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Dr. Sylvain Charlebois – the “Food Professor” Keynote at the Upcoming Economic Summit

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois on…

It’s getting complicated out there, and that’s a good thing!

The Canadian agri-food landscape is continuously changing to remain competitive. Disruptions in how Canadian consumers shop and buy food are a constant in today’s fast changing world. As the line between food service and retailing blurs, how will this impact agriculture and farming in general? By examining food cultures and trends more closely, along with climate change implications, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois will engage in an open dialogue about food systems opportunities for the Island.

VIEA is thrilled to announce Dr. Slyvain Charlebois as a speaker at our hybrid Economic Summit October 27 & 28 online and in-person at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre!

“Kudos to the VIEA Summit for going back to the future! The time is right to seriously consider entering or expanding in the digital economy and I know many companies in our region who are developing hybrid business model strategies as they adjust to restarting, recovering and re-imagining what’s possible!”
– Graham Truax, Executive Director and EiR

Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is a Professor in food distribution and policy in the Faculties of Management and Agriculture at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He is also the Senior Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University.

Known as “The Food Professor”, his current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security, and safety. He is one of the world’s most cited scholars in food supply chain management, food value chains, and traceability. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, nationally as well as internationally. 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 agriculture policies in many Canadian provinces and other countries.

It’s all about the company you keep!


Registration for the 15th annual ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit is now open.

Watch for program details as we announce Summit speakers & topics.



For the past 15 years VIEA has delivered value to Island businesses by providing strategic insights and learning opportunities to improve our economic growth and our economic sustainability. In these COVID times we could all benefit from the collective wisdom and guidance of VIEA members. Like many others on the Island, our company looks forward to the continuing business insights and opportunities that will be shared in the new digital format of the 2021 Economic Summit. Thank you VIEA for leading the way.”
Tom Zaban, President

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