada's number 1 manufacturing sector
OTTAWA, June 16, 2014 — Research published by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) reveals that Canada's food manufacturing industry – the leading manufacturing sector in the country – depends on increasing investment to turn the tide on rising trade deficits.  A new strategy is proposed to position the sector for future success.
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Laying the groundwork for innovation
OTTAWA, June 11, 2014 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) releases today several reports about supporting innovation and creating new opportunities for food manufacturers, as part of its final series of work about the competitiveness of Canada's largest manufacturing sector.
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CAPI shares 13 food industry champions' recipes for success
OTTAWA, April 3, 2014 — A new compilation of case studies shows that despite the challenges facing the Canadian food industry, food companies can succeed with strong leadership, global market savvy and entrepreneurial spirit. The 13 Canadian case studies demonstrate that the sector has the building blocks to be an even greater economic contributor but there needs to be greater recognition of the sector's importance, which is facing a large and growing trade deficit.
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The George Morris Centre contributes to the dialogue
OTTAWA, March 20 , 2014 — The George Morris Centre (GMC) has offered an analysis of the Ivey Business School paper "The Performance of Canada's Food Manufacturing Industry" which was published as part of the CAPI research series into the processed food sector. GMC comments on the accurate and well-documented findings of that paper, but notes that the Ivey analysis ends in 2011. GMC states that profits and margin gains have been declining over the years and that these are characteristics of an industry under increasing pressure. GMC concludes by saying: "The data from 2011 to 2013 on food manufacturing sales, profits and employment show that the situation has eroded."
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Canadian food manufacturers retooled in an effort to become competitive
OTTAWA, March 12 , 2014 — Canada’s food manufacturing industry is going through a reorganization to retain its competitiveness and be a strong player on the global stage, according to a new report released today by the Ivey Business School. In The Changing Face of Food Manufacturing in Canada: An Analysis of Plant Closings, Openings and Investments David Sparling and Sydney LeGrow examine plant openings, major investments as well as plant closures.
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The Canadian food manufacturing continued to grow even during a global recession
OTTAWA, March 10, 2014 —Food manufacturing is an important, but generally under-appreciated, part of the Canadian economy. The Performance of Canada's Food Manufacturing Industry from the David Sparling and Erin Cheney at the Ivey Business School is the first of two papers intended to shed light on the industry and its role in the economy. It examines the performance of Canada's food manufacturing industry over the period 2004-2011 and compares it to that of other manufacturing industries.
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Canada's trade deficit in secondary processed food rises to
$6.8 billion

OTTAWA, March 6, 2014 — Canada's trade deficit in secondary processed food has risen to just over $6.8 billion in 2013 from nearly $6.5 billion in 2012. CAPI releases today two reports, as part of a series of research, that offer explanations for the trade balance situation.
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Industry responds to CAPI beef report
OTTAWA, Jan. 9, 2014 —An independent beef industry report is calling for "a more profitable, competitive and synergistically aligned Canadian beef industry." Building a Stronger Canadian Beef Industry: Recommendations from the Straw Man Process builds on CAPI's earlier work and beef report from September 2012. It adopts CAPI's core ideas for change: embracing a supply-chain approach, working together with a more unified voice, better sharing of information and developing a consumer-focused strategy for success. In a press release, the report's authors acknowledge that CAPI's catalyzing report "showed the Canadian beef industry is not maximizing the significant opportunities that the future offers."
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2013

"What you've heard or read about China has already changed"
OTTAWA, Oct. 28, 2013 — Understanding the changing Chinese marketplace and Chinese consumer is the key to successfully exporting processed foods to China, advises a retail expert who spoke to Canadian processed food companies recently.
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We seek your views on food processing
OTTAWA, Oct. 10, 2013 —The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is providing a detailed view of the trade performance of Canada's processed food sector. While our analysis will be forthcoming, your input may help us better understand what is happening and why.
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Change to CAPI board
OTTAWA, Sept. 25, 2013 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce an appointment of Brenda Schoepp to its Board of Directors.
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Building blocks of success
OTTAWA, July 18, 2013 — We want to get your views about food processing. This is a major sector, but it suffers from a massive and worsening trade deficit. The deficit deteriorated from approximately $1 billion in 2004 to $6.3 billion in 2011. In 2012, it sat at nearly $6.5 billion. As well, Canada's global ranking as a processed food exporter has been falling. Is a resurgence in food processing possible and desirable? If so, what needs to be done?
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Changes to the CAPI Board and Advisory Committee
OTTAWA, June 19, 2013 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce changes to its Board of Directors and Advisory Committee.
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Cities increasingly becoming "food policy entrepreneurs"
OTTAWA, June 4, 2013 — Over 64 municipal and regional governments across Canada are using a food systems approach to improve health, generate economic development, address environmental sustainability, and engage communities.
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Driving innovation focus of PEI Agriculture & Agri-food Conference
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, February 19, 2013 — Prince Edward Island's agriculture and agri-food industry must drive innovation through every supply chain to improve productivity and increase profit. This was the overriding message stemming from discussions at the Agri-Insight Prince Edward Island Conference held in Charlottetown.
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CAPI awards "Advancing a National Dialogue" scholarships
OTTAWA, Feb. 12, 2013 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), with the support of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), is pleased to announce the three winners of the 2011-2012 graduate students awards program, "Advancing a National Dialogue."
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2012

Canada's processed food industry trade balance deteriorating
OTTAWA, Nov. 14, 2012 — Canada's trade balance in processed food is deteriorating, having reached a deficit of $6.3 billion in 2011, according to a new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). 
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New study suggests Canada's beef industry at a tipping point
OTTAWA, Sept. 10, 2012 — A new study released by CAPI, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, indicates that Canada's beef industry is at a profound tipping point and corrective action is needed if it is going to deliver maximum benefits to producers and industry stakeholders and deliver on its potential of being a reliable contributor to a protein hungry world. 
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CAPI President makes presentation to House of Commons Committee
OTTAWA, April 17, 2012 — In a presentation to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food March 28, CAPI President and CEO David McInnes laid out a vision for creating jobs and improving profitability in the agri-food sector. His remarks drew on the possibilities presented by embracing a “food systems” approach that ensures supply chain partners work together to meet consumers’ food needs.
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Characterizing the determinants of successful value chains
OTTAWA, March 9, 2012 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) has released a background report on how value chains can be managed so that they perform at their best.
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2011

CAPI announces 2011-2012 awards program
OTTAWA, December 21, 2011 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), with the support of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), is now accepting applications for the third round of its graduate student awards program.
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CAPI awards "Advancing a National Dialogue" scholarships
OTTAWA, December 21, 2011 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), with the support of Farm Credit Canada (FCC), is pleased to announce the three winners of the 2010-2011 graduate students awards program.
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New Directors join CAPI   
OTTAWA, July 21, 2011 — The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is pleased to announce the appointments of two new members of its Board of Directors, Ted Bilyea, from Ontario, and Paul Paquin, from Quebec. These appointments bring the total number of Directors to twelve.
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Positioning the agri-food sector for success
OTTAWA, July 18, 2011 — Improving human health and enhancing environmental sustainability are catalysts for creating new and profitable opportunities, and can open new markets for farmers and position the agri-food sector for future success, according to the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI).
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Stakeholders seize upon the need for a new approach, and intensive collaboration, to achieve Canada's agri-food potential
OTTAWA, June 16, 2011 — Canada's agri-food sector — a major strategic asset — needs to initiate a broad, highly inclusive collaboration in order to realize its full potential, according to diverse feedback received from private and public sector stakeholders by the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI).
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Destination report released:
A wake-up for Canada's agri-food sector

OTTAWA, February 7, 2011 — Canada is not realizing the full potential of a major strategic asset – the country's agri-food sector. The consequences of falling profitability, lost opportunity and declining relevance are impairing Canada's ability to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead. That's the main message in a new report from the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI), Canada's Agri-Food Destination.
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Canada as an Agri-Food Powerhouse (2017)
Roundtable Synthesis

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Embrace or Reject It – the Implications of New Technology Adoption for Canada's Agri-Food Future (2017)
Synthesis Report of Workshop

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Achieving What's Possible for Canada's Agri-Food Sector (2016)
Final report on the Forum on Canada's Agri-food Future

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Competing in the World's No. 1 Emerging Market. (2015)
A report on a trade mission to China

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Taking the Sector from Trade Deficits to a Competitive Resurgence (2014)
Projects 7 and 8 of the Processed Food Sector Research Program
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Understanding the Processed Food Trade Balance (2013)
A CAPI Research Program report
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Municipal food policy entrepreneurs (2013)
by Rod MacRae and Kendal Donahue
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The State of Canada's Processed Food Sector:
Trade Balance
(2012)
Report prepared by Douglas Hedley, PhD, and CAPI
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Canada's Beef Food System:
A Roadmap for Dialogue on Strategy
(2012)
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
Update
(2011)
A CAPI report
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Canada's Agri-Food Destination:
A New Strategic Approach
(2011)
Report prepared by CAPI
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Building Convergence:
Toward an Integrated Health and Agri-Food Strategy for Canada
(2009)
By The McGill World Platform for Health and Economic Convergence for CAPI
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Adapting Agriculture to Climate Variability:
Executive Summary
(2010)
Conference summary by Gary Lemme, David McInnes, and Tony Szumigalski
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