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CBA Annual Convention Speakers
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois
Professor, Food Distribution and Policy
Faculty of Management
Professor, Faculty of Agriculture
Dalhousie University, Canada
Scientific Director, Agri-Food Analytics Lab, Dalhousie University, Canada
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 Scientific Director of the Agri-food Analytics Lab, also located at Dalhousie University. He is as well the former Dean of the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. Before joining Dalhousie, he was affiliated with the University of Guelph’s Arrell Food Institute, which he co-founded. While at the University of Guelph, he was also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Business and Economics.
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.
He has authored five books on global food systems, his most recent one published in 2017 by Wiley-Blackwell entitled “Food Safety, Risk Intelligence and Benchmarking”. He has also published over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles in several academic publications. Furthermore, his research has been featured in several newspapers and media groups, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Foreign Affairs, Globe & Mail, the National Post and the Toronto Star.
Dr. Charlebois sits on a few company boards, and supports many organizations as a special advisor, including some publicly traded companies. He also has done some work on social licensing, which include public trust assessments and risk communication evaluations. Charlebois is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Business Scientific Institute, based in Luxemburg. He conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the Global Food Traceability Centre’s Advisory Board based in Washington DC, and a member of the National Scientific Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) 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, in the United States, Brazil, Austria, Italy, France, Belgium, China, Great Britain, Finland and the Netherlands.
Dave Carter specializes in developing market-based connections between agricultural producers and customers who value quality and integrity in food and farming.
Dave serves part-time as Executive Director of the 1,100-member National Bison Association, where he works to strengthen the production and marketing systems for North American buffalo. Dave’s leadership in the bison industry has been instrumental in expanding consumer demand for bison, which, in turn, is creating the incentive for ranchers to increase the herds of buffalo across the United States.
Dave was a leader in the six-year campaign that resulted in bison being designated as the National Mammal of the United States, and he is now coordinating the effort to restore one million bison to North America. He has a long history in sustainable and regenerative agriculture, having served as the Chair of the USDA National Organic Standards Board from 2001-2003.
In 2014, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed Dave to the USDA Agricultural Trade Advisory Committee for Livestock and Livestock Products. He was reappointed to that committee by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue earlier this year.
He holds a Master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University in Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Northern Colorado.
Dave and his wife, Sue. Are partners in a bison herd holistically managed on a 7,800-acre ranch owned by the Savory Institute in eastern Colorado.
Filipchuck Management Inc., CEO, Denise Filipchuck, developed a keen interest for agriculture on the family
farm in the Swan River Valley of western Manitoba – growing into a passion for providing farmers and farm families with valuable and unbiased advice and information they need to confidently make decisions with peace of mind.
Denise has obtained Meeting Facilitation, Conflict Management and Mental Health First Aid training, has a certificate in Agriculture Studies with Distinction and brings a wealth of multi-faceted expertise in farm business planning, financial analysis, risk management, expansion planning, growth management, transition planning, and credit advising from her time as a Relationship Manager at Farm Credit Canada (FCC). She worked as a Personal Account Manager at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) offering financial, investment and credit advising. She was a hog producer, on the family mixed grain and hog farm, in charge of farm business management, swine herd management, and commodity marketing and was actively involved in the family grain and oilseed operation for many years.
As a Farm Management Consultant and Coach, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Certified Agriculture Farm
Advisor (CAFA), and a Farm Debt Mediation Service Financial Expert, Denise provides financial planning and
management consulting services, tools and coaching to farm families; helping them become more successful in their businesses, relationships and lives. Denise has a background and specializes in farming, family
communication, financial planning, intensive debt management, strategic business and transition planning.
Denise also provides peer group and workshop facilitation and does public speaking at ag industry events.