Farms, Fisheries and Food: Canada's Next Generation of Food Production

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Room 1009, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS
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Who are the next generation of food producers in Canada? How will they deal with demographic shifts, rising costs, climate change, technological shifts and other challenges? In this discussion, panelists will weigh in on the future of Canada's farms and fisheries, exploring shared insights for law and policy reform that connect issues of access and change across these diverse sectors.

About the speakers

Megan Bailey


Megan Bailey is assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. Dr. Bailey's work is positioned at the interface between private seafood governance and public fisheries policy. 

Sylvain Charlebois (Chair)

Sylvain Charlebois is Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Also at Dalhousie, he is professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculty of Agriculture. Dr. Charlebois is an award-winning researcher and teacher. His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety. Dr. Charlebois has published five books and over 500 peer-reviewed and scientific publications in his career. His research has been featured in many newspapers, including The Economist, New York Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Globe & Mail, National Post and Toronto Star.

Frank Dunn


Frank Dunn has 34 years with the provincial civil service in a variety of senior roles. He joined the Departments of Agriculture and Fisheries and Aquaculture as Deputy Minister in December 2016. Prior to that he served as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, and Acting Deputy Minister, Chief Operating Officer and Associate Deputy Minister all at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Previously, he was the Executive Director of Policy and Planning at the Department of Finance, responsible for developing and coordinating the provincial budget. He also worked at the Treasury Board for five years as a Senior Corporate Financial Analyst responsible for the health file.  

Genevieve Grossenbacher

Genevieve Grossenbacher is the Policy and Campaigns program manager at USC Canada, where she works on food policy issues and influencing the Canadian government and civil society to support a shift towards agroecological practices, seed conservation and food sovereignty, in Canada and internationally. She also co-manages Our Little Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm in Quebec, co-chairs Food Secure Canada's New Farmer Initiative, is past vice-president of Canadian Organic Growers and works hard to make farming viable for farmers and good food accessible to all.

Amanda Peters

Amanda Peters is a member of Glooscap First Nation and is the CEO of Glooscap Ventures. Ms. Peters holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mount Allison University, masters’ degrees in Political Science, Information Management and Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Toronto. Prior to her role as CEO, she worked for the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat and also as the Director of Administration for Glooscap First Nation. She is the 2017 Budge Wilson Short Fiction Award Winner through the Nova Scotia Writers Federation as well as a 2017 recipient of the Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program.  

About the series

Policy Matters is a weekly panel discussion on major policy issues presented by the MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance and in collaboration with the Dalhousie School of Public Administration. Each discussion features thought leaders from civil society and focuses on one of the Institute's four research themes – Civic Engagement, Atlantic Canada and the World, Health Systems and Governance and Smart Infrastructure. Held each Tuesday from September 12 to November 14, the discussions take place in room 1009 of the Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building at Dalhousie, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm. The events are designed to encourage public engagement with local, national and international policy issues and are open to the public.

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