The Operation Committee manages the day to day activities of the CAFLP.
India is a second-year student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. As co-lead of U of T’s Food Law and Policy Society, she has helped to organize panels on food insecurity, agricultural workers rights, food trade, and more. In the summer of 2018, she completed a fellowship with the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for the Committee on World Food Security. Prior to attending law school, India completed a BSc in Microbiology at the University of Guelph. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling in search of delicious fruits for her fruit-themed Instagram (@berryfruitygirl).
Jamie Baxter is an Assistant Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where he studies land and property, agriculture and food systems governance, primarily at the local level. He has been active in cultivating the field of food law and policy in Canada and much of his current work focuses on how communities, organizations, farms and firms engage with law and confront legal barriers to building more sustainable food systems. He holds degrees in economics and in law from McMaster University, the University of Toronto, and Yale, and has been a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Appalachian Center, University of Kentucky.
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Sarah is a Schulich Fellow at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law. Her research focuses on the relationship between science and ethics in food law and policy, particularly the social and cultural values underlying food safety regulations. Recently, she worked with the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, providing policy advice to the Government of Northwest Territories on their agriculture regulatory framework. She is completing a doctorate at the Faculty of Law at McGill University.
Jessica is pursuing a joint civil law and common law degree at McGill University's Faculty of Law. Before law school, Jessica completed a degree in food history, wrote a thesis on the history of grape wine in China, and worked in the restaurant industry for 11 years. At McGill, Jessica founded the McGill Food Law Society and acted as its President for two years. In recognition of her commitment to food law, Jessica has been named the Lallemand Scholar at McGill's Centre for Intellectual Property Policy, where she explores the intersection between IP law and food. She is also the founder and coordinator of the McGill Law Wine Tasting Club and works as a student at law at McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
Terra is a third year student at Windsor Law, graduating May 2019. She received her BA at the University of Western Ontario before working in Ireland and managing a restaurant. At Windsor Law she held positions including Editor-in-Chief for the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues, Senior Editor of the Canadian Bar Review, co-organizer of two food law panels, president of the Environmental Law Society and Cycling Association of Windsor Law, and board member of the Campus Community Garden. Her interest in food law is praxis oriented and she enjoys foraging and fermenting.
Amélie is a senior associate at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. She specialises in commercial litigation and practices mainly in the fields of competition law, advertisement and marketing, extraordinary recourses, shareholder disputes, fraud and intellectual property. She completed her studies in civil law and common law at McGill University. Since 2011, Ms. Gouin has been involved in the activities of the Young Chamber of Commerce of Montreal. She currently serves as supervising lawyer for McGill’s Food and Agriculture Law Clinic.
Nadia is an SJD candidate at theUniversity of Toronto, and a human rights lawyer, researcher and advocate focused on food system transitions and the rights of working people. Nadia is adjunct faculty at Vermont Law School where she teaches courses on global food security governance. In 2018, she worked with the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security on a report monitoring realization of the right to food. She is an editor of Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law (Springer 2014).
Jean-Pierre is a lawyer at Cain Lamarre, where he practices in business law and agricultural and agri-food law. In the field of agricultural law and agri-business, Jean-Pierre works in regulatory compliance, food processing and marketing, product recall and penalties and offenses. He advises and defends the interests of agricultural producers and processors before the appropriate authorities, in particular the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec.
Lauren is a lawyer whose practice encompasses a broad range of civil and commercial litigation, including insurance defence, property damage, fraud, construction disputes, and professional negligence. She completed her J.D. at Dalhousie University, specializing in health law. Prior to law school Lauren attended the University of Guelph and obtained an undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences and a graduate degree in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences.
Heather McLeod-Kilmurray is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa and Co-Director of its Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability (CELGS). Her research and teaching focus on Food Law, Toxic Torts and Environmental Justice. She is co-author of The Canadian Law of Toxic Torts with Lynda Collins, and co-editor of the forthcoming Canadian Food Law and Policy with Nathalie Chalifour and Angela Lee. She co-teaches a Food Law course with Angela Lee. She is a member of the Ottawa Food Policy Council and a the Management Advisory Board of Wilfrid Laurier University's Centre for Sustainable Food Systems.
Geneviève Parent is a full professor at Laval University’s Faculty of Law in Québec. She is also head of the legal research chair in food diversity and security. Her areas of interest include food security, national and international agri-food legislation, and public international law. Her researches focus on national and international legal instruments to reinforce food diversity, to analyze the impacts of international law on the federal and provincial agri-food legislation and to achieve a better coherence between the international economic law and other dimensions of public international law in order to reach sustainable food security. She has also contributed to a number of scientific publications and she is frequently invited as a speaker in national and international events.
Jeannette is a Senior Legal Officer with the Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs at the Organization of American States (OAS). She is responsible for matters in private international law. She holds a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law (LL.M., with distinction) from Georgetown University, an LL.B. from Queen's University. Jeannette lectures with the International Law Institute where she is responsible for a course on “Achieving Food Security through PPPs”, she organizes and moderates panels and roundtable discussions on various aspects of food security, as described on her informational website: www.foodjusticebydesign.com.
Talia Ralph is a law student, journalist and editor from Montreal, QC in her third year of McGill's Faculty of Law LLB/BCL program (graduating in May 2019). She also holds a Masters' in Food Systems from NYU and an honors' degree in journalism from Emerson College. Talia co-founded the McGill Food Law Society and is the founder and director of the Food and Agriculture Law Clinic at McGill. As a reporter, she covers food law and policy for publications including VICE, Eater, Forbes, and Heritage Radio Network.