Recent, Past and Upcoming Conferences

The conferences noted below are held under the auspices of a range of type of institutions: from large industry and not-for-profit national associations to smaller and more local “grassroots” groups. They all share one thing in common: they help shape either the direction of National Food Policy or the specific initiatives consistent with that policy. Presenting this range of conference-types contributes to an understanding of the many different perspectives that are influencing the depth and scope of an overarching national policy.   

Upcoming Conferences with Different Perspectives on Matters pertaining to a National Food Strategy

Alberta Society of Nutrition Management (ASNM) – Food Matters 2018: Taking CARE is our business– April 21 – 22, 2018

Agriculture Institute of Canada – AIC2018 – April 23 – 24, 2018 in Guelph, Ontario

Canadian launch by International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) 2018 Global Food Policy Report – Tuesday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m – Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre,

The Conference Board’s Food Horizon’s Canada (FHC) – 1st Newfoundland and Labrador Food Forum – May 8, 2018

The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS), 13th Annual Assembly, University of Regina, May 27-29, 2018 (in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.)

Arrell Food Institute – University of Guelph –  Inaugural Arrell Food Summit – May 22-23 in Guelph and May 24 in Toronto – The conference includes a panel discussion on the collaboration among industry (e.g. producers and processors), civil society, academics and foundations in support of a National Food Strategy. Panellists are Rory McAlpine (Maple Leaf Foods), Diana Bronson (Food Secure Canada) and Tom Rosser (Agriculture and Agrifood Canada).

Food and Beverage Ontario – The Future of Food: Is Canada Ready to Feed the World? – May 30th, 2018

Food Law and Policy – September 25-27, 2018 3rd Annual Canadian Food Law & Policy Conference – September 25-27, 2018

Food Secure Canada –  Resetting the Table – November 1 – 4, 2018

University of Guelph – First Nation Agricultural Workshop  – November 21 – 22, 2018

Crop Life and other partners’ GrowCanada 2018 – November 27 – 29, 2018


Public Policy Institute – An Agri-food Moment: A Breakfast Symposium Focused on Growth – Toronto – April 13, 2018 – Focus is on forces affecting agri-food sector actors’ abilities to achieve the ambitious growth targets proposed in the 2017 Federal Budget pursuant to the Advisory Council on Economic Growth

Carleton University (moved to University of Ottawa) – Governing a Food Policy for Canada: Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation – March 23, 2018

Feed Opportunity – Maple Leaf Centre for Action on Food Security – The Food Security Symposium i- March 28, 2018 – Toronto

University of Ottawa / Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Study on Food — “Thought for Food” An Agrifood Policy for Canada — March 17, 2018

Globe Forum 2018 – March 14 – 16, 2018

Canadian Federation of Agriculture – “Partnering for Success” – February 27-March 1, 2018

CAES’s Agri-food Policy Conference – January 24-26, 2018

Conference Board of Canada – Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2017: Measuring Performance, Taking Stock, Inspiring Action – December 5 – Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Conference Board of Canada – Canadian Food & Drink Summit 2016 – November 28 – 29, 2016 – Toronto

Past Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Agri-food Policy Conferences (with presentations)