Events / Canadian Agri-Food in a Hungry World

The world is changing and agriculture and food are on the front lines. A multilateral system under stress, increasing demand, pressures on production and more are colliding to tighten supplies, increase food insecurity, and challenge trade. As a top food-exporting nation, how Canada chooses to respond will define our place in the world. Canada has the opportunity to set its agri-food sector on the path of global food security, but a more ambitious, more strategic approach is needed.


What We Heard



Event Agenda



Registration & Networking






Welcome Remarks

Event MC: Dr. David Perry, President, Canadian Global Affairs Institute

Tyler McCann, Managing Director, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

Claire Citeau, Executive Director, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance



835-930AM EST


Opening Fireside Chat

Moderator: Erin Gowriluk, Executive Director, Grain Growers of Canada

Chris Forbes, Deputy Minister, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Ted Bilyea, Distinguished Fellow, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

Panel Recordings



935-1020AM EST


Panel 1: Agriculture, food and Canada’s relations with the world

Around the world, agriculture and food is core to Canada’s trade relationship, however, it has the potential to play a much larger role. The opening panel will consider agriculture and food’s place in Canada’s foreign relations and how it can do more, with an eye to the Indo-Pacific and Canada’s recently released strategy.

Moderator: Senator Peter M. Boehm, Senator, Senate of Canada

H.E. Yamanouchi Kanji, Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Canada

Goldy Hyder, President and CEO, Business Council of Canada

Nadia Theodore, Ambassador of Canada to the World Trade Organization and Permanent Representative of Canada to the Permanent Mission of Canada in Geneva, Switzerland

Panel Recordings


1020-1045AM EST


Networking Break




1045-1130AM EST


Fireside Chat: Creating systems to get Canadian food where it is needed

Even if Canada can produce the food that people around the world need to eat, it needs systems in place to get food from where it is produced to where it is consumed. Rules-based trade, physical infrastructure, and the tools to de-risk increasingly risky international trade all impact Canada’s ability to export food around the world.

Moderator: Claire Citeau, Executive Director, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance

Mairead Lavery, CEO and President, Export Development Canada

Dominic Barton, Chair, Rio Tinto

Panel Recordings



1135AM-1225PM EST


Panel 2: Food Security and Insecurity

Food insecurity can be a driver of local and regional instability and can lead to conflict. Previous spikes in food prices have contributed to conflicts around the world. How do food security and peace and security interact?

Moderator: Catherine Cullen, Host, The House, CBC

Andrew Powell, Chief Executive Officer, Asia BioBusiness Pte. Ltd./Senior International Industry Advisor, Edinburgh Innovations, University of Edinburgh

Richard Fadden, former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister  

Michel Miraillet, Ambassador of France to Canada

Panel Recordings


1230-200PM EST



Remarks: Alanna Koch, Board Chair, Global Institute for Food Security



205-250PM EST


Panel 3: Canadian Agriculture in the Indo-Pacific, leveraging Canada’s strength in the region

The government’s recently released Indo-Pacific strategy has set a new approach for Canada in the region. Agriculture and food are a major component of Canada’s trade in the region and has been on the front lines of difficult trading relationships. As Canada looks to reposition itself in the region, the panel will explore how agriculture does, and could, fit within Canada’s new Indo-Pacific strategy.

Moderator: Dr Meredith Lilly, Associate Professor, Carleton University

Jean-Marc Ruest, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs and General Counsel, Richardson International

Kevin Auch, Farmer and Chair of Pulse Canada

Trevor Sears, President & CEO, Canada Pork

Panel Recordings



255-340PM EST


Panel 4: Food Security Today

Food demand is rising due to population; income growth and non-food uses. Climate change is increasing production volatility. Stock-to-use ratios are tightening. Food prices are reaching record levels. The Russian invasion of Ukraine made a bad situation worse. What is the state of global food security today?

Moderator: Carla Ventin, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada

Sébastien Abis, Director General, Club Demeter (France)

Elly Vandenberg, Director, Global Office Canada, United Nations World Food Programme

H.E. Ahmed Abdallah Hafez, Ambassador of Egypt to Canada

Panel Recordings


340-400PM EST


Networking Break




400-500PM EST


Panel 5: Food Power: Agriculture and Food as Canada’s Advantage

Canada is the quintessential middle power, but a middle power with one of the world’s most sought-after resources, food. The closing panel will tie together the day’s dialogue by asking questions including: How can Canada leverage agriculture and food and make it part of its Canadian advantage? How can Canadian agriculture and food be more than just a “trade irritant” but a centrepiece of Canada’s geopolitical agenda? How can Canada move from thinking about selling Canadian food to using food to sell Canada?

Moderator: Tyler McCann, Managing Director, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

Steve Verheul, President, Steve Verheul Consulting Inc and former Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance, International Trade Policy

The Hounourable Ralph Goodale, High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization

Chantelle Donahue, Vice President & Sustainability Director – Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain North America

Panel Recordings



500-510PM EST


Closing Remarks

Tyler McCann, Managing Director, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

Claire Citeau, Executive Director, Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance






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