Thursday, November 7, 2019


Legal Impediments to Food Sovereignty

9:00am - 12:00pm

Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy Meeting of the Members

1:00pm - 3:00pm

The Future of Food Law and Policy: Emerging Voices in the Academy and Practice

3:15pm - 4:45pm


Homelessness and Hunger: How Social Enterprises Can Help Fill Empty Plates, Stephanie Gellatly (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law)

A Preliminary Exploration on the Use of Grocery Store Covenants in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jenna Khoury-Hanna (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University)

Application of the Modernized Canadian Food Safety Framework to the 2017/18 outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 Strain, Kiri Latuskie (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law)


Angela Fernandez (University of Toronto Faculty of Law)

Heather McLeod-Kilmurray (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law)

Amélie Gouin (BLG)

Lauren Martin (Canadian Seed Trade Association)

Public Keynote

The Future Scale of Food: Integration, Concentration and Financialization in Global and Canadian Food Supply Chains

5:00pm - 7:00pm


Pat Roy Mooney (ETC Group and IPES Food)


Food in the City: The Challenge of Being a Food Entrepreneur in Toronto

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Despite being a richly multicultural city with a progressive appetite, Toronto has no shortage of barriers for newcomers that are trying to launch a food business. We have more cultures and cuisines represented than most parts of the world, yet our foodways system is clogged with hurdles. Enjoy snacks from Toronto-based newcomer chefs and learn from the CBC’s Suresh Doss about some of the challenges small business owners face when launching an independent food business.


Suresh Doss (CBC)


Snacks from Toronto-based newcomer chefs

Friday, November 8, 2019


8:00am - 8:30am


Sponsored by McCarthy Tétrault

Updates in Canadian Food Law and Policy

8:30am - 10:30am


Food Safety, Lyzette Lamondin (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Animal Law, Camille Labchuck (Animal Justice)

Food Security, Melana Roberts (Food Secure Canada)

Indigenous Law, Darcy Lindberg (University of Alberta Faculty of Law)

Jurisdiction of CART under the SFCA, Luc Bélanger (Canada Agricultural Review Tribunal)

Workers’ Rights, Ryan White (Cavalluzzo LLP)

Migrant Agricultural Workers, Shane Martinez (Martínez Law)

Advertising, Labeling and Marketing, Carmen Francis (McCarthy)

Trade Law, Martha Harrison (McCarthy)

Coffee Break

10:30am - 10:45am

Concurrent Panels

10:45am - 12:15am

Toke Up: Cannabis and the Challenge of Regulating Scale

Cannabis Comestible et Salubrité Alimentaire : la Rencontre de Deux Réformes, Jean-Pierre Lévesque (Cain Lamarre)

Edibles, Extracts and the Environment – Minimizing the Legal Risks of Cannabis, Richard Butler (Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP) and Giselle Davidian (Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP)

Cleanness of Teeth: Cannabis and Food Regulatory Complexities in Canada, Jack Llyod (Jack Lloyd, Barrister & Solicitor)

Sara Zbrovski (Stikeman Elliot)

Food for Thought: Roadmap to a National School Food Program

Bill Jeffrey (Centre for Health Science and Law)

Heather Mcleod-Kilmurray (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law)

Debbie Field (Coalition for Healthy School Food)

Priscilla Settee (University of Saskatchewan)

Lifting the Veil on Animal Agriculture: Legal Strategies for Farmed Animals

 Food, Transparency, and Litigation, Justin Marceau (University of Denver)

Foxes Guarding the Hen House: Private Standard-Setting for Farmed Animal Welfare, Camille Labchuk (Animal Justice)

Angela Fernandez (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law)

What’s on the Box? Rethinking Labeling and Certifications  

 The Efficacy of Food Labels: Has the Market Surpassed its Carrying Capacity for Certification Marks?, Alexandra Mogyoros (University of Oxford)

Spiritual Trauma: Is Trademark Law "Spiritual"?, Richard Rabkin (Kashruth Council of Canada)

Bootstrapping Quality through Contract: Designing Effective 3rd Party Certifying Bodies, Glenford Jameson (G. S. Jameson & Company)


12:15pm - 1:30pm

Concurrent Panels

1:30pm - 3:00pm

What Science? Questioning the Regulatory Frame for Food Safety

Two Solitudes: Anti-Science and Science, and the Irreconcilable Regulatory Approaches in the era of CRISPA, Stan Benda (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Lyzette Lamondin (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

Sarah Berger Richardson (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law)

Law and Labour Unfreedom: Access to Justice for Migrant Farmworkers

Chris Ramsaroop (Justice 4 Migrant Workers)

Fay Faraday (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Shane Martinez (Martínez Law)

Adrian Smith

Access to Food in the Public Sector 

Translocalism & Policy Transfer: International Knowledge Sharing for Transformating Institutional Food Environments, Sophie Lamond (University of Melbourne)

Climate, Land, and Equity: Designing New Procurement Tools Around Public Values, Hayley Lapalme (Nourish)

Defining the Field of Food Law & Policy: Histories and Futures

Jamie Baxter (Moderator)

 Looking Forward, Nadia Lambek (University of Toronto, Faculty of Law)

Looking Back: A View from Francophone Canada, Geneviève Parent (Faculté de droit de l'Université Laval)

Looking Back: A View from Anglophone Canada, Don Buckingham (Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute)

Eating as an Ecological Act, Michael Fakhri (University of Oregon)


3:00pm -3:15pm

Concurrent Panels

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Block Chain and the Food System: Possibilities and Risks

 Blockchain & the Agri-Food Industry: Natural Allies?, Laurence A Clavet (Lavery Law)

Wayne Logan (Miller Thomson)

Access to Good Food: Food Boxes, Corner Stores and Beyond

 Lessons from the Good Food Box and the Need for Further Research: How Issues of Scale and Scope impact Toronto Community Food Programs, Laëtitia Eyssartel (FoodShare) and Leslie Campbell (FoodShare)

Ottawa Public Health’s “Good Food Corner Stores”: Store Owners' Perceptions and Experiences, Meghan Lynch (University of Toronto)

Public Health Nutrition and Commercial Activity: Scalar Disparities and Opportunities in Health Promotion, Catherine Mah (Dalhousie University)

Food and Justice: Ethical Value Chains

 The Social and Environmental Impacts of the Food Commodities Production in Amazonian Territories, Nirvia Ravena de Sousa (Federal University of Pará/Brazil) and Rosa Elizabeth Acevedo Marin (Federal University of Pará/Brazil)

Modern Slavery, Child Labour and Human Trafficking in Food Supply Chains, Stephen Pike (Gowlings)

Ryan White (Cavalluzzo LLP)

Regulating Public Health: the Role of the State in Addressing (Over-)Consumption

 A Duty to Warn Consumers about the Risk of Overconsumption?, Jacob Shelley (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law)

Educating Canada with the Nutrition Facts Table, Melissa Card-Abela (Michigan State University)

Les Interventions de l’État en Matière d’Habitudes Alimentaires et la Stigmatisation en Fonction du Poids, Josiane Rioux Collin (Université de Sherbrooke)


From Level of Risk to Volume of Production: Negotiating Food in the Middle

5:00pm - 6:30pm


Keith Currie (Ontario Federation of Agriculture)

Stuart Oke (National Farmers Union)

Kathleen Sullivan (Food and Beverage Canada)

Saturday, November 9, 2019


8:00am - 9:00am

Concurrent Panels

9:00am - 10:30am

From Seeds to Markets

Reflection on the Scale of Québec Agricultural Landscape and on Innovation, Joanie Lapalme (Fasken)

Seeds to Scale, Lauren Martin (Canadian Seed Trade Association)

Bring Product to Markets, Dan Kisselbach (Miller Thomson)

Municipal Governance: Scales, Cities and Food

Le Rôle Incontournable des Municipalités dans la Réalisation Effective du Droit à l'Alimentation: De l'International au Local, Jessica Dufresne (University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law)

Collaborative Governance for Municipal Food Policy: A Case Study in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Rebecca Hasdell (Dalhousie University) and Jamie Baxter (Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University)

25 Years of Food Security in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Cecilia Rocha (Ryerson University)

Informing Consumer Choice: Rethinking Advertising

Food Advertising Law Points to a New Consumption, John Enman-Beech (University of Toronto Faculty of Law)

First Cigarettes, Next Cheese, Cola and Cognac: The Migration of Brand Restrictions to the Food, Beverage and Alcohol Industries, Lorraine Fleck

Advertising to Children, Lin Jawhar (University of Western Ontario)

Concurrent Panels

10:45am - 12:15pm

Food Fights: Litigation, Remediation and Compensation

Ayse Dalli (McCarthy Tétrault)

Amélie Gouin (BLG)

Julia Webster (BLG)

Foodborne Illness and Civil Compensation for Consumers, Amy Hétu (Université de Sherbrooke)

Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Exploring Food Mino-Pimatisiwin (good life) through the Lens of Indigenous Agriculture and Law: Respecting How Indigenous Control of Food Production is Building Food Sovereignty Models Across Turtle Island, Stephen Penner (University of Guelph)

Darcy Lindburg (University of Alberta Faculty of Law)

National Food Polices and the Regulation of Food

Food Policy Governance in Canada: Reaping the Benefits of a Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Mechanism, Mary Coulas (Carleton University) and Peter Andrée (Carleton University)

What the United States Can Learn from Canada's Process Toward a National Food Policy, Laurie Beyranevand (Vermont Law School) and Emily Broad Leib (Harvard Law School)

Melana Roberts (Food Secure Canada)


12:15pm - 1:30pm

Concurrent Panels

1:30pm - 3:00pm

M&A Transactions in the Food, Beverage and Agribusiness Sector

Matthieu Rheault (McCarthy Tétrault)

Lara Nathans (McCarthy Tétrault)

Martha Harrison (McCarthy Tétrault)


Changing the Quality of Foodland Protection: Exploring the Roles of Indigenous, Federal and Local Governments 

Deborah Curran (University of Victoria Faculty of Law)

David Connell (University of Northern British Columbia)

Rebeca Macias Gimenez (University of Victoria Faculty of Law)

The Alternative Proteins Sector: Are Current Regulations Allowing Innovation in Canada?

Yadira Tejeda Saldana (Moderator)

On Crickets and Scales: Regulating Promises and Challenges of Insect Farming, Patricia Galvao Ferreira (University of Windsor Faculty of Law)

Angela Lee (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law)

Gabriel Wildgen (Harvard Law School)

Lejjy Gafour (Future Fields)

Rethinking Governance: Rights, Realities and Alternatives

Nadia Lambek (moderator) 

Conceptualising Food Sovereignty: A Critical Legal Approach, Ayse Sezgin (King’s College London)

La Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les Droits des Paysans et des Autres Personnes Travaillant dans les Zones Rurales : Un Instrument Ambitieux, Audacieux, Mais Faible…?, Alix Génier (McGill University Faculty of Law)

Ayla Fenton (National Farmers Union)

Concurrent Panels

3:15pm - 4:45pm

Frontiers of Food Labeling: New Trends in Intellectual Property Law

Food-based Geographical Indications and Emerging Technologies: Intellectual Property and Trade Law Considerations, Marsha Simone Cadogan (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

Institutionalizing Geographical Indications in Canada: A Division of Powers Perspective, Renata Watkin (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law)

Constitutional Issues in Food and Beverage Regulation: a Look at the Royal DeMaria v VQA Ontario Case, Paul-Erik Veel (Lenczner Slaght)

Weighing and Scaling: Cultures, Politics, and the Economic Governance of Food

 Andrea Freeman (University of Hawaii School of Law)

Angela P Harris (UC Davis School of Law)

Bita Amani (Queen’s University Faculty of Law)

Fish Food: Proteins of the Sea

Sarah Berger Richardson (Moderator)

Eating with Our Ocean Ecosystem, Jim McIsaac (T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation)

Critical Perspectives on Canadian Industrial Aquaculture, Pierre Cloutier de Repentigny (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law)


Reflections on the Direction Ahead

5:00pm - 6:00pm