AAAE Event: February 9: Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University

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Friday 09 February 2018, 12:00 - 13:45


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WHAT: “Between cartels, quarrels and the Old Boys’ Club: Is this the end of food distribution as we know it in Canada?”  

Most Canadians were stunned and dismayed to learn in December that our country's number one grocer and carrier of perhaps our most-trusted brand, President's Choice, was caught up in a price-fixing scheme with bread maker Weston, owned by the same company. The scheme lasted 14 years, from 2001-15. As a result, Loblaw Cos. Ltd. fired several people involved and gave a $25 gift certificate to millions of Canadians who may have been affected. Still, many questions remain unanswered. How could this happen in Canada, and why? And what does this mean to Loblaw’s future? To food distribution in general?

WHO: Dr. Sylvain Charlebois

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is the Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. He has authored almost 200 peer-reviewed publications in his career. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy and the Globe & Mail. He has written four books, and many policy reports. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington DC, and a member of the National Advisory Board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in Ottawa. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces, and in more than 10 countries. He has been a visiting professor in Brazil, China, Finland and Austria.

WHEN: Friday, February 9th, 2018, Noon to 1:45pm (Atlantic Standard Time)

WHERE: Bank of Canada Boardroom, Bank of Canada Regional Office, 13th Floor, 1701 Hollis St., (Founders Square), Halifax, Nova Scotia

COST: Members: $10, Non-Members: $20 (A light lunch will be provided)

CONFERENCE CALL: A teleconference call option is available for those living outside of Halifax. The cost is the same as for in-person attendance.

REGISTRATION: Seating is limited and spaces will be reserved until we reach capacity. Visit the CABE Store to register for this event. You must register no later than 5pm Wednesday 7th February.    

UPCOMING EVENTS: Please mark your calendar for the following AAAE events:

  • March 23: AAAE student panel 2018
  • April 20: Burc Kayahan, Acadia University
  • May 4: Fraser Summerfield, St FX
  • May 25: Marie-France Paquet, Chief Economist Global Affairs Canada