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Wednesday, November 1 • 15:00 - 16:30
306-311(Merged Panel) – How to create dynamic agri-food regulatory policy in an era of accelerating technological innovation?/ Comment créer une politique réglementaire dynamique en matière d’agroalimentaire en période d’innovation technologique accéléré?

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Panel Organizers: Ihor Boszko, Ontario Genomics and Mario Thomas, University of Guelph

Across the globe, innovations are transforming the economy and society, and creating change at an unprecedented and unpredictable pace. The potential for innovations in food systems is huge. The promise is no less than more nutritious, safer food produced at a lower cost, with fewer inputs and with less environmental impact. Emerging technologies arising out the digital revolution and the field of genomics and synthetic biology, such as CRISPR gene editing, are rapidly changing the global agriculture industry. This promise is set against a backdrop of a growing skepticism with current political and economic structures. Divergent responses by governments across jurisdictions, and the pace of policy development and regulatory responses that do not keep up with the speed of technological changes, add to the uncertainties and may further hamper the successful adoption of innovations. Innovators may be reticent to invest in new products because they have difficulty anticipating the commercial regulatory path. At the same time, regulators want to understand what products innovators are working on to be proactive about regulation. This panel brings together diverse representatives from industry, government and academia to share their expert perspectives on the dynamic relationship between regulation and innovation, and how to better design science policy to bring new and existing scientific knowledge to bear on Canadian challenges and opportunities in agri-food. Policies that power innovation in agri-food systems will grow Canada’s competitiveness.

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Malcolm M. Campbell

Vice-President (Research), University of Guelph
Dr. Malcolm Campbell, PhD. is Vice-President (Research) at the University of Guelph. He studied genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Guelph and University of British Columbia. Following post-doctoral work in Toulouse, France and Raleigh, North Carolina... Read More →

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Dr. Pierre Bilodeau

Executive Director, Science Branch Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Dr. Pierre Bilodeau provides leadership in plant health science at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to protect Canada's plant resource base. His directorate provides a valued source of scientific knowledge, analysis, risk assessment, and advice for government, industry, academia... Read More →
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Evan Fraser

Director, Arrell Food Institute, University of Guelph
Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, started thinking about agriculture and food systems while spending summers working on his grandfather’s fruit farm in Niagara. Today, he holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security... Read More →
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Cornelia Kreplin

Executive Director, Bio Sector, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions
As an integral component of Alberta’s innovation system, Alberta Innovates offers the opportunity to accelerate development of new knowledge and products that can be significant to Alberta. As an Executive Director at Alberta Innovates, Dr. Cornelia Kreplin is engaged in activities... Read More →
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Michael M. Lohuis

Vice-President, Research & Development, Semex Alliance
Michael M. Lohuis, Ph.D is Vice-President, Research & Development for Semex Alliance (Guelph, Ontario, Canada), which is a global dairy and beef breeding cooperative rapidly growing sales of genetic products and services worldwide. Semex actively utilizes genetic, genomic and reproductive... Read More →
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Crystal Mackay

President, Canadian Centre for Food Integrity
Crystal is the President of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity, with a vision for building public trust in food and farming in Canada.  The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity represents a coalition of farmers and associated food and agri-businesses proactively working together... Read More →
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Tyler Whale

President, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies
Tyler was raised on a seventh generation dairy farm in Wellington County.  After completing his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at McMaster University in 1999, he went on to obtain a PhD in microbiology/immunology from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University... Read More →

Wednesday November 1, 2017 15:00 - 16:30
ROOM 210 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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