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Panel and Webinar: Governing A Food Policy for Canada: Challenges and opportunities for innovation

March 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:University of Ottawa
Faculty of Social Sciences Building
4th floor, room 4007.
120 University Private
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Key Contact:Nicole Bedford

CFICE Invites You to Join us for a Panel on Governing a Food Policy for Canada!

Co-sponsors: Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE) research project, Faculty of Public Affairs (Carleton University), Food Secure Canada

When: March 23, 10:00am – 12:00pm EST (guests are invited to arrive at 9:30am for coffee/tea)

Where: LOCATION CHANGE! Attend in-person at University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences Building, 4th floor, room 4007. Campus, parking, and accessibility maps can be found here:

OR watch the discussion online. Just be sure to register using the form below to reserve your spot!


In response to alarming rates of food insecurity, especially in the north, a declining food processing sector, growing rates of diet-related disease, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions attributed to our food supply chains, the Canada federal government is currently developing a Food Policy for Canada. How might an integrated Food Policy for Canada address these and other pressing food issues over the longer term while moving our food system towards greater sustainability, equity and health? This round-table will explore the challenges and opportunities this policy presents in relation to questions of co-governance including the proposal to create a National Food Policy Council . We’ll pay particular attention to issues of co-governance among food systems rights-holders and stakeholders, among governmental agencies as well as between the Crown and Indigenous peoples.

Featuring leading academic, industry, civil society and government thinkers, we’ll explore key principles and innovative governance models that bring together municipalities, provinces, territories, the federal government and Indigenous governments, alongside civil society actors, producers and other food system players, workers and researchers. In particular, this panel seeks to deepen the cross-sectoral and cross-cultural conversation on the proposed National Food Policy Council for Canada.

Our live-streamed panel will feature: Larry McDermott, member of Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, Executive Director of Plenty Canada, and former Ontario Human Rights Commissioner; Pat Mooney, founder of ETC group and winner of the Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) from the Swedish Parliament; food systems policy expert Lauren Baker (formerly with Toronto Food Policy Council); Dr. Donald E. Buckingham, President and CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute; and Dr. Catherine Mah, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. Event hosts are Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada, and Peter Andrée, Associate Professor and Associate Chair in Political Science at Carleton University.

Speaker biographies:

Larry McDermott: A member of Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, Larry McDermott served as an Ontario municipal politician for 28 years including as the first national rural chair of FCM. He is currently Executive Director of Plenty Canada, a non-profit organization devoted to environmental protection and healthy communities, and Co-chair of the Canadian Environmental Network Biodiversity Caucus. He served as a commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 2009-2016.

Pat Mooney has more than four decades experience working in international civil society, first addressing aid and development issues and then focusing on food, agriculture and commodity trade. In 1977 Mooney co-founded RAFI (Rural Advancement Fund International, renamed ETC Group in 2001). He received The Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) in the Swedish Parliament in 1985 and the Pearson Peace Prize from Canada’s Governor General in 1998. He has also received the American “Giraffe Award” given to people “who stick their necks out.” The author or co-author of several books on the politics of biotechnology and biodiversity, Pat Mooney is widely regarded as an authority on issues of global governance, corporate concentration, and intellectual property monopoly.

Lauren Baker, PhD, has over 20 years of experience working on food systems issues. Her experience ranges from researching agricultural biodiversity in Mexico to negotiating and developing municipal food policy and programs. Lauren has consulted on farm to fork initiatives and food systems policy development across Canada and globally.Lauren’s expertise lies in sustainable food systems, food systems policy, food security, city-region food policy and planning. Lauren has worked with diverse clients to develop strategic plans, feasibility studies, undertake research, program planning and evaluation, and advise on policy development

Dr. Donald E. Buckingham is the President and CEO of The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI). He has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1988. In his career, he acted as a private lawyer, government lawyer, law professor, author and consultant in the areas of agricultural law, food law and international trade in agricultural products. Dr. Buckingham’s previous roles include Chair of the Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal. He also worked as Legal Counsel at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Dr. Buckingham taught courses as a law professor at three universities and conducted research on agriculture law, food law, constitutional law, administrative law, international law and tort law. For the past three decades, Dr. Buckingham also provided legal counsel to both federal ministers and civil servants grappling with legislative and regulatory matters in the industry, as well as being a lawyer with the Halifax firm of Patterson Kitz.


Catherine L. Mah MD FRCPC PhD is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. She is also appointed at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Dr. Mah directs the Food Policy Lab, a multidisciplinary program of research on environmental and policy determinants of healthier consumption, with a focus on health-promoting innovations in the food system. Her current research is supported by CIHR, the SSHRC-funded FLEdGE research partnership led by Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council-funded Healthy Stores 2020 project led by Monash University. She is a former member of the Toronto Food Policy Council and was a founding member of the St. John’s Food Policy Council.


Peter Andree, PhD, is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Prof Andrée’s research focuses on the politics of food and the environment. He practices, and teaches, community-based participatory research methods.

Diana Bronson  joined Food Secure Canada as Executive Director in March 2012 and has worked to strengthen FSC as the national voice of the Canadian food movement.  Diana is trained as a political scientist and sociologist and has a professional background in journalism (CBC radio) and international human rights (Rights & Democracy) as well as international climate and technology negotiations at the UN (ETC Group.)