Discussions surrounding new Canadian and Quebec food laws and policies not only focus on the importance of healthy, nutritious and safe food for all Canadians, but also the impact of individual and collective choices in this area on health, environment and the economy. These policies, which are currently being developed, will provide a new framework for Canadians to think about food security and will necessarily underpin important legislative changes. 

In this context, it is most relevant to question the roles that agrifood law can and must play. Also, the 3rd edition of the Conference on Canadian Food Law and Policy, to be held at Laval University between September 25 and 27, 2018, has the main objective of presenting and discussing Canadian law as a source of social innovation, changes in agribusiness and more broadly in food diversity and food security. 

The challenges are many and important: noncommunicable diseases, food fraud the safety of food entering our territory, climate change, food security among indigenous people, etc. Addressing these challenges through policy and law requires creativity, while at the same time we have to deal with the framework of Canadian commitments on the international scene, including liberalization of agricultural and food trade and standardization.

Nevertheless, Canadian agrifood law knows how to innovate and this conference will be an opportunity to see this richness while reflecting on ways to make this law even more relevant to achieving greater diversity and food security for all Canadians in terms of new food policy guidelines.

The Legal Research Chair in Food Diversity and Security and Cain Lamarre are pleased to collaborate to welcome the 3rd edition of the Conference on Canadian Food Law and Policy in Quebec city, from September 25 to 27, 2018. Experts, academics, practitioners and Canadian agrifood stakeholders will meet at Laval University to discuss the topic of innovations in agrifood law.

September 25th

Sustainable trade and Marketing of Agricultural, Food and Fish Products Commerce durable et commercialisation des produits agricoles, alimentaires et de la pêche

  • Heather McLeod-Kilmurray, Ottawa University, Faculty of law, Ottawa
  • Jean-Michel Couture, Associé, Conseiller principal, Groupe AGÉCO, Québec
  • Annie Tessier, Coordonnatrice, Coalition pour la souveraineté alimentaire, Longueuil
  • Albert J. Hudec : Farris LLD, Vancouver, British Columbia


New Food Policies : Challenges for Agrifood Law Les nouvelles politiques alimentaires : les enjeux pour le droit agroalimentaire

  • Marie-Ève Gaboury-Bonhomme, Direction de la planification, des politiques et des études économiques, Ministère de l’agriculture, des pêcheries et de l’alimentation du Québec | Planning, Policy and Economic Studies, Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Chantal Clément, Co-coordinatrice de IPES Food | Co-coordinator of IPES-Food

September 26th

Innovations in Food Safety | La sécurité des aliments au cœur des changements législatifs canadiens

  • Me Stéphane Lamoureux, Avocat général et directeur exécutif adjoint | General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director -  Services juridiques Agriculture et inspection des aliments | Agriculture and Food Inspection Agency Legal Services,  Ministère de la justice | Department of Justice
  • Sarah Berger Richardson, McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal


Health and Consumer Protection | La santé et la protection des consommateurs 

  • Marine Friand-Perrot, Maître de conférences à la Faculté de droit et des sciences politiques de Nantes, France
  • Me Stéphane Gauthier, Cain Lamarre et Me Amélie T. Gouin, Borden Ladner Gervais, Québec
  • Jacob J. Shelley, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law & School of Health Studies, Western University, London, Ontario


The Art and the Law of the Possible- Agricultural Growth and the Enhancement of Natural Capital : a Panel Organized by ICPA Following the Barton Report | L’art et le droit du possible - La croissance agricole et l’amélioration du capital naturel: panel organisé par CAPI suite au rapport Barton  

  • Jean-Philippe Gervais, Vice-président et économiste agricole en chef à Financement agricole Canada | Vice-President & Chief agricultural economist at Farm Credit Canada
  • Me Michel Jacquot, Avocat à la Cour de Paris, Membre de l’Académie d’agriculture de France | Lawyer at the Court of Paris, Member of the French Academy of Agriculture
  • Don Buckingham, Président directeur général de l’Institut canadien des politiques agroalimentaires | President and CEO of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute


Social Innovations for Food Safety and Security Innovations sociales pour une meilleure sécurité alimentaire

  • Henri Rouillé D’Orfeuil, Relations extérieures et pilote du programme alimentation de l’Association RESOLIS, Membre de l’Académie d’agriculture de France | External relations and pilot of the food program of the RESOLIS Association, Member of the French Academy of Agriculture
  • Dominique Paturel, Institut National de Recherche Agronomique, France
  • Jim McIsaac, Ecotrust Canada, Vancouver, Colombie-Britannique
  • Marie-Hélène Bacon, Chercheure, Collectif de recherche écosanté sur les pesticides, les politiques publiques et les alternatives (CREPPA)           

September 27th

Reserved Designations and Added Value Claims | Appellations réservées et termes valorisants

  • Geneviève Geneau, Chaire de recherche en droit sur la diversité et la sécurité alimentaires, Université Laval, Québec
  • Alessandra Di Lauro, Professeure agrégée, Faculté de droit, Université de Pise, Italie
  • Marsha S. Cadogan, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Ontario
  • Renata Watkin, Étudiante au doctorat, Université d'Ottawa, Ontario


Ethical Aspects of Food Law L’éthique en droit de l’agroalimentaire  

  • Édith Deleury, Commission de l’éthique en science et en technologie, Québec
  • Lyne Létourneau, Professeure, Faculté de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation, Université Laval
  • Stephen Penner, Étudiant au doctorat, Guelph University, Ontario

Inclusive Food System Governance  | Gouvernance du système alimentaire inclusive

  • Hugo Munoz, Directeur, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas (IIJ), Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Nadia Lambek, S.J.D University of Toronto, Faculty of law, Toronto, Ontario
  • Bita Amani, Associate professor, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario


Local Food System Legal Analysis  Analyse juridique du système alimentaire local

  • David Connell, Associate Professor, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, Bristish Columbia
  • Patrick Mundler, Professeur titulaire, Faculté des sciences de l’alimentation et de l’agriculture, Université Laval, Québec
  • Luc Bodiguel, CNRS, Université de Nantes, France


Closing remarks | Conférence de fermeture 

  • Jamie Baxter, Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University